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                            About Us 
                              
                               Selective, secure and self-contained,
Magnolia
                                MHP is a closely-knit retirement
community, offering
                                exceptional value and amenities.
Sunshine, good
                                friends, great memories, all are a
part of the
                              Magnolia experience. 
                               Centrally located in Donna,
                                midway between Harlingen and MacAllen,
Magnolia,
                                MHP is a welcome escape from hustle
and bustle
                                of city living and perhaps the best
value in
                                the Valley. 
                                
                                
                               With arguably the best climate in the
U.S residents
                                enjoy a variety of choices: regional
malls, a
                                myriad of golf courses, world
–class zoos,
                                bird refuges, imaginative local
cuisine. 
                               Discover it all, at your own
                                pace, on your own time, after all,
Magnolia MHP,
                                residents have so many choices.
                              
                              Local Area Activities
                              
                               THE TEXAS TROPICS:
                               Stretching nearly 100 miles
                                from Rio Grande City in the west to
the beaches
                                in the Gulf of Mexico in the east, and
running
                                parallel along the Mexican border, the
Rio Grande
                                Valley provides a fun and affordable
winter escape.
                                Not only do people come from all over
the U.S.
                                and Canada for sunshine, swimming
pools and palm
                                trees, they also appreciate how far
their dollars
                                go in the Texas Tropics, compared to
other winter
                                destinations such as Arizona and
Florida See www.valleychamber.com and www.riograndevalley.com for
                                more information.
                                                            
                               DINING
                                    OUT:
                                 Retirees on fixed incomes are
pleasantly
                                surprised to discover that they can
get great
                                dinners for less than $10.00. There is
a wide
                                array of dining choices in the Valley.
Best known
                                for authentic Mexican fare as well as
Tex-Mex,
                                diners can choose from delicious
combination
                                plates, featuring tacos, enchiladas,
rice and
                                beans for less than $5.00, to first
class service
                                on a candle-lit garden patio at one
the area’s
                                many highly rated restaurants, where a
memorable
                                evening can be yours for under $30.00.

                               For down home Texas cooking,
                                be sure not to miss eating barbeque.
Slow cooked
                                for hours, and smothered in smoky,
tangy sauce,
                                Texas barbeque meats fall off the
bone, and melt
                                in your mouth.
                               
                              A FRUIT LOVER’S PARADISE:
                               The valley is surrounded by
                                orchards of orange and grapefruit
trees. Over
                                at Grandma Claire’s Orchard
outside of
                                Harlingen, visitors can pack their
trunks full
                                of grapefruit and oranges for under
$30.00. Roadside
                                merchants are common and offer
delicious local
                                produce including watermelon,
cantaloupe and
                                even pineapple.
                              
                               FORE FUN:
                               Golfer’s will have a
                                hard time finding more affordable
links anywhere!
                                Municipal courses in the Valley offer
great value www.valleychamber.com (go
                                to visitor guide, then Golf). A round
of golf
                                can be played for as little as $11.00.
For a
                                real treat golfers can splurge and
play one of
                                two PGA qualifying championship
courses at the
                                elegant Valley International Country
Club in
                                Brownsville. The 18 challenging holes
of this
                                private club, can be played for
$50.00, including
                                your cart rental.
                               
                              SHAKE A LEG:
                               Visitors and residents alike
                                have discovered square dancing in the
Rio Grande
                                Valley. Its’ popularity has
resulted in
                                McAllen Texas being regarded as the
unofficial
                                square dancing capital of the world.
Two-hour
                                dance sessions can be found throughout
the Valley.
                                See www.wintertexans.com (go
                                to events). Sessions run from sunup to
sundown,
                                making square dancing accessible for
all its
                                devotees.
                               
                              FEATHERED FRIENDS:
                               More than 500 species of birds
                                migrate annually to the Rio Grande
Valley. This
                                gives bird lovers a unique opportunity
to view
                                a wide variety of species in their
natural habitat.
                                Just west of McAllen visitors will
find the World
                                Birding Center headquarters in Bensen
State Park www.worldbirdingcenter.org .
                                The facility also boasts a new
educational exhibit
                                complex. Another attraction worth
visiting is
                                the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge
Visitor
                                Center. At this most southern tip of
Texas, it
                                is located such that it is also the
northernmost
                                range for many bird species. This,
combined with
                                the climate (temperate, desert,
coastal and sub-tropical),
                                is what makes the Valley an
international birding
                                favorite. Nearly 500 species,
including neotropical
                                migratory birds, shorebirds, raptors,
and waterfowl,
                                can be found here. The plain
chachalaca, green
                                jay, great kiskadee, least grebe, and
many other
                                species exclusive to this area
establish LRGV
                                as one of the premier birding refuges
in the
                                nation. 
                              
                               GO APE OVER:
                               The Gladys Porter Zoo is one
                                of the finest of its kind in the
nation. This
                                31 acre treasure is filled with exotic
animals
                                and is a definite
“must-see” for
                                any animal lover. See www.gpz.org.
                               
                              VIVA MEXICO:
                               The Rio Grande Valley’s
                                proximity to Mexico affords visitors
unique cultural
                                opportunities. Whether you choose to
visit the
                                sprawling historic city of Matamoros
with its
                                impressive colonial architecture, art
galleries
                                and opera house, or the quaint border
town of
                                Progresso Nueva, with its colorful
shops and
                                restaurants, you will be amazed at the
diversity
                                and flavor of our neighbors to the
south. See: www.gotomexico.net .
                               
                              SURFS’ UP:
                               At the northeast end of the
                                Rio Grande Valley and only about a 30
minute
                                drive from Brownsville, you can stroll
down one
                                of the longest continuous beaches in
the nation.
                                South Padre Island is a barrier island
in the
                                Gulf of Mexico that boasts a 30 mile
long beach.
                                If it’s adventure that you want
– it
                                all here: surfing, sail boarding, and
fishing
                                all beckon. For those less active
lifestyles,
                                sipping a tropical drink under a
straw-thatched
                                roof, watching a glorious sunset, may
be just
                                as breath-taking. See: www.sopadre.com
. 
                               
                          
                        
                    
                     
                      
                    
                  
              
            
        
      
  


   
     
         
      
  
  
    
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