Holidays are near!
Holidays are near!, Historic Balch Hotel


Harvest Blessings

This Autumn has been awesome. Rain is rare—sunny golden warmth is the norm. (Hint: It’s the best time to travel here in the Gorge.)

Trees are aflame with color, and the light is amazing, everything is slightly golden.

To celebrate the change, the end of our busy summer, we took our beloved (and hard-working) staff on an adventure. Every year we pick an area to explore for an Employee Celebration Day. One year we traveled the forest roads and ended up at Timberline Lodge.

This year we checked out the petroglyphs in Horsethief State Park, then went to Maryhill Museum and Stonehenge, and finished with a fab dinner at the Glass Onion in Goldendale. It was a fun outing–no shop talk allowed! This is one way we like to thank our staff for providing such great care to you and the hotel.

It’s a gorgeous time for wandering and wondering. Explore the hills and forests of the Gorge. Wander about town, peek in the windows (whoa!) get a coffee at We3 or a burger at Kramer’s. Poke around the museum and chat with locals. Get restored with Gem-Reiki. Nap. Read and Journal in the parlor. Sleep. Repeat.

Are you joining us for Thanksgiving?? (details below or here.) It’s a time of cozy reflection and cuddling up with a good book after a warm delicious meal.

After you’ve enjoyed a day out in the Gorge—head back to Dufur to recharge with dinner and your favorite bottle of wine. #AutumnLove!

Isn’t it your time to un-busy and unwind?

Claire & Josiah for Team Balch

P.S. In the Fall our attention naturally starts to quiet and turn inward. And many have been very triggered by events of the year. So, we developed something to support you while you reconnect and rejuvenate at the Balch.

If you’re feeling its time to deal with a challenge area (think: insomnia, depression or anxiety relief!) or clarity about your purposeful life path direction, we have Bliss Breakthrough Private Wellness Packages that combine spa treatments with counseling. (And a bunch of other goodies.) While either is fruitful as a stand-alone session, the combination allows deep shifts in thoughts, feelings and viewpoints to penetrate more gently and effectively. It’s a real gift to yourself or someone you love. (hint: gift certificates!)

These customized sessions are 3 hours long and include art or energy therapy, soul coaching, spa treatment, a customized essential oil blend and a take home plan. They can be combined with other services to create a full multi day retreat, or add to your overnight visit or day trip to the Balch. (With follow up available should you desire.)

P.S.S. Has holiday party planning fallen on you this year?? We still have dates available. Read on below or call 541.467.2277 to discuss. Great overnight rates can be added to keep your guests warm and safe.

Healing for Empaths

Are you super sensitive to everything around you? Discover how to make a difference in the world by sharing your unique gifts in a whole new way! Experience healing and connection while learning specific tools to effectively protect yourself from incoming energies. Permanently release what you’ve already absorbed. Receive remarkably effective energetic transmissions from Dave Markowitz, bestselling author of Empathipedia: Healing for Empaths and Self-Care for the Self-Aware. Details here.
Cost: $279 (plus lodging) Register for workshop Here. Then reserve your room. November 16-18


Our annual seasonal feast celebrating harvest, abundance and gratitude featuring classic, yet rustic fare. Sit at big tables with an eclectic array of guests, enjoy engaging conversation & synchronistic connections at a casual yet elegant feast, served family-style. (If you desire something more intimate, let us know in advance—we can seat you separately.)

Thursday November 22, 4 pm. $39 per person, plus gratuity. See the menu details updated HERE. Call to reserve limited seats: 541.467.2277

Special Lodging Discount…Stay 2 Nights Get 3rd Night FREE! Call 541.467.2277 or book online. Click on Book NOW and reserve 3 nights, then enter promo code: FALL for this special rate.

Plan Ahead…
Your Holiday Party Here?
Are you charged with creating the Holiday party for your office or club? Or maybe you want to change things up a bit and alter the usual family get-together (or skip that entirely??) Let us help out!

Consider borrowing our setting when it’s we’re all dressed up in our holiday finery and enjoy a custom-catered meal at the Balch. Add lodging so your party is homey and safe. It’s a gorgeous time to be here! We still have some good dates open with holiday party packages available for a distinctive event at the Balch Hotel. Call 541.467.2277 or email to see what we can create for you.

Dufur Home Town Christmas

Experience rural charm at our small-town holiday classic. Join in the seasonal cheer with a special dinner Saturday following the iconic Lighted Tractor Parade.

Earlier in the day, enjoy a Christmas craft bazaar, photos with Santa, art exhibit and concerts, with special seasonal treats offered around our village.

Join us for a Prime Rib Dinner December 9 $40 (plus gratuity) Details here Call 541.467.2277 for reservations—seats are limited.

*Take advantage of our 3 for 2 Holiday Special. Reserve rooms early directly with us, This weekend is one not to miss and sells out. December 8-10

Solstice Soul ~ Guadalupe Magic

Celebrate the return of the light common in all spiritual traditions: Solstice. Gather to turn inward and receive the quiet needed as the year draws to close. Tap inner wisdom and express your Inner Artist, painting your Guadalupe, a Sacred Feminine icon, near her Feast Day.

Sipping tea, explore your questions with meditation, oracle cards, journaling, art and sharing in a safe, sacred circle with other sisters.

Simple tools, spacious invitation and delicious environment deepen this day for you. Give yourself this gift—a sure respite for your soul during the holidays.
Saturday December 16 10am-4pm with a break for lunch (available for purchase, not included.) cost: $129, Early Bird Price: $97 before December 8. See details and register here

Christmas at the Balch

With Christmas falling on a Tuesday we’re offering a special getaway package.* Walk the frosty fields, lounge with a good book, work on a community puzzle, sip wine or tea, and mingle with friends new or old.

We’ll offer our newly updated Light Fare menu (and maybe a few yummy surprises). Enjoy the Balch at her best: elegantly dressed up for the holidays, but still cozy and casual, so you can recharge and reconnect.

*Holiday Getaway Package: Stay 2 nights, get the 3rd night free. (Not valid with other offers.) Call or book directly to get this special deal.

New Year’s Eve Getaway; Dinner, Story Slam & More
Looking for a quieter alternative to all that hoopla? Get away to reflect and reconnect at the end of the year. With the holiday falling on a Monday, we’re offering a special getaway package, so you can stay longer. It’s a great deal.*

For NYE, start with appetizers and no-host wine/beer in the lobby, to the fabulous 3 course dinner served at big tables in the dining room (See menu in process here). Then regroup in the parlor for dessert, stories and inspired conversation; then finally, a sparkling wine toast. From start to finish our New Year’s Eve tradition is something not to be missed.

All this food, fun and frivolity: $70 per person (Plus gratuity.) See details here: Call 541.467.2277 to reserve your spot. Monday, December 31.

*Holiday Getaway Package: Stay 2 nights, get the 3rd night free. (Not valid with other offers.) Call or book directly to get this special deal. Use the time to reflect on where you’ve been and what’s next. Write, draw, paint, read, snowshoe, hike…the choices are endless.

Eagle Watch Tour

Watch the annual migration of these regal birds at various spots overlooking the expansive Columbia River Gorge. This weekend package includes evening reception and presentations, viewing birds in secret locations, an artisan crafted dinner served family style, visiting a cozy winery (or 2) for wine-tasting. Add in local natural history museum or spot eagles as you travel home. All-inclusive package includes all food, experiences and presentations. Details and registration here

January 25-27

Sisterhood Supper

Join our open women’s dinner party: curated conversation nurtured by yummy food and glasses of wine. Experience a place to connect, laugh and have inspiring, empowering dialogue with other intelligent caring women. Savor the sweet rejuvenation of sisterhood, while sharing a luscious dessert. Bring a friend or come solo and meet new ones!
FREE (except food/drink cost) Please RSVP! Call 541.467.2277 or email, so we know to expect you.
Thursday, February 7 6:30-8:30pm (Arrive as your schedule permits)

Pssst….Secret Insider Deal:
*Holiday Getaway Package: Stay 2 nights, get the 3rd night free. (Not valid with other offers.) Call or book directly to get this special deal.

Holidays are near!, Historic Balch Hotel
Holidays are near!, Historic Balch Hotel
Holidays are near!, Historic Balch Hotel
Holidays are near!, Historic Balch Hotel

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Holidays are near!, Historic Balch Hotel

40 South Heimrich

Dufur, OR 97021

United States

P: (541) 467-2277


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