Retiring to the water doesn't have to mean giving up four seasons or downsizing to a tiny condo. In Traverse City, residents enjoy miles of sandy beaches and all the spoils of Lake Michigan and nearby inland lakes -- where waterfront homes can be found for less than $200,000.
Moreover, despite Traverse City's location on the northwestern side of the state, it has fairly urban-like amenities, such as the 391-bed Munson Medical Center, which consistently ranks among the 100 top hospitals in the country. And the nearby Interlochen Center for the Arts brings in hundreds of concerts, art exhibits, and theatrical and dance productions each year.
Think you might want to move once you're no longer chained to a desk? This quiz can help point you in the right direction.