The Washington Post Sunday - - TRAVEL - — Z.S.

Want to take a spur-of-the-moment trip to the Bal­sams in Dixville Notch, N.H.? Here’s what you need to know for the week­end of Jan. 28-30:


South­west of­fers flights from BWI Mar­shall to Manch­ester, N.H., start­ing at $118 round trip. Dixville Notch is about 165 miles north of Manch­ester.


The Bal­sams Grand Re­sort Ho­tel

1000 Cold Spring Rd. Dixville Notch, N.H. 800-255-0600


On the Na­tional Reg­is­ter of His­toric Places, with 18 suites and 184 guest rooms, most fur­nished in a cozy coun­try style. There is WiFi, but most rooms have no TVs (there’s a gen­eral TV room with a large flat-panel off the main lounge). Rates start at $378 a night, in­clud­ing break­fast and din­ner, com­pli­men­tary ski passes, snow­shoe­ing, skat­ing and many other ac­tiv­i­ties.


Grand Din­ing Room

Dur­ing the win­ter sea­son, serves a full buf­fet break­fast and a ta­ble d’hote din­ner with a five-course menu that changes daily, of­fer­ing such choices as prime rib, steak, pasta and fish. Veg­e­tar­ian dishes upon request. Meals are in­cluded in the room rate, but wine and al­co­holic bev­er­ages are ex­tra.

The Tav­ern

A ca­sual al­ter­na­tive off the main lobby, where you can pur­chase lunch if you’re not stuffed from break­fast. Soups and sal­ads, burg­ers and sand­wiches from $6. Nightly en­ter­tain­ment.

La Cave

A brand-new wine bar off the lobby, serv­ing wine, beer, cock­tails and ar­ti­sanal cheeses from $4.

Base Lodge at the Wilder­ness Ski Area

Snacks and ca­sual fare at the foot of the moun­tain. Burg­ers and sand­wiches from $5.


Ski­ing at the Wilder­ness Ski Area, with two triple chair­lifts and one dou­ble chair­lift, 16 trails, five gladed ar­eas, a ter­rain park and an in­tro­duc­tory teach­ing area. Ski passes are com­pli­men­tary with the room. Ski or snow­board rentals $35 a day, $25 for a half-day. Sur­round­ing the ho­tel are 59 miles of cross-coun­try ski trails and 20 miles of snow­shoe trails. Clas­sic Nordic ski rentals $25 a day, $20 half-day; skate ski rentals $28 a day, $23 half-day. No charge for snow­shoes. Ice skat­ing, with a limited se­lec­tion of men’s, women’s and chil­dren’s skates avail­able at no charge. Week­end sleigh rides, $20 per per­son. Indoor ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude wine tast­ings, cook­ing demos, movies and bil­liard tour­na­ments. Check the board in the lobby for each day’s sched­uled tours and ac­tiv­i­ties put to­gether by recre­ation di­rec­tor John Kennedy. All lodg­ing and flight info valid as of press time Thurs­day.

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