Williamsburg has become a mecca for retirees

Retiring in Williamsburg is like visiting a fun and historical tourist destination and never leaving.

Williamsburg (pop. 12,000) has become a Mecca for retirees over the past dozen years because of it history, charm, vacation amenities, proximity to major cities and airports and affordable cost of living.

For instance, Colonial Williamsburg, the restored colonial capital city in the 18th Century. Many homes, structures and pubs have been restored and period events are often held featuring actors in colonial dress. Hundreds of thousands visit Colonial Williamsburg each year.

But for those who like modern recreation, there are 10 major golf courses in and around Williamsburg. Arts are important to area residents. There are a number of arts and cultural organizations and performances that include the Williamsburg Symphony and the Shakespeare Festival at the College of William and Mary. The College has a Lifelong Learning center where “mature” adults can take inexpensive classes.

Those seeking a moderate climate love Williamsburg, as temperatures are almost always a mild 40-90 degrees year round. Snow is rare, as are scorching summer days.

Taxes are among the lowest of anyplace in Virginia. International airports (and big city sights, events and dining) are available in a short drive to Richmond (53 miles) or Norfolk (46 miles).

For those who enjoy the water, Williamsburg is a short drive to tidal and coastal areas. Birding is popular as is gardening. There are several active adult and retirement communities in the area to choose from.