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Retirees heading to unconventional destinations

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Cecil Noble, co-owner of Artemis Acres ranch, leads riders Bill and Sally Herndon of Bigfork up a mountain southwest of Kalispell, Mont. The idea of people who uproot and move when they retire conjures up images of warm, sunny Florida or Arizona. But some of the older members of the baby boom generation -- the 78 million Americans born between 1946 and 1964 -- are looking elsewhere, and a number of towns in cooler climates from Maine to Washington have become popular retirement destinations.

Associated Press/October 2007

A rainbow forms over the City Hall building in Asheville, N.C. The idea of people who uproot and move when they retire conjures up images of warm, sunny Florida or Arizona. But some of the older members of the baby boom generation -- the 78 million Americans born between 1946 and 1964 -- are looking elsewhere, and a number of towns in cooler climates from Maine to Washington have become popular retirement destinations. Asheville has also merited mention in the lists of best places for retirees.

Associated Press/June 2010

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When Peg Davis was ready to find a retirement community to move to, she looked north -- not south -- for a place to spend her later years. "I wouldn't go south of Pennsylvania," said Davis, who vacationed here for years before making the move. "My mind operates like a Mainer. It doesn't operate like people who escape to Southern comfort."
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    • Cecil Noble, co-owner of Artemis Acres ranch, leads riders Bill and Sally Herndon of Bigfork up a mountain southwest of Kalispell, Mont. The idea of people who uproot and move when they retire conjures up images of warm, sunny Florida or Arizona. But some of the older members of the baby boom generation  the 78 million Americans born between 1946 and 1964  are looking elsewhere, and a number of towns in cooler climates from Maine to Washington have become popular retirement destinations.
    •  A rainbow forms over the City Hall building in Asheville, N.C. The idea of people who uproot and move when they retire conjures up images of warm, sunny Florida or Arizona. But some of the older members of the baby boom generation  the 78 million Americans born between 1946 and 1964  are looking elsewhere, and a number of towns in cooler climates from Maine to Washington have become popular retirement destinations. Asheville has also merited mention in the lists of best places for retirees.
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