September hath arrived bringing a change of season, and the perfect time to explore the many offerings of our great state as life’s season changes with our “Retire N.C.” issue.

This month, we explore the three regions—Mountains, Piedmont and Coast—the latest trends in choosing a retirement community, the economics of retiring and the importance of making a financial plan, as well as how to make the journey a healthier and happier transition.

We sit down for our Carolina Conversations with eight-time Olympian and equestrian J. Michael Plumb at JMP Farm in Southern Pines to talk about his love of horses, training all ages and the sure footing he found in the Sandhills.

Some prefer wind in their sails and call a boat home sweet home with a home port and a traveling spirit. We meet one Southport couple who has lived on a boat for nearly two decades and gain their expert tips if life on a boat makes your retirement wish list. To provide me with the full experience, David and Haila invited me to spend the night and day aboard the aptly named sailing vessel Traveler with them and Shelly Cat in Deep Point Marina. I hope that I earned my sea legs, as it is a true gift to be able to meet new folks and have them open their homes and hearts to me. It is an experience I will not soon forget and gives me yet another reason to return to my favorite N.C. destination of Southport to visit new friends. Thanks David and Haila, as this editor is still smiling!

It turns out that I have even more to smile about with the announcement of not one but two National Mature Media Awards for Editorial in a local/state magazine. We strive to provide the best quality content each and every month, so it is a great honor to have our efforts recognized. We have a wonderful group of contributing columnists and dedicated writers, and I can never thank them enough. Showcasing the people and places in our region and across our state is our goal, and I am so grateful to be a part of this team. A special thank you to our publisher, Amy Natt, whose idea to create a start-up magazine eight years ago and passion for older adults makes OutreachNC possible and brings joy to this journey!

As always, this issue is packed with information to help you age successfully, so thank you so much for turning these pages with us. Co-editor Jeeves is ready to take over the desk for his cat nap. Until next month…

–Carrie Frye, Editor