That would be Woodstock, Illinois. According to yesterday's Northwest Herald, Woodstock has been chosen by Where to Retire Magazine as one of the top places in the U.S. to retire.
I'd have to concur, especially if you can live at that great old 1850s town square, as featured in the movie "Groundhog Day." Or, I also like the surrounding neighborhoods with all those great Victorian homes.
My mother-in-law lived her last years at an assisted living place right on the square. I kept telling her she had to hang in there so I could get her place. You would rarely-ever have to leave it. I could just plop my desk and 'pute by the window and spend hours looking out.
There are also all sorts of places to spend your money and eat out on Il-47 and US-14.
It's a beautiful square with lots of activities, plus restaurants, the Opera House with all its performances, a movie theatre, and probably ten-twelve bars within a couple blocks.
However, there is still that Il-47 traffic hassle and McHenry County has some of the highest taxes anywhere in the U.S.. One other thing is that their gas is usually very high. Yesterday, it was $4.10 at most places.
Actually, we were in Woodstock on Monday, on our way back from Dekalb and ate at Colemans. Last night, I was back in town and ate at Tommy's and went to the McHenry County Civil War Round Table meeting at that huge library.
Don't Surprise Me None. --RoadDog