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    Default Mountain Retirement?

    Hubby retires in May, I just retired. You all know mountains are my passion. So where should we move? Here is what I'm looking for.

    1. Easy airport access

    2. Mountains for hiking and skiing

    3. Average cost of living



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    Default Re: Mountain Retirement?

    Congrats on your retirement. I don't have any ideas but it's good that you know exactly what you are looking for!



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    Default Re: Mountain Retirement?

    The Denver area (Rockies, airport, no state tax)

    North Carolina area (airport's not too bad, Appalachians, lower cost of living in rural areas)

    Northern New Mexico (although airports sorta suck, the Southern Rockies are there, and rural areas are lower-cost -- however, the culture there, which I love, is very different there than in Missouri)

    There are lots of other areas in the US with gorgeous mountains, e.g., Tetons, Utah, Washington state (Seattle area), California Sierras, but they either have bad airport service or are higher-cost-of-living places. I've lived in some of those places, and they are indeed gorgeous.

    My two cents' worth.



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    Default Re: Mountain Retirement?

    My best advice to you would be stay out of California. My husband and I are retiring at the end of next week and are following the grandkids to Texas. We can't afford to stay in California even though we've lived here all our lives. The mountains here are some of the most beautiful in the world, but the cost of living is a killer. Congratulations on your retirement!
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    Default Re: Mountain Retirement?

    P.S. Or you could move to the Missouri or Arkansas Ozarks. It's not the Rockies. But it's hillier than the Missouri River shoreline and closer to Texas and Mississippi. Lots of hiking trails, but no skiing.



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    Default Re: Mountain Retirement?

    We have lived all over, and the East Bay of San Fran was by far our favorite. But totally unaffordable now! I could put the kids on the school bus and climb Mt. Diablo, and then ski at Tahoe over the weekend! Or get to the ocean in an hour, or the desert in a few more. Heaven.

    The Ozarks are an idea Ann, no skiing but hiking and close to kids. Have friends with a house on Beaver Lake which is beautiful!



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    Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, or Colorado. Northern Washington State is also beautiful.
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    We moved from Seattle to Utah in 2007 and have loved living here!! You can ski, boat, hike, mtn bike, see a Broadway show. It seriously has it all. It has a lower cost of living than a lot of the bigger metropolitan areas. You can go from intl. airport to mountains in 30 minutes.

    Congrats on the retirement!


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    Default Re: Mountain Retirement?

    The white mountains of new Hampshire are amazing. We have a house in shenandoah valley in Virginia so I am partial to that too. Its in a ski resort with a golf course just outside of the George Washington national forest.



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    Default Re: Mountain Retirement?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cherbear0416 View Post
    We moved from Seattle to Utah in 2007 and have loved living here!! You can ski, boat, hike, mtn bike, see a Broadway show. It seriously has it all. It has a lower cost of living than a lot of the bigger metropolitan areas. You can go from intl. airport to mountains in 30 minutes.

    Congrats on the retirement!
    Are you in Salt Lake City? As a non-mormon, would I fit in? (We had friends who lived there for a while and said their kids had a tough time in school, making friends, etc, but our kids are grown and gone.). I do love Salt Lake, went to a conference there and just started hiking up a mountain, right from the city, all the way to the top. Amazing!

    My next favorite thing to mountains is Broadway, my photo is from Hamilton.



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    Quote Originally Posted by sraebaer View Post
    Are you in Salt Lake City? As a non-mormon, would I fit in? (We had friends who lived there for a while and said their kids had a tough time in school, making friends, etc, but our kids are grown and gone.). I do love Salt Lake, went to a conference there and just started hiking up a mountain, right from the city, all the way to the top. Amazing!

    My next favorite thing to mountains is Broadway, my photo is from Hamilton.
    Not going to lie, it took us a bit to find our groove here, But as non-Mormons as well we still love it. My kids are still young, but we have tended to gravitate towards other couples with similar aged kids that enjoy similar things. Utah County is more concentrated with mormons, but if you stay in Salt Lake County on the east side (Holladay, Sugarhouse, Park City, or Timber Lakes Neighborhoods) you will find a TON of people from all walks of life with similar interests. I'm part of a book club that meets to talk about books, and drink wine. 8) Plus the upside to all the mormons is that a lot of the lakes and hiking trails are less crowded on Sundays, ha ha. Fall is SO BEAUTIFUL here! Come for a visit, you will love it!
    I'm jealous that you got to see Hamilton. It is coming here soon, but tickets are still out of my price range-maybe next year. You should really keep UT on your short list.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cherbear0416 View Post
    Not going to lie, it took us a bit to find our groove here, But as non-Mormons as well we still love it. My kids are still young, but we have tended to gravitate towards other couples with similar aged kids that enjoy similar things. Utah County is more concentrated with mormons, but if you stay in Salt Lake County on the east side (Holladay, Sugarhouse, Park City, or Timber Lakes Neighborhoods) you will find a TON of people from all walks of life with similar interests. I'm part of a book club that meets to talk about books, and drink wine. 8) Plus the upside to all the mormons is that a lot of the lakes and hiking trails are less crowded on Sundays, ha ha. Fall is SO BEAUTIFUL here! Come for a visit, you will love it!
    I'm jealous that you got to see Hamilton. It is coming here soon, but tickets are still out of my price range-maybe next year. You should really keep UT on your short list.
    Thanks for the honest answers. I also love books, wine, and for sure hiking, and you are a major airport hub.....Think it deserves a visit! Not to mention just got back from Arches National Park which was a trip of a lifetime. Here's hubby and I next to the arch on your license plate!



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    Default Re: Mountain Retirement?

    Poteau, Oklahoma...or anywhere in the Poteau Valley.

    Beautiful scenery, low cost of living for retirees, and close enough to Texas and Oklahoma City.


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