Trip to Haiti
POSTED BY SAMANTHA, ON AUGUST 11TH, 2011
Yes, I’ve said it before. We have wonderful guests and wonderful employees!
One of our newbies, Frank, is embarking on an amazing adventure he’s very excited about! His enthusiasm is contagious.
This November 5th-12th Frank is traveling to Leogane Haiti (2010 earthquake epicenter) with 400 other volunteers from around the world. He’s participating in the 2011 Jimmy Rosalynn Carter Work Project with Habitat for Humanity to build 100 houses in 5 days!!!
Frank has to raise $5,000 for his trip to pay for food, lodging, transportation, and building materials. He’s raised $1100 so far and is working the Steak Feed at the Threshing Bee this weekend. Take a look at his site to learn more about Frank and one of his passions! (You can donate too!! That’s a trout he’s caught. Isn’t it a beauty?)
5 Reasons to Have Your Wedding on a Sunday!
POSTED BY SAMANTHA, ON AUGUST 8TH, 2011
The average wedding costs $24,066 (according to costofwedding.com).
Here are some of the highest priority costs:
*Wedding gown and wedding party clothing *Photographer/Videographer *Flowers
Top 5 Reasons to Have Your Wedding on a Sunday
5) Saturday is the unluckiest wedding day, according to English folklore (excluding brides at the Balch of course!!)
4) Lodging for the family can be less expensive since Sunday isn’t a peak day for many hotels.
3) If family comes in on Saturday it gives them a day to get settled in and can make a Sunday wedding relaxing.
2) Vendors and venues in high demand may have more flexibility on a Sunday.
1) Many costs (particularly venues) can be less expensive since there’s less demand on a Sunday.
We believe any day is a lucky wedding day if you’re marrying the right guy or gal so download our Wedding Guide to learn more about our venue, how having a wedding on a Sunday could help you loweryour wedding budget all while still enjoying a gorgeous Columbia Gorge Wedding in one of the sunniest spots in the Gorge.
Another way to save money is to win our Primp My Bride sweepstakes! Last year Katie Zolman was the lucky winner (stay tuned for our wedding coverage of the special day on Sunday August 21st.) Our Primp My Bride Sweepstakes starts this year on September 15th so be sure to enter!
August Supper Club!
POSTED BY SAMANTHA, ON AUGUST 4TH, 2011
One seating Saturday August 20th at 6:00.
You won’t want to miss this! Straight from Jamie Snell of the Lamb’s Table Catering!
Trio of Sheep’s Milk Cheeses with Quince Paste, Toasted Pecans, Pumpkin Seed Crackers
Grilled Moroccan-Spiced Leg of Lamb, with Mint Gremolata and Roasted Carrots served over a Bed of Couscous Pilaf with Golden Raisins, Almonds and Parsley
Sheep’s Milk Yogurt Panna Cotta with Fresh Berries
Fresh Bread, Butter and Iced Tea with Dinner. Coffee with Dessert.
Call today for reservations. Seating is limited! 541-467-2277
Maryhill Concert Lineup
POSTED BY SAMANTHA, ON JULY 22ND, 2011
Mayhill Concert Series
We’ll have shuttle service for you at the Balch if you’d like! Call now to book your room before they’re all gone. That would be a sad thing. 541-467-2277.
We have a shuttle for July 30th. Call and save your spot today!
July 30 – STYX with special guest YES
August 6 – Gipsy Kings
September 17 – Michael McDonald & Boz Scaggs
(no availability at the Balch Sept. 17th)
September 24th – Counting Crows
Click the link to the Maryhill site for ticket information.
Primp My Bride Winners Blog
POSTED BY SAMANTHA, ON JUNE 29TH, 2011
We launched our “Primp My Bride” sweepstakes last September and BOY was it a ton of fun! One of our goals was to promote local vendors to help provide our brides with the best our area has to offer. Our other goal was to create a following on Facebook and awareness about our renovated (and sunny!) wedding venue. We have been so pleased to have partnered with some of the areas best wedding vendors and to be giving away our sweepstakes (50% off wedding venue and other services) to a very deserving couple, Katie & Brent. We enjoyed it so much we’ve decided to do it again! Here is an interview from our bride and sweepstakes winner Katie Zolman.
How did you hear about the Primp My Bride sweepstakes?
Brent and I were visiting the Balch Hotel with my mother and sister last November when Samantha mentioned the sweepstakes. She gave us the details and how to enter, so Brent and I decided to take a chance.
How did your fiance propose?
The summers end was fast approaching and our weekends were filling up rather quickly. Brent suggested we plan one last trip to Cannon Beach, my favorite place in the whole wide world, while we still could. It was August 21, 2010 and the plan was now in motion, we were to pack a picnic and hit the beach one last time for the summer. We laid down our blankets and cuddled up in the sand. After about 20 minutes, Brent leaned into my right side, said ‘Hi beautiful’ as he always does and told me how much he loved me. He then reached behind his back and pulled out a little red box with a red velvet bow on top, opened it, and asked me if I would marry him. I think I opened with ‘Are you serious?’ and ‘YES!’
Which vendors have you selected for your event?
Brent and I have selected the following vendors for our wedding. Everyone has been so wonderful and we are truly excited for our big day.
Wedding Venue - Historic Balch Hotel
Photography – Juliana Patrick Photography
Catering – The Lamb’s Table
Floral – Lucy’s Informal Flowers
Wedding Cake – Beaverton Bakery
Hair – Kalyn Benaroya
Make-up – Columbia Laser Skin Center
Rental – Discover Rentals
How does winning the Primp My Bride sweepstakes affect your wedding plans?
Brent and I had already anticipated getting married at the Balch Hotel, but winning the Primp My Bride sweepstakes really was a huge blessing for us. Aside from the Balch, we have been able to reach out to some really wonderful vendors as well. Brent and I are putting most of this wedding together ourselves so financially we will be able to have the wedding we have been dreaming of instead of cutting corners.
Why had you selected the Balch Hotel?
Originally, Brent and I were dreaming of an April, 2011 wedding and we really wanted something outdoors. We started looking around at venues and found the website for the Balch Hotel in Dufur, OR, the sunniest wedding spot in the Gorge. Of course, the view of Mt. Hood really helps too!
What are you most excited about for your special day?
We are really looking forward to starting a new chapter of our lives together and sharing such a special day with those we love!!
POSTED BY SAMANTHA, ON JUNE 8TH, 2011
Wild Kingdom – right out our backdoor. Guests have been out and about and have seen some marvelous things!
Last year a guest asked me when the grasses around here were at the perfect “water” state.
This is when they are tall enough to move in the wind and look like waves running uphill. It’s a beautiful sight and I look forward to it every year. Right now is the perfect time!
Lately it’s been hard to stay indoors with all the action happening outside.
Bruce and April DeBolt traveled to White River Falls Memorial weekend and spotted Sandpipers, Western Tanagers, Bullock’s Oriole, and Lewis’s Woodpecker! (Photo courtesy of John Fisher – our guest!)
Here at the Balch the three baby Great Horned Owls with mama or papa were sighted eyeing Joe and Ralph, our Koi (maybe that was my paranoid imagination).
Right now the Indian Paintbrush, Lupine, Bachelor Button, and Balsam Root are in full force.
If you’re interested in any of the above, we’re offering a mid-week special that will make you sing like a songbird. 20% off any room Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays now through the end of June. How about that? Just say Wild Kingdom when you call to reserve your room. Or you can roar like a lion. That might get you something extra special!
Call 541-467-2277 for reservations.
Huckleberry Finn Supper Club June 11th
POSTED BY SAMANTHA, ON JUNE 7TH, 2011
June 11th – Balch Supper Club!
Me thinks summer has finally arrived!
Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer would, most certainly, be stealing these pies from the window. Sounds delicious Jamie – can not wait!
Black Eye Pea Salad - Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Lima Beans, Green Beans, and Sweet Onion Vinaigrette
Sticky Peach Ribs – Half Rack Baby Back Ribs with Peach Bbq Sauce and Kohlrabi Slaw
Apricot and Cherry Pie with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
Quenette Winery will be our guest this month so come and say hello, try some amazing wine, and relax on the patio before dinner!
Call 541-467-2277 for reservations.
Seating times are 5:30 and 7:45 – ish.
The Moth is Back! Saturday June 18th
POSTED BY SAMANTHA, ON MAY 6TH, 2011
We had SUCH a great time New Years that we decided to have a 6 month repeat. It will be a fun outdoor affair with the theme: Growing Pains
Does everyone have to tell a story? Nope! It’s possible that not even all who are prepared to tell a story will get to. It will be a volunteer lottery type drawing just like before. If you want to tell your story to win the new pair of shoes for mama, practice, practice practice! Keep your story between 5-10 minutes please.
Please bring your own comfy lawn chair or favorite picnic blanket.
Jamie Snell will be laying out a Dufur Fiesta!! Viva Dufur!
On the Menu:
Chips and Salsa (of course!) Pork Carnitas (Mexican style slow roasted pulled pork served hot with tortillas), Mayacoba Beans (refried style beans with smoky chili and garlic served over Mexican rice), Jicama Cucumber and Sweet Onion Salad with queso fresco and lime vinaigrette. On the dessert table you’ll choose watermelon slices, strawberries, lemon bars, Mexican Chocolate Brownies and almond cookies! YUM
Included in your ticket price is the buffet dinner, a Sangria drink ticket, nonalcoholic drinks (Lemon ice water, mango iced tea) and some GREAT entertainment!
Cash Only Bar
Bottled Beer assortment and Jamie’s special Sangria
Ticket Price: Advance $26 (includes a Sangria drink ticket!)
Day of Ticket Price: $35 (if we can fit you in!)
Bar Open: 5:00-8:30
Call right away to book your room. Only have 11 remaining! 541-467-2277
Strawberry Fields Forever Supper Club
POSTED BY SAMANTHA, ON MAY 3RD, 2011
May 28th, 2011
Strawberry Fields Forever
• Warm toasts with strawberry-merlot jam and St. Andre brie, with arugula and toasted walnut salad
• Tri-tip beef with pink peppercorns and coarse salt, with strawberry-balsamic reduction and gorgonzola mashed potatoes
• Chocolate truffle cake with white chocolate cream and strawberries
Oh how I cannot wait for this one! I’m a sucker for chocolate and strawberries. Yum yum!! Our regulars know that if Jamie finds something more spectacular at the market she may vary the menu slightly. It just adds to the wonderful fun of the evening and delights our tastebuds even more. We are so blessed to work with someone so passionate and excited about food.
Call 541-467-2277 to reserve your spot today!