9 Great Museums in Lancaster, PA That You Need to Visit
As we’ve often discussed here on the Explore Retirement Living blog, the Lancaster, Pa. region is a treasure trove of culturally rich things to do and see. Today’s post focuses on a few of the best museums in Lancaster County, highlighting the impressive diversity and quality of these local institutions.
You’ll see that no matter your interests, the Lancaster area has a museum collection that will appeal to you! Additionally, for our friends who are always on the lookout for fun and educational activities to share with their younger family members, we have a number of museums in Lancaster that will delight kids—and kids at heart! (more…)
An Updated Look at How Lancaster, PA is Growing
A few years ago, we took a look at how the Lancaster County, Pennsylvania area—our home here at Explore Retirement Living—is growing and changing. The good news story back in 2017 was that steady population growth in both Downtown Lancaster, as well as the surrounding towns and municipalities within the county’s borders, was creating an increase in opportunities for people of all ages.
Why You Should Check Out the Strasburg Rail Road
As we attempt to demonstrate here on our Explore Retirement Living blog, there is no shortage of unique things to do in Lancaster County, PA.
Many of these attractions bring the vibrant history of our area’s industrial and commercial productivity to life and represent the “oldest” or “first” examples of such activity in the entire United States, as well. Lancaster Central Market is America’s oldest continuously operating public farmers market, the Fulton Theatre is likely the oldest working theatre, and today’s featured destination—the Strasburg Rail Road—may just be our nation’s oldest operating railroad!
If you’re a train enthusiast—or someone in your family loves locomotives (including kid-favorite Thomas the Tank Engine)—you’ve likely visited the small town of Strasburg, which is also home to the state-operated Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania (just across the street from Strasburg Rail Road).
While also a popular lodging town for tourists visiting the nearby Amish communities, Strasburg is certainly, first and foremost, a railroading hub. And the Strasburg Rail Road offers “a full steam adventure” that’s sure to excite visitors of all ages as they hop on board for an old-fashioned ride to Paradise (and back). (more…)
Meet Us at Downtown Lancaster’s Central Market
True Lancastrians have something of a code when it comes to talking about shopping for fresh produce, baked goods, juice, coffee, candy, snacks, and more at Central Market in the heart of Downtown Lancaster.
They say, “meet me at Market.”
This simple invitation means so much more than you might think since it’s actually somewhat difficult to describe everything that Central Market is.
Sure, it’s a meticulously preserved historic market house building that still operates every Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday (since 1730!) where a plethora of unique vendors ply their wares to visitors and residents alike, but it’s so much more.
The Market’s Facebook page puts it like this: “it’s a shopping place where people gather to socialize,” but it’s also “a gathering, socializing place where people shop for great food.” In short, Central Market is an experience—and a routine for many—that’s deeply rooted in Lancaster’s very identity. (more…)
Explore Retirement Living to Host 9th Annual Open House
LANCASTER, PA., (August 14, 2019) – Explore Retirement Living (ERL), a collaborative effort of 18 Continuing Care (CCRC) and Life Plan retirement communities located in and around Lancaster County, Pa., is excited to announce it will be hosting its 9th Annual Open House on Saturday, October 19, 2019. (more…)
Lancaster’s American Music Theatre: Great Shows & Your Favorite Stars
Today’s post continues our highlight series about the Lancaster area’s superb performing arts centers with a profile of American Music Theatre.
Simply shortened to “AMT” by most locals, American Music Theatre is a bit different in format and overall style than both our previously reviewed venues—Downtown Lancaster’s Fulton Theatre and nearby Sight & Sound Theatres.
While the Fulton is dedicated to staging hit Broadway musicals and critically acclaimed plays, and Sight & Sound exclusively produces its own Bible-based original shows, AMT is a little less niche in its programming. It brings touring popular music acts, comedians, and dance performers to its stage, but also presents many of its own unique shows each year, including a highly anticipated annual Christmas show—2019’s Joy to the World opens November 1st!
Here is everything you need to know about AMT before you go. (more…)
Shining the Spotlight on Lancaster’s Sight & Sound Theatres
If you’re new to Lancaster County, you may not know that the area is home to several world-class performing arts venues. We highlighted Lancaster City’s historic Fulton Theatre earlier this year, which brings hit Broadway shows and award-winning stage plays to local audiences.
Sight & Sound Theatres, with its flagship location just outside Lancaster near Strasburg, PA—a second theatre is located in Branson, MO—is different. The company is dedicated to producing original shows based on stories from the Bible—on an epic scale that enthralls audiences.
Today’s post shares what you should know about Sight & Sound Theatres before you go. With each unique show, Sight & Sound offers an experience you won’t find anywhere else, and having a little background on the venue—and its own amazing history—will help you appreciate witnessing the Bible come to life on stage all the more. (more…)
Retiring in the Next 5 Years? These Are 5 Big Priorities for Your To-Do List
Sitting in traffic again on the way to the office, you sigh at the mile-long line of cars idling in front of you, bright red brake lights as far as the eye can see. You’re so over this treadmill lifestyle of journeying to work every single weekday—the same thing you’ve done for decades.
Suddenly, a ray of hope breaks through like sunshine through the rain clouds. You happily remember a reassuring fact: you won’t have to do this for much longer—the end is in sight. (Well, not the end of that car line, but that’s another issue.) You’re eligible to retire within the next five years!
If this is you, congratulations! What a great feeling! Of course, just as you plan ahead for any new adventure, there are some necessary preparations to make before you celebrate that last day at work. These are five of the biggest things to think about and begin working on as you wind down your career years. (more…)
Have Questions About Long-Term Care in PA? These Resources Can Help
As you begin to explore your options for a vibrant retirement here in Lancaster County, PA (aka, the best place in the USA to retire), there are many exciting things to think about. From the fun activities you’ll get involved in now that you have the time, to checking out the fantastic local restaurant scene, you have much to look forward to.
Of course, there is also a serious side to retirement preparation, too, which involves planning ahead for your own potential future care needs. Long-term care planning can seem daunting, and you likely have a lot of questions. The good news is, you’re not alone—far from it, in fact.
Pennsylvania has a multitude of strong resources that you can consult for knowledge about your long-term care options—including us here at Explore Retirement Living for questions specifically related to retiring well in the Lancaster area. Today’s post shares what you need to know. (more…)
What to Ask as You Consider Retirement Communities for Active Adults
While you’ll find an amazing number of retirement community types these days, it’s true that many people still have the misconception that all of them are the same—and not in a good way.
Thoughts of being stuck in a hospital-like atmosphere where sad people spend most of their hours cooped up in small shared rooms (never with a roommate they like, either) or confined to bed still come to mind for a majority of folks facing retirement.
Luckily, nothing could be further from the truth in 2019—especially for retirees who don’t have current regular care needs and are looking to downsize in order to maximize their free time and enjoyment of life. Independent living communities, like the Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) and Life Plan Communities we serve here at Explore Retirement Living offer comfortable and innovative housing options and fun things to do for active adults every day. And they expect and encourage residents to come and go as they please!
But how do you determine whether retirement community living is right for you? (more…)