Now that the weather is turning and the snow is falling, most snowbirds are settling into their secondary homes. Maybe you’re planning on a vacation or you’re just tired of the same old routine. We know you’ll never go anywhere that compares to the beauty and serenity of the Land of 10,000 Lakes, but if you’re looking for some winter destinations that will bring you a break from the snow and provide some fun adventures, we’ve compiled the perfect list for you.

 

 

1. Georgetown, South Carolina

The average high in January is a comfortable 60 degrees. This charming town hugs the Atlantic coastline so you can enjoy spending time in the sand, fishing on the sea, or walking down the harbor. Georgetown also has a historic downtown that will transport you back in time.

 

 

2. Peoria, Arizona

Don’t forget to pack your ball caps when you come to Peoria. In this toasty town, the average high in January is 70 degrees. You can catch a Mariners baseball game or go out sailing on Peasant Lake.

 

 

3. Palm Springs, California

Any time is the right time to have a cocktail and sit by the pool here! The average temperature in January is 71 degrees. Visitors like to walk the Andreas Canyon Trail or stop by the nearby Desert Hot Springs.

 

 

4. Laughlin, Nevada

This town is nestled along the Colorado River. If you like the thrill of gambling but also the thrill of reeling in a large trout, there will be no shortage of things to do here. There is a great mix of city and nature and the average temperature in January is a nice 65 degrees.

 

 

5. Orange Beach, Alabama

This city boasts beautiful white sand beaches and seafood to die for! They also have a festival just for snowbirds, creatively called the Snowbird Festival. The average temperature in January is 60 degrees. It may be a little too chilly to take a dip in the ocean, but the sound of the waves is relaxing enough to make up for it!

 

 

Who says you can’t learn new tricks?! Experiencing new places and adventures is a great way to stay rejuvenated. Nice places to hunker down during the winter months are not limited to this list. There are many more places for Snowbirds to fly to and soak in the sun including Gulfport, Mississippi; Mount Dora, Florida; Ocala, Florida; or Harlingen, Texas. It really depends on your taste and what you prefer. While enjoying your summer back home, start some research on your new adventure for next year. There’s no time like the present to try something new.

 

 

Minnesota is known for our lakes, which you hopefully utilized all summer long, and for our cold winters. With the summer winding down, snowbirds are prepping to head to their secondary locations for the winter months. That said, there is still plenty of summer left and, trust us, you don’t want to miss a Minnesota autumn. If you’re unsure of what to do as the days get shorter and the weather cools, here are some ideas:

 

Festivals and Fairs

Just because the summer is coming to a close doesn’t mean the Minnesota fun has to stop. There are plenty of festivals and fairs that take place during the treasured last few weeks of summer.

  • The Minnesota Renaissance Festival

 

This beloved Minnesota event goes from August 18th through September 30th. Visitors don’t have to dress in costume (but it’s definitely encouraged!) as they step back into a 16th Century European village. You’ll enjoy shopping, view live jousting, and interact with hundreds of characters as you spend your day feasting on turkey legs and beer. It’s truly a sight to see and an event you don’t want to miss!

 

  • The Minnesota State Fair

 

The Great Minnesota Get-Together, as it’s lovingly referred to, runs from August 23rd through September 3rd. Stroll through the fairgrounds and take in exhibits, livestock shows, shopping, music, vendors, and of course, all the food on a stick you can stomach! If you’re from the Midwest, you’ll recognize the ever-popular Tater Tot Hotdish, but with a State Fair twist: on a stick!

 

 

 

Sporting Events

If you’re not interested in fried foods and jousting, you might enjoy attending some sporting events as we transition into autumn. The new U.S. Bank Stadium hosts the Minnesota Vikings and is sure to be a great time. The Minnesota Twins continue their baseball season well into September and the Timberwolves and Lynx begin their seasons in October.

 

 

Apples, Pumpkins, and Corn Mazes. Oh My!

Visit any one of the beautiful and delicious apple orchards scattered across Minnesota. Whether you’re interested in heading to the Metro or traveling up north, you’re sure to find an apple orchard to visit! September 13th through the 16th is Applefest, the annual apple festival in the southern part of the state. Of course, you can’t think Minnesota apples without mentioning the Honeycrisp apple. Cultivated at the University of Minnesota, these delicious apples are sweet, firm, and best for eating raw.

 

You can go to pumpkin patches and find the perfect Halloween pumpkin. Many pumpkin patches also have interactive corn mazes that are fun for the whole family! Most open up around Mid-September. October 20th is the Pumpkin Fest, a free event with plenty to see and do.

 

As summer days fade into autumn evenings, snowbirds can still find plenty of activities to enjoy well before the snow falls.

Minnesota: the Land of 10,000 Lakes. As snowbirds settling back for the Minnesota summer, you’re ready for some outdoor adventures that only Minnesota has to offer!  In summer, it’s not as hard as you’d think to take a fun trip when you’re on a budget either. Many of the great travel experiences in Minnesota can’t be bought anyway — hiking amid old-growth white pines, paddling through bluff country, listening to loons in the Boundary Waters. Here’s a list with a few of Minnesota’s summer hotspots that might pique your interest as you settle back in for the summer. Whether you’re interested in the busy city life or a slower pace, Minnesota has it all. We’ll start in the metro area and head north with this list. Buckle up and enjoy the ride!

 

U.S Bank Stadium:

Home of the Minnesota Vikings, this stadium was just completed in 2016. This stadium isn’t simply a location; it’s an epicenter of excitement and experiences. But the stadium is not just the home of the Minnesota Vikings, it’s a facility that will host major national and international events that create economical, fiscal, and social benefits to the region. There’s always something to do at the U.S Bank Stadium!

 

 

 

Museum Central:

If sports aren’t your cup of tea, the Twin Cities Metro area is packed with museums. Check out the Science Museum of Minnesota, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Walker Art Center, Children’s Museum, or either of the zoos: Minnesota Zoo or The Como Zoo.

 

Continuing north to St. Cloud, Minnesota, you have to check out Munsinger Gardens:

These gardens are St. Cloud’s pride and joy and a must-see along your northern adventure. The site was originally a sawmill. In 1915 the city purchased the area to use as a neighborhood park. Located along the Mississippi River, visitors to Munsinger Gardens can enjoy the peace and tranquility of this garden. The garden takes advantage of its shady location by featuring mainly shade loving plants; including a wide variety of Hostas and ferns. Visitors can also enjoy the many geese and ducks that have made the garden their spring and summer home.

Named after a former superintendent of parks, Munsinger Gardens continues to be a jewel of the city.

 

Brainerd, Minnesota:

The Brainerd Lakes Area – Explore It. Live It. Whether you are looking for a Minnesota adventure or for relaxation, you will discover endless options year-round in the Brainerd lakes country. World-class golfing, fishing and boating, biking, snowmobiling, shopping – even bird watching or kayaking – are just some of the reasons people choose to visit the Brainerd Lakes Area.

 

Duluth, Minnesota:

Duluth has it all: museums, water sports, nature walks, culture, the North Shore, and history. As a major port city, Duluth is a place like no other. It has an endless horizon where the largest freshwater lake in the world meets the sky. Enjoy the rocky cliffs and pristine forests where you’ll find miles of trails to explore. Duluth is a thriving community where you can take in a show, explore nature, enjoy a meal and stay in comfort no matter where your plans take you.

 

Regardless of what your Minnesota summer looks like, you’ll have no shortage of excitement! Whether you’re looking for some city action or to get in touch with nature, Minnesota has what you’re looking for! If you call Minnesota home or if you’re just visiting, you’ll fall in love with what we have to offer! Welcome to Minnesota Nice!

It’s tee-time! Living on a golf course sounds like a dream come true and, for a lot of people, it is. There are a lot of benefits to living in a golf course community and, for the right people, it really is a perfect place to call home.

So, what are the benefits to living on a golf course? We’re glad you asked! Here are the top four (because who doesn’t like a golf pun?) reasons why living on a golf course is a great decision:

  1. Get a Look at that View!—you’ll never tire of the beautiful landscapes if you live on a golf course. Golf course views aren’t the only sights you’ll enjoy either. In addition to the manicured beauty of the golf course itself, often, there are gardens and other natural landscapes to observe. A river or lake view is just an added bonus you’ll likely find.

2. Amenities—as you settle into the golf course lifestyle, you’ll notice there’s rarely a lull in the action. The amenities and activities available go beyond golf. Pools, tennis courts, community halls, and parks are just some of the added amenities you’ll find living on a golf course. As an additional perk, you’ll find a sense of fellowship. Many of the people living in a golf course community are retired or, at the very least, like-minded. They all chose to live on a golf course for many of the same reasons and you’ll find lasting relationships.

3. Maintenance free—as previously stated, the landscaping and views are flawless. That will cross-over into your own properties. Association fees will take care of lawn maintenance. The consistency of maintenance to your home and your neighbors’ homes ensures that everyone’s yards look great. Also, you’ll rest easier knowing your safety and comfort are taken care of.

 

4. FOUR!—The best reason to live on a golf course is the unlimited amount of golfing you’ll do! You can turn you favorite hobby into a lifestyle and that’s not something many people can boast about. The golf course is never far away so all you have to do is grab your clubs and hit the green.

 

Whether you’re an avid golfer or just someone who enjoys a relaxing and comfortable lifestyle, golf course living has it all. The benefits of living on a golf course are as satisfying as a hole in one. Welcome home.

While many snowbirds plan their yearly trip around an exact location of preference, many others are less concerned with where and more concerned on how. At TCCOM, our summer residents  care about more than the lowest cost and cheapest rentals. For us and our residents, value is where it’s at. Here are some of the most affordable places to go to avoid the Minnesota winter weather.

Clearwater, FL

Clearwater offers a great value in vacation rentals in addition to thriving downtown nightlife and popular shopping district. Clearwater is perfect for snowbirds looking for a place to return to on a yearly basis, as the city’s rapid growth means that there will be something new to explore every time you visit.

 

 

 

 

San Antonio, TX

With a super low cost of living and an unusually high inventory of apartments and short-term leasing options available downtown, this major south-central Texan town is a natural pick for snowbirds looking to spend a little less. The area has even got plenty of attractions to entertain the kids and grandkid with, including its rich colonial heritage at the infamous Alamo and the San Antonio River Walk.

 

 

 

 

Green Valley, AZ

Green Valley is a huge community of developments in the southern part of Arizona with nearby hiking and even birding spots in the Santa Rita mountains. Of course, this is a hotspot for retirees looking for top conveniences and amenities such as golf courses, fitness centers, and swimming pools all at a great value.

 

 

 

 

Overland Park KS

This Midwestern suburb of Kansas City is very affordable with a very low average rent for a two-bedroom apartment. There are some cities with moderate climates worth considering for quality snowbird retirement living. It’s not all about golf and beaches; it can also be about shopping and cultural attractions, which Overland Park has in abundance.

 

 

 

 

Las Cruces, NM

Las Cruces lies 50 minutes north of El Paso, Texas, which is enough to get you out of the Lone Star State and into the quintessential New Mexico high desert landscape. It’s also a snowbird fave, as many have decided to settle down in this southern New Mexico area that happens to sit on the edge of the Chihuahuan Desert, at the foot of the Organ Mountains, and along the banks of the Rio Grande.