Welcome to The Historic Balch Retreat on Hood Canal!A Natural Historic Paradise Where the Olympics Meet the Sea


The Historic Balch Retreat on Hood Canal is a private family-owned historic home in Brinnon, Wa.

When reserving your vacation or requesting support, you are dealing directly with Tori and Wade, the property owners. So you can expect friendly, professional, individualized, and prompt attention.

Wade and Tori adore The Historic Balch Retreat; in fact, if we didn’t need to be elsewhere for our jobs, we would be permanent residents of this historic paradise!

The Balch Retreat was built in 1920 by T. B. Balch and his wife, Hilda. They raised their family here, while they ran the town’s general store next door. Mr. Balch also ran the local US Post Office for a time. In the early days, the Balch’s supplied electrical power to local townspeople, generated by a water wheel on the property. The water wheel has long since vanished (darn it!), but the property deed still allows for generation and sale of electric power.

The Balch’s owned the property until 1962, when they sold it to the French family. Frenches also raised their family here, and owned the property until 2005.

The early days of Brinnon were infused with colorful adventure in the spirit of the Old West. During your stay at The Balch Retreat, be sure to browse through our hardbound copy of “A Scrapbook History of Brinnon”. It is fascinating reading; in it you will find further details and photographs of the Balch family adventures, and the property.











 Otters Chattering


 Eagles Calling


 Water Lapping


What our Guests say

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