According to Dr. Warren Bland, one of the most-quoted authorities on retirement destinations, some cities have more “romantic” qualities than others. In an article in the Feb. 2 issue of “Retirement Weekly,” an online publication from MarketWatch.com, Bland includes two of our favorite areas on hist list, Savannah and Charleston, numbers 8 and 9, respectively. The only other southeastern city to make the top 10 is Naples, FL, giving rise to the notion that couples in that vastly overheated real estate market are not arguing about whether they should have cashed in a year ago. Las Vegas, with much the same real estate problem as Naples, rates a #4 ranking on the romantic cities list. It must be all those Wayne Newton concerts.
Bland rates Ashland, OR, as the most romantic city in the nation for retirees. Home to Oregon’s respected Shakespeare Festival, the remote Ashland certainly provides a nice setting for Romeo and Juliet, although we recall that story didn't end so well. Ashland's climate is terrific, and perhaps Midsummer's Night Dream is more appropriate.