The Balsams Grand Resort
Travel Blogs from Dixville
... of old boys out by the fire...this is bird hunting season, and the last weekend for fishing.....a sportsman's paradise....no cell phone coverage....just about as remote as you can get in the US!
The dinner was great, as was the breakfast. We watched the hunters disappear in their camouflage ATVs with the guns on the side, and the dogs on the back......hilarious....
... spectacular, the lakes and rivers so still they were like mirrors, and more and more pick-ups were seen on the roads. We passed some beautiful covered bridges and saw some amazing tracks for hiking.
Arriving in Errol, a tiny town, we were a little worried about our accommodation for the night. Finding The Errol Motel, our fears increased slightly but the hotel could not have been more comfortable or clean and the owner more friendly. The owners ...
Needing gas I pulled into a Gulf station....ugh...$3.20 A GALLON FOR HIGH TEST.... guess it's so high because they are next to the border....it is what it is when the reserve light is on. We are now on VT 114 and tracing the VT/CN border for awhile before turning south on VT114. This is some spectacular riding in the Northeast Kindom (NEK) of VT. Eventually VT114 turns south through the Kingdom State Forest....another well protected and beautiful piece of NE ...
... lead us to the east side of the Connecticut lakes. Well, surprise - about 15 miles into the forest we came upon a fork in the road and this wasn't a choice of taking the road less traveled....we would have been happy to do that....no, these forks were heavily gated and protected at the edges so as to make them reasonably unpassable....
So we were left with the only realistic option ...
... a tree for support but I slipped on a root (by far the most slippery thing you can encounter on the trail besides ice) and started to fall. I ended up hugging this tree hanging over the rock face. It really saved me from a nasty fall (I would have fallen and slid probably 20-30 feet down this wet rock face ouch)
I'm starting to accumulate some nice cuts and scrapes Now that we are so up close and personal with the rocks. ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews The Balsams Grand Resort Dixville
We stayed at the Balsams for a delightful weekend in June. The resort has lots of history and you can spend a fair amount of time looking at all the photos on the walls. The food was fantastic! The servers were exceedingly polite. We stayed in the "new addition" built at the turn of the last century and the room was quite comfortable. Even though the bathroom fixtures were not modern, they worked fine. The rates are higher than I would normally be interested in paying, but we would like to go back sometime.
A truly beautiful place!
My husband and I stayed at the Balsams over this past weekend (August 27-29). It was a very long drive, but when we crested the last hill and saw what looked like a white palace nestled between mountains we actually gasped. It's quite breathtaking!
The hotel is spotless and the majority of the staff was attentive and helpful. The hotel has an old-fashioned atmosphere, with men expected to wear jackets after 6:00 p.m. We loved that, but I can imagine it's not for everyone.
Dinner was sumptuous with multiple courses and a good variety of choices. The food looks beautiful and tastes even better! After leaving the dining room on Sunday we were able to hear an amazing a cappella singing group (The Women of Note) entertaining the guests. They were fabulous and so much fun!
The rooms at The Balsams are very large and so comfortable. Ours looked out over the gardens with a view of the lake beyond. There is no air conditioning, but each room has a fan. I was personally thrilled that there were no tvs in the rooms. I think that they would detract from the experience.
There are facilities available for a wide variety of sports, including golf, tennis, swimming, hiking, and skiing.
The only sour note for us was the clerk at the front desk who handled our check-out on Monday, the 29th. She was unnecessarily rude and dismissive, and left us feeling a little less happy as we pulled away from the hotel.
Overall, I would recommend this hotel to anyone who likes a little old-fashioned luxury.
A True Experience
My husband and I just went to the Balsams for the first time. I had no idea what to expect...especially since it was such a long ride. However, when we got there it was heaven. The staff is over the top friendly and helpful. The resort is gorgeous nestled in the mountains with the lake and flowers all around. And, then we had dinner. WOW! The meals are so fantastic. It was the perfect place to relax and unwind. There is hiking, canoeing, golf, all kinds of things to tire you out so you can go back and eat again. The only bad thing was that there were no tvs in the room. But, it was a very fabulous experience that I would definitely recommend. Very clean and it has a turn-of-the-century feel. Loved it!
Great Family Destination Place
With the exception of four years in between college tuitions we have been vacationing at the resort for twenty years. Have been there skiing in winter and golfing in summer. Prefer the summer months, the flower gardens are upliftingly gorgeous. The food is top notch. We have always been treated respectfully and promptly. This place has been our family vacation destination and we are looking forward to this July again. All three generations will be there.
Great service. feb 9-11 2005 this is our third year.
Feb.09-11,2005 had a great time. this was our third year at the Balsam's. We look forward for many return vacations. parking lot need's more attention. Re:ice ect. John Kennedy rec. director was very informative.
Excellent - You have to experience
My family and I stayed at the Balsams this past summer. What a treat! It was like being on a cruise ship only you don't have the inconveniences of being trapped on a ship. The golf in my opinion is top-notch - emaculately cared for greens. The food is phenomenal - especially all the desserts. Above all though is the service you get while staying at the Balsams. Everyone bends over backwards to serve you.
If you have never stayed at the Balsams this is one vaction you should not miss - it is like being in Switzerland only much closer to home!
This place sucks
This place is not worth your vacation time. It's expensive and dirty. The staff talks about guests behind their backs. You can hear things being said about you as soon as you leave from registering at the front desk. The Golf Club House is two miles away and they are not very oranized. The lack of communication between the main building and the Golf Club House is very disturbing. The staff consists of mostly teenagers that are to lazy to work. They rush you through your meal at dinner so they can get out early.
I was on hold for twenty minutes before I got in touch with one of the four reservationists. The hotel operator didn't know a thing about rates or accomidations.
I woudn't refer this place to anyone.
Not the grand resort it used to be
My husband and I spent the weekend at the Balsams to celebrate our anniversary. The food is excellent. But the facility needs updating, and the service was inconsistent. And this resort is EXPENSIVE. We paid $1000 for the weekend, and it was not worth 1/4 of that....
The rooms are immaculate. Not modern - which is fine, this resort is older and quite stately. But the public areas appear in need of updating. The furniture is run down, the common areas near the ski/skate rental desk where you first walk in are just plain dirty.
We ordered room service when we arrived on Friday night. And the tray of empty dishes sat in our room untouched for 2 days - through 2 visits from housekeeping. Did they not notice it? We then put the tray in the hallway, and it was STILL not picked up. Finally on Sunday, I asked the service desk to have someone come pick up the tray - it had been sitting there for 2 days. The tray was picked up - but the one down the hall with empty (smelly) beer bottles on it was still sitting there all day.
The servers in the restaurant were young. The people waiting didn't understand proper etiquette. Many times I was seated and there was no fork, and when I requested one, it was brought and dropped on my plate.
Then another time, my husband wasn't done with his wine, and the waitress came over and asked "You thinking about more wine, or no?" It was just rude.
The ski lodge was filthy. The carpeting was dark and dirty, and the whole place needs updating. It was just dingy and gross. I've been to plenty of ski lodges that are not modern, but this one was smelly and musty and nasty.
Like I said, the food is great. But the service was very poor. The head chef is a huge jackass. We were sitting trying to enjoy a nice afternoon by the fire in one of the public areas, and he was giving a tour to a prospective student, and he was unbelievably arrogant and rude to this poor family. He went on and on about his culinary program, and how fabulous he (himself) was.....it was enough to ruin our appetite for the weekend. We will never return, if only as a result of hearing the inflated ego behind the cuisine.
This resort is totally overrated. Save your money, save your time driving to Northern New Hampshire, and go somewhere else to have a MUCH better time.
The Balsalms was simply the most wonderful place I have ever stayed. I spent last New Year's Eve dancing in the ballroom. The skiing/snowboarding was great! no lines/crowds to contend with, and friendly staff. The atmosphere (beautiful old style grand) was surpassed only by the cuisine. Personally, I've never enjoyed coking, but I was almost tempted to start after several meals here. There are no televisions in the room (so be forewarned when travelling with a sports fan), however, there are two lounges, one of which caters to the TV addicted. The children's programs were well-organized, and I felt very comfortable sending my son off. The whole family had a wonderful time. The drive, however, is slightly dreary, but entirely worth the trouble.
Loved the Balsams
The Balsams is a trip worth taking. If you like an "all inclusive" type resort this is the place to go. From golfing, swimming and tennis in the summer to snowshoeing, Alpine and cross country in the winter... not enough time to do everything you would want. The rooms were well equipped, the food a special treat and the staff more friendly than you could hope for. I would recommend this quiet part of New Hampshire to anyone wishing to get away from it all but still have plenty to do.