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General Manager Uwe Roggenthien Leading The BALSAMS Grand Resort Hotel,
Dixville Notch, New Hampshire Through an Extensive Restoration

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Dixville Notch, NH (April 10, 2008) – The BALSAMS, the most celebrated grand resort hotel in New England, will undergo a comprehensive restoration under the leadership of general manager Uwe Roggenthien, announced Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, the management company for the property. The project is designed to retain the resort’s historic charm while positioning it for future growth by upgrading accommodations and creating more flexible function space for meetings and weddings. Roggenthien, a veteran of the hospitality industry, is charged with overseeing the project.
 
Idyllically set on 15,000 acres in New Hampshire’s majestic White Mountains, The BALSAMS is legendary for its breathtaking natural beauty, endless recreational activities, and award-winning cuisine. One of the last remaining grand resort hotels, it is considered a national treasure.
 
“The restoration was thoughtfully designed to preserve all the elements that have endeared The BALSAMS to generations of guests and is already well underway,” said Roggenthien. “When complete, the property will retain its unique character while increasing its appeal for today’s leisure travelers and as a destination for meetings, groups, and weddings.”
 
The first phase of the restoration encompassed 16,200 sq. ft. of space and was completed in December 2007. JCJ Architecture was selected to lead the project, which saw the complete restoration and interior redesign of all common areas, social rooms and 7,200 sq. ft. of meeting space – including the Grand Ballroom and historic Ballot Room. The increased functionality achieved allows The BALSAMS to offer dedicated meeting space, private catering with more options than before, and access to break out rooms.
 
The next phase of the project calls for the construction of a model guestroom later this year followed by the restoration of 110 guestrooms in the hotel’s Hampshire House wing. The BALSAMS has chosen TMS Architects and LDL Architectural Design to oversee this phase of the restoration.
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Step Back in Time at The BALSAMS Grand Resort Hotel

Rich with New Hampshire history, The BALSAMS Grand Resort Hotel first opened just after the Civil War as the DIX HOUSE – a rustic and charming 25-room summer inn established by local innkeeper, George Parsons. The original inn honored the name of the town’s founding father and first landowner, Colonel Timothy Dix. A patriot of the American Revolution, Dix lost his life in battle in 1812, at which point his attorney and business partner, Daniel Webster, took over. Webster sponsored the town’s first settlers, the Whittemore family. These hardy pioneers shared their hearth and home with wayfarers on the old Coös Trail through Dixville Notch. Weary travelers were refreshed by the Whittemore’s home-style hospitality, and the generous family-style accommodation of overnight guests evolved naturally into a more sophisticated destination resort.

In 1895, a wealthy Philadelphia inventor and industrialist by the name of Henry S. Hale purchased the DIX HOUSE (where he had been a long-time summer guest) and renamed it The BALSAMS. Hale’s creative spirit was prolific, and he steadily expanded and enhanced the resort’s facilities and accommodations. By 1918, Hale realized his final vision for The BALSAMS with the completion of the Hampshire House – still known today as “the new wing.” This elegant addition effectively doubled the resort’s space to the current capacity of 400 guests.

The BALSAMS has been recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of America’s treasured historic hotels. Since 1866, the resort has had only six owners.

First in the Nation - In 1952, New Hampshire first provided its residents with the opportunity to vote in Presidential primaries. In these early elections, many small towns around the state competed to get their votes in first. But ever since Dixville Notch was granted the privilege of being a voting community in 1960, it has continuously maintained the honor of being “First in the Nation” to report its results of the Presidential election.

In order to maintain this honorary status, every single registered voter in Dixville Notch must turn out and vote. Just before midnight the day before the election, these voters come to The BALSAMS and take a headcount to ensure everyone is present. When the polls officially open at the strike of midnight, each voter heads to a booth in the Ballot Room and casts his or her vote. The entire process takes about a minute.

The Ballot Room - See for yourself the celebrated site in Dixville Notch where the town’s first in the nation voters cast their ballots at midnight. The walls of this historic room bear testimony with captioned photographs and other displays of all the dignitaries and candidates who have visited since 1960. 

ABOUT THE BALSAMS
Listed as the #1 resort for dining in The United States on Condé Nast Traveler's 2007 Gold List, The BALSAMS Grand Resort Hotel is grand in every sense of the word. This legendary, 15,000-acre four-star destination boasts 202 individually decorated guestrooms and suites; four dining venues, including the Dining Room renown for its sumptuous table d’hote culinary presentations; over 10,000 sq. ft. of meeting and banquet space; and unparalleled year-round recreation. Among the numerous amenities and activities available to guests are golf, including an 18-hole championship Donald Ross designed course; tennis; outdoor swimming pool; boating; fly fishing; miles of trails for walking, hiking, mountain biking, nightly entertainment, and children’s programs, including Camp Wind Whistle, a supervised program for children ages 5 – 10+. The BALSAMS’ famous “Ballot Room” serves as the polling place for the nearly two dozen area residents who are the “first in the nation” to report the results of their voting in national elections. Serving guests since 1866, The BALSAMS is included in the National Register of Historic Places. The BALSAMS is proud to be a part of Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts family; Delaware North Companies is one of the nation’s foremost hospitality and entertainment veterans.  For reservations and information about The BALSAMS, call toll-free at (866) 380-6798 or visit www.thebalsams.com

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Contact:

    The BALSAMS Grand Resort Hotel
    1000 Cold Spring Road
    Dixville Notch, NH  03576
    (603) 255-3400
 www.thebalsams.com

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Also See: Tillotson Corp. Names Delaware North Companies to Manage The BALSAMS Grand Resort Hotel; Steve Barba and Phil Learned Retire as Managing Partners / March 2005
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