May 13, 2016
Wild Flower and Wine Weekend
By: Josiah Dean
The Balch Hotel is excited to partner with Friends of the Columbia Gorge to create a memorable Play and Stay Weekend for you.
Arrive Friday night for a wine and cheese reception. Enjoy a meet-and-greet social hour with the new innkeepers and other Play and Stay guests.
Then relax into an evening presentation, where we'll learn about local flora unique to the Gorge.
On Saturday we'll have breakfast, then set out to explore the region with a panoramic wildflower hike in an exclusive, reservations-only location.
Enjoy a boxed lunch (provided) for a lovely picnic in the field.
After the hike, we'll travel to a local winery for wine tasting.
In the evening enjoy a luscious, local, artisan feast. Sip local wines paired for the meal. Yum.
After dinner we'll watch a documentary on the history of the Columbia River Gorge.
On Sunday, after a leisurely morning enjoying a gourmet breakfast (included) choose between two picturesque hikes and head out for beautiful wildflowers and Gorge views.
Enjoy another picnic lunch (provided) and/or visit another winery for wine tasting, depending on which outing you're on, before heading home.