When I visited Oregon, I wanted to see all of it, not just the coastline. So my travels led me east, towards Dufur. Who would have thought! Okay, I know what you guys are thinking: “Ben, where the hell is Dufur? And why would you even get a hotel there?” And I would say: why the hell not? I slept at Balch Hotel.

Typical farm in Dufur, OR with view of Mt. Hood

 

First of all, Balch Hotel l is located just south of the Columbia River Gorge along US Route 197 which makes it the perfect location if you’re doing a road trip like me. From there you can easily head south towards Smith Rock State Park, and the city of Bend. And secondly, would you look at this place!

Balch Hotel, Oregon

 

Newspaper delivery at Balch Hotel entrance

 

The Balch Hotel has a rich history, it’s been a hotel since 1907 and both interior and exterior have been kept true to the original style, which in itself makes it an absolute stunner. Add to that the amazing view of Mount Hood when you look through the window and the lovely family atmosphere, and this hotel is well worth the stop in Dufur.

the lovely garden of Balch Hotel

 

The friendliness of the staff really sets this place apart from other hotels: the lovely lady chef discussed the menu for that night with a passion and enthusiasm that’s 100% reflected in the delicious dinner. The chocolate chip cookies are to die for! To me, coming into the lobby of Balch Hotel after a long day of exploring all sorts of waterfalls in the gorge and smelling those delicious cookies felt like the epitome of American homeliness and I loved it!

 

Quiet, relaxing Balch Hotel library

 

Beautiful views of Mt. Hood from inside Balch Hotel lobby

 

In conclusion, while I admit that this hotel kind of is situated in the middle of nowhere, in a town with roughly 600 people, it’s well worth visiting and as I mentioned you can easily fit it into your Pacific Northwest road trip. Balch Hotel oozes friendliness and homeliness that made me want to stay forever. Bonus: it’s dead quiet in town at night so good nights sleep is guaranteed!

 

Our room at Balch Hotel

 

Our bed at Balch Hotel

 

Beautiful room in Balch Hotel, Oregon

 

Balch Hotel shared bathroom

 

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