Bella Vista is for Shopping as well as Relaxing
Bella Vista, Arkansas, one of the top “places to retire,” is known for its natural beauty and variety of things to do – especially outdoor activities. These activities include golf, tennis, pickleball, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, swimming, volleyball, hiking, and cycling. I see many people doing these activities as I drive around Bella Vista and there are even more things to do that are less strenuous, like walking, creating art and playing card games. I’ve read where there are over 100 different clubs in Bella Vista. And if you are not active in one of those clubs or in many other activities popular here, then you can always enjoy dining at one of Bella Vista’s excellent dining spots. Some of these are:
- Lakepoint Restaurant and Event Center
- Gusano’s Pizzeria
- Country Club Bar and Grill
- El Pueblito
- JJ’s Grill
- Rhythm and Q
- Las Fajitas
- Duffer’s Cafe
- Papa Mike’s
- Top China
- Sonic Drive-in
What IS pickleball?
A few months ago, I would be the one asking that question. I’m not sure I had ever heard anything about “pickleball” before my husband and I moved to Bella Vista, Arkansas in July of 2016. My husband retired in June of 2016 and we already had purchased our retirement home here in Bella Vista. Once we closed on the sale of our home in White Hall, Arkansas, we packed up and moved here. My husband, Mel, lost no time starting to go to exercise at the recreational centers here and scheduling classes several times a week. I think he heard about pickleball at one of the classes or we did on Facebook or at the library. I can’t remember exactly how it can up, but we learned a group played Mon-Wed-Friday mornings at Metfield. So we decided to check it out. There was a good group there playing the morning we went to watch. Mel decided it looked like fun and when we got home he asked me to find a pickleball racket online and order it for him. So I did. A few days later, he was up bright and early to join the pickleball players with his new paddle.
That first time, he was just learning some of the rules and how to play the doubles that the group played. He loved it and found it to be great exercise. It looked fun to me also. If I wasn’t in this wheelchair, I would be out there playing. But I go ever so often and take pics of the group playing to post on facebook. The group seems to get bigger and bigger and one reason is that my husband invites most people we meet to come try it out. Several have and love it too.
Bella Vista, Arkansas is located in Northwest Arkansas in the beautiful Ozark Mountains. This area with its miles of beautiful woodlands, hills, and lakes is one of the most popular places to retire in the U.S.
Bella Vista has been nationally recognized as one of America’s Top 10 Best Healthy Places To Retire by U.S. News & World Report, and one of the Top 25 best places for affordable homes by CNNMoney.com and Money Magazine. In 2017, Bella Vista was ranked as one of the 25 Best Places To Retire.
The population of Bella Vista takes advantage of the natural beauty surrounding their homes by taking part in many outdoor activities, from, walking, running, hiking, tennis, golf, kayaking, tennis, and pickleball.