Monday, December 11th, 2017

Where to Retire? Big Canoe, Of Course!

One day last month, instead of deleting all 100 of the forwarded e-mails I receive daily, I deleted 99, and kept one. It was titled “Where To Live After Retirement,” and it highlighted about fifteen different places in the country and then listed below each several reasons why you wouldn’t want to retire in any of these places. While reading through this rather amusing list, my brain light went off and signaled: “great blog idea, Margo!” So, here’s an eclipsed version of the e-mail, with my original addition of Big Canoe at the end. Now, be sure to read all the way through to the end, because that’s the best part!

Where To Live After Retirement

You can live in Phoenix, Arizona where….

  • You are willing to park 3 blocks away because you found shade.
  • You can drive for 4 hours in one direction and never leave town.
  • The 4 seasons are tolerable, hot, really hot, and ARE YOU KIDDING ME??!!

You can live in New York City where….

  • You think Central Park is ‘Nature’.
  • Eye contact feels like an act of aggression.
  • English is regarded as a foreign language.

You can live in California where….

  • The 4 seasons are: Fire, Flood, Mud, and Drought.
  • You make over $250,000 and still can’t afford to buy a house.
  • Every few months the media reminds you that it’s only a matter of time until the “BIG ONE.”

You can live in Minnesota where…

  • Halloween costumes are designed to fit over parkas.
  • The 4 seasons are: winter, still winter, almost winter, and construction.

You can live in Colorado where….

  • You carry your $3,000 mountainbike atop your $500 car.
  • You call your car mechanic every quarter to schedule your brake jobs. 

You can live in Florida where….

  • You can drive 500 miles and never see a rise in the road or any color but palmetto green.
  • You can saddle up your kitchen roaches and ride them to work.
  • Cars in front of you are often driven by headless people.


You can live in Big Canoe, Georgia where….

  • Every year there are 4 breathtakingly beautiful ‘moderate’ seasons.
  • Your home is in the Appalachian Foothills with spectacular mountain and lake views.
  • You can afford an idyllic mountain cabin retreat, or a gorgeous luxury home with a view to die for.
  • The unlimited amenities and activities make you feel like you’re living in a resort–and you ARE!
  • You are surrounded by the peaceful serenity of a pristine natural environment.
  • You have more like-minded friends than you’ve ever had in your life.
  •  Metropolitan Atlanta is only an hour away if you miss the traffic and noise of the city.

    Big Canoe's Lake Petit and Surrounding Mountains

    Big Canoe's Lake Petit and Surrounding Mountains

So, if you’re thinking or retiring–or not–come on up and we’ll give you a tour and let you decide.

Happiest of Holidays,

Margo and Peter


3 Responses to “Where to Retire? Big Canoe, Of Course!”
  1. BRAVO!!! That was the funniest post I have read in a while, and very true. Big Canoe ties up all the advantages of other resort communities into a tidy inexpensive package.
    Keep up the great blogs!

  2. Tom Cannizzaro says:

    Very creative. But you may have alienated Arizonans, New Yorkers, Californians, Coloradans, Minnesotans and Floridians who have no sense of humor!

    I particularly like the idea of “saddling up kitchen roaches” as a means of saving on gasoline…..

  3. Joyce DeSenna says:

    Great piece on retirement! Why would anyone want to live anywhere else?!

    Joyce DeSenna

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