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Balch Hotel
40 South Heimrich Street
Dufur, OR, 97021, USA
(541) 467-2277

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Tuesdays Tip Primp My Bride Sweepstakes!

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POSTED BY SAMANTHA, ON SEPTEMBER 2ND, 2010

What if you could have the wedding of your dreams for 1/2 the cost?

That’s EXACTLY what will happen to one lucky bride this December. Excellent Christmas present!

Not only will the lucky bride receive 1/2 off any wedding package at the Balch, we have many other fantastic vendors offering either 1/2 off or other special prizes from their services. There are photographers, florists, hair, makeup, rentals, gifts, planners, and much more! Even more vendors will be added at the end of this month!

Check out the Sweepstakes Page on the Balch site to find out how to enter, get more information, and click on the links to see the quality vendors that are participating!

Why should Pimp my Ride cars get all the pampering? Friend the Balch on Facebook to Primp your Bride instead!

Call today to schedule your tour at the Balch.

The Sunniest Wedding Location in the Gorge!
541-467-2277

Lager, Leeks, and Ladybugs! Supper Club at the Balch

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POSTED BY SAMANTHA, ON JULY 16TH, 2010

Enjoy some of the Columbia River Gorge’s finest! Gorgeous weather, beautiful location, amazing food, music, and brews! What could be better? Bring a friend! This Saturday, July 17th at the Balch Hotel Spruce Baugher will be jamming with acoustic, folk rock, and roots music. You can relax on the patio and a great brew from Clock Tower Ales while listening to some fun music!

At 5:30 Jamie Snell, owner of the Lamb’s Table catering, begins to let you in on the magic. She has been creating marvelous Supper Club Menus every month at the Balch since April 2009. She has created quite a following! Her creativity continues to amaze our palate! She hand makes everything from sauces to salads, to magical dipping concoctions.

Here is her menu for Saturday!

July 17th Supper Club
Lager, Leeks, and Ladybugs

Walla Walla onion and emmentaler cheese empanadas with fresh zucchini pickles. Emmentaler is baby Swiss; empanadas are buttery little turnovers.

Smoked chicken, Edelweiss sausage and shrimp paella, with grilled farm stand vegetables. Served with sourdough baguette and butter.
paella (pie-a-yah) is a spanish-style rice dish, with saffron rice, meats and vegetables.

Chocolate-hazelnut torte cakes with whipped cream and apricots.

Dinner served with Fresh Baguette, iced tea and coffee

Call for reservations! There are only eight open spots!
541-467-2277

“The Supper Club is always a treat and what a great way to showcase the beauty and amenities of Dufur, a special gem in North Central Oregon. Jeff and Samantha it is so fun to brag on you to others and they are never disappointed when the meet you and visit The Historic Balch Hotel. I have confidence in you guys and the culinary skills of Jamie and crew to impress and “wow” my friends. Thanks for all you do for the hidden treasure known as the Dufur Valley.” ~ Rob Carnahan

Gorgeous Bits Heidi von Tagen

POSTED BY SAMANTHA, ON JUNE 30TH, 2010

Heidi and Kevin walked into the hotel after a full day exploring. They were looking like they needed some special care! After breaking out the Black Butte and nursing them back to consciousness they told their story. I STILL crack up when I think about it! Oh, the imagery. . .

I follow Heidi’s blog (one of the BEST caramel corn recipe’s around came from her) and secretly wish I was as witty a writer as she. I hope you become a follower on her blog and enjoy it every bit as I do!

~ Samantha

The road trip to remember

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The road trip to remember

June 29, 2010
By Heidi von Tagen
Gorgeous Bits Blog
Portland

I want to throw my stuff in bag and drive away.

Shorts, tee shirts, sweatshirts, old canvas tennis shoes with holes in them, 80 SPF sunscreen, and bags and bags of soft red licorice…I want to put my hand out the window of the Dodge Polera and let it surf the wind blowing past on the the highway, drink truck-stop coffee, and look out the window at the open road.

I want to buy ridiculous tiny spoons that have the name of the cities we’ve driven through on them, and collect paper napkins from diners, compare pancakes, pie and BLT’s at small town cafes. I want to forget about regular life. Just for a weekend.
Freedom. Junk food. Bad coffee in paper cups. CD’s with 80’s classics burned onto them, wrinkled maps spread out on the dashboard, a rare sense of adventure and good company… these are the trappings that make up the ideal Road Trip.

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Last year, to celebrate our fourth anniversary, Kevin and I packed the car and escaped to Eastern Oregon.

We had a cool and relaxed adventure in the Gorge, Eastern and Central Oregon, but not everything went as planned. By default, it turned out to be perfect, BECAUSE of imperfection. The absolute fun was in the flaws. Stories emerge from close calls with disaster, and I believe, on a road trip, you don’t want just roses and sunshine. Intrigue makes it memorable.

It makes it an adventure.

During the drive to take photos of the Painted Hills in John Day, we were lost for hours on a narrow unmarked dirt road. I imagined our romantic drive would end in something of a Cohen Brothers film plot when we asked two local guys in a graffiti covered truck with covered windows and plates for directions.

We ran out of gas in Shaniko. The locals who had just completed a staged gunfight at their annual Shaniko Days suggested we see Clive. He was the guy who owned multiple RV’s, horses and the largest modular home who sold us a gallon of gas for $7. The sight of him in nothing but a coral Speedo bathing suit, all leathery-tan with white curly chest hair that resembled a mess of fishing twine burned itself into my mind. I couldn’t take my eyes off of him.

It makes it an adventure.

During the drive to take photos of the Painted Hills in John Day, we were lost for hours on a narrow unmarked dirt road. I imagined our romantic drive would end in something of a Cohen Brothers film plot when we asked two local guys in a graffiti covered truck with covered windows and plates for directions.

We ran out of gas in Shaniko. The locals who had just completed a staged gunfight at their annual Shaniko Days suggested we see Clive. He was the guy who owned multiple RV’s, horses and the largest modular home who sold us a gallon of gas for $7. The sight of him in nothing but a coral Speedo bathing suit, all leathery-tan with white curly chest hair that resembled a mess of fishing twine burned itself into my mind. I couldn’t take my eyes off of him.

Engagement Photo Shoot Session!!

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POSTED BY SAMANTHA, ON JUNE 11TH, 2010

Are you engaged? Do you know someone who is (or might be soon!!)? If so, you don’t want to pass up checking out this auction item from Semlor Images.

Jim Semlor is one of the most talented photographers I know - very sought after for his eye for angle and his incredible ability of storytelling through photos.

He has generously donated two photography packages to the Roger’s Adoption on-line auction that I’ve (Samantha) been involved with. In a previous blog on the Balch site you can read about Bob and Cheri’s adoption journey and their calling to adopt a little girl from Ethiopia. It’s a very moving story. Check out their latest blog post! They are traveling SOON!! It’s so very exciting!

We have a great team of folks who have been working on the auction, from web design to receiving/soliciting donations for the auction. This is where Jim Semlor comes in.

I called Jim hoping that he’d be willing to donate a photography session. He’s so sought after I wasn’t sure he’d have time! Not only did he donate one, a family (or senior) portrait session, he donated another – an engagement shoot. I found out from talking to Jim that he himself was adopted! We spoke about the differences between international adoption and costs, then and now. Jim has such an amazing heart. I get to see it over and over again reading his Facebook postings, working with him and our brides, and just our neighbor type interactions (we’re in Dufur, he’s in The Dalles).

You really don’t need to bid on the family portrait session because Jeff and I want to win it. HA!! Oh, that’s selfish of me. Bid away! You’ll be glad you did. Besides the Adoption Fund is a GREAT cause!

I do want to spread the word about the engagement shoot. Go to Jim’s site and you can see engagement shoots and how he captures individual style! If you are engaged, or know of some surprise on the horizon, bid on this. You’ll LOVE the results. Come to think of it, what a fantastic engagement gift to give to a child or friend!! How fun to give an engaged couple a photo session to capture their excitement!!

You only have two more days so hurry! The auction ends THIS SUNDAY.

Happy bidding and have a wonderful week.

Rogers Adoption

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POSTED BY SAMANTHA, ON MAY 19TH, 2010

Our Daughter Is in Ethiopia, and We Are Bringing Her Home.

There are approximately five million orphans in Ethiopia today. Soon there will be one less. We are bringing a new daughter home. Our story is one of paperwork, patience, and providence.

The adoption call came on a Sunday morning in August of 2008 as we stood singing with fellow believers at Vineyard Christian Fellowship in Hood River.

That’s when I first saw her. She was between 12-18 months old, in a white tank top. Her hair was in pigtails, tied with pink ribbons. I could see her from the waist up. I heard God say, ‘Bring them home,’ and instantly, I knew. I knew she was in Ethiopia; I knew she was our daughter; I knew we needed to go get her. I shared my vision with
Bob, and he readily agreed that this was God’s plan for our family.

Seventeen months have passed since that morning, and many forms, interviews, and a hefty dossier have brought the adoption near fruition; but the seeds of adoption were planted even before the our wedding day, over twenty years ago.

I remember talking with Bob about having our own children– as well as adopting. We currently have three boys; Brennan, age 14, Noah, age 8 and Joshua, age 6.

Monday, April 12th, we received the referral and photos of Magdalyn for the first time! She was 7 weeks old at that time. Our Ethiopian count date is May 26th when they review her case, our paperwork, and hopefully approve us for adoption! We are hopeful that we will be traveling to Ethiopia to meet our daughter and bring her home this June! In the meantime, we are praying for the Lord’s continued financial provision, the safety of the children at the orphanage, and the African families impacted by adoption.

By the time all fees have been paid, an Ethiopian adoption can cost between $25,000 and $30,000. To keep the community and supporters informed and provide them with a way to share our journey, we have a blog at BringingLoveHome.com with current information and opportunities for people to dialog, donate, or purchase ‘Just Love Coffee‘ fair-trade coffee varieties.

Samantha has helped us form a fantastic team of people and we are organizing an on-line auction! Stay tuned! It’s coming up the first of June.

Please visit our blog for updates, stories, details of the adoption process, as well as pictures of our family and our daughter (when available) at: http://bringinglovehome.blogspot.com .

Cheri Rogers

Tuesdays Tip Fun Stuff!

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POSTED BY SAMANTHA, ON MAY 4TH, 2010

While looking for some fun, unique items to give to the Mt. Hood Cycling Classic riders in June (a FUN pit stop for amateur riders is here at the Balch), I found a site with some great personalized items for your wedding!

Jeff actually hand delivered our invitations to Bridal Veil post office so they’d have the Bridal Veil stamp on them. His idea! How about creating your own save the date stamp?

On this site, Zazzle, you can customize stamps, magnets, t-shirts, and much more! What a fun gift for your bridesmaids to go out for your shower in cute, customized T’s.

Happy Shopping!! There is so much out there to really personalize your wedding. It’s an event. Make it be remembered!