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Balch Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Dufur
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Bellingham, Washington
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“The Balch Hotel is the real deal”
Reviewed August 1, 2010

This is an old-time, classic hotel working as a bed and breakfast. It is a brilliant oasis in the middle of Dufur, Oregon, a town so small there's no bank and the only place that serves dinner after 6pm is the Pastime Tavern. Dufur is very small and does not seem to be thriving economically in its business district (one store, one hardware store, no gas station). All around Dufur are rolling hills of amber wheat and a short drive will see you at The Dalles and even better yet, Maryhill, Washington.

The staff at the Balch were accommodating, friendly and the owners really have made their little hotel special. It is a registered historic landmark (built in 1907), and they have lovingly restored it. The fir floors, doors, etc., shine and the fixtures and furniture are "period" pieces, yet functional.

Breakfast was incredible both mornings of our stay. Eyes-roll-back-in head good.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Portland, OR
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Reviewed July 16, 2010

My (new) wife and I stayed at the Historic Balch Hotel for 2 days after our wedding. We expected a low-key, relaxed mini-honeymoon in a pretty part of the state. Not only did we get that, but we also got a charming (and big!) room with a view of Mt. Hood, a luxuriously comfortable canopied bed, breezy and cool evenings, meticulously manicured grounds with a calming koi pond and sunflowers ready to pop, 2 fabulous breakfasts, a nearby bar with a surprising good burger and a bartender (Jen) who wasn't afraid to "tell 'em like she sees 'em," and several great conversations - with and without champagne - with 2 of the world's best inn-keepers, whose creativity and warmth made it difficult to leave. With a bike or a car, there's lots to do in the area, and Samatha and Jeff are a wealth of ideas.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Portland, OR
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed May 5, 2010

My husband and I stayed at the Balch Hotel on a Saturday night and were delighted with the staff, ambiance, and general surroundings. Warm cookies before bedtime, AWESOME breakfast and very comfy beds. No TV or radios in the rooms which was perfect for relaxation. Great view of Mount Hood. Staying one night was so relaxing. Would definitely recommend to anyone wanting to get away from it all but also be comfortable.
Only downside is for those who can't navigate stairs well. There are no ground floor rooms so you must go up a flight of stairs for any guest rooms. Not an issue for us, we would definitely love to go back.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed March 13, 2010

I found this place by accident as I was trying to locate a good breakfast in Dufur, Oregon! I was originally going to be spending a quick night in The Dalles as a friend and myself were heading up to go snowshoeing near Dufur early the next morning. I couldn't arrive until 12:30 am, as I had to work late in Portland that night. The hostess, Samantha, arranged for a late arrival(with a plate of homemade cookies at the front desk to greet us), and early breakfast the next morning to accommodate us, even with my short notice! The hotel is historic, charming and very clean and comfortable based on my very brief stay. I hope to return again in the future and enjoy it more! I'm sure I missed much of what it has to offer. Very impressed!
Thank You Samantha!

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with friends
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Woodinville, WA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed March 4, 2010

We stayed at the Balch Hotel to hear my favorite author, Jane Kirkpatrick. It was wonderful. We had a really wonderful dinner prepared by a chef from Portland. The room was nice with a private bath. Everything was clean and the service was outstanding. We plan to stay there again this summer. They also serve a wonderful breakfast. The owners Jeff and Samantha are very nice and helpful in every way.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Sunland Washington
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Reviewed October 8, 2009

We came though Dufur, Oregon on a Harley ride on our way to Portland, the Balch Hotel was the best place we stayed on our whole 4th of July hoilday.Samatha and Jeff the owners were so over the top with service and very geniune concern over our well being. The rooms were very lovely and clean.And the hotel felt like home. A very wonderful home.
We slepted comfortably, so quite in this country type hotel. Claw bath tub the best after a long ride on the bike. Perfect place, hammock in the beautiful yard of flowers.Large outside patio for visiting or having your morning coffee before a delicious breakfast.
We will be back, over and over.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Vancouver, WA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed September 7, 2009

We spent one night in a room with a private bath. The hotel & grounds are lovely & the owners are super nice! We really enjoyed our stay. Dufur is a cute town...not much to do but we took a nice walk & had a couple beers at the local bar which made for some fun people watching. The breakfast the Balch was delicious although fairly sugary (is that even a word??). Next time we go we'll get the suite for sure!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Balch Hotel
Address: 40 Heimrich St, Columbia River Gorge, Dufur, OR 97021-3031
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Location: United States > Oregon > Dufur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Spa Suites
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Dufur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Balch Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 18
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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