Golden place for the golden years

Hill Country village earns national praise as golden spot for retirees

Hill Country village earns national praise as golden spot for retirees

This Hill Country spot is a great place to retire. Visit Fredericksburg/Instagram

A beloved hamlet in the Hill Country has blossomed on a new list of the country’s best spots for retirees.

Fredericksburg lands on an unranked Travel + Leisure list of the country’s 10 best small towns for retirement.

Travel + Leisure emphasizes the Hill Country town’s German heritage and its proximity to Austin and San Antonio.

“Wine lovers will enjoy living in the midst of more than 100 wineries in the area, and stargazers will appreciate the city’s efforts to become a Dark Sky Community, with measures to minimize light pollution,” Travel + Leisure observes. “Seasonal changes are significant, with dry, warm summers and cold weather in winter. The area is safe, and crime rates are low.”

In addition to Fredericksburg getting some praise for being a hot retirement spot, nearby Austin also seems to be a great place to retire, with the Capital City appearing on an unranked Forbes list of the country’s 25 best places to enjoy retirement.

In lauding Austin, Forbes highlights the city’s passions for arts and culture, fine dining, lifelong learning, outdoor activities, golf, and volunteering.

“The city boasts a high number of physicians per capita, good air quality, and high marks for volunteering. Austin is very bikeable and somewhat walkable,” Forbes notes.

While Fredericksburg is the only Texas community on the Travel + Leisure list, Austin is joined on the Forbes list by Dallas.

Though Forbes conspicuously left San Antonio off its best places to enjoy retirement list, earlier this year, the publication named the Alamo City one of the top 25 U.S. cities for retirees in 2021, with several other organizations backing San Antonio as a hot spot for retirement.