My wife and I are contemplating retirement in the next 3-5 years and are struggling to select a location. We spent 25 years in the Army and have lived in many parts of the country, so we have an idea of whatÔÇÖs out there. Yet, we still cannot settle on a location and have no particular ties to any part of the country. Alaska is a great place to live, but the winters are starting to wear us down and the riding season is painfully short. WeÔÇÖve considered St. George, UT; Winthrop, WA; Manhattan, KS, St Pete, FL; western VA; and, Helena, MT. We are looking for milder weather, but a short winter is okay. After living with 6-7 month winters for the last 14 years, 2-3 months of winter seems like a piece of cake. Cost of living, especially housing is an important factor; prefer small town or rural. We have family all over the states, but west of the Mississippi is probably better, but not a certainty. And of course having good riding options is a big plus; we plan on spending our time riding and playing golf. So letÔÇÖs hear your sage advice on where we should retire, as well as places to avoid.