The Balsams Grand Resort Hotel

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Coordinates: 44°52′14″N 71°18′28″W / 44.87056°N 71.30778°W / 44.87056; -71.30778

The Balsams
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The Balsams Grand Resort Hotel in Dixville Notch
Location NH 26, Coos County, New Hampshire, 10 mi. E of Colebrook
Nearest city Dixville Notch, New Hampshire
NRHP Reference # 02000166
Added to NRHP March 13, 2002

The Balsams Grand Resort Hotel is a grand hotel and ski resort located in Dixville Notch in New Hampshire, United States. The hotel covers 15,000 acres (61 km2) and features 95 kilometers of cross-country ski trails, an alpine ski area with 16 trails, five glade areas and a terrain park. There is also a 9-hole golf course and an 18-hole championship course called "Panorama" which was designed by Donald Ross. The Balsams is currently closed for renovations after being purchased by new owners for $2.3 million in December 2011.[1]

History[edit]

The Balsams c. 1915

Located along the old Coös Trail (now Route 26) through Dixville Notch, it first opened just after the Civil War as the Dix House, a 25-room summer inn established by George Parsons. In 1895, it was purchased by Henry S. Hale, a Philadelphia inventor and industrialist [2] who had been a regular guest. He renamed it The Balsams, and over time enlarged and augmented the facilities. In 1918, Hale completed the Hampshire House, the towering wing which doubled the resort's capacity to 400 guests.[3]

The Ballot Room of The Balsams is where Dixville Notch's presidential primary votes are cast just after midnight on the day of the New Hampshire primaries. These votes cast by Dixville Notch residents are among the first to be cast, counted, and reported nationally.[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Kathy McCormack. "Balsams Grand Resort sold". The Eagle-Tribune. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Norm and Lily Goldman, The Balsams Grand Resort Hotel -- Combining History With Romance
  3. ^ The Balsams -- A History
  4. ^ Goldstein, Richard (5 November 2001). "Neil Tillotson, 102, First Presidential Voter". The New York Times. Retrieved 21 January 2011. 

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