52 Weekend Getaways: Dixville Notch, NH
How long does it take to travel back in time? Approximately four hours — the time it takes to drive from Boston to tiny Dixville Notch, home to the Balsams Grand Resort Hotel. The 145-year-old destination is a delightful throwback: Rooms are decked with gauzy curtains, tapestry wallpapers, and 90-year-old postcards. Most old-fashioned of all, the resort enforces a dress code for male guests — jackets are required after 6 p.m.
[sidebar]Yet the Balsams is best known as a golf resort, and for good reason: The 18-hole, Donald Ross–designed course is carved into the side of Mount Keazer. With its glorious backdrop, the links have a sophistication that belies the resort’s otherwise wholesome charms.
Meanwhile, plenty of nongolfing activities abound on the 8,000-acre property — hiking, biking, or swimming. At the end of the day, couples meet again at the in-house tavern, where there’s live music and dancing most evenings. And in winter months, of course, the Balsams transforms into a ski resort with bountiful slopes, cross-country trails, and sleigh rides — all of it cute as a Rockwellian portrait. 1000 Cold Spring Rd., Dixville Notch, NH, 800-255-0600, thebalsams.com.
DRIVE: Four hours