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The Balsams Grand Resort Hotel might just be heaven on earth for snow enthusiasts who like to spend their days shushing down groomed trails and their nights dining on award-winning cuisine and enjoying luxurious accommodations.

Located in Dixville Notch, New Hampshire, The Balsams is situated on a 15,000-acre mountain and boasts golfing on a Top 100 ranked, Donald Ross designed course. There’s also a Top 25 ranked tennis program; hiking and biking; whitewater rafting; and alpine and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling.

The resort is located about 480 miles from Toronto, 390 miles from New York City and Connecticut, 220 miles from Boston, 150 miles from Montreal, and 120 miles from Portland, Maine.

cross countryIn other words, this isn’t your typical drive in drive out resort. It has also collected numerous awards, including 2008 World’s Best Awards by Travel + Leisure magazine® “Top 100” Hotels in North America; Golf Digest® “4-star rating” and “Best Golf Course in New Hampshire”; American Culinary Foundation® “Achievement of Excellence Award for 2004 for its excellence and passion for the culinary arts and unparalleled food and beverage program”; Zagat Survey® of Top U.S. Hotels, Resorts & Spas 2001 “Best Destination Resort in New England”; Money Magazine “One of the Best Golf Resort Values in America”; X Country Instructor B095CParents Magazine® “One of the 10 Best Resorts for Families”; Racquet Magazine® “Golden Racquet Award”; Ski Magazine® “One of the World’s 12 Poshest Ski Hotels”; Skiing America Guidebook® “One of the Top 10 Romantic Ski Resorts”; and Snow Country Magazine® “One of the Top 10 Cross-country Ski Resorts in North America.”

Resort accommodations include per-hour, on-site babysitting; complimentary golf, hiking, outdoor ice skating, as well as mountain bike, paddleboat, canoe, kayak and row boat rentals (for Lake Gloriette); both business and concierge services; an on-site fitness center and hair salon (the former complimentary, the latter by appointment); pay-peruse laundry and dry cleaning services; and a large, outdoor, heated pool with lifeguards and waterfront attendants on duty during operating hours and a poolside cabana bar.

tunaDining options include The Tavern, where après ski entertainment, music and dancing takes place daily during winter afternoons; The Grille, which offers panoramic views of New Hampshire’s White Mountains and Vermont; the Base Lodge, open mid-morning through late afternoon and offering a wide range of casual fare and tasty snacks; and room service.

The Dining Room, open for breakfast and dinner yearround, is a more formal affair, with table d’ hôte available for dinner (men are required to wear jackets for evening dining) and a celebrated wine cellar recognized by Wine Spectator that features over 4,000 bottles from 310 different labels.

heartThe resort hosts business conferences, meetings, and weddings, some of which are held at the Beaver Lodge, a “Craftsman’s Home” and the former residence of Mr. Hale, who owned the resort from 1895 to 1920. The Lodge, which can accommodate 13 adults, offers beautiful views of Lake Gloriette and The Notch, and is situated just a few hundred feet from Balsams’ historic hotel.

chocolate manThe Balsams Wilderness Ski Area is home to an on-site lodge, 16 trails of varying difficulty, a vertical drop of 1,000 feet, five gladed areas and a Terrain Park, as well as a separate ski-play area for youngsters. Professional Ski Instructors of America® certified instructors teach both private and group classes in skiing (alpine and telemark) and snowboarding to a variety of skill levels. There are 95 kilometers of cross-country ski trails, 85 of which are tracked and groomed, and there are also more than 30 kilometers of marked trails set aside solely for snowshoeing. At the Base Lodge, guests can also stop by the Alpine Ski Learning Center, check out the rental and repair shop, or pop in The Wilderness Ski Shop.

snow shoe guyIn the summer, Balsams’ guests hit the courts for free beginner’s tennis clinics for adults and juniors, as well as group clinics, advanced drill sessions, and round-robin doubles events. The tennis complex features three red-clay and three Plexicushion hard courts, and a full-service pro shop with rackets, tennis shoes, logo apparel and accessories. Not to be overlooked, golfers flock to Balsams’ famous 18-Hole Panorama course, designed by legendary golf architect Donald Ross and carved into the side of Mount Keazer. Both the Panorama and Executive 9-Hole Coashaukee are defined by well-manicured greens, rich fairways, and incredible panoramic views from every hole.Visitors to Balsams enjoy numerous events and deals, including a special March Face Book Fans “stay two nights and get the third night free” any night Sunday through Thursday deal. This past season, the resort also offered a winter-long deal for kids ages 5 to 16, where $77.50 included lift tickets, cross country skiing, breakfast, and a five-course Table d’hôte dinner, as well as full use of all resort activities.

The Balsams Grand Resort Hotel offers winter and summer guests a variety of activities, dining and accommodations, making it a go-to resort for those who like to play and stay in New Hampshire. For more information log onto www.thebalsams.com

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