A few weekends ago while at our camper in NH, my husband talked me into driving way north (just miles from the Canadian boarder) to a teeny tiny town called Dixville Notch. In spite of it’s size, you may have heard of it. The town’s claim to fame is that they are the first precinct in the United States to vote in the presidential primary. There is a total of nine voters who all turn out at midnight (along with dozens of news and TV reporters) to cast their vote for the next presidential candidate. It’s front page news for about 24 hours until the rest of New Hampshire votes.

There actually is nothing in Dixville, as we found out it’s not really a town but simply a voting district. However, we did pass a sign for The Balsams. I had heard of this legendary grand hotel but never seen it. Built in the late 1800’s it was a first class resort for wealthy city folk seeking refuge from the sweltering Summer heat of Boston, New York and Philadelphia. In the Winter there was skiing, snowshoeing and hiking with miles of both cross country and alpine trails. I was excited to go and check it out but for some reason, unknown at the time, the road leading up to the resort was blocked with barricades and a “closed” sign.

Well a few barricades was not going to stop me so we parked along the side of the road and walked about a mile up the driveway to The Balsams. Much to our surprise, I discovered why the road was closed.

The Balsams: Linda Holt Photo

The Balsams: Linda Holt Photo

The Balsams has evidently been closed for years. I did a little research when we got home and it seems a developer has purchased the property with the intent to renovate it but there have been some delays with funding and permits. Even though I didn’t get to see the once glorious hotel, I thought there was still beauty in it’s decaying state. I took dozens of photos but this is a good overall image so you can image what it once looked like in it’s grand state nestled in the beautiful mountains.

As for Dixville Notch? Here are the Feb. 9th 2016 primary results

Bernie Sanders 4 votes

John Kasich 3 votes

Donald Trump 2 votes

Have a great weekend everyone and remember, always try and find beauty…even in the ugly.

Linda Holt | Interior Designer & iPhone Coach

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