8 Reasons Goshen is an Awesome Place to Retire

Published April 2018

Retirement? Sure. Slowing down? No way.

There’s just too much to do around here.

The Greencroft retirement facility is a vibrant community nestled within another one – the city of Goshen. They complement each other well: both are brimming with recreational, cultural, and artistic opportunities. And the people are pretty swell, too.

Want to know more? Read on.


What a place to be!

Goshen is a wonderful area to live, work, and play, and we’re not the only ones who think so. In 2017, Goshen was named Indiana’s Community of the Year by the Indiana Chamber.

“Goshen has set itself apart with dynamic downtown offerings, creating new spaces and events for its residents to enjoy, and embracing businesses both old and new,” said Indiana Chamber President and CEO Kevin Brinegar.

Read more about what makes The Maple City marvelous.

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Learning for life

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Here in Goshen, learning doesn’t stop after high school or college. Thanks to the Lifelong Learning Institute of Elkhart County, people can quench their thirst for knowledge no matter their age.

Classes take place at Goshen College, Greencroft, and other locations in the community. Sessions are scheduled in the fall and spring, with a lecture series mid-winter. There are no tests or grades, and no prior studies or degrees are required.


That’s entertainment!

Goshen is a regional destination for arts, culture, and entertainment, and the Greencroft community is close to the fun.

For starters, there’s the monthly First Fridays festival highlighting the downtown’s entertainment, retail, and dining options. Goshen is also home to the River Bend Film Festival, a cinematic showcase that draws visitors and big-name guests from across the country.

Want to see a show? Goshen boasts an enviable number of special event and performance venues, including The Goshen Theater, Ignition Music Garage, the Goshen College Music Center, Art House, and many more.

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That lovely landscape

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There’s much to do in the Goshen area, and also plenty to see. “See” as in “scenic” – it’s really quite lovely around here.

Walking, running, and biking are great ways to take in the views, and the Greencroft campus connects with Goshen’s more than 30 miles of bicycle and pedestrian trails. Goshen’s network lines to the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail, a former abandoned railroad corridor converted into a linear park. The Pumpkinvine winds north out of Goshen toward Middlebury and Shipshewana, and provides beautiful views of the northern Indiana countryside.

Don’t feel like venturing that far out of town? No problem. Enjoy one of Goshen’s many parks, which make up nearly 440 acres in the city.


Giving back

The Greencroft community takes full advantage of the many volunteer opportunities in Goshen, and can be found at schools, food pantries, churches – anywhere there’s a need.

From July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017, 258 on-campus volunteers gave 30,096 hours of volunteer service. During that same time period, 121 off-campus volunteers contributed 26,224 hours.

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Good neighbors

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Just to the west of Greencroft is Goshen College, a renowned Midwestern liberal arts college and a vital part of the city. It’s also a good neighbor, sharing its many attractions and amenities not only with Greencroft, but with Goshen as a whole.

GC’s Performing Arts Series delights the community every year; The Knights, Audra McDonald, and The Chieftains are scheduled to appear this season. The college’s Theater Department also stages a mainstage production each semester, in addition to one-act pieces and senior recitals.

Goshen College is also home to the Abner Hershberger Art Gallery, located in the Goshen College Music Center. The gallery is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays, and 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays (except during school vacations). Additional gallery hours are scheduled on concert dates.


Getting together

Greencroft and Goshen College have more in common than the same part of town.

Just like college living, Greencroft is home to friends residing close together and sharing common interests. It’s an environment where people learn new things and have plenty to do. It’s a place where people share their past experiences and then create new ones together.

Just like old times.

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Getting crafty

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Goshen is full of talented artisans, and Greencroft is no exception. Luckily for Greencroft residents, the Maple City is full of opportunities to display their talents, hone the skills they have, or even learn new ones.

A number of artisan guilds are based in the Maple City, including the clay, painters, and photography guilds. Try one out. They’d love to see you!

Got a green thumb in need of a garden? Good news: in addition to Greencroft’s own beautiful butterfly gardens, there are 15 community gardens spread out across Goshen, including some that are free and open to the public.

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Editors • Scott Weisser, Liz Shenk
Web Design • Ben Stutzman

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