Relaxing Vacations for Retirees and Seniors

Traveling in retirement is blissful. After years of family vacations where the children dictate the itinerary, traveling as a mature adult provides the freedom to accommodate your interests and on your schedule. There are several adult-oriented travel destinations to choose from, providing a relaxing experience and an opportunity to meet “like minded” travelers along the way. When you go is equally as important as where you go, which is a big bonus for retirees. Opt to travel during non-peak seasons and you will mitigate the inconveniences of large crowds and overbooked services. Here are a few ideas for your next relaxing getaway.

Central California Coast

Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, located two hours South of San Francisco, is a quintessential European-style village nestled between the Santa Lucia Highland mountain range and the rugged Pacific coastline. Boasting picturesque white sand beaches and independent inns and retailers, Carmel has been rated a top-10 destination in the U.S. year after year. Small, private hotels and Inns provide comfortable accommodations for travelers to tuck in for the night. Try the Pine Inn Hotel, the first hotel built in the village in 1889.

Eateries line Ocean Avenue, presenting fresh California cuisine paired with fine wines from the Santa Lucia Highlands. Recently opened and tucked behind the famed Sweets Cottage on the south side of Ocean Avenue, Il Tegamino offers Italian comfort food like one might experience in the old country.

For entertainment beyond the spouting whales in the Pacific Ocean, head to Sunset Cultural Center, a state-of-the-art performing arts center with an intimate 718 seats, stunning gothic architecture, and outstanding acoustics. The Sunset Center hosts a variety of world-class performances and live events, including global music, comedy, rock shows, theatre and dance. The venue is home to the Monterey Symphony and the renowned Carmel Bach Festival.

Several day trip options are available from Carmel-by-the-Sea. Head 15 miles east to enjoy a day in the warmth of the Carmel Valley Village with wine tasting rooms, hiking trails, and small independent restaurants. Head south for 30 miles along Highway 1 to experience Big Sur.

Colorado Train Trips

Colorado offers the opportunity to explore some of the most scenic landscapes via historic rail. Take in the state’s wild terrain, not easily traveled any other way. Teddy Roosevelt described his experience on rail through Colorado as “the trip that bankrupts the English language!” Exploring the rugged Colorado Rockies on train is a relaxing and visually stimulating experience for travelers. There are several rail experiences available in Colorado, the most popular being the California Zephyr through the Rockies. This route is hailed as having the finest scenic journey on Amtrak. The California Zephyr crosses the Rockies on the former Rio Grande Rail Road, ascending 4,000 feet to the Moffat Tunnel through South Boulder Canyon. The 6.2-mile tunnel goes through the Continental Divide to the Colorado River.  

The Royal Gorge Rail Road offers travelers the best dining experience via rail in North America. Once aboard the Royal Gorge Route, enjoy a first-class lunch or dinner in a luxurious dining or vista dome car. Select your favorite varietal from the extensive wine list and sit back to enjoy the excellent service. The route takes you through the spectacular Royal Gorge along the Arkansas River and deep within Colorado’s largest canyons.

For travel on Amtrak, seniors over the age of 62 are eligible for a 15 percent discount on the lowest available rail fare.

Alaskan Cruise

Many seniors enjoy the relaxation of a vacation cruise. The options abound on length of cruise, destinations, activities aboard the ship, and when in port. A popular cruise destination for those looking for a relaxing experience is Alaska. Known as the Great Land, Alaska offers some of the most impressive natural landscapes in the world.

Princess Cruises has been voted the #1 cruise line in Alaska for 10 consecutive years. The top-rated cruise is the Voyage of the Glaciers, a 7-night cruise between Vancouver, B.C. and Anchorage (Whittier). While on board, take advantage of first-class culinary experiences. Once the ship pulls into the harbor, enjoy day excursions of fishing, visiting local dives, and connecting with the locals.

Traveling later in life is a privilege and an adventure. When the time comes to stay closer to home, we are here to help. Visit our site for more information and contact us when the time is right for you.

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