You’ve reached the age where you’re ready to leave behind all that hustle and bustle – the early morning commutes, traffic jams, annoying neighbors, street noise or whatever else irks you.
You want to live some place where you can connect with nature, hear the birds sing, and see and hear your neighbors only if you want to. But hey, you’re not dead yet. You still want to enjoy great food, try new things and have loads of fun when the mood hits you. That’s what makes Lynchburg livin’ so great, especially if you’re a retiree.
There are many diverse things to see and do in Lynchburg, whether you’re visiting, considering it as your retirement spot, or you already live there. Here are seven benefits Lynchburg has to offer for those who are 50 and up.
Low Cost of Living
Based on the most recent data from 2017, the cost of living in Lynchburg is about 8% lower than the national average. This makes it perfect for those living on a fixed income.
Lynchburg is close to some of the most scenic natural features in Virginia, like the Blue Ridge and Appalachian mountains, the James River, Smith Mountain Lake and Crabtree Falls, the highest cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi. So, there’s plenty to do outdoors whether you are into fishing, hiking, boating or just like sitting on a park bench soaking up the fresh air and beauty. Lynchburg itself has more than 850 acres of park land with its parks ranging in size from one to 300 acres.
Lifelong Learning Opportunities
With four colleges and universities within its city limits and two others really close by, Lynchburg boasts numerous opportunities for those who want to learn new things, regardless of age. So why not take that history course you always wanted to take or learn how to throw pots or paint those pretty landscapes? The sky is the limit.
People in Lynchburg love their barbecue and know how to do it right, but you’ll find all kinds of other foods too. From pizza and burrito dives to fine dining establishments, there’s something to suit every taste and budget. Don’t forget those small breweries and coffee shops. There are plenty of those around Lynchburg as well.
Many Activities to Choose From
Besides the typical activities that you find pretty much everywhere like bowling, movies and putt-putt golf, you’ll find some unique activities in Lynchburg. The Liberty Mountain Snowflex Center, for example, offers year-round skiing, and Lynchburg’s own minor league baseball team entertains sports fans in the summer.
The city also has its own symphony, dance and theater companies if you enjoy live performances. In addition, there are many interesting festivals and events spaced throughout the year in Lynchburg like the Lynchburg Music Festival every spring. And there are also regular events like First Fridays Lynchburg, a monthly community event featuring local art, music and food, and there’s a vibrant and busy farmer’s market that’s one of the oldest in the country, the Lynchburg Community Market.
Lynchburg has many historical sites if you’re into that sort of thing, like Thomas Jefferson’s beloved Poplar Forest retreat, and the 1806 Old City Cemetery with its arboretum and antique roses. There are also several museums to check out like the Legacy Museum of African American History and the Lynchburg Museum.
Lots of Retirement Living Options
When you’re a bit older and need some assistance with daily activities, there are plenty of options to choose from in Lynchburg. It’s home to more than 20 senior living communities with more than 30 others nearby.