My stay in the Balch Hotel was a perfect ending to unwind after a rather fast-paced 8-day trip. The hotel, run more like a B&B, is nestled in a small town 15 miles south of the beautiful Columbia Gorge. The setting is very relaxed and peaceful with lovely grounds, rolling fields of grains surrounding the hotel, a breathtaking view of Mt. Hood, and a tree-shaded patio to enjoy the fresh air and scenery. The hotel has been beautifully renovated, in keeping with its historic designation. The rooms are charming and comfortable. Our room had a shared bath and did not have air conditioning, but was comfortable despite the hot outdoor temperature -- nights are cool in that part of Oregon. The stairs and claw foot tubs will likely be a challenge for people with mobility problems. The three-course gourmet breakfast, included in the very reasonable room rate, was a real treat. The hostess, Samantha, was very gracious and welcoming and made us feel like guests in her home. Right next to the hotel is an interesting local museum focused on early life and farming in the valley. The area is great for cycling. Hiking trails and river paddling and fishing are not far away. Good dinner restaurants can be found in surrounding towns.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Historic, boutique hotel among rolling wheat fields. Relax. Reconnect. Rejuvenate. We hope to surprise you with this gem in the country. The Balch Hotel is an excellent spot for outdoor weddings, reunions, retreats, business meetings, bike trips, car clubs or a romantic getaway for two. Winter weddings, retreats, engagements and elopements are cozy and charming. Join us at a place that inspires personal re-connection and rejuvenation …. To help ensure a peaceful environment for our guests, we unfortunately do not allow small children or pets. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Balch Hotel Dufur