The site of the first Ben & Jerry's ice cream shop, founded in the late 1970s, is now a parking lot but its reincarnation is nearby on Church Street.
The marketplace, like much of Burlington, often buzzes with college-town energy from the 11,000 students at the University of Vermont.
In making our picks, we focused on cities with a unique sense of place and a manageable size: Each has a population under 100,000 — small enough to easily navigate but large enough to offer a wide array of culture, amenities and services.
These are cities with fairly solid economic foundations and low crime rates.
The tree-lined streets of downtown Athens are home to numerous venues, including the famous 40 Watt Club and Georgia Theatre, along with a full slate of restaurants, shops, services and more. The city has a Really Really Free market, a giant free swap meet in a city park.
For active retirees, golf is big here, and the Athens Bicycling group welcomes riders of all ages and speeds.
If your retirement daydreams involve a healthy, culturally rich, lakeside town, Burlington may be for you.Also, the city is 60 miles south of Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest.Winters are mild and summers hot, with 49 inches of rain spread fairly evenly throughout the year.In Bellingham, the list of attributes is long and plays to the wants of many older Americans: world-class sailing, hiking and scenery, a manageably sized city, a cool arts scene and easy access to Canada if things get hairy in the U. See also: Where to live on 0 a day First, the rain: Curtains of misty moisture can sock in for days during late fall and winter.But the average annual rainfall of 35 inches doesn't even come close to the top 10 rainiest cities in the U. Bellingham summers are sunny and temperate, with an average of fewer than six rainy days in July and August combined.
Bellingham sits right on the sound, where killer whales compete for fish with commercial and sport boats.