Ashland, Ohio makes it easy to enjoy life. Not only can your older loved one benefit from exceptional assisted living or skilled nursing and rehabilitation, your family and friends also have access to the area’s interesting and fun activities, events, destinations, learning opportunities and more. It makes getting together a pleasure, and it makes retirement in Ashland a winning proposition for everyone.
That’s why at both LSS Lutheran Village and LSS The Good Shepherd, we are eager to share why the city of Ashland is an ideal place to visit or live!
What makes retirement in Ashland a great decision?
It all starts with the weather. There are four distinct seasons that include warm sunny summers and cool-to-cold winters with occasional snow. July is the warmest month, averaging 82.6 degrees, cooler than much of the state. Humidity is also highest in July but is low much of the year.
Year-round, Ashland is a comfortable place to be—where you, your family and your older loved one can enjoy getting together. Here are some more reasons why so many choose retirement in Ashland:
Ashland’s destinations for the young and young-at-heart
Step back in time to the historic Wolf Creek Grist Mill, a lovingly restored 1830s mill with several log cabins and farm buildings that authentically depict life in the area 200 years ago. Today, the grist mill is restored and operated as a working museum by volunteers and is usually open on the weekends. Even if not open, the antique building with the wooden waterwheel is worth seeing.
For a paranormal experience, The Ohio State Reformatory (where the epic movie The Shawshank Redemption was filmed) offers ghost hunts year-round. The massive structure is also 95% accessible so everyone can join in the fun. Gather the family for a special meal at Landol’s Mohican Castle, featuring a traditional menu with something for everyone to enjoy in a uniquely luxurious environment.
For a fun day trip, visit the Malabar Farm State Park south of Ashland. Once the home of Louis Bromfield, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and conservationist, it’s now a working farm home to a variety of animals. See the farm, tour the big house, hike nature trails, drive atop Mt. Jeez and even purchase Malabar Farm products.
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Ashland’s festivals you will not want to miss
Your loved one will probably agree nothing beats a county fair! The Ashland County Fair offers farm animal shows and auctions, tractor pulls, music and entertainment, and of course, tasty fair food. It’s a wonderful way to spend a day with family.
Another option is the Prairie Peddler Festival in Butler during late September and early October, offering great gift shopping among more than 200 arts, crafts and food vendors, a vintage market, as well as live music, horse-drawn wagon rides, and activities for grandkids.
Of course, the Ashland BalloonFest is not to be missed with hot air balloon launches, great food, live entertainment, activities for kids, spectacular balloon glows and much more.
Retirement in Ashland includes accessible arts that inspire
Ashland University offers the Coburn Gallery featuring visual artists from around the country as well as within the university, a wide variety of musical events featuring students and staff, and live theater performances throughout the year.
Beautiful theaters abound, including the recently renovated Ashland Theatre, dating back to 1942, and offering new and classic movies, concerts and theatrical production. Or take in a movie at the historic Hayesville Opera House, built in 1885 and restored in 1995.
Check out the Mansfield Art Center in Mansfield for exhibitions, education and workshops spanning the arts.
Ways to keep learning and exploring in Ashland
Retirement in Ashland offers exceptional opportunities for senior living residents and their families to add to their knowledge.
You can learn about local history at the Ashland County Historical Society, home of the Freer Home and Manor House museums or experience the history of firefighting at the Mansfield Fire Museum with antique fire trucks and displays.
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes at the University of Cincinnati or Carnegie Mellon University offer a range of online classes as well as in-person classes, events and lectures. For those who wish to broaden their religious knowledge, the Ashland Theological Seminary, an extension of Ashland University, offers a range of degrees and classes in live and on-demand formats.
Senior living, the LSS Senior Living way
At LSS Senior Living, our goal is to offer seniors quality care and comfort in a friendly and warm environment that feels like home. We offer a continuum of services to lend a helping hand when you need them. Find out more about our communities: