The Calm After the Storm
Christmas Tree


The days are getting shorter and the temperatures are dropping. There is a special feeling in the air as we dip into the quiet of winter.

Are you feeling anxious about the approaching holidays? Many find the season stressful, and in a year like we've had, understandable.

This weekend is a throwback to a simpler, more joyful time. Though it's filling fast, we still have rooms and seats for Dufur Hometown Christmas at the Balch Hotel.

Come early, bundle up and stroll the streets of our little village and peek in the Christmas craft bazaar at the church, kids get photos with Santa and special seasonal treats while you warm up with fancy coffee from We3 Coffee & Deli.

Return to our award-winning, vintage inn in the afternoon, to bask in our holiday sparkle, hear music by local favorite, Brian Greeley and sip a cozy drink.
Next, enjoy the seasonal highlight: our town's iconic Lighted Tractor Parade from our porch or balcony.

And then, feast on the beloved Tri Tip dinner special in the Balch Bistro. Reservations required. Call 541.467.2277 (Soon, seats are almost sold out!)

Finally, after a day full of cheer, amble on up to a deep and restful sleep in your cozy room filled with vintage furnishings, and local art. See more details here

As we deepen into winter we marvel at the change of the seasons and the slowing of pace. We find ourselves reflecting on what a wonderful summer and fall we had. As we work on projects that have gone unattended through a very busy season, we feel so much gratitude to you, for your smiles and accolades, your trust and support.

Living in a small, rural community we often take the peace and quite for granted. The warmth of the sun as it breaks through scattered clouds and the cows in the pasture is almost cliche. The Mount Hood view is an endless source of joy.

"You have power over your mind — not outside events.
Realize this, and you will find strength."
―Marcus Aurelius
Some ideas on ways you can enjoy the calm. The magic is closer than you think!

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