Since the 1940s, Baby Boomers have re-defined the way Americans think about everything, from education to employment, transportation to technology, residence to retirement, and more. For the past two decades, the retirement trend has changed significantly, as “moving to Florida” has been replaced by “moving to someplace that makes the best sense for us.”
For many Boomers, what “makes sense” is moving closer to family – especially grandchildren. In sales office surveys conducted of Windsong home buyers, “closer to family” is one of the top reasons for purchasing a home in one of our communities. (“Single-story home” and “Low-maintenance living” are close finishers, as well).
According to the American Grandparents Associations (AGA), grandparents represent 1/3 of the U.S. population, with 1.7 million new grandparents added every year! And an AGA poll found that 72% of grandparents report “being a grandparent is the single most important and satisfying thing in their lives.”
Because this Sunday, September 13, is “Grandparents Day,” we thought we’d provide a few suggestions for activities grandparents and grandchildren can enjoy together, here in North Georgia.
Apple-Picking: The Apple Capital of Georgia, Ellijay is home to the annual Apple Festival (beginning October 10 this year). While some of the late-season apples won’t be ready until the Festival, early and mid-season favorites – ready now – include Honey Crisp, Empire, Gala, Red Delicious, and Jonagold. Pick-your-own, or purchase at the farm stands (Hillcrest Orchards – 706.273-3838; BJ Reece’s Apple House – 706.276-3048; Panorama Farm Market – 706.276-3818. For information on other orchards, visit www.georgiaapplefestival.org/orchards.aspx).
SkyView Atlanta at Centennial Olympic Park: SkyView is the Atlanta Ferris Wheel, providing visitors with a view of Atlanta from 20 stories above Centennial Olympic Park, in climate-controlled gondolas, including the “Ferrari” versions (at additional cost). For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 678.949-9023, or visit www.skyviewatlanta.com.
Below the ferris wheel, Centennial Olympic Park is the 21-acre park that was created for the 1996 Olympic Games, held in Atlanta. Open daily from 7 am – 11 pm, the park is home to both the World of Coca-Cola and the Georgia Aquarium, as well as the Fountain of Rings, the world’s largest interactive fountain, perfect for keeping cool on a hot September afternoon.
Zoo Atlanta is home to more than 200 varieties of animals, showcased in habitat environments. Among the most popular are twin Giant Panda cubs, Mei Lan and Mei Huan, and their parents, Lun Lun and Yang Yang, who just celebrated their 18th birthdays! Visit www.zooatlanta.org for visitor information.
Thanks to recent trends, more than half of American grandparents now reside close to their grandchildren, and another 46% report that they wished they lived even closer, according to the AGA.
Windsong communities are helping make those wishes come true, with single-story luxury homes in communities, strategically located in Cherokee, Cobb, and Paulding counties – close to traditional neighborhoods where families (and grandchildren!) reside.
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