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
Balsams Grand Hotel - Dixville NH.JPG
The Balsams Grand Resort Hotel in Dixville Notch
LocationNH 26, Coos County, New Hampshire, 10 mi. E of Colebrook
Nearest cityDixville Notch, New Hampshire
NRHP reference #02000166
Added to NRHPMarch 13, 2002

The Balsams Grand Resort Hotel is a grand hotel and ski resort located in Dixville Notch in New Hampshire, United States. The resort grounds cover 11,000 acres (45 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 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 [1] 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.[2]

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 since the 1960's. These votes cast by Dixville Notch residents are among the first to be cast, counted, and reported nationally.[3]

Current operations[edit]

As of 2019 The Balsams is closed for renovations after being purchased by new owners for $2.3 million in December 2011.[4] In 2014, former American Skiing Company head Les Otten joined the Balsams redevelopment effort.[5] Included in Otten's current plan is a massive expansion of the ski area to around 1,000 acres and the addition of multiple lifts, including a year-round gondola to the summit and a lift connection across Route 26 to the hotel complex. The expanded ski area would be quadruple its current size and be one of the largest ski areas in the Northeast. Plans also call for the renovation of the main hotel buildings, the Dix and Hampshire houses, as well as a new hotel wing, and renovations to the golf course clubhouse.

Otten has stated the project to redevelop the hotel and resort would cost an estimated $170 million. More information can be found at or by calling (603) 225-0050. [6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Norm and Lily Goldman, The Balsams Grand Resort Hotel -- Combining History With Romance
  2. ^ The Balsams -- A History Archived 2009-10-26 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Goldstein, Richard (5 November 2001). "Neil Tillotson, 102, First Presidential Voter". The New York Times. Retrieved 21 January 2011.
  4. ^ Kathy McCormack. "Balsams Grand Resort sold". The Eagle-Tribune. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
  5. ^ Damiano, Michael (2017-01-15). "Les Otten's Last Resort". Boston. Retrieved 2018-11-26.
  6. ^ Timmins, Annmarie (2018-11-26). "Can the Balsams, in all its nostalgic splendor, be saved?". The Boston Globe.

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