Huntington’s premier retirement community is the perfect place to enjoy everyone’s favorite season.

Things are blooming in Huntington, West Virginia. This mountainous region is known for moderate winters that give way to longer days and warmer weather. With sunshine comes all kinds of exciting outdoor events and activities.

The delights of summer are something you never outgrow, and at Huntington’s premier retirement community, there’s always something fun happening at Woodlands. Sitting atop rolling Appalachian hills, our campus gives residents a front-row seat to all the lush scenery. And just a short drive away, quaint downtown Huntington comes alive in the summer, and everyone has their favorite traditions to which they look forward.

The Great Outdoors

Spending time outside is a big part of what makes summer a season to treasure. It’s easy to find natural beauty at Woodlands; all you have to do is walk out onto our many balconies and terraces that overlook the grounds. It’s a breathtaking view all year long, but it’s even better with full trees and the sounds of native wildlife.

Walking is a relaxing and effective way to stay active. Woodlands has plenty of paved trails residents can stroll. As a pet-friendly campus, you’ll meet a handful of four-legged friends walking around our large pond with their owners. On sunny days, you’ll catch turtles basking in the sun and ducks floating lazily. We also stock the pond with trout for residents who enjoy casting a line.

Residents share their greenspace with more than just ducks and turtles; and watching the wild turkeys show off always makes everyone smile. This spring, residents discovered a rabbit’s nest and they’ve watched as the rabbits have grown up and scampered off to live their lives. Though somewhat sneakier, it’s not uncommon to catch foxes and deer making their way around. Big trees provide a haven for birds and a lot of residents keep binoculars handy to see colorful robins, warblers and more.

For more exotic animal encounters, BARKer Farm will return soon with their large barnyard animals. Last winter, they brought over some small furry friends for residents to meet. This time, they’ll be setting up on the driveway with their camels and llamas. Studies have shown that just a few minutes of petting an animal decreases anxiety and increases “happy” endorphins.

Get Out and Enjoy Summer!

The grass is greener at Woodlands, which makes for a perfect place to play croquet. Our resident-organized league holds tournaments all summer long. Even if you don’t play, croquet is just as much fun to watch and cheer on friends and neighbors. For the croquet crowd, everyone’s a winner when you’re spending time outside with your friends.

Gardening is another activity our residents bond over, and our raised garden beds make it easy for seniors to do their seasonal planting. Plants and flowers that attract butterflies are popular with residents, who are already seeing the first flitters of the year.

At Woodlands, we work hard to ensure there’s plenty of fun on campus for residents to enjoy. Memorial Day is the official kick-off of summer, and that’s a good reason for us to fire up our grill and invite friends and family to spend time outside.

Summertime in Huntington

Ritter Park is located just a few minutes (if that) from Woodlands and is a huge asset for residents. The park is designated as one of the top ten “Best Public Spaces in America” by the American Planning Association, and it’s easy to see why. The extensive trail system is great for walking and cycling and there’s also a dog park so your pup can enjoy the warm weather, too. At the top of the park, the rose garden boasts over 3,300 roses, which any rose grower can tell you is no easy feat. Throughout the year, Ritter Park hosts numerous programs and activities that residents look forward to as if they were in their own backyards.

Visiting the weekly farmers’ market in downtown Huntington is perfect for residents who love cooking or just love to talk to local growers and artisans. If you can’t make it downtown but still love locally sourced ingredients, Wild Ramp puts together subscription boxes (similar to HelloFresh) for residents and delivers them directly to campus.

Without a doubt, if you ask anyone at Woodlands what they’re anticipating most this summer, they’ll resoundingly agree that it’s The Huntington Symphony’s annual Picnic with the Pops series at Harris Riverfront Park. Woodlands Activities Director Donna May organizes the trip for residents, and she expects they’ll be using two vehicles to shuttle residents due to the series’ popularity. Sitting under the stars along the Ohio River listening to a world-class orchestra makes for a truly enchanting evening.

The Huntington Symphony Orchestra has roots that stretch back almost 100 years. In the mid-century, The Huntington Symphony Orchestra was often referred to as the cultural performance stop between New York and Chicago. Over the years, they’ve hosted some of the world’s best musicians and composers. Picnic with the Pops, is in a way, a celebration of this invaluable institution. The series typically draws thousands of people to the riverfront, and guests are encouraged to picnic during the show.

Every moment is precious, but they seem more so on a beautiful summer day. At Woodlands, summer is a whole season of celebration filled with new ways to socialize and bond with old friends and make new ones. A beautiful campus located near an award-winning park provides Woodlands residents with a wonderful environment for creating great memories. If you’re looking for retirement living that offers striking natural scenery and an active social life, give one of our trusted LifeCare advisors a call at 304-697-1620 to schedule your tour today.

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