Want to know what it's like to retire in Guilford?
After growing up in Massachusetts and spending over twenty years raising a family on Long Island, NY, I realized that after my children left the house, it was time for a change. I wanted to move back to a smaller community that lacked the traffic, crowds, and rushed lifestyle which I had been surrounded by for over two decades. I knew I would still have to hold a full time job to support myself until I fully retired, so a location with ample job opportunities was a must. After searching areas from the Hudson Valley all the way down to North Carolina, I finally came across a small town called Guilford, Connecticut, that I am lucky enough to now call home.
The first time I drove through Guilford, I knew I wanted to live here because of the historical charm. Guilford was settled in 1639. It is a quaint, sea-side New England village with a town green surrounded by little shops, churches and wonderful old homes. The people are friendly and there is rarely any traffic. A perfect place to start one's next chapter in life, away from the hustle and bustle of crowded communities.
Coming from the New York area I find that businesses and doctors close earlier than I am accustomed to.
The endless opportunities for exploring and hiking. The Connecticut Shoreline has begun building 25 miles of trails from Madison-through Guilford-all the way to East Haven. Along the way, you have views of the Long Island Sound, forests, meadows, and marshes. For the first several weeks, every day I found a new place to explore.
There is so much I would miss I plan never to leave. However, if I had to, I would miss the Green, the beaches and the variety of the area. A ten minute drive north from the seashore brings you into farmland where you can get fresh eggs or orchards where you pick your own fruits.
It is a slower way of life here than in highly populated areas. Be prepared to literally stop and smell the roses, the ocean, and to smile and say hello to people when you pass by.
... check out Jean's day in the life.