The Balsams Property is Available for Weddings Starting July 30 | The Balsams Resort

The Balsams Property is Available for Weddings Starting July 30

January 22, 2021
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Dixville Notch, NH – For the first time in a decade, one of the most beautiful and iconic wedding locations, The Balsams Resort, will make its property available for nuptials and private parties starting the weekend of July 30, 2021. Located in the northern White Mountains with 7,000 sprawling acres of accessible wilderness, the stunning property with spectacular views offers the perfect northern New England setting to host an outdoor marriage ceremony. Although the resort remains closed for redevelopment, three private homes on the property will be available for rent to the bridal party and guests: the historic Hale House, the Captain’s Cottage and the to-be-renovated Tillotson House.

Ideally suited for mid-size weddings, ceremonies will be offered primarily at the Panorama Golf Club on the majestic property. Unique locations for bridal photos abound with the property’s dramatic backdrops of Dixville Notch, Moose Lake, magnificent mountain vistas and more. The wedding party and guests will have exclusive use of the resort’s property and all its various amenities. This includes access to the signature Donald Ross 18-hole Panorama golf course, seemingly endless miles of trails for biking, running, and hiking, mountain lakes for fishing, swimming, canoeing, and kayaking, and nearby streams for fly fishing. Onsite amenities are for private use only by the bridal party and guests.

“Since the resort closed in 2011, we have been contacted by scores of brides, all asking the same question, ‘When can I have my wedding at the beautiful Balsams?’,” said the resort property’s owner and developer, Les Otten. “We are now very pleased to say, ‘What date are you looking for?’”

The Balsams has a rich culinary tradition dating back to 1954. Then-owner Neil Tillotson focused on great food and exemplary service. His kitchen, headed by chef Phil Learned, relied on local milk, butter, and cream and fresh-caught trout from Lake Gloriette. The resort opened an on-site culinary school in 1978, offering extensive classroom and practical training in the form of a three-year program. As a result, resort guests enjoyed world-class cuisine prepared by talented chefs. The Balsams will tap into its culinary legacy to offer guests the finest wedding banquets from fresh, local, farm-to-table ingredients.

The Balsams Resort’s location offers scenic views of neighboring states Maine and Vermont to the east and west respectively, and Canada to the north. Autumn bridal parties and their guests will also enjoy the breathtaking fall foliage of Northern New Hampshire.

The wedding framework includes the site fee, house rental fees, catered food and drinks for the rehearsal dinner and a myriad of other options to choose from and expand on. The package is built around a wedding of 75 people but can scale the numbers for larger or smaller weddings. The Balsams can accommodate weddings of up to 150 people and will follow all current federal and state health and safety guidelines applicable.

The wedding venue will be able to sleep up to 36 people using the three large, private homes, all located on the resort’s property. The Hale House can comfortably sleep 12 people, Captains Cottage can sleep eight to 10 people, and Tillotson can sleep 14 people. There are over 70 other rental properties in the form of Airbnbs, VRBOs, motels, and hotels around The Balsams to lodge other guests. Resort staff can help identify these vendors and locations.

The Balsams property will be available for wedding rentals through October 2021 and start again in May 2022, but the property may also be available upon request for winter weddings and small-scale events. The Balsams is eager to work with the bride and her wedding planner to secure the site for her big day.

About the Balsams Redevelopment:

The Balsams’ redevelopment proposal includes reconstructing the historic Dix House, and renovating the historic Hampshire and Hale Houses, as well as restoring the acclaimed Panorama golf course and clubhouse designed by pioneering golf course architect Donald J. Ross. The Balsams’ Lake Village, which will encompass the Dix and Hampshire Houses, will feature a new Lake Gloriette House hotel, a 600-seat conference center, Nordic baths and spa, a performing arts center, and an open-air marketplace. The resort’s fine cuisine and chef training programs, known worldwide, will return through multiple culinary options around the resort. All will embrace the farm-to-table concept by sourcing locally grown meats, produce, and dairy. The plan also includes expanding The Balsams Wilderness Ski Area into one of the largest, most technically advanced ski resorts on the East Coast.

For more details on the wedding package, please visit

  As Seen on The Knot.

Bridal photos credit to Philbrick Photography.