Get Away and Get Back to Your Self
Elegant retreat in a historic setting
Life can be kind of crazy and hectic, but here at the Balch Hotel you step away from all that, into another world — a simply elegant setting surrounded by the serenity of nature that soothes and inspires you.
When you arrive you’ll be greeted with homemade chocolate chip cookies and a warm cup of tea in the cooler months or icy lemon water when it's hot. You’ll be guided from the turn of century lobby to your room, deliciously appointed with charming antiques and a comfy bed.
Then sip a glass of local wine or a cold beer in the parlor while you enjoy books and games from our library. Relax outside under an umbrella on the slate patio or on the lush lawn facing Mount Hood. Incredible view.
We're an art gallery too, so you can gaze at the original art from local artists that adorn the walls. Chat serendipitously with other guests or enjoy your privacy.
Later experience a bliss inducing facial or delicious body treatment. Then lounge, read or do yoga in the gardens, meditate under the evergreens or write in a hammock by the pond. You can even create your own Soul Art in an afternoon art therapy session with Claire.
Where the Columbia Gorge Meets Oregon's High Desert
Explore the area: from the playground that is the majestic Mount Hood, to the rolling wheat fields and high desert plains, dropping into the Fruit Loop orchards, then the Mighty Columbia and Deschutes Rivers. There are so many amazing places to explore nearby.
If you’re a culture lover we have a lovely art collection throughout our hotel, but it you want to explore, you can visit the world-class Maryhill Museum, Stonehenge replica, Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and the Air and Automobile Museum. Plus there are great wineries, breweries and cideries all around for tasting nearby.
Whether you are alone, with your sweetheart or a gaggle of girlfriends you can create the rejuvenation experience you need. There's a whole lot to do, and a whole lot of nothing, too!
We’re centrally located in the Columbia River Gorge, just 13 miles south of The Dalles. A quick 1 hour, 40 minutes east of Portland, 3+ hours from Seattle, 2 hours from Salem and Bend.
With 350 days of sunshine, it’s a great getaway. After a short drive, you’ll feel like you’re a world away.
The Balch Hotel is an excellent spot for outdoor weddings, reunions, retreats, business meetings, bike trips, car clubs or a romantic getaway for two. Winter weddings, retreats, engagements and elopements are cozy and charming.
Join us at a place that inspires personal re-connection and rejuvenation ….
The expanse and simplicity of the country with wide open meadows, big sky and majestic mountain generates a clarity of mind and heart that settles the soul.
About Your Stay
Get ready to relax
At the Historic Balch Hotel we hang our hat on Customer Service. We purposefully create spaces for you to unwind, reconnect with yourself, partner, or group, and we work hard to make certain you can relax.
While that’s our philosophy, let us give you some practical examples.
We welcome you with homemade chocolate chip cookies which are baked fresh every afternoon! The dough is made from scratch and not rolled out from a can or tube. (You can tell because the cookies are not all the same shape--dead giveaway.)
When you walk up to your room you'll notice no elevator, TV's or phones. (We do have Wifi. We all have our limits.) We also discourage small children and pets. Don't be offended! We do love kids and pets but realize you need time away from them to have a real break.
We've created outdoor spaces for you to soak in the warm sunshine, gaze at the wheat fields, Mount Hood view, or sunset. The hammocks are great spaces for you to read, daydream (remember watching the clouds?) or even nap.
We offer light dinner options (soup, salad, wrap, etc.) so you no longer need to leave for an afternoon or evening meal! (See the Dine page for details.) Dine on our patio or in our dining room. Or walk to some local establishments--limited but classic--or for a full menu dining experience head to The Dalles (20 minutes), Hood River (40 minutes) or Maupin (30 minutes). We can help with options.
You might also enjoy a glass of wine from one of our local wineries, or a cold beer to go with our coffee-infused chocolate ganache cake. It's the best.
Buffet breakfast is included and served every morning at 9 am. (Coffee and tea are available around 8am.)
When you call to make a reservation we might sound nosy, but we want to know about you. We're simply trying to discover how to enhance your trip! We strive to help you experience the amazing activities, experiences and scenery in and around our hamlet.
We can recommend wineries, cycle routes, hiking, eateries--we've even surprised guests with personalized anniversary, birthday or engagement treats. That's what nosy gets you at the Balch.
Come and enjoy the Balch experience yourself. We take pride in finding ways to exceed your expectations.
See you on the sunny side!
THANK YOU for choosing us.
--Josiah, Claire & the Balch Hotel Staff
As leaders and visionaries in hospitality, at the Balch we aim to live our mission and values. We know that diversity & inclusion significantly enhances everyone’s quality of life. We welcome guests from all walks of life and offer warm welcoming experience to all, regardless of race, religion, ethnic, sexual preference or gender affiliation. We value and encourage diverse lifestyles as we know this makes life more interesting and everyone benefits. In a small, rural, conservative community it feels important to be explicit about this.
At the Balch we offer authentic hospitality and strive make a difference in the lives of the people we touch every day. We cultivate a culture where everyone is embraced and valued for who they are so they can be their best—staff and guests alike. We believe the more inclusive we are, in terms of culture, race, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, abilities, perspectives and styles of thinking, the richer life becomes.
All of this is a long-winded way to say: you’re welcome here.
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Where the Columbia Gorge Meets Oregon's High Desert
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