The Balch Hotel

The Magic is Closer Than You Think

Take Home More Than Memories

Visit our gift shop

Spa Sanctuary

Bliss Experiences For Your Well Being

The Balch Bistro

Hand-made, Wholesome Food


Get Away and Get Back to Your Self


When life gets crazy and hectic, step away from it all, into a magical world meant to soothe and inspire you. With 300 days of sunshine, it’s a sunny getaway to a simple, elegant, rural space, surrounded by the serenity of nature.

Visit an award-winning, historic, 20-room boutique inn, where exceptional hospitality is more than just an idea. Experience the expanse and simplicity of the country with wide open meadows, big sky and majestic mountain that generate a clarity of mind and heart that settles the soul.

Explore our Gardens
Bicyclist on Columbia River Historic Trail

Where the Columbia River Gorge Meets Oregon's High Desert

Centrally located in the Columbia River Gorge, just 13 miles (21 km) south of The Dalles, Oregon. A quick 1 hour, 40 minutes east of Portland, 3.5 hours from Seattle, and 2 hours from Salem or Bend.

After a short drive, you’ll feel like you’re a world away. Car Free? You can even bicycle here. Are you driving an electric vehicle? We have a Level 2 EV charging station for your convenience.

On your way, check out our friends on the East Gorge Food Trail

When You Arrive…

At check in, fresh handmade (and bagged) chocolate chip cookies (from scratch) await. Hand sani is nearby.

You’ll be directed from the turn of the century lobby to your room, one of 20 deliciously appointed with charming antiques, original art, and a comfy bed. No elevators, TVs or telephones.

Rooms are decorated with antique furniture
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Surrender Into Bliss

Schedule a session at Spa Sanctuary or explore any of our Wellness Experiences or Special Package, then lounge or do yoga in the gardens, meditate under the evergreens or write by the pond facing Mount Hood.

Dining at the Balch

Order a bite to eat at the Balch Bistro: simple handmade food with rustic, artisan specials on the weekends. As we are a boutique property with variable occupancy, our hours of service varies seasonally. Reservations are always a good idea.

Enjoy sipping a glass of local wine or a cold beer from our Bistro Bar, while you enjoy books and games from our library. Relax on the slate patio under an umbrella, or warmed by the fire pit depending on the weather.

Our fare is handmade and rustic, with fresh, local, and (often) organic ingredients.

Dinner is available Thursday through Tuesday )closed Wednesday) by reservation, from 5-8 pm. Call 541.467.2277 

For more options or late arrivals, dine in The Dalles, (15 minutes) if you're coming from I-84.

Our patio is a perfect gathering place

Guests rave about our simple breakfast

Breakfast Is Served!

Next morning awaken to freshly brewed, locally-roasted coffee or local Organic teas, then enjoy a simple wholesome breakfast basket that's included with your stay.

Now you're ready for whatever magic life throws your way. Travel lightly!

Explore the Area:

Whether you are alone, with your sweetheart or a gaggle of girlfriends you can create the rejuvenation experience you need.

If adventure calls, you'll love being so close to the outdoor playground of majestic Mount Hood, and the mighty Columbia and Deschutes Rivers. If you’re a culture lover, after appreciating our local artists' work. End your day one of many great wineries, breweries and cideries all nearby.

While there's plenty to do or see, you might relish doing a whole lot of nothing!

Wedding reception, Balch Hotel

Planning A Retreat, Wedding, or Meeting? Let Us Curate Your Gathering

The Balch Hotel is an excellent spot for destination weddings, reunions, retreats, business meetings, bike trips, and car clubs.

Relax and enjoy the grounds

Why You Should Book Direct


We offer many extras with your stay when you book direct:

  • Free Wifi
  • Gourmet breakfast made from scratch
  • Fresh baked cookies upon your arrival
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Join us for a delicious dinner


As our overnight guest, you no longer have to leave the grounds to satisfy your hunger. We heard your pleas and we're excited to offer you an option for evening meals–updated seasonally and with specials on the weekends.

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We always have something happening


Doing interesting things makes life richer. Check back often: we're always adding new experiences to excite & inspire you.

Please Note



At the Balch we cultivate a culture where everyone is embraced and valued for who they are so they can shine—staff and guests alike. As leaders and visionaries in hospitality, we welcome people from all walks of life, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual preference or gender affiliation.

In a small, rural, community it feels important to be explicit about this. We value diversity because we know this makes life more interesting and everyone benefits.  All of this is a long-winded way to say: you’re welcome here.

Children & Pets

As we recognize the comfort of offered by animal companions, we now have a limited number of pet friendly rooms. Call 541.467.2277 to ask about your room options.

As a place that inspires relaxation, re-connection and rejuvenation we aim to ensure a peaceful environment for our guests. Given that we are a small historic property, (absent modern soundproofing), we therefore do not allow young children (under age 9.)


We have no elevator, TV's or phones. (We do have free Wifi and free on-site parking.) We even have an EV Charging Station for your convenience. We do offer complimentary locally roasted coffee and local Organic Teas upon request.

Give the Gift of the Balch

If you'd like to share our experience with your friends why not purchase gift certificates for future travel. We love when folks get a treat of a stay or dinner with us.

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