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9+ Reasons Why Lancaster, PA is the Perfect Retirement Destination for Golfers

As an avid golfer, you may dream of retiring to sunny South Carolina, Florida, or Arizona—lands of meticulously maintained golf retirement communities and world-class courses around every other corner. However, did you know that Lancaster County, PA is also home to some amazing—and affordable—golf options that make retirement closer to home that much more enticing for those who enjoy hitting the links?

In these uncertain times, traveling to exotic golf resorts elsewhere is challenging at best. But, Pennsylvania’s golf courses are safely open for you to play a round while easily following proper social distancing and other COVID-19 prevention guidelines. It’s certainly time for you to check out what these courses have to offer!

Need a little more info about our fantastic local public courses before you set a tee time? Today’s post introduces a sampling of five of the Lancaster area’s favorite golf courses open to every golfer. We’re also sharing which five of our phenomenal independent retirement communities are located closest to each course—where you may just want to rest your clubs for the long game! Continue reading 9+ Reasons Why Lancaster, PA is the Perfect Retirement Destination for Golfers

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[INFOGRAPHIC]: Tips for Staying Active While Staying at Home

It’s true that we are all going a little stir crazy this month due to COVID-19 stay-at-home orders from our government. Here in Lancaster County, PA, it’s perhaps even more challenging to stay inside to help “slow the spread,” since beautiful spring weather is beckoning to us to get outdoors.

While some outdoor activities are certainly permitted, such as gardening and yard work on your own property, it is safest to minimize your exposure to others by prioritizing indoor activities now.

At a loss for things to do? These are a few of our favorite tips here at Explore Retirement Living for staying active—both physically and mentally—even while you’re cooped up at home. Let’s work together on keeping those blood pressure rates down and mental health going strong as we await the return of “normal life!” Continue reading [INFOGRAPHIC]: Tips for Staying Active While Staying at Home

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What’s On Stage at the Fulton Theatre in 2020?

If you’re well-acquainted with the attractions and institutions that make Lancaster, PA, a unique place to visit, play, and live, you’re likely familiar with the Fulton Theatre—the city’s fantastically historic yet thoroughly modern performing arts venue.

If not, it’s time to meet the “Grand Old Lady of Prince Street” in today’s post! Continue reading What’s On Stage at the Fulton Theatre in 2020?

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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! Continue reading 9 Great Museums in Lancaster, PA That You Need to Visit

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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.

More jobs, even better access to high-quality healthcare resources, and positive effects on other crucial quality of life indicators were becoming reality—and still are. Continue reading An Updated Look at How Lancaster, PA is Growing

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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). Continue reading Why You Should Check Out the Strasburg Rail Road

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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. Continue reading Meet Us at Downtown Lancaster’s Central Market

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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. Continue reading Lancaster’s American Music Theatre: Great Shows & Your Favorite Stars

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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. Continue reading Shining the Spotlight on Lancaster’s Sight & Sound Theatres