The Villages – A Central Social Hub

August 14, 2023
aerial view of the Villages at Brunswick Forest

One common misconception about retirement is that it’s all about slowing down and doing less. While retirement certainly can mean a slower pace to some folks, the truth is there are plenty of active adults taking advantage of their newfound freedom. Joining a retirement community doesn’t have to mean a slower pace. Maybe, to you, it means finding new friends who share a love of kayaking or pickleball. Or maybe it means going on regular nature walks and trying out new restaurants. Choosing between more laid back or more active retirement living is entirely in your hands. 


If you’re perusing homes for retirement and want to make sure you keep your vibrant social life, take a look at Brunswick Forest’s amenities. Not all active adult communities come with a built-in social hub, but this one does! In addition to other great conveniences, like four swimming pools and a fitness center, this curated community includes The Villages Town Center. Let’s dig into the unique benefits The Villages bring the vivacious folks who frequent its storefronts. 

Foodies Welcome

There’s nothing like breaking bread with loved ones — especially when the bread is delicious! For those who love dining with friends and family, The Villages Town Center offers plenty of tasty choices. The Joyce, a classic Irish pub and restaurant, features feel-good dishes like Steak and Guinness Pies or Irish Cheddar Burgers alongside classic ales and live music. If you’re in the mood for seafood, head to the Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar for oysters on the half-shell and calamari. Shuckin’ Shack also hosts a fun 4th Friday Art Market during the summer months, where local artisans showcase paintings, candles, jewelry, and more. 


Other restaurants include Brunswick Beer and Cider (a great spot for a cold beer on a hot Carolina day), Pizzetta’s (where you’ll find the ideal slice of mouthwatering pizza), and Farmhouse Kitchens (a downhome eatery with classic diner specialties). Or, if you just want a great cup of coffee and a chat, head to Port City Java. This unique coffee shop uses Carolina-roasted beans and serves smoothies and teas for their decaffeinated patrons.

Spa Day? Yes, please!

Sometimes, everyone just needs a little bit of pampering. After all, who doesn’t love a spa day with their friends? If you’re living in one of Brunswick Forest’s fantastic neighborhoods, you don’t have to travel far to get some well-deserved rest and relaxation. The Villages is home to  Hollywood Nails and Spa, where you can get the mani-pedi of your dreams. The aestheticians here are experienced professionals who can do any kind of nail design — acrylic, gel, dip powder — and they offer senior discounts to sweeten the deal. Once you’ve gotten your nails done, head to the Hairology Salon to get a new ‘do, too! 

Fun-filled Events

Brunswick Forest’s residents have the pleasure of enjoying myriad special events throughout the year. The annual Cardboard Boat Regatta, for example, is a cherished tradition, a full day of waterside fun. Other community events have included drum circles, exhibitions of artwork by residents, and an Amazing Race-inspired competition. The Villages at Brunswick Forest is also home to the Under the Lights Car Show, where local classic car enthusiasts display their gorgeous vehicles and compete for prizes in various categories. 

Drop In for Some Pickleball

Another favorite friend-forward pastime is pickleball. In fact, it’s so popular that it’s making headlines — a recent report shows that 36 million Americans have begun playing pickleball with friends! If you’re one of the millions who have found the joy of knocking the (pickle)ball around, you’re in luck. At The Villages Town Center you’ll find the House of Pickleball, a newly expanded facility with tons of courts and special events for players of all levels. Recent HOP events have included HOPalooza, an all-day festival with open courts and prize drawings. HOP also offers one-on-one training sessions, classes, and Evening Socials. Talk about a fun time! 

If you’re looking for retirement villages on the North Carolina coast, and you’re an active adult, make sure you’re seeking out a social spot. The team at Brunswick Forest knows residents love opportunities to spend time together. That’s why they’ve ensured plenty of opportunities for fun times, side-by-side, at The Villages Town Center. For more information about how to live your best life at Brunswick Forest, reach out to our team of experts today.