The Balch Hotel, OR

The three-story redbrick building, first opened in 1908 is home to the Balch Hotel. The hotel has been thoroughly modernized, but it retains its early twentieth century character. Original works by local artists grace the walls, while antique furnishings adorn the guest rooms and common areas.

The hotel is set among the rolling wheat fields in the eastern shadow of Mount Hood in Dufur, Oregon, where the Columbia Gorge meets Oregon’s high desert. A rural setting makes the Balch Hotel ideal for a quiet retreat where distractions will evaporate, and meetings will be productive. The owners of the hotel can customize any event and give special attention to the group’s needs.

The facility can accommodate groups up to 40 for an association workshop, a company retreat or any special gathering. You won’t find a television or telephone at the Balch, but complimentary WiFi will enable you to stay connected to the outside world if you are so inclined. The hotel’s expansive manicured lawn areas and the area’s sunny climate are tailor-made for enhancing a retreat with outdoor activities or a special reception.

The hotel offers 20 tastefully decorated guest rooms and suites that feature comfortable amenities and a serene atmosphere. The early twentieth century feel overlays the twenty-first century service and luxury. Guests can relax with a soothing Bliss at the Balch spa treatment in the hotel’s spa and savor homemade cookies in the lobby. Customized catering for group events is provided by the hotel’s dining room staff.

Located just 26 miles from Hood River, Oregon, the Balch lies in the center of a unique scenic, cultural and sporting region. Hood River offers world-class wind surfing along with a variety of shopping, dining and entertainment options. Take a tour through nearby ghost towns or go whitewater rafting on the nearby Deschutes River. The hotel’s staff will help arrange a fun recreational activity for team-bonding or simply post-retreat fun.

Dufur is easily accessed from the Portland metropolitan area by a one hour and 45-minute drive. It is two hours from Bend. Leave the bustle of the city behind as you escape to a quiet retreat in a scenic location.