The mountains of western North Carolina are a magnet for northerners and southerners. Northerners looking for a second home or retirement location appreciate the laid-back nature of many of the small mountain towns and the dramatically lower cost of living than they are used to. Southerners used to extreme summer heat, especially Floridians, love that the thermometer rarely rises above 80 degrees on some of the most popular mountains, especially those that rise as high as 5,000 feet. Carolinians from such urban areas as Charlotte and Greenville look to the western Carolina mountains as weekend refuge. Golf above 4,000 feet can also add distance to one's golf game.