Ready to trade rush hour and conference calls for a golf cart and the local coffee house? Whether retirement is just around the corner or somewhere down the line, check out these Southern towns. They’re perfect for it.

Paducah, Kentucky

Bragging rights: this UNESCO Creative City is acclaimed for its quilts and artistic leanings. Add bird watching, fishing, hiking, and boating to the offerings of this lively river burg, which marks the spot where the Tennessee and Ohio converge. There’s a burgeoning restaurant scene here that makes it easy to plan a night out.

By Carolanne Roberts

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