Balsams Grand Resort Hotel
| Dixville Notch, New Hampshire
A National Historic Landmark, this sprawling New England-rustic resort is hidden among the evergreen trees and rocky cliffs of New Hampshire's White Mountains. On 15,000 unspoiled (and remote!) acres, the all-inclusive property's white-clapboard buildings and flower-filled gardens share space with dense forest and wildlife ranging from loons and deer to bears and moose.
The tennis facilities -- today comprising three red clay courts and three all-weather plexi-cushion courts -- have been in operation since the late 1800s, and players are expected to adhere to time-honored formalities in terms of dress: No tank tops, T-shirts or cut-offs are permitted on-court, ever. During the Memorial Day-to-Columbus Day tennis season, the resort offers daily clinics, private instruction, racquet rental and repair, match-making and tournaments. In June and September, USPTA-certified pro Bob Greene runs his Tennis Tune-Up, a series of three-day clinics covering game basics from ground strokes to doubles strategies. A more in-depth five-day Tennis Camp series, also under Greene's direction, includes video analysis, sports psychology, fitness and nutrition and racquet-stringing seminars, and a welcome reception
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Off the Court
A popular winter-recreation destination, the Balsams offers a full schedule of spring, summer and autumn activities, as well. There are two on-site golf courses, guided nature tours, mountain-bike clinics, culinary demonstrations and wine tastings; a fitness center staff organizes group games, from basketball and volleyball to badminton and croquet. And there's row-boating, canoeing, paddle-boating and fishing on the property's trout-stocked Lake Gloriette.
Accommodations and Dining
Of the Balsams' 232 hotel rooms and suites, most are located in the Victorian
Dixville House and 1917 Hampshire House wing. While no two rooms are exactly
alike, each are appointed in similar country-inn fashion, with pine furnishings, floral
wallpapers, photos from the hotel's past -- and no TVs. Meals are served in the
resort's very traditional, 500-seat main dining room, with starched white napkins
and crystal water glasses; multi-course menus change nightly, and the wine
list includes more than 300 labels.
The Balsams' American rate plan includes accommodations, meals and unlimited use of facilities, activities and entertainment.
- Autumn: $179-259/night
- Spring: $179-289/night
- Summer: $199-289/night
(Tennis isn't available in the winter.)
- Tennis Tune-Up: $200/person (not including accommodations)
- Tennis Camp: $400/ person (not including accommodations)
*Prices may vary
Once a week, the resort hosts a Tennis for Parents n' Kidz, program, offering work-together
improvement tips in an on-the-court setting. During the summer, children ages 5-10 can join
Camp Wind Whistle, which features supervised recreation and arts and crafts seven days a week.
The nearest major airports are Portland International (PWM) in Portland, Maine (118 miles) and Burlington International (BTV) in Burlington, Vermont (150 miles).