For me, 30 minutes from a quality hospital is plenty close enough, (unless there are serious issues that require you to be constantly near an ER).
Organizing your trips into town mean you can do all of those things without doing them daily or placing a burden on your budget. Same for the home owning. Assuming the retiree already has equity in a home there is no reason to not purchase. Renting for 30 years with nothing in return is throwing money away. At least if you own or are paying a mortgage there is something to leave to others when you are gone.
As far as activities to the OP - what are your preferences? Golf, fishing, gigging, listening at wineries and breweries or a concert going kinda listener all play into which part of the state you live in. And seasons. Do you like summer or do you like all 4 seasons? Of course, as a retiree you can also go find those things with your home attached to the back of your truck because you don't have anywhere to be except where you want to be.
For me, I can't wait to retire on about 100 acres buried in the hills and trees of Central or North Texas. Unless I end up East in the Tennessee hills.