In the Great North Woods of New Hampshire, 20 miles from the Canadian border, the township of Dixville and its unincorporated village, Dixville Notch, provide unexpected luxuries for travelers to this rugged region. Home to approximately 75 year-round residents at the time of publication, Dixville's commanding landscape of mountains, streams and forest make it a desirable destination throughout the year.
You can experience New Hampshire's impressive outdoors with a visit to New Hampshire state parks near Dixville. Dixville Notch State Park (nhstateparks.org/explore/state-parks/dixville-notch-state-park.aspx) covers 127 acres of mountainous woodlands. Hiking trails wind through the park's terrain, and provide adventurers with views of waterfalls, brooks and a gorge. Coleman State Park (nhstateparks.com/coleman.html), which is partially in Dixville as well as the nearby town of Stewartstown, has camp sites, as well as access for fishing and boating on Little Diamond Pond.
Travelers looking to escape the busyness of everyday life can take a relaxing break at The Balsams (thebalsams.com), a renowned resort in Dixville. Accommodations at The Balsams include rustic details like exposed beams and charming floral wallpaper reminiscent of traditional New England decor. You can relax on sunny porches in comfortable wicker chairs, stroll through pristine gardens and admire the lush mountains that surround the 8,000 acre estate. The resort includes a number of restaurants, from the elegant Grand Dining Room to the more laid-back Panorama Grille.
Golfers can show off their swing and practice their golfing skills at The Panorama Golf Course at the Balsams (thebalsams.com/golf). The public-access course, designed in 1912 by golf-course architect Donald Ross, provides memorable views of both Vermont and Canada from its sloping fairways. Beginning golfers refine their abilities at the learning center or the Coashaukee 9-hole course while expert golfers can challenge themselves on the adjacent 18-hole course.
The beautiful New Hampshire landscape in Dixville provides visitors with plenty of activities to keep them busy. If you love water sports, rent a kayak and go out on Mud Pond at the Balsams. For a more thrilling boating adventure, schedule a day trip from Dixville to nearby rivers for a whitewater kayaking or rafting trip. During the winter, skiers and snowboarders hit the trails at The Balsams Wilderness Ski Area. With trails that range from easy to expert, skiers of all abilities enjoy skiing in Dixville.