annual celebration to kick off the balch hotel's 115th year

2023 Season Opener with Robert Sarazin Blake

Friday, January 20, 2023: Live music, tasty bites, good company & general revelry!

2023 Opener, Historic Balch Hotel

An Oregon Icon for 115 Years

In January of 1908, 115 years back, the Balch opened its doors to travelers passing through the Dufur Depot of the once-thriving Great Southern Railroad. As both rail travel and the agriculture of the area evolved, the Balch adapted, too, taking on many different forms and lodging thousands of unique travelers over more than a century. The brick Italianate hotel continues to operate as a historic icon of north-central Oregon, and we hope welcomes curious travelers for years to come.

After our traditional 3 week break at the start of every year, we are thrilled to open the 2023 season — and the Balch's 115th year — this coming January 20th, with live music from Robert Sarazin Blake. Whether local or passing through, please join us and enjoy the Balch the way it was meant to be experienced: connecting with others traveling through this life!

Indie Folk from Robert Sarazin Blake

We're excited to welcome back our friend Robert Sarazin Blake for our season opening celebration! Robert is a folk singer-songwriter and master storyteller. Hailing from Bellingham, WA, his music is a melding of genres with elements of traditional Celtic, post-punk, country, and blues all blended together with a heavy dose of improvisation.

This event has limited seating and is likely to sell out — please plan to call ahead. We'll make sure there's a seat with your name on it!

What: 2023 Balch Season Opener with Robert Sarazin Blake

Where: Balch Hotel, 40 Heimrich St, Dufur, Oregon

(35 minutes east of Hood River; an hour + 45 from Portland)

When: January 20, 2023, doors open at 5:00 pm

Menu: Light bites & daily specials (veg & GF options will be available)

Live music cover: $20 at the door

Reserve a table: Call (541) 467 – 2277 or email

2023 Opener, Historic Balch Hotel

Overnight Accommodations Available

Whether local or passing through, we invite you to make yourself at home

and enjoy a soft place to land at the end of the night!

Hotel accommodations are available,

with the added treat of 10% savings on any room type.

Use code RSB23 to activate this offer.


What guests are saying:

"I have stayed at the Balch Hotel four times and have never been disappointed. We even got to listen to bluegrass music during our stay which was an added bonus. Sitting out on the patio was wonderful. Don't know what else to say except I wished I lived closer to Oregon!"

2023 Opener, Historic Balch Hotel



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