Get Away and Get Back to Your Self
Elegant retreat in a historic setting
Life can be kind of crazy and hectic, but here you step away from all that, into another world — a simple, elegant setting surrounded by the serenity of nature to soothe and inspire you.
When you arrive...
you’ll be greeted with freshly made chocolate chip cookies from scratch and a warm cup of tea in the cooler months or icy lemon infused 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.
a bliss inducing facial or delicious body treatment in our Bliss at the Balch Spa. 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.
We're an art gallery too, so you can wander, looking at original art from local artists that surrounds you. Chat serendipitously with other guests or enjoy your privacy.
Eventually you'll be hungry, and dinner is available offering simple handmade food with rustic, artisan specials on the weekends.
Next morning awaken to locally roasted freshly brewed coffee or Organic teas, then enjoy a hearty rustic breakfast buffet that's included with your stay.
Whether you're staying on or heading out on an adventure, you're ready for whatever magic life throws your way. Enjoy!
Where the Columbia River Gorge Meets Oregon's High Desert
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.
With 300 days of sunshine, it’s a great getaway. After a short drive, you’ll feel like you’re a world away. Car Free? Now, you can bicycle here.
We’re centrally located in the Columbia River Gorge, just 13 miles (21 km) south of The Dalles. A quick 1 hour, 40 minutes east of Portland, 3+ hours from Seattle, 2 hours from Salem and Bend.
Explore the area:
near the playground of majestic Mount Hood, we're surrounded by rolling golden hills, vineyards, fruit orchards, and the mighty Columbia and Deschutes Rivers. There are so many amazing places to explore nearby.
If you’re a culture lover you'll appreciate the art collection throughout our hotel. Nearby visit the world-class Maryhill Museum, Stonehenge replica, and Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. Plus there are great wineries, breweries and cideries all nearby for tasting .
Whether you are alone, with your sweetheart or a gaggle of girlfriends you can create the rejuvenation experience you need. There's a lot to do, and a whole lot of nothing, too!
Let Us Put Together Your Experience
We offer wellness packages with Bliss at the Balch Spa as well as several, seasonal event packages. See the options on our Special Packages page:
Planning something big?
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.
It's a place that inspires personal re-connection and rejuvenation …. To help ensure a peaceful environment for our guests, we unfortunately do not allow small children or pets.
Why You Should Book Direct
Best Rate & Amenities Guaranteed
We offer many extras with your stay when you book direct:
- Free Wifi
- Gourmet breakfast made from scratch
- Fresh baked cookies every afternoon
Join us for a delicious dinner
Fresh, light, local
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 mid-day and evening meals--updated seasonally and with specials on the weekends.See our menu
We always have something happening
From weekend packages to evening events; we keep it interesting
Doing interesting things makes life richer. Check back often: we're always adding new experiences to excite & inspire you.Explore Events
About Your Stay
Get ready to relax
At the Historic Balch Hotel we purposefully create spaces for you to unwind, reconnect with yourself, partner, or group, and we work hard to make certain you can relax. Our mission is to create the best guest service for you.
While that’s our philosophy, let us give you some practical examples.
We welcome you with homemade chocolate chip cookies, baked fresh every afternoon! They're made from scratch and not rolled out from a can or tube.
When you walk up to your room you'll notice no elevator, TV's or phones. (We do have free Wifi and on-site parking. 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.
A gourmet buffet breakfast is included with your stay and served every morning from 8:30-10am. (Coffee and tea are available around 8am.)
We've created outdoor spaces for you to soak in the warm sunshine, gaze at the open fields, and Mount Hood sunset. The hammocks are great spaces for you to read, daydream (remember watching the clouds?) or even nap.
We offer a Light Fare menu for dinner (soup, salad, wrap, etc.) so you don't have to leave for an afternoon or evening meal! Our menu is simple but delicious with fresh local and mostly organic ingredients. (See the Dine page for details.) Enjoy your meal outside on our patio or in our dining room.
You might also enjoy a glass of locally sourced wine or beer at our bar or in the parlor, with a slice of coffee-infused chocolate ganache cake. (It's the best.)
For more extensive offerings--limited but classic--walk nearby to a few local establishments in Dufur. Or head into The Dalles (15 minutes), Hood River (30 minutes) or Maupin (30 minutes). We can help you sort out the options.
When you call to make a reservation we might sound nosy, but we're simply trying to discover how to enhance your trip! We want you to enjoy 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.
Cove visit us on the sunny side of the Gorge and enjoy the Balch experience yourself. We take pride in finding ways to exceed your expectations.
THANK YOU for choosing us....
Josiah, Claire & the Balch Hotel Staff
A Note About Inclusivity:
At the Balch we offer authentic hospitality and strive to make a difference in the lives of the people we touch every day. As leaders and visionaries in hospitality, we welcome guests from all walks of life and offer a warm welcome to all, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual preference or gender affiliation. In a small, rural, conservative community it feels important to be explicit about this.
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 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.
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Where the Columbia Gorge Meets Oregon's High Desert
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