Posted: 12/01/2020

Why Retire in Lancaster, PA

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Why Retire in Lancaster, PA

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Planning for the next chapter of your life and searching for the best place to spend your golden years? Look no further than Lancaster, PA; recently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best places to retire. From cottages surrounded by wide open countryside to chic condos in walkable Downtown Lancaster and Lititz, the 55+ communities in the county offer plenty for the city mouse or country mouse.

Lancaster County is adored by visitors and locals alike, but is especially loved by the seniors who make Lancaster their new home. Don’t just take it from us – Willow Valley Communities shared five fantastic reasons why retirees love Lancaster.

Four Distinct Seasons

Winter, spring, summer and fall – we’ve got them all! If you enjoy leaf peeping in the fall, followed by cozy winters by the fire, Lancaster is the place for you. Spring and summer bring festivals and events in Downtown Lancaster and our small towns that are great for couples and for when the grandkids visits.

Our season guides will help you navigate the changing weather, and the town happenings you won’t want to miss.

Diverse Residents

From the Amish communities that are scattered around the county to the city that welcomes refugees from far and wide, Lancaster is home to many different cultures. These cultures can be found in the events held throughout the year, the international dining offerings, and the unique businesses from county to city.

Low Cost of Living

If affordability is a factor for your retirement home, Lancaster fits the bill. You’ll find budget-friendly and free things to do to fill your spare time and to entertain out-of-town guests, and notable fine dining options that rival big city restaurants, all at a price that will please.

When it comes to places to live, the plethora of residential offerings in the various communities, from full cottages to smaller apartments, give you the chance to find the space that best fits your needs and budget.

Drivable Distance to Major Cities and Convenient Transportation Options

When you live in Lancaster, you’re just a short drive away from many major cities that make for great day trips. Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. are all within four hours of Lancaster County, and can be accessed by Amtrak train.

If you’re heading somewhere farther to see your far-away family, Harrisburg International Airport and Philadelphia International Airport are close by, about a 35 minute and 90 minute drive respectively. Harrisburg International Airport’s direct flight options are growing which makes it easy to get out of town.

Culturally Rich Downtown with Live Theatre, Art, Shopping, and Wide Variety of Restaurants

Last, but most certainly not least, Lancaster’s Downtown is blossoming and overflowing with theatre, art, tasty eats and shopping. To compliment the peaceful countryside, Lancaster City’s vibrant spirit offers locals, visitors and retirees plenty of fun, from a morning at Lancaster Central Market to an evening show at Fulton Theatre. Spend all afternoon browsing the art galleries on Gallery Row, and top your day off with a cocktail and delectable dinner, all within a few blocks of each other.

Lancaster County offers the best of both worlds – the traditional Amish countryside and culture filled with hearty, comfort food, crafts, and homegrown goodness – matched with the up-and-coming hip Downtown that perfect for the young-at-heart.

When you’re ready to plan your retirement life, consider Lancaster County – full of sunsets over golden fields to fill your golden years. Find more information on our Retirement Communities and local services, click here.


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