For years, Asheville and its surrounding mountain towns have ranked near the top of most “best places to retire” lists. One of the reasons may be that, despite the altitude, Ashevillians do not have a particularly lofty attitude of themselves or their progressive mountain town. Just don’t mess with their mountains, streams and the rest of what nature bequeathed. As for man made inventions, Asheville can boast active theater programs, top-quality restaurants and an atmosphere of invention that attracts some of the top artisans in America. You can craft quite a nice retirement in Asheville.