Retirees Head to Unconventional Destinations 9/16/12
September 16, 2012
CAMDEN, Maine (AP) - The idea of people who uproot and move when they retire conjures up images of warm, sunny Florida or Arizona. But some members of the baby boom generation are looking elsewhere.
A number of towns in cooler climates from Maine to Washington have become popular retirement destinations. Camden, Maine, is frequently cited in lists of best places for retirees.
Seventy-three-year-old Peg Davis moved there from Big Flats, N.Y., in 2010. She was looking for a small town with natural beauty, cultural opportunities and what she calls "a sense of place." She hasn't been disappointed.
Smaller, far-flung places aren't for all retirees, of course.
They can have long, cold, snowy winters and high housing costs. Many are remote, even isolated. Public transportation often isn't available, and doctors can be in short supply in the more rural locales.