Two cherry sodas, please, and someone tell the kids to get off my lawn.

Photo courtesy: Owl Soda Fountain & Gifts.

Wenatchee: It’s for Old People! That’s not the motto of the Eastern Washington city…yet. But since being named 10 Affordable Cities for Retirement by the AARP magazine, it’s only a matter of time.

So how can you party like a senior citizen in Wenatchee? AARP mag—the world’s largest magazine and purveyor of Robert Redford photo shoots—likes the 11-mile paved Apple Capital Loop trail and the AppleSox wooden-bat baseball team. Here are our tips on how to live large, retired-style, in Wenatchee:

-Non-Profit Sunday meals at Mission Street Bistro, where local aid organizations get a cut of the evening’s proceeds. The older we get, the more we’re interested in racking up good karma points.

-Tubing the Wenatchee River from Leavenworth. Leave the whitewater rafting to the whippersnappers; tubing, like retirement, is all about basking in the sun and ignoring everyone else.

-Lincoln Rock State Park, where a basalt rock formation looks like old Honest Abe (or maybe it looks like Walter Matthau; our eyesight isn’t what it used to be).

-Owl Soda Foundtain, with a juke box and old-fashioned sundaes. Remember those halcyon days of sock hops and phosphates? Kids today don’t know what they’re missing.

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