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Retirement Planning Fail

September 3, 2011 Friends, Fun 4 Comments

I fell in love with Ashland when I was there a couple of weeks ago. The community is small enough to be quaint and large enough to have the amenities I’ve become accustomed to (though, sadly, the nearest Trader Joe’s is an hour away). All of us girls fell in love with it, actually, and we began making plans to retire there when the time comes. It just seems like the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the Bay Area without losing the culture and recreation.

Drinking wine = Recreation + Culture

Southern Oregon is an up-and-coming wine region and we sampled the wares at a few Rogue Valley wineries on Sunday. Much to our delight, the chardonnays in Oregon are not oak-y and buttery like the ones from California. The pinot noirs are also fuller and richer. We were in heaven!

As we chatted with the winemakers during our tastings, I began to rethink the retirement strategy. You see, these fine people had the same idea we had: they came to Ashland to retire. But the land they bought came with grape vines. Or they fell in love with the area and wanted to be part of the culture. Or someone gave them some grapes and they figured they’d try their hand at winemaking. Or whatever. And here they are, pouring wine for strangers on weekends and otherwise working their asses off year-round to produce good wine. I realize there is a truth in “do what you love and it isn’t work,” but I’m pretty sure the only people I want to pour wine for on weekends are myself and my friends.

I need to find a new place to retire to. What’s your plan?

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  1. Steph says:

    A house near family and a house not near family. :) Preferably in a tropical or very exotic sort of locale. I’ll find that out when my kiddos are old enough to let me travel again. Happy retirement planning Molly!

  2. […] No, I am not shitting you. These people moved to southern Oregon from southern California to raise their alpacas. It just-so-happened that the farm they bought had grapes and orchard fruits growing on it… so they raise their alpacas AND grapes AND apples, peaches, and pears. Goodbye retirement! […]

  3. Jane says:

    Hmmm! Contemplating Retirement locales: Ashland. Central coast of Calif. San Diego. I confess to loving the “coastal lifestyle!” Hmmmm!

  4. Caryn says:

    Currently love where I live and could easily retire here. Oh wait, working 20 hours a week could be considering semi-retirement right? I might change which house I live in as I’d like a view of the lake and more land to raise chickens but so far the area fits my needs and doesn’t nearly have as much rain as Oregon! We also have a growing wine region just 30 minutes away. :-)

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