For a truly relaxing vacation, consider visiting Thornton, New Hampshire. Nestled in the Pemigewasset River Valley of New Hampshire's White Mountains, Thornton was incorporated in 1763, and named after Doctor Matthew Thornton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Whatever time of year you're visiting, there's always be plenty for the whole family to do.
Thornton is an outdoor paradise. During the spring and summer months, there is plenty of opportunity for hiking at nearby Welch Mount Dickey Mountain Loop. Take your time and enjoy the fantastic views; the hike is considered moderate difficulty, so you'll see families with children and animals on a leash, plus a trail runner or two roaming around. The trails are very well marked and boast some truly amazing views!
If you are looking for something a little different, check out Valley Snow Dogz. Here, you'll find sled dog rides during the spring, winter and fall months. Wheels are used during the non-snowy months and sleds during the winter. The tours are located throughout the area, including Waterville Valley, Thornton, and Squam Lake. During the winter months, there is also plenty of sking nearby in Waterville Valley Resort and Campton Mountain.
After a long day, there are a number of local antique shops and other stores in town that make for relaxing shopping and are great to bag a local souvenir from your vacation.
Thornton is relatively small so the best areas to stay are close to the lakes and forests for picturesque scenery. The town has a large selection of vacation homes, including apartments, condos, cabins, B&Bs, and hotels. There are also a number of homes to choose from with features that are perfect for you and your family and friends, like a living room, flat screen TV, and a full kitchen.
The summers in Thornton New Hampshire, are best, although sometimes experience a little rain, while the winters are freezing and snowy. The rest of the year averages from 19 to 78 degrees. The best time to visit is from late June to early September when the foliage is particularly stunning.