You can't beat New Hampshire when it comes to recreation opportunities. For boaters, there are hundreds of lakes on which to launch your boat.
For skiing, there are many great mountains that will challenge the experienced but still provide opportunities for novices to learn.
Hiking is a natural given the rural nature of the state.
And, if you have an urge to experience big city life, Boston is a short drive away.
The only downside is the cost of housing. My wife and I moved here from Indiana last year, and are still recovering from housing sticker-shock. I may be retiring in 2 to 3 years, and although we'd love to stay here, we may be forced to move back to the midwest or to the near south (Tennessee, Kentucky) in order to maintain our current standard of living.