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A dramatic mountain pass next to a grand resort hotel known for its "First in the Nation" election results.




Dixville Notch, on NH Route 26 east of Colebrook in extreme northern New Hampshire (map), is a dramatic mountain pass at an elevation of 1871 feet (570 meters)

In New England's north country, mountain gaps or passes are called "notches."

The name is apt, as geology has made them dramatic steep-walled defiles.

(Other famous notches are Franconia Notch in the White Mountains north of Lincoln NH, and Smugglers Notch in the Green Mountains north of Stowe VT.)

Besides its dramatic beauty, Dixville Notch had the distinction of being the location for one of America's oldest, grandest and most satisfying resort hotels: The Balsams Grand Resort Hotel.

If you wanted to explore this dramatically beautiful area, The Balsams was the place to stay until it was closed for economic reasons in 2011.

In summer, it had miles and miles of well-maintained hiking trails. In winter, its 95 km (59 miles) of Nordic/ cross-country ski trails were double-tracked and patrolled.

Redevelopment of the grand hotel is under way, and it may be open again by the end of 2017 or 2018. More...

The Balsams was also the site of the polling place for Dixville Notch's famous "First in the Nation" elections. More...

—by Tom Brosnahan

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Above, first winter morning sun touches
the wall of Dixville Notch, NH.




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