Historic Balch Hotel in Dufur Oregon
40 South Heimrich Street│Dufur, OR, 97021, USA
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(541) 467-2277
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Antiquing near Balch Hotel in Dufur, OR
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Red Wagon Antiques 
515 East 2nd St # B  (541) 296-0010
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Red-Wagon-Antiques/340809971116
We are owned and operated by 4 different families and have been in business for 7 years. We are located in The Dalles, OR - come in for a visit! In addition, give us a call on Sunday or Monday, as we are often here.
Re Run Antiques & Old Threads 
421 East 2nd Street (541) 296-5079
https://plus.google.com/101428460822999394249/about?gl=US&hl=en-US
 
biking routes near Balch Hotel in Dufur, OR
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Deschutes River State Recreation Area
89601 Biggs Rufus Hwy (541) 739-2322
http://www.oregonstateparks.org/park_37.php
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.
Fishing near Balch Hotel in Dufur, OR
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Young's Fishing Services Inc. 
720 East 14th Street (541) 296-5371
http://www.fishyfs.com
Take an Exciting Whitewater Jet Boat Tour in the Lower Deschutes River Canyon in a Comfortable 24’ Rogue Jet boat!
Golfing near Balch Hotel in Dufur, OR
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Hood River Golf Course: Clubhouse Restaurant
1850 Country Club Road #1 (541) 386-3009
http://www.hoodrivergolf.net
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 and Camping near Balch Hotel in Dufur, OR
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Flag Point Lookout Tower
www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mthood/recarea/?recid=52816 (503) 668 1700
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
www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mthood/recarea/?recid=52814 (503) 668 1700
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
http://www.oregonstateparks.org/park_36.php
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.
Motorcycle Rides near Balch Hotel in Dufur, OR
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Condon Loop
330 S Main St, Condon, OR  
http://tinyurl.com/auf5663
Starting at the Hotel you venture to Condon via Tygh Valley, Maupin, Shaniko, Antelope, and Fossil. Return via Wasco, Biggs Junction and The Dalles. To see Jeff's recommended route (opens to a Google Map), Click the TinyURL link.
 Cove Palisades
http://tinyurl.com/aesb6fn  
See one of the natural wonders of our area. Head south from Dufur through Tygh Valley, Maupin, Madras, Metolius to the Cove Palisades State Park. To see Jeff's recommended route (opens to a Google Map), Click the TinyURL link.
Hood River Loop
Hood River, OR  
http://tinyurl.com/aq6mcuy
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). To see Jeff's recommended route (opens to a Google Map), Click the TinyURL link.
Troutlake Loop
Dufur, OR  
http://tinyurl.com/mosbv8x
A sporty ride in both Oregon and Washington. You'll see big forests, big canyons, and lots of curves. To get the Google Map for this route, just click the TinyURL link in the map. Have a fun ride!
Museums near Balch Hotel in Dufur, OR
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 Maryhill Museum of Art
 35 Maryhill Museum Drive (509) 773-3733
 http://www.maryhillmuseum.org
 FROM THE UNIQUE COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE, 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  (541) 296-8600
http://www.gorgediscovery.org
 The 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.
 WAAAM
 1600 Air Museum Road (541) 308-1600
 http://www.waaamuseum.org
 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.
 Hood River County Museum
 300 East Port Marina Drive (541) 386-6772
 http://www.co.hood-river.or.us/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC={94EE25E6-A0ED-4521-9A58-17B850492220}
 The History Museum’s father organization is Hood River County which provides a major portion of the day to day operating costs and one full time paid staff person. This person serves as Museum Coordinator for Hood River County and Director of The History Museum. The History Museum’s grandfather organization is the Hood River County Historical Society and The Pioneer Society which began collecting artifacts in 1907. The current museum building was opened to the public in 1978 and was built from generous community support and donations. Educational programs, special events and archive collection materials are supported through private donations, contributions, museum memberships and grants. A dedicated group of over 50 volunteers provide the labor force behind all of the teamwork needed to accomplish the museum’s mission in the community including serving as docent greeters.
Nordic Skiing near Balch Hotel in Dufur, OR
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Billy Bob Snow Park 
Mt Hood National Forest, 16400 Champion Way, Sandy, OR 97055 (503) 668 1700
http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mthood/recreation/wintersports/recarea/?recid=52788&actid=91
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.
Wolf Run
Cleveland Street 541-467-2291
 http://blog.oregonlive.com/terryrichard/2008/01/nordic_ski_tours.html
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.
Dufur area rafting near Balch Hotel in OR
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Imperial River Company
304 Bakeoven Road (800) 395-3903
http://www.deschutesriver.com
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 (509) 493-2641
http://www.zooraft.com
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.
Restaurants near Balch Hotel in Dufur, OR
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Kramer's Market
121 Main Street (541) 467-2455
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kramers-Market-Dufur/151478608197609
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 25 miles away. Not to mention the warm and friendly "small town charm" with lots of smiles and great service.
Baldwin Saloon
205 Court Street (541) 296-5666
http://baldwinsaloon.com
The Baldwin Saloon is a favorite restaurant and gathering place in The Dalles Oregon. We make everything from scratch, from the breads and pastas, all the way to the twelve desserts – even the ice cream! We offer a diverse menu that includes hand-cut choice steaks, fresh seafood, 13 different salads, fresh chicken dishes, homemade soups, fresh ground hamburgers, unique sandwiches and daily specials. We serve only Northwest wines with house pours using local wineries. Choose from our great wine selection or order something from our turn-of-the-century bar. It’s a Taste of History!
Romul's
312 Court Street (541) 296-9771
http://www.romuls.com/HOME.html
Authentic Old World Tastes of Italy
Nora's Table
110 Fifth Street 541-387-4000
http://norastable.wordpress.com
We buy our fruits, vegetables and meats from local farmers and ranchers whenever we can. Most of our beef, lamb and pork comes from Mountain Shadow Natural Meats in Dufur, just around the back side of Mount Hood. The meat is fresh, and raised without added antibiotics and hormones, and fed all vegetable feed, and very little grain.
Petite Province
408 East 2nd Street (541) 506-0037
http://provencepdx.com
In 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. By popular demand, and to accommodate a growing wholesale bakery, they opened a second shop on SE Division Street in Portland, Petite Provence Boulangerie & Patisserie. This location has a special glass door in the dining room so you can see the bakery at work. An opportunity arose to expand to The Dalles, Oregon, and in 2007, Petite Provence of the Gorge was opened for business. The newest member of the family is Petite Provence on NE Alberta Street in Portland. Located in the heart of the Alberta Arts District, Petite Provence is excited to be part of this up-and-coming neighborhood. As a group of restaurants, we try to keep our menus and offerings similar, while still allowing our chefs creative freedom to give each location its own special character.
Wineries near Balch Hotel in Dufur, OR
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Maryhill Winery
9774 Washington 14 (877) 627-9445
http://www.maryhillwinery.com
It's about training a vine for vintages to come, and crafting flavors unique to each harvest of the past. At Maryhill, we embrace this time-honored challenge in a setting as rich as the wines we bring to your table. From Cabernet Sauvignon to Chardonnay, Merlot and Malbec to Gewürztraminer, Maryhill wines are not pretentious and are made to enjoy with friends. We wholeheartedly agree with the idea that wine is a social joy and a means of bringing people together, not setting them apart. From casual wine and cheese get-togethers, to formal dinners and romantic evenings, we have a perfectly balanced wine portfolio that will enrich any event at which you choose to share your bottle with others...because wine is always meant to be shared.
The Pines
202 West State Street (541) 993-8301
http://www.thepinesvineyard.com
Limited-production, boutique wines in a new tasting room
Cathedral Ridge Winery
4200 Post Canyon Drive (800) 516-8710
http://www.cathedralridgewinery.com
We're devoted to producing the best wines, our philosophy is simple: Give every guest a warm reception, a rich experience, and plenty of good reasons to come back again.
Balch Hotel  |  40 South Heimrich Street, Dufur, OR 97021, USA  |  info@balchhotel.com  |  (541) 467-2277