We have been looking for about four years to find a new home out of Minnesota. We started with the magazine “Best Places to Retire” and kept refining our criteria of what we wanted. We spent about 8 weeks over the four years traveling to Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina. On September 26, 2008 we moved into our new home in Travelers Rest SC. I will write much more on the area itself as time goes on.
Why Travelers Rest?
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One look at the beautiful mountains, tree lined roads and waterfalls near Travelers Rest, SC should be all it takes to make you love the this part of the South Carolina about 15 miles from North Carolina border. We have the look and feel of a rural area but only minutes to everything we could possible want to purchase or do. We are about 10 miles north of Greenville SC. Each one provides some interesting narrowing of our “best place to live” list. Click here to see where Travelers Rest is.
Our criteria for a new place to move to is:
- Much less Minnesota winter but four seasons with a mild summer and mild winter. That means winter in Jan. and Feb. with a low of around 40 degrees and summers much like Minnesota but a little warmer. We will get about 6 inches of snow.
- Smaller towns and cities. Travelers Rest is about 4500 people and Greenville is about 30,000.
- Much less traffic
- Lower cost of living then Minnesota
- Minimal risk for hurricanes, floods, tornados or earthquakes
- Lots of fun stuff to do (art, theater)
- High speed internet access
- Near major universities and colleges
- Close to an airport.
- Beautiful scenery and wild life
- Excellent medical care, including alternative health care
- Health club or Y with a pool so Bob can swim and Fay can do water aerobics.
- Nice people
- Close to other places to visit like Florida, Atlanta, all up and down the east coast
- Living in or near the mountains but 4 hours from the ocean – Wow
- 150 waterfalls near where we want to live
This little sub climate between the Blue Ridge and Smokey Mountains or a few miles away in the valley seems to have everything we want.