Retire in Granite Falls, NC

Livability Score
48
** The AARP Livability Index scores neighborhoods and communities across the U.S. for the services and amenities that impact your life the most.
** 2014 US census data
Restaurants
1. Umi

Make sure to get reservations, as this place is small but believe me it's worth the effort and wait! Best Japanese food in town, and the only authentic...

2. JDs Smokehouse

Searching for some food and this place popped up as off of the next exit on the 40. We stopped and couldn't be more happy about it. We were just going to...

3. Hatch Sandwich Bar

Best Sandwich Shop in Hickory...maybe the whole world!!! The use of locally sourced, fresh ingredients, plus some really interesting combinations, make...

4. Vintage House Restaurant

Ladies and gentlemen, what can I say...It doesn't get any better than this. Chef/owner Matt Parker has a gem in Hickory, NC. This was my second occasion...

5. House of Nom Nom

Holy smokes! The Bulgogi Burger was so amazing! Full of flavor and love! We also had the Asada fries and it was absolute bliss! A simple dish with complex...

Golf
1. Henry River Golf Course

Fun public course. Very hilly. Just reopened under new ownership.

2. D L Tee Golf

Decent driving range. Nice pro shop. Regrip/repair clubs. Instruction. Pro shop: http://www.dltgolf.com/main/golf-shop/ Questions or Concerns?...

3. Orchard Hills Golf Club

Not a bad for a public golf course. Price is 5 stars for sure. $22/per person with a cart. Not sure how much walking is. Lots of hills, so a cart was...

Active
1. Everyone Yoga

Having been to various classes and styles of yoga over the years, I can say that this center offers a nice balance of classes, ranging from beginner to...

2. Glenn C Hilton Jr. Memorial Park

Great park, well maintained. We bring our children here just about every week throughout the summer months. Not very good parking but other than that it's a...

3. Hickory Foundation YMCA

I must admit... I've been pleasantly surprised by this YMCA. I've been to other Y's (Atlanta, Charlotte, Greensboro) and Hickory can hold its own. There are...

4. Spa Athletic Club

Best gym in Hickory! The owners and staff are very friendly and make you feel welcome every time you come. They have child care available if you need to...

5. Foothills Gymnastics Training Center

My son absolutely loves going to the open gym. There are lots of activities like a huge foam pit, trampolines, slides, etc. Two hours of nonstop play...

Arts
1. Hickory Motor Speedway

Been going here for 24 years.....grew up as a fan and now I help out a few of my buddies here! The car count could be a little better at times. The cars...

2. Resource Warehouse & Gallery

Love! The store has so many great, fun items, and the warehouse- well it is a dream for anyone who love pinterest!

3. Carolina Theatre

You're not going to find a better community theater than the Carolina. Over 80 years old, the theater retains that golden age of cinema charm while still...

4. Carmike 14 BIGD

The friendliest staff ever. How much can you make kids feel welcome. Good job Carmike!!!

5. Six Waterpots Vineyard and Winery

Visited Six Waterpots this weekend and it was a wonderful experience. Dawn and Jim were so friendly and welcoming and made us feel as if we were part of...

Shopping
1. The Cigar Hut

Excellent place to relax and fire up a good cigar. I drove 40 miles to get here and am glad I did.

2. Carrington Court

We had 4 dining room chairs made by Carrington Court and are very happy with them. We have a very small dining room and finally decided to get a smaller...

3. Valley Hills Mall

I grew up going to this mall and it's been upgraded through the years. There was a particular time when stores were closing left and right but it has come a...

4. Resource Warehouse & Gallery

Love! The store has so many great, fun items, and the warehouse- well it is a dream for anyone who love pinterest!

5. The Jewelry Exchange

I came here last month and had an amazing experience shopping for an engagement ring. They have a great selection and helped me find exactly what I was...

Health
1. FastMed Urgent Care

These guys were absolutely fantastic. Was in and out of the place in less than a half hour with the solution to what was going on at the time.

2. Mountain View Family Dentistry

Mountain View Family Dentistry is by far the best dental office I've ever been to. I drive 45 minutes just to go see Dr Carnaggio. As soon as I walk in...

3. Urgent Care of Mountain View

Fast, friendly, efficient. In three visits, the same strong level of service. Two of three we got the immediate help we needed but on the third time, we...

4. Abby Cab

ABBY Cab guys are amazing!! Thorough , on time and work with you. I ran across Chris one day and learned about ABBY can and they've had my business for 2...

5. Sendroff Chiropractic Center

This place is great and I never gave to wait a long time at all. I have referred friends , co-workers, and family. He cares about you and makes sure you get...

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