We had the wonderful opportunity to spend a few weeks in a 55+ retirement community in Mesa, Arizona. The weather here this time of year is perfect. For sports fans, there’s plenty of spring training baseball in the Cactus League. For explorers, there are short day trips or longer weekend getaways in every direction. For those that just want to kick back and enjoy the facilities, it’s all here! What the heck, this might be your last resort!
Many of the folks here call the Midwest home and there is a big contingent from Canada. Mostly they are from anywhere BUT Arizona. Either way, locals always refer to these guests affectionately as snowbirds. Though some can’t wait until April when the snowbirds migrate back home.
There are about 1100 units here, so at the height of spring there could be over 2500 people at any one given time. It’s essentially a self-contained mini-city. Only about 25% stay the entire year as it turns into a ghost town during the summer months.
Mom loves it here. She’s up at 5am every morning for her pool workout, then peruses the daily blurb for the activity schedule. At 80-years-old my Mom is pretty healthy although she suffers from FOMO- Fear Of Missing Out. If there are donuts and coffee, she’ll be there. Ice cream social? Count her in. St. Patty’s Day celebratory green beer for 25¢, she’s NOT missing out!
The daily activity list is four pages long! There’s a wood shop, card rooms, ballroom, billiards, tennis, bocci ball, pickleball, and off-leash dog park. If you can’t find something to do here you’re probably in the wrong place.
Line dancing, weekly movie night, club parties, block parties. So, much to choose from for these folks which is vital in keeping them social, healthy, and active. This resort has absolutely something for everyone.
There are several clubs and activities we’d be interested if we were here in three month intervals. Our two week visit was an ideal taste of retirement life. We sampled the conversational Spanish class, used the gym every day, joined a wine stroll, lounged poolside during happy hour, and used the library and post office like we would in any other little community.
We were even invited to share a PowerPoint presentation on our Costa Rica trip. About 30 people showed up for a pot-luck and to see our 30-minute show complete with a Q&A session. For most of those attending, Costa Rica sounded so exotic. For us, it was fun to share our travel adventures in this sort of setting.
Although the weather is picture perfect and the amenities at this retirement resort are off the charts, we’re probably several years away from settling down for retirement living. Thanks Mom for sharing your happy place at the resort.
Thanks Towerpoint, Keep on Rockin’!!