Hale House gets Glowing Reviews
March 9th, 2021
From Jay B.
“From the time you met us at the gate upon our arrival and led us to the Hale House, until the time we finished another great breakfast and sadly had to leave three days later, there was never a doubt that we had made a wise decision by choosing the Hale House as our destination for the weekend. The house itself is not only very historical due to its storied past and all the pictures of the dignitaries adorning the walls, but the setting is breathtaking, as it sits at the base of Dixville Notch and on the edge of Lake Gloriette. The rooms were simple but very pleasant and the house itself just oozed the feeling of homey, comfortable and just plain cool.
Then there’s the ‘meal plan’ that was part of the package. This meal plan was essential since there is absolutely nothing else around other than a 15-minute drive into Colebrook. However, chef Gordon and his staff were simply awesome. Not only was the food amazing, but they were all just great folks, as genuinely interested in us as we were in them. Getting fed three meals a day at our own dining room table was a real treat and one of the features of a stay at the Hale House that makes it special.
We skied right out of our door, snow-shoed up to Table rock just across the way and all around Lake Gloriette, as we had the entire property at our disposal since we were basically the only people on the property except for Gordon and his small crew. There were six of us for the weekend and the place was more than comfortable for us, and we remarked that one more couple would be fine in the wintertime, whereas the summertime roster could easily be 10 -12 folks since there is so much ‘outdoors’ to behold at this place.
We all loved our stay at the Hale House and highly recommend it to any couples, families and friends who appreciate the solitude and beauty of these surroundings while being fed like a king the entire time. I’m sure we’ll be back!”
March 1st, 2021
From Karen C.
“We were in Dixville Notch staying at Hale House to celebrate our daughter and new son-in-laws wedding. From the time of our first inquiries till our goodbyes everyone was friendly, helpful, and answered all of our questions. We couldn’t have made a better choice. The setting was spectacular for an outdoor wedding.
Chef Gordon went out of his way to accommodate all our requests. From the beautiful salumi formaggi board to the delicious Osso Bucco to amazing fruit tarts and everything in between, we enjoyed it all. We were treated to freshly baked bread and homemade cookies and muffins.
We spent as much time as we could outside enjoying the snow and scenery. The snowshoeing was incredibly good. We were sad to leave such an enchanting place and hope to return again.”
January 20th, 2021
From Ed & Sandy L.
“We had a wonderful time. It was a great experience and brought back many fond memories of when the kids were younger at the Balsams. I must say that the quality of the food and service was outstanding, so kudos to Gordon and the team. I had brought a book with me but it saw little daylight as we spent one day hiking up around the golf course, one day snow mobiling through the beautiful trails of the north woods, one day in the backyard acting like little kids building a snow man, forts and having snowball fights and the final day snowshoeing on the foot and a half of fresh powder.
Being that we had 5 kids between the ages of 18 and 25 with us there was no shortage of energy so the fire pit was sparked up each day as the sun went down and board games followed soon thereafter. One of the more wonderful surprises was how great it was to have our dog Jake with us. It was awesome to watch him to run around and explore all the beauty of nature with us while we hiked and snowshoed.
I know it takes a lot of effort to make such a wonderful experience possible so please pass on our thanks.”
January 9th, 2021
From Colleen & Dean N.
“Thanks to you and the Balsams Team for the hospitality provided while staying at Hale House at The Balsams.
As innkeepers of a historic home ourselves, we truly appreciated the history of Hale House. It feels like you are stepping back in time. The home is so spacious and relaxing and I will admit to taking at least 4 naps while relaxing with our covid bubble family.
December 28th, 2020
From Anna & Michael M.
“The Hale House is a great family/friends wilderness getaway where our nine family members were able to create a memorable holiday experience.
The historic home is rustic, spacious, and homey and sits on a lake. We had the house to ourselves, but there is staff on the property round the clock readily available for help or questions. We had our own private chef so we didn’t have to give meals a second thought. They were able to accommodate all our food requests and restrictions. All the meals were awesome – fresh, abundant, with plenty of choices – and we are pretty particular foodies!! Chef Gordon also made freshly baked snacks for us to take on our hike up to Table Rock one morning.One afternoon we had a target shooting contest on the property. We also liked the BYOB policy as it made it fun and easy for everyone to have their desired beverages. We made a fire outside in the evening where we enjoyed some pre-dinner cocktails and apps. After dinner, there was plenty of room to spread out in the living area, where we exchanged Secret Santa, played games and cards, and set up ping pong in the screened in porch. A few miles up the road in the town of Errol, we discovered LL Cote’s – an old-fashioned general store on steroids where we all shopped for our Secret Santa gifts. We were hoping to snowshoe and hike some more of the many scenic trails but we ran out of time! And when it was time to check out, Chef Gordon had extra croissants for us for the ride home. We really had an amazing couple of days (including our dog!) and hope to revisit in the future.”