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Check-in lobby at the Balch Hotel. The historic Balch Hotel in rural Dufur, Ore. .Built in 1907, the Balch Hotel reopened  in 2007 after a yearlong overhaul that included restoring woodwork and redecorating with understated but elegant antiques. Nestled in rolling alfalfa fields 98 miles east of Portland, the hotel is a popular destination for sun-seeking Portlanders.  It is also attractive for weddings and is accessible to many outdoor activities in the area.