Updated 05/07/2012 08:58 PM
AARP names Ulster County top "quirky" place to retire
Ulster County is gaining special recognition. An organization has named it one of the "quirkiest" places to retire. YNN's Alexandra Weishaupt reports.
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KINGSTON, N.Y. -- "It was a list of ten, nine towns around the United States and then our entire county was listed," said Ulster County Executive Michael Hein.
Listed as one of the top ten "quirkiest" places to retire, Ulster County receives the recognition from the AARP.
"It’s an honor for Ulster County because it really recognizes communities that sort of set themselves apart from other places," said Christopher Widelo, Associate State Director for AARP New York.
And that's just what Ulster County does. Located on the Hudson River, the unique place is described by the AARP as “a funky string of artist-haven villages edged by vast swaths of bear-haven mountains.”
The Associate State Director for AARP says it offers the ability to do many different things in just one small area, something that you won't find in many other places.
"It provides a good balance of not only having the ability of having a city life, but to also have that recreation. You can go to the mountains, you can be skiing and you can also be along the river in a canoe," said Widelo.
And the AARP also factored in the cost of living, the quality and availability of health care and crime and safety when making their decision. They say nowhere is perfect, but they'll take "quirky" over impossible perfection any day.
“It’s quirky but it’s just different in very good ways,” said Widelo.
And whether folks are looking to retire or find a neat place to live, County Executive Mike Hein says Ulster County is the place.
"If what they’re saying is that we’re a special place to retire, we think we’re not only a special place to retire, we’re a special place to live every single day," said Hein.