Meetings & Retreats
Take Care of Business Here
At the Balch, we love hosting your meetings and retreats. Our Bistro Dining room converts to a business setting for up to 40 attendees (boardroom-style or pods). Our elegant ruby parlor seats up to 18 in cozy upholstered comfort.
In warmer weather, the iron cafe table on our slate patio and our garden grounds are perfect for small group huddles, breakout sessions and spots for personal reflection. And the lobby is an elegant place to relax and connect with colleagues between sessions.
Complete with A/V equipment and on-site dining, the Balch is the perfect escape from the office to get business done! We have specialized catering packages that include all-day beverages for business meetings. And we have a spa to nurture yourself when the work or world gets overwhelming.
We're not all business and no play!
With 300 days of sunshine a year, the sunny end of the Columbia River Gorge lends itself to many outdoor activities to deepen your team/group experience. And at under 2 hours from Portland, the magic is closer than you think. The rustic charm of the area feels like the middle of nowhere, but is just minutes off I-84 at The Dalles.
With nearby access to adventure so close by, we can coordinate or suggest hiking, wine tasting, rafting, wildflower viewing, birding, and even museum hopping that fits into your trip's purpose.
Experiencing the Gorge is a world class travel experience. Pop on over to the Things To Do Page to see more activities that might strike your fancy.
Specialty Groups & Events
Being a boutique destination means you don't get lost in the shuffle like those big chain conference center hotels. We focus on your needs and desires.
Specialty groups are welcomed... We love hosting writing, painting, knitting and meditation workshops; car and motorcycle clubs; road, gravel and mountain biking tours; wellness and healing retreats, poetry gatherings, and family reunions. And of course, weddings!
We can customize your event and give special attention to your group's needs--whether that's 4 friends for a Girlfriend Getaway, a passel of pastors on a spiritual retreat, an executive team meeting, or a workshop you feel inspired to lead--the size and space of our hotel provides a private, intimate experience that enriches any event.
Retreats and Meetings are limited only by your imagination!
Our Guests Say it Best
"Can't believe how much uninterrupted work we got done. Being here away from constant office distractions was just what we needed to finish our project planning." - Ben L.
"We really enjoyed our stay. Thank you for your hospitality! This was a GREAT place for a cribbage tournament." - The Walls