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Welcome to Best Places Newsletter for Dec. 27. We hope you have a very happy and successful New Year coming up.

Today we focus on alternatives to The Villages in the West, plus, a whimsical look at the names chosen by active adult and 55+ communities. 

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Newport, Oregon

Located on the Oregon coast on the north side of the Yaquina Bay is the waterfront town of Newport. It has about 10,000 year-round residents. It is popular with retirees and tourists for its beaches, lighthouses, and its iconic landmark, art, and the Yaquina Bay Bridge.  

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The Villages has Alternatives in the West

We continue our exploration of competitors to The Villages with some alternatives in the Western part of the U.S.  Not everyone wants to go big, but for those who do there are some interesting choices.

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How Do Active Communities Get Their Names?

After seeing the same words appear in active community names over and over again, we were curious to see just how much overlap there is. Turns out there is a lot - we have hundreds of communities that use "villages" or "lakes". Plus frequent use of trees, geographic features... and others.  Maybe there is something to a name. Please join us in this whimsical exploration.

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Horse Country - Aiken, SC

This town in western South Carolina’s Sand Hill country started as a healthy retreat where the wealthy could escape from hot weather. The “Winter Colony”, long popular with the horsy set is a haven for many retirees. 

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