We had the joy of spending a few days in Tennessee earlier this week with good friends of ours who used to live in Minnesota. No surprise, when we arrived from the Bold North, we brought snow with us! People we talked to in Tennessee said it was the first snow they had gotten this entire winter.
Our friends moved here a few years ago in preparation for their forthcoming retirement lifestyle. They were hugely diligent in scouting the country (flying & RVing) for an area with both mountains and lakes and found it north of Knoxville in East Tennessee.
Before they did so, they had the important discussion that many people have about the “one or two home solution”. Some people want to have a single house to retire to – one expense and set of ‘stuff’ – but in a place that is sufficiently warm in the winter time. Others go for the ‘two house solution’ with a place where it is very warm (Florida, Arizona) in the winter that they can snowbird from the North in. They keep their house back home for the beautiful summer months.
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We haven’t decided what will be right for us in the future. It kind of depends on where our son goes after college. In the meanwhile, we’ve planned a few getaways each winter to escape the cold. Or, in this case to have the cold follow us to Tennessee!
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