Built in 1912, The Balsams Panorama Golf Course, a Donald Ross signature design, is a legendary 18 hole, par 72 course, consistently ranked as the best in the state by Golf Digest. With elevated greens and tucked away pin placement, it no doubt has its challenges. Carved in the splendor of the White Mountains, perhaps the greatest challenge is simply keeping your eye on the ball.
Founded in 1866 as the Dix House, The Balsams was originally a small summer inn for weary Victorian travelers traversing the White Mountains, who discovered immense beauty, solace and wonder. By the time the Hale House was added in 1895, well-heeled executives and their families arrived by railroad and were so enchanted by the resort, they would stay for months at a time. Over the course of a century, and with the construction of the Hampshire House in 1916, The Balsams had grown to a resplendent 400 room grand resort.
At The Balsams, hospitality has always gone well beyond service with a smile. From the first day its doors opened, The Balsams staff became renowned for its commitment and keen awareness for delivering service well beyond its guests’ expectations. Even today, letters are still being fondly mailed to staff. A testament to a level of service rarely found today.
With a passion and dedication to all things refined, The Balsams delivered its guests exemplary service and award winning cuisine for even the most discerning of palates. With a vast expanse of facilities, that included a wine cellar renowned in the resort world, it’s no wonder The Balsams earned a reputation as New England’s finest resort.
For half a century, The Balsams’ historic Ballot Room has served as the polling place for the nearly two dozen residents of Dixville Notch who are among the first in the nation to vote in Presidential elections. A long-held tradition, the voters gather to cast their secret ballots when the polls first open at midnight. Minutes later, the results are announced to the state and the nation.