Listed in OREGON
- 40 South Heimrich Dufur, OR 97021
The Balch Hotel was built in 1907 by Charles P. Balch, a local rancher and druggist. The bricks used were made on his own ranch. It opened to guests in 1908 and room rates were 50 cents to $1.25, with “hot and cold water in every room, electric lights and steam heat.” The 18-inch thick brick walls keep the building cool during the hot Dufur summers — and still do.
Now, the three story brick building, renovated many times over the years but always keeping its historic charm intact, has 18 bedrooms including a suite on the third floor with view of Mount Hood and a private bath with whirlpool tub. Each room has an individual style with furnishings and décor. Rooms on the South have private baths; rooms on the North share common baths.
While the rooms all have modern amenities, guests come to the Balch to disconnect and get off the digital treadmill. Enjoy quiet and each other — there are no televisions or telephones in the rooms (although you’ll find WiFi in the business center).
Included with your stay is a buffet house-made breakfast for two, chocolate-chip cookies, Balch Blend coffee and selection of teas, and a special house made malted hot chocolate. To-go breakfasts are available for busy travelers. For mid-day munching, the chef offers box lunches for your touring pleasure. But really if you can, sit and stay a while and enjoy the house-made fare — it’s wonderful.
Spa Services include massage, skin care, aromatherapy hand and foot treatments, Reiki, Gem Therapy and a consultation with the hotel’s own esthetician. Spa packages are available to incorporate these services with wellness, including movement and meditation.
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