Where the Columbia Gorge Meets Oregon's High Desert
There's plenty to do while at the Balch Hotel
High Desert Rivers: Follow this route to explore some of the rivers, canyons and ghost towns in Oregon's High Desert Region.
Ghost Town Tour: If it is just ghost towns you are looking for this tour takes you through many of the areas best examples. Highlights include Friend, Shaniko and Antelope.
Barlow Road and Timberline Lodge Loop: This route takes you along the route of the pioneers on the Barlow Road. There are many opportunities to see the original wagon ruts as the route climbs into the Cascade Mountains. A stop at Timberline is a must when in the area and our route takes you back through Hood River and The Dalles.
ANTIQUES & GREAT FINDS
Breezeway Antiques & Gifts
313 East 2nd Street
The Dalles OR
"Fresh. Vintage. Inspired." Located downtown, this fun shop is owned by 2 local gals who are pure delights! We've acquired many great pieces for the Balch Hotel from Terry and Marti. They offer an eclectic mix of vintage, new and re-purposed items - from furniture, lamps, home decor to jewelry, vintage hats and handmade soaps! There's so much to look at, and prices are great. Take your time, feast your collector's heart without hurting your pocketbook.
On Facebook at: Breezeway Boutique Antique Market
Hours: Mon-Sat 11a-6p; Sun 11a-5p
2017 Summer Outdoor Flea Markets: Saturdays - May 20, June 24, Sept 16.
Red Wagon Antiques
515 East 2nd St # B
Located in The Dalles, OR - come in for a visit! Owned and operated by 3 different families, in business since 2006, this shop is well loved by locals. Wide variety of lovely items with good prices. An excellent place for lovely gifts! Open Monday-Saturday 10-5:30, and Sundays 10-2 in Spring and Summer.
Deschutes River State Recreation Area
89601 Biggs Rufus Hwy
The Deschutes River State Recreation Area is a tree-shaded, overnight oasis for campers. The sparkle-laden, swift, green rush of the Deschutes converges with the Columbia here, and there's no better place for family outing activities like hiking, mountain biking, camping, rafting, world-class steelhead and trout fishing, and equestrian trail riding.
10-100 Mile Rides from the Balch Hotel
Experince the open, mostly carless roads, wide expansive views, and incredible weather of Central Oregon! Whether you're up for a short or long ride, we've got the roads for you.
FISHING & RIVER RECREATION
Young's Fishing Services Inc.
720 East 14th Street
Choose a guided fishing expidition or take an Exciting Whitewater Jet Boat Tour in the Lower Deschutes River Canyon in a Comfortable 24’ Rogue Jet boat!
3286 Jonahs Ct.
Time on the water is worth a thousand fish. We've spent years finding them, and we are eager to show you what we have learned. The Lower Deschutes stretches 109 miles, and with our expereience we can show you how to fish every inch of it. The tailwater stretch of the Owyhee River can call for a multitude of tactics in the same day for 20+ inch Browns, let us show you what to use to coax them into the net!
599 South Hwy 197
Greetings and Welcome. In 1985 when I opened my fly shop and guide service here on the Deschutes River, my goal was, and still is, to provide the best products, guided trips, classes, and customer service. To accurately inform and report on river and fishing conditions. We do this every day!
Radditz/Sipler Outfitters is an owner operated guide service created through a partnership between Drake Radditz and Robb Sipler. We have spent decades guiding for other outfitters on the Deschutes River. We offer single and multi-day guided trips on the Deschutes River and take great pride in being highly skilled fishermen, dedicated fishing guides, outstanding boatmen, and entertaining hosts. We love our "office" and enjoy sharing it with anyone who has the capacity to appreciate this great experience!
Pine Hollow Golf Course
Top Ten Things We Love About Pasture Golf
10. A game you can play no matter what the weather.
9. Low greens fees.
8. Best place to find "my kind of people."
7. Requires touch and talent over technology.
6. No pressure to buy new sticks.
5. The only dress code is "come as you are."
4. Getting there often will take you off the beaten path, along blue highways through beautiful country.
3. No referees, striped shirts or whistles blowing--just ball in the hole in the fewest strokes.
2. Extreme unlikelihood that a pompous announcer speaking in hushed tones will be describing the play.
1. Every game has a chance of being, in Bill Murray's immortal words, "A Cinderella Story."
Hood River Golf Course
1850 Country Club Road #1
Hood River, OR
Hood River Golf and Country Club was established in 1923. The original front nine was designed by H. Chandler Egan (Eugene CC, Tualatin CC, Oswego Lake CC). Your experience at Hood River Golf will begin in the original farmhouse from the late 1800’s. The front nine is a relaxed stroll with Mt. Hood always in the backdrop. The back nine (built in 1995) is an adventure through the trees on the upper side of the 300 acre property, with magnificent views of the surrounding vineyards and orchards. Attached to the clubhouse is the tasting room for local winery, Phelps Creek. Stop in the Clubhouse Bar & Grill for lunch and drinks to round out your unique Columbia Gorge golf experience.
HIKING & CAMPING
Flag Point Lookout Tower
Strap chains to the truck tires, drive half way up the eastern slope of Mount Hood, heft on a backpack full of gear, dry clothes, food and maps, and ski eleven miles through the forest. Ready for a rest? A single bed awaits, sixty feet up the lookout tower. If this sounds like fun, then Flag Point Lookout is the destination for you! The cabin is atop a 60 foot tower and is surrounded by a wooden catwalk. The 14 x 14 foot room is furnished with a small, single bed, a wood stove for heating, and a table and chair, and is equipped with a propane cook stove and a solar lighting system. There is no water on site; visitors must bring plenty for drinking, cooking and washing. An outhouse is located near by, as well as a shed stocked with firewood. A rope and pulley system is available to transport gear, as well as firewood, up and down the tower with ease.
Fivemile Butte Lookout Tower
Ponderosa pines, Douglas-fir and western hemlock provide a dense canopy over the mountainside, shading numerous creeks and providing a lush and varied habitat at Fivemile Butte. While hiking the many trails, be sure to have binoculars on hand and watch for golden eagles, wild turkeys, grouse and the brilliant blue flash of camp robbers, common nickname for Stellar’s jays. Other wildlife, such as elk, deer, coyote, cougars, and bears frequent the area and visit the nearby creeks for a drink or a meal.
White River Falls State Park
One of Oregon's secret hideaways is located just east of Tygh Valley along Highway 216. The White River plunges 90' over a basalt shelf. The park offers excellent viewpoints of the White River falls. A rugged quarter-mile trail takes hikers down deep within the canyon to the historic hydroelectric power plant at the base of the raw, churning power of the falls. The power plant supplied electricity to Wasco and Sherman Counties from 1910 until the completion of The Dalles Dam in 1960.
Starting at the Hotel you venture to Condon via Tygh Valley, Maupin, Shaniko, Antelope, and Fossil. Return via Wasco, Biggs Junction and The Dalles.
This loop will take you from Dufur up over Flag Point Lookout, over to Highway 35 and down into Hood River. From Hood River you'll be on the old highway (HWY 30) as much as possible and will return back to Dufur on some nice back roads (all paved).
A sporty ride in both Oregon and Washington. You'll see big forests, big canyons, and lots of curves.
MUSEUMS & ART GALLERIES
Maryhill Museum of Art
35 Maryhill Museum Drive
Maryhill Museum of Art collects, presents and preserves art and historical and natural resources, to enrich and educate residents and visitors of the Pacific Northwest.
Columbia Gorge Discovery Center
5000 Discovery Drive
Recntely voted #12 Top Fan-Favorite Destination in Oregon! This multimedia, interactive museum inspires appreciation and stewardship of the natural and cultural treasures of the Gorge and Wasco County. Exhibits focus on the volcanic upheaval and raging floods that created the Gorge, the unique flora and fauna of the region, and eleven thousand years of cultural history.
Collections include hundreds of American Indian baskets from throughout the Pacific Northwest, photo archives (partially available on-line), and local genealogical files available in the William G. Dick Library. In addition to touring the many fascinating exhibits, visitors can spend time viewing films in the theater located on site. If you plan to spend the day at the Discovery Center and Museum, you can relax during a lunch or coffee break at the Basalt Rock Cafe.
The Dalles Art Center
220 E 4th Street
The Dalles, OR
The Dalles Art Center facility is a designated historic building by the State of Oregon. The building was originally constructed in 1910. This was one of thousands of Carnegie libraries built around the world by the late Andrew Carnegie, a multi-millionaire, founder of US Steel and a widely respected philanthropist.
Nichols Art Glass
912 West 6th Street
The Dalles, Oregon
Nichols Art Glass creates pieces that are unique in size, shape, color and design. Each piece is a one of a kind creation. Unique art gallery for viewing, purchase, or creating some of your own! Blow Your Own Ornament. Come experience glass blowing, creating your own individual ornament. Come with a group of co-works, family or just by yourself!
Western Antique Aero and Auto Museum
1600 Air Museum Road
Hood River, OR
Recently voted #6 Top Fan-Favorite Destination. Don't miss it. WAAAM has one of the largest collections of still-flying antique airplanes and still-driving antique automobiles in the country. The items on display at this museum are not only full of history... they're full of LIFE! Aircraft, automobiles, motorcycles, tractors, military jeeps and engines all get their day in the sun again at WAAAM.
NORDIC SKIING and SNOWSHOEING
Billy Bob Snow Park at Mt Hood National Forest
(503) 668 1700
This area is a shared use corridor. There is access to ungroomed ski trails and groomed snowmobile trails. Snowmobile trails groomed regularly by the Columbia Gorge Power Sledders Snowmobile Club. Parking lot has space for 40 vehicles. Trailers are OK.
Cross-country skiers from Portland usually aim first for Mount Hood because it's easy to reach. But they soon learn crowds are smaller and snow may be better elsewhere. So go ahead and begin with the West Leg Trail at Government Camp. Then, for variety, venture farther afield to Wolf Run near Dufur and Wind River near Carson, Wash.
Imperial River Company
304 Bakeoven Road
Imperial River Company isn’t just a place, it is a state of mind. Our motto proves it! Actively relaxing on the banks of the Deschutes River. Whether you have come out for the whitewater rafting, fishing, hunting, hiking, cycling, scenery, or to just get away from the big city for a weekend of relaxation and sun (we average 300 days of sun a year), Imperial River Company can more than help. Nestled directly on the banks of the Deschutes River, we are ideally situated to provide you with a relaxing environment and scenic views of the river with over ¼ mile of river frontage.
Zoller's Outdoor Odysseys - Rafting
1248 Washington 141
Zoller’s Outdoor Odysseys has been and will continue to be the whitewater rafting industry leaders and is proud to be not only the pioneer rafting outfitters of the Klickitat River and White Salmon River, but also the longest running, whitewater enterprise in Washington or Oregon. If you know of a whitewater rafting company in Oregon or Washington that has been around longer than 40 years please let us know who they are and we will gladly tip our hats and be happy with second place. It is an honor for each one of us at Zoller’s to share the fun of whitewater rafting these very special rivers with so many folks that arrive as a guest and leave as a friend.
WE3 Coffee & Deli
576 NE Church Street
Our desire for WE3 Coffee & Deli is for our shop to be a place where you feel comfortable coming and staying awhile. Bring your computer, sip a cup of coffee and surf the web; relax with a frothy mocha and a newspaper; or hang out with friends and catch up over a steaming latte or ice cold milkshake.
121 Main Street
Hours 7 - 7 (summer)
Kramer's Market has been the local store in Dufur since 1905. Newly remodeled, we feature: Grocery Store, Deli, Restaurant, Famous "Kramer's Sausage", Showcasing local wines, sales of Oregon hunting/fishing licenses, outdoor patio with an amazing view of Mt. Hood
205 Court Street
The Baldwin Saloon is a favorite restaurant and gathering place in The Dalles Oregon. They make everything from scratch, from the breads and pastas, all the way to the twelve desserts – even the ice cream! They offer a large and diverse menu that includes hand-cut choice steaks, fresh seafood, salads, chicken dishes, homemade soups, fresh ground hamburgers, unique sandwiches and daily specials. They serve only Northwest wines with house pours from local wineries. Choose from their great wine selection as you order from their classic turn-of-the-century bar. It’s a Taste of History!
408 East 2nd Street
n 1996, a small group of friends came together to share their passion for food and pastry from their home country, France. Soon after, they decided to open La Provence Bakery & Bistro, located in Lake Oswego, Oregon. An opportunity arose to expand to The Dalles, Oregon, and in 2007, Petite Provence of the Gorge was opened for business. As a group of restaurants, they try to keep their menus and offerings similar, while still allowing their chefs creative freedom to give each location its own special character.