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 luxurious 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. You’ll be guided from the turn of century lobby to your room, deliciously appointed with charming antiques and a comfy bed. Then enjoy a glass of local wine or a cold beer as you relax in the parlor or patio. Chat serendipitously with other guests or enjoy your privacy.
Later you can experience a bliss inducing facial or delicious aromatherapy body treatment ritual. Then lounge, read or do yoga in the wedding garden, meditate under the evergreens or write in a hammock by the pond. You can even create your own Soul Art in an afternoon 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 and the Mighty Columbia, Deschutes and White Salmon Rivers--there are so many amazing places to experience. If you’re a culture lover there’s the world-class Maryhill Museum, the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, with great wineries for tasting nearby.
Whether you are alone, with your sweetheart or a gaggle of girlfriends you can create the experience you need.
We’re centrally located in the Columbia River Gorge, south of The Dalles. Just 1 hour 45 minutes east of Portland, 3 hours from Seattle, two 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 and retreats 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 clarity of mind and heart that settles the soul.