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Wenatchee a Top 10 Spot for Retirement

You don’t have to be drawing Social Security to kick back.

By Allison Williams July 26, 2011

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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