Imagine Yourself in JoCo

    The first step is searching online for possible retirement communities -- it's a big decision!  The second step includes attending shows, gathering brochures, and narrowing your choices. The third step is actually visiting some places and communities that interest you, and fit your idea of what retirement will be like.

    Just as we are all different in our careers, so we have different needs in retirement. We invite you to discover what awaits you in retirement, should you find Johnston be the one! Visit Johnston County and our communities using our Discovery Itinerary below. Eat, shop, and experience things like a local and see that JoCo (NC's first certified county!) is a perfect fit for you. Start planning your trip today!

    Discovery Package Itinerary 

    Visit our website section on hotel offers where you will find special rates for our Discovery Package.

    Arrive Friday night

    Enjoy dinner options in Historic Downtown Clayton at Vinson's Pub & Eatery, Clayton Steakhouse, Manning's, and Crawford Cookshop... all found on Main Street.

    Saturday county tour ideas

    Explore the Clayton communities that interest you and meet up for tours or just drive through for a first look.  Our 55+ planned communities in JoCo are listed on our main retirement page here, with tour contact information included.

    Follow up your tours with lunch out in Smithfield and some outstanding shopping at Carolina Premium Outlets and DeWayne's specialty shops and garden center. 

    Grab lunch at The Gilded Pear, or SoDoSoPa in Downtown Smithfield, all are near the Ava Gardner Museum, which honors our connection to Hollywood -- she was born and raised in JoCo!

    Head back to Clayton with one suggested stop at Hinnant's Vineyards & Winery for a tour and tasting.

    For more dining options in Clayton -- you will find a large selection to choose from!

    Depart Sunday... we hope you return!

    If you're looking for general information about retiring to North Carolina, visit There you will find a lot of great resources and tools including tax information, an expense calculator, and articles about all the reasons NC is a great choice for where to spend your golden years. 

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