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Staunton, Va.: The Perfect Place (for Me) to Retire

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Downtown Staunton, Va. The city closes off blocks of West Beverley Street weekends to allow for outdoor dining in the historic district.

Photograph by Bob Niedt

Sometimes things get settled in an unsettling way. During the pandemic and lockdown, our household made a life-altering decision: We settled on a place to retire. And we moved there. Retirement, however, is still a ways away.

So here’s how this came to be: A year ago, I wrote about how my wife and I, then living in Northern Virginia and knowing we didn’t want to stay there in retirement, were homing in on two possible retirement locales: somewhere in the Carolinas or in Staunton (pronounced, I have to point out, STAN-ton), a small city in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

In one week last summer, Linda and I quietly reached the same decision at the same time: Staunton it is.

Beaches or mountains? We grew up Jersey Shore rats, and while the mountains called, the beaches........

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