Why I Love Cedar City

The resounding chorus we heard in 2004 when my husband and I decided to move to Cedar City from the San Francisco area was “You’re moving where?” We had spent 10 years searching the west for our retirement destination. We wanted out of California, out of a major metro area, someplace pretty, and I didn’t want to be in the middle of “Deliverance.” We fell in love with Cedar (we’ve lived here long enough to call it thajoanne-brattain-2015t) because of the beautiful surroundings, friendly people and the Utah Shakespeare Festival.

Fast forward 12 years. We are happy and proud to call Cedar home. We love the vibrant arts community – we now have a wonderful new Southern Utah Museum of Art, as well as the world renowned Utah Shakespeare Festival, a symphony orchestra, two art galleries and a College of Performing and Visual Arts at Southern Utah University. My husband is a pilot, so this terrific airport and helpful FBO of Sphere One Aviation make him happy.

I found that volunteering has resulted in many friendships and provided a sense of purpose post-retirement. We have friends who are locals and friends who’ve moved here from all over the U.S.

We enjoy exploring our gorgeous area – Kolob Canyon is a 20 minute drive. Coal Creek Trail is just one of the many walking trails where we can get exercise and enjoy our gorgeous blue skies and red rock landscape.

Bottom line, we continue to be thrilled we took the leap of faith and moved to Cedar City.

~ Joanne Brattain

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