More and more people are choosing to call Madison home for retirement because of the culture, community, events, exceptional housing, access to quality health care, activities, and affordable living to name a few. Keep reading below to discover more about the rave around retiring in Madtown or start searching now for your next home if you need no more convincing.
There’s nothing quite like socializing with friends or strangers over a cup of coffee or a delicious dinner. Madison has coffee shops, restaurants, and supper clubs in every neighborhood serving up daily specials, delectable meals, and delicious conversations. Whether you need a caffeine fix or fresh baked goods Madison’s coffee shops range from national favorites like Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, and Caribou Coffee to local favorites such as Barriques and EVP Coffee. Add regional favorites into the mix, namely Moka and Colectivo and you can see the endless possibilities for great places to meet up for a cup of coffee.
Coffee and donuts aren’t the only things your tastebuds crave so for the rest, Madison has an endless supply of spectacular restaurants and supper clubs. If you crave Italian, Mexican, Indian, Chinese, American, or any other food imaginable then you are in luck because Madison is a hot-spot for hot dishes. Everyone loves a good supper club because they are known as places to meet friends, talk to strangers, and unwind with tasty cocktails while enjoying some of the best homemade meals offered. They are famous for the daily specials, Friday fish fry’s, juicy steaks, scrumptious salad bars, Old Fashions, and dessert drinks. These popular places require a reservation or you’ll want to get there early because seats go fast. Make sure to check out The Old Fashioned, Smoky's Club, and Toby's Supper Club.
Madison is a hub for incredible events and interesting places both indoors and outdoors. If you enjoy art and history then you’ll love the selection of museums including the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Chazen Museum of Art, Wisconsin Veterans Museum, and Wisconsin Historical Museum. There are year-round celebrations, live music, and sporting events that are sure to thrill and leave you with exciting memories. Madisonians love to get outside and enjoy the wonderful lakes and parks no matter what weather mother nature brings-rain, snow, or sunshine. Some Madison essentials include Betty Lou Cruises, Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Wisconsin State Capitol, and Overture Center for the Arts. Be sure to check out many convenient experiences tailored specifically for adults over 55 such as Theatre Bus and Madison Senior Center programs. Whether walking around downtown on the Capitol Square and State Street or strolling through the neighboring communities and parks there are endless opportunities to have fun, stay active, and be happy.
Outside of all the fun and excitement Madison offers you will have daily needs that are essential to living a good life which Madison provides exceptionally. Barbers, hair salons, pharmacies, grocery stores, gas stations, and stores are sure to be close by and accessible. It is common to have everything you need within five minutes of where you live but if you want to go out and explore more of Madison you can do so with ease. Driving around Madison is stress free due to short commute times, well maintained roads, and plenty of parking anywhere you go. Madison is also very bike friendly and has top notch public transportation. There are also nearby Amtrak train stations and the Dane County Regional Airport for travel destinations outside of Wisconsin and around the world. Feel free to check out the always up-to-date informational airport guide. All your shopping needs can be satisfied by East Towne Mall, West Towne Mall, South Towne Mall, Hilldale, State Street and a multitude of local stores. Madison has everything you need and some extra comforts that make living here that much more enjoyable.
In addition to ranking as the No 3 best place to live in 2019 and No 1 best city for renters in 2018 among many other high national rankings in various categories, Madison is simply known for the strong sense of community and friendly neighborhoods. There are many senior centers and libraries that provide wonderful programs and events for entertainment, volunteering, socializing. Mainly in the beautiful summer months you can find farmers markets throughout the entire city and surrounding communities but they also extend year-round in some cases. All of the libraries, community centers, churches, and senior care options will keep you active, involved, and living your best life.
Being healthy and well are key components to living a great life. Whether you are interested in trying new ways to enjoy physical activity, restoring balance to your life, managing stress or eating healthier, Madison offers the support you need for better health. There are several reasons Madison was ranked as the No 3 healthiest city in 2015 including access to local, fresh produce and healthy options at restaurants. Multiple fitness centers and yoga studios are available to stay strong physically and mentally such as Tennyson Health & Wellness Center, Goodman-Rotary 50+ Fitness, and other national fitness centers. Madison has world class specialists and health care providers at the numerous hospitals and medical clinics spread throughout the city and surrounding communities such as University of Wisconsin Hospitals ,SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital, and UnityPoint Health at Meriter to name a few of the best. The wonderful senior communities in Madison and the surrounding cities will ensure that you are living your best life in this next chapter and will help you become less stressed, healthier, happier.