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Retirement Magazine Features Logan as 'Undiscovered Haven'


If Norman Rockwell and Daniel Boone built a town together, it would be Logan. That’s according to Where To Retire magazine, which releases its May/June issue in a few weeks and features Logan as an “undiscovered haven.”

The six-page story paints the Northern Utah community as a neighborly and cultured town, and a location that is catching the eyes of “active retirees and urban refugees who value recreation and raw beauty as much as they do community and convenience.”
 
Writer Dina Mishev, who lives in Jackson Hole, Wyo., wrote the story for Where To Retire, which is published by Vacations Publications. In each of the six issues that are published each year, the magazine profiles five different communities — and Logan is one of those.
 
It’s a place people can stretch their dollars to buy more house, walk a locally owned downtown, travel to a mountain trail in minutes and find a handful of age-restricted newer neighborhoods,
Mishev wrote.
 
In the Cache Valley Visitor’s Bureau, Mike Bullock said they are expecting an influx of phone calls and emails next week when people start to see the story.
 
“In this case, we’re prepared,” he said.
 
Bullock said many who contact his office — be it for tourism or relocation information — are often surprised by the community’s cultural amenities.
 
“They’re typically thinking, ‘Well, if we come there we’re going to give that up,’” he said.
 
It’s always a pleasant surprise for many to realize the number of arts events, he said.
 
That’s something Where To Retire plays up. The story quotes one couple — who moved from Maryland — commending the low humidity, clean downtown, inexpensive utilities, accessible conveniences and cultural events.
 
Bullock said those who tell his office they want to retire in the community are looking for activities.
 
“People don’t want to retire and just vegetate,” he said. “They want to do things as well.”
 
AARP Utah Director Rob Ence said Logan is a place people are happy to live.
 
“Logan not only has an environment of vitality, but of rugged life ... and beauty,” he said. “It’s an invigorating environment.”
 
AARP is a national organization that deals primarily with the 50-plus generation’s issues. Ence said “Cache Valley converts” are “just that. They don’t anticipate leaving.”
 
Where To Retire calls attention to activities visiting grandchildren may also be interested in: the Cache Valley Fun Park, Logan’s skate park, Willow Park Zoo, the Logan Aquatic Center and the Eccles Ice Center. Activities for all ages, including the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, American West Heritage Center and the Bear River Heritage Center, are also nearby, the story includes.
 
One page includes basic community information, like population, climate, housing costs, taxes, educational opportunities, health care and where adult housing neighborhoods are located.
 
It notes Utah State University’s continuing education and lifelong learning classes, lectures and activities.
 
Logan is also amicable, the magazine story says, quoting recent transplants saying they’re “still getting used to how friendly people are.”
 
Vacations Publications also publishes Travel 50 & Beyond and Vacations. The May/June issue will hit newsstands May 6, but people can find more information about subscriptions at www.wheretoretire.com.