Delaware North Companies-managed resort features culinary excellence, historic hotel and acclaimed golf course in New Hampshire's majestic White Mountains
BUFFALO, N.Y. (June 15, 2007) ? The BALSAMS Grand Resort Hotel, the historic New Hampshire mountain resort managed by Delaware North Companies, has been selected by USA TODAY as one of 10 great places for families to "link up" for a summer golf vacation.
In Friday's "Destinations & Diversions" section, the nation's largest-selling newspaper called The BALSAMS "a luxurious White Mountain redoubt." Travel + Leisure Golf magazine, who shared his selections with the Gannett-published newspaper.
The article was also featured on USATODAY.com, one of the most popular news sites on the Web.
"This is another in a long list of glowing endorsements of The BALSAMS as a unique destination for families and others to experience great golf and food in a timeless setting," said Kevin Kelly, president of Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, the Delaware North subsidiary that operates The BALSAMS.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The BALSAMS is one of the most well preserved of the few remaining grand resorts that sprung up in the mid-19th century for New England's well-heeled. It began as a 25-room hotel in 1866 but has long featured more than 200 rooms and suites thanks to a series of expansions through 1918.
The 18-hole championship "Panorama Course" has been named one of the best golf resorts in America by Golf Magazine and consistently ranked by Golf Digest as New Hampshire's top course. The course was designed in 1912 by Ross among the remnants of an earlier six-hole track. Ross has oftentimes been acclaimed as one of the greatest of all golf course architects. His other masterpieces include Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina, Oak Hill in Rochester, N.Y., and several other courses that have hosted major championships.
BALSAMS guests who feel they are not up to playing the Panorama Course can tee it up at the Coashaukee, a less-difficult nine-hole course. A number of different golf packages are available, including in conjunction with the golf school run by PGA pro and BALSAMS Director of Golf Doug Ruttle.
USA TODAY also noted The BALSAMS fosters family bonding by seating extended families at one large table for meals throughout their stays. In fact, The BALSAMS is legendary for its classic formal dining room, specializing in a blend of classical French and American cuisine.
The BALSAMS was honored in the “Best for Food” category of the annual 2007 Gold List prepared by Condé Naste Traveler magazine based on subscriber input. The resort’s culinary apprenticeship, begun in 1966, is one of only a few in the country.
Casual dining options are also offered at The Tavern, which boasts an impressive fieldstone hearth; and The Grille, housed in a rustic mountain lodge overlooking the Panorama Course.
About The BALSAMS Grand Resort Hotel
The BALSAMS is located on 15,000 private acres in the Great North Woods high in New Hampshire's majestic White Mountains. Flanked by the sparkling waters of Lake Gloriette, this historic four-star property is nestled in a valley and offers spectacular views of rugged mountains fringed by towering pines. The BALSAMS' unique geographic location creates what natives fondly refer to as the "Notch Effect" -- summers tempered by crisp, clean mountain air and winters that boast New England's most dependable snow conditions, making the resort an ideal destination for outdoor enthusiasts year round (except April, when the resort is closed).
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The BALSAMS has been serving guests since the original 25-room Dix House was established in 1866 by innkeeper
George Parsons. In 1895, long-time guest Henry Hale, a wealthy inventor and industrialist, acquired the property and renamed it The BALSAMS. Hale steadily expanded and enhanced the resort's accommodations, completing his vision in 1918 with the addition of the Hampshire House ? still known today as "the new wing." A charming blend of architectural styles punctuated by expansive columned porches, dormer windows and a four-story turret, The BALSAMS is trimmed in white shingles with bottle-green shutters and a red roof.
The BALSAMS offers an array of gracious accommodations, including 184 guestrooms, 13 parlor and family suites, and five specialty suites, many with mountain or lakeside views. Each sunny guestroom is individually decorated in classic New England style, with interesting architectural detail adding character and charm. All provide private baths, with several suites featuring Jacuzzi-style bathtubs. In keeping with The BALSAMS' tradition of hospitality and continuing at guests' requests, all accommodations are television-free, encouraging visitors to mix and mingle while experiencing the many activities the resort has to offer.
The BALSAMS' famous Ballot Room serves as the polling place for Dixville Notch, which has the distinction of being the "first in the nation" to report the results of resident voting in national elections. To maintain this privilege, each of the area's voters ? approximately two dozen residents ? must come to The BALSAMS just before midnight on the eve of an election, casting his or her vote when the polls open at 12 a.m.
Additional information is available at www.thebalsams.com.
About Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts
Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts is a subsidiary of Delaware North Companies, a leading hospitality provider with significant experience in hotel, retail, food service, recreation and transportation operations. The company's portfolio includes historic properties in North America, such as Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex; Yosemite, Sequoia, Yellowstone and Grand Canyon national parks; Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds; Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite; Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa; Niagara Falls State Park; Jones Beach; Old Town San Diego; The Lodge & Conference Center at Geneva-on-the-Lake; and The BALSAMS Grand Resort Hotel. To learn more about Delaware North Companies' expertise in the hospitality industry, visit www.dnchospitalitymgt.com.
About Delaware North Companies
Delaware North Companies is one of the world's leading hospitality and food service providers. Its family of companies includes Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, Delaware North Companies Sportservice, Delaware North Companies International and Delaware North Companies Boston, which owns and operates TD Banknorth Garden. Delaware North Companies is one of the largest privately held companies in the United States with revenues approaching $2 billion annually and 40,000 associates serving half a billion customers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. For more information, visit www.DelawareNorth.com.