Fig Day Out

As Lancaster continues to be a top-rated place to retire, residents are finding their place as they continue enjoying the things they love to do.

Walt and Zoe Bilski are Pennsylvania natives who found their way to Lancaster 35 years ago. Walt, a former electrical engineer, and Zoe, a retired nurse, both worked in nearby Chester County but built their life outside of work here in Lancaster.

“When we thought about retirement, we knew we wanted to stay in this community,” Walt said.

When friends hosted the Bilskis at Garden Spot Village, they convinced them to join the waiting list—although Walt admits it didn’t take much since they fell in love with the community as soon as they walked through the doors.

Zoe added, “It really has everything you could want. There is a lot going on as far as activities go, and they are varied, especially if you have a younger attitude and are geared to being active like we consider ourselves to be.”

Another reason they’re excited to make the move to Garden Spot is because of its proximity to Lancaster City, where they love to spend the day.

Walt & Zoe’s Itinerary

Use this Fig Day Out guide to spend a day of your own in Lancaster. Since spring weather can be unpredictable, you can choose to spend your day indoors or out.

On a Chilly Day

  1. Attend a morning fitness class
    Walt and Zoe enjoy pool fitness classes at the Garden Spot Wellness Center. Lancaster City is also home to great fitness centers that anyone can join.
  2. Grab lunch in Lancaster City
    One of Zoe’s favorites is C’est La Vie, where her and her friends catch up over their delicious lunch menu.
  3. See a show at the Fulton Theatre

On a Sunny Day

  1. Go for a morning bike ride at Lancaster County Park
    Walt and Zoe cruise on classic Schwinns, but if you are new to biking, stop by The Common Wheel to find one of your own.
  2. Try a new Lancaster City restaurant for lunch
    Walt and his friends have dubbed themselves the ROMEOs (retired old men eating out) and are on a mission to try a new local restaurant each week.
  3. Go shopping on the 300 Block of North Queen Street
    One of the Bilskis’ favorites is Art & Glassworks.
  4. Attend a Lancaster Stormers game at Clipper Magazine Stadium


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