If Spring’s effect on you is the same as its renewal of the land, the trees, the wildlife and the very air you breath, you feel the calling to spark life anew. This calling may be hinting that it’s finally time to relax or perhaps it whispers that you should escape. Rounding on some of the best weather of the year, Spring pulls us to lavish in the vibrancyof a refreshed world. Where would you go to answer the call?
Travelling is your chance to break free from typical daily life in your usual environment. For some, travel is intimidating. Others see it as a purpose for living. Either way, senior citizens who finally have the time to travel can take on the challenge of visiting a new place where they indulge curiosity, enliven spirits and open their eyes to beauties they’ve never seen before.
These 2017 Best Spring Destinations for Senior Citizens are chosen with you or your elderly loved one’s needs in mind. Taste-test these samples of the wonderful places you can go to enjoy Spring’s pleasures. Maybe one of them will call to you loud and clear.
Imagine standing on the coast of our nation, and being one of the last Americans to see the sun set into a sky of pink, purple, and blue. At Carmel-by-the-Sea you will enjoy this and the ever-pleasant weather of Southern California in one of the most beautiful coastal locations. This European-style village edges a white-sand beach where you can bask in the sun or stroll lazy evening walks with a loved one. Everything here is within walking distance. To explore the village, walk through its nooks and crannies, courtyards, secret passageways, shops, art galleries, dining and wine tasting rooms. Take a special someone with you to blossom new memories in the #3 Best City for Romance in the World. Best of all, Carmel-by-the-Sea has a local culture of artistry that is at heart of the unique experience you will have here.
Algonquin Park, Ontario
Get your “nature fix” in the green, wild wonder of Algonquin Park in Ontario, Canada. This famous park is a bucket list destination for visitors from all around the world. Fly into the Toronto airport just two hours away, and drive north to the park for a scenic view of the Canadian wilderness. Don’t forget to bring a camera with you because Algonquin Park is a photographer’s dream. You might have the chance to spot moose or rare bird species at any time. You can choose from many great places to stay, but try the Stouffer Mill Bed and Breakfast Getaway. It is a unique 12-sided circular structure with suspended rooms, and a hot tub in its 360 degree-view roof-top solarium. The rocks, lakes and trees of Algonquin Park lured creative types whose work inspires its art and culture. Tour studios and galleries while you are there. You might also squeeze in a chip or two at one of multiple award-winning golf courses spread across the region.
The best time to visit Savannah, Georgia is now, between March and July - but not only because of the warm weather. From late March to early April, the Savannah Music Festival showcases some of the country’s best classical, bluegrass, rock, jazz, folk and world music in the city’s historic district. Among over 100 performances, there is sure to be one meant just for you. In early May, go to Savannah for the River Street Seafood Festival. Nothing is better in a humid subtropical climate than a fresh taste of the sea. In the Rousakis Riverfront Plaza, you can taste the area’s freshest seafood from restaurants loved and adored by Savannah locals. There are even festival fireworks for you to spectacle on the first of May. When all quiets down, you should not neglect Savannah’s historical attractions like Bonaventure Cemetery, Forsyth Park, the Georgia State Railroad Museum, the mansion at Telfair Academy and the William Scarbrough House. Tour from place to place on an open air trolley. If the air in the city is too close for you, find time for Tybee Island, a small, coastal community with a historic lighthouse whose climb is worth the view.
Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
Martha’s Vineyard is an island sitting in the Atlantic sea just south of Cape Cod. This hidden gem is accessible only by boat or air, and that can assure you’ll avoid bustling Spring Break crowds. There, Menemsha Beach is calling you with its pleasant, gentle surf, fantastic sunsets and one of the best clam shacks on the island. Around this time, the island celebrates mothers and Spring with the Edgartown Board of Trade’s annual Pink & Green Weekend from May 12-14. This includes festive evenings, discounts on spa treatments, retail sales, tours, and fudge tastings. In addition to fudge, delight in the fare of the area’s sea and rich farmlands at Martha’s Vineyards numerous restaurants. Crack open a lobster dining out, grab a bag of fresh fried oysters on the Oak Bluffs pier or shop for fresh produce at the Farmer’s Market. Martha’s Vineyard welcomes you to its table.
Hill Country, Texas
If you’ve ever had to drive through Texas, you may remember how the trek between state lines seemed to never end. But did you ever make a stop for paradise? To some, paradise might be a never-ending sea of bluebonnet flowers, colored a brighter blue than the span of sky above. Maybe paradise to you is a mountain of barbecued meat. In the Texas Hill Country, you can have both. Take a wildflower drive along the U.S. 290 highway from Austin to Johnson City’s Wildflower Loop, and take the U.S. 281 to Burnet, the official bluebonnet capital of Texas. You will see the bluebonnet flowers planted during a campaign of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Texas-native wife, Lady Bird Johnson. Another essential Hill Country stop is Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que, deep in granite country. Indulge in the delicacies of a famous hotspot that epitomizes Texas Bar-B-Que. Snag your choice cut of brisket, sausage, ribs or chicken. Don’t forget the coleslaw!
Article written by Michelle Mendoza with Amada Senior Care