Special Events at the Historic Balch Hotel

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Upcoming Events at the Balch

Upcoming Events at the Balch

Doing interesting things makes life richer

Check back often: we're always adding new experiences to excite & inspire you.


Sisterhood Supper - August 24, 6:30-9 pm {RSVP, please}

Private Event - August 25-26 Restaurant closed to public


Revitalize Your Practice: Monthly Mastermind for Holistic Practitioners (dates/times TBD)

Creative Spirits - Art Soiree at the Balch, September 21, 6:30-9pm


Foliage and Flights: Hiking and Wine-tasting Weekend with Friends of the Gorge  October 6-8 {details coming}

Sisterhood Supper - October 19,  6:30-9pm


Creative Spirits - Art Soiree at the Balch, November 16, 6:30-9pm


Dufur Hometown Christmas - December 8-10

Creative Spirits Art Party - December 14, 6:30-9 pm  Paint Virgen Guadelupe!

Sisterhood Supper - December 21, 6:30-9 pm {RSVP, please}

Jam Night

Jam Night

Friday August 11, 7 - 9 p.m.

Kick off Vintage Dufur Days! (formerly Threshing Bee) Join us for a monthly open acoustic jam in the parlor of the Balch with proprietor Josiah Dean and other local musicians. Fun, casual supportive environment.

Bring your favorite instrument and share the tunes. We’ll even have extra percussion to play if you don’t have yours.

Or just show up and enjoy dinner, a beer or wine and listen.

FREE (other than your food and beverage purchase)

Friday, August 11, 7 - 9 p.m.

Sisterhood Supper

Sisterhood Supper

Women’s Dinner Party

Do you crave more time out with a few girlfriends? Experience a new gathering space where women connect, laugh and have inspiring conversations that matter.

Feminine energy is a powerful positive force we’re cultivating now.

Join our big table, order dinner, drink wine and savor dessert for a sweet time with new friends in sisterhood. Bring a friend or come alone.

Dinner available from our local/organic Light Fare menu (plus specials), along with local wine, beer, cider, and other beverages.

FREE (Dinner and drinks not included.)

Third Thursday every other month:
August 24, October 19, December 21, 6:30-9pm (But please, arrive/leave as your schedule allows)

CALL 541.467.2277
email: info@BalchHotel.com

Revitalize Your Private Practice Mastermind

Revitalize Your Private Practice Mastermind


Are you frustrated because your work is not what you want it to be?
Do you have a vision that you’ve been unable to bring to the marketplace?

You love your work but it no longer reflects what you feel called to do--to shift your private practice--but you’re holding back, playing it safe.  

Plus, you avoid the marketing part and secretly wish clients would just find you. The marketing you do (if any) doesn’t land the results you want, or attract the right clients.

Stand out in a sea of practitioners. Get clear about your gifts and express it to the people you’re meant to reach.

Together we can discover:

·       Deep wisdom tapping into the Soul of Your Business and how it can guide you.

·       Refreshing clarity about what you really offer, translated into marketing messaging & networking situations. (It’s not what you think it is!)

·       Growing your business that feels aligned with who you are, rather than what you’ve been told you should do.

·       Tools to shift your mindset, release limiting beliefs and charge what you’re worth.

·       Concrete, practical action steps and accountability that are aligned & keep you moving forward.

Stop going it alone. Join a circle of supportive collaboration with other conscious, spirit-centered practitioners, led by an experienced therapist/coach and entrepreneur. 

Starts in September with half-day retreat at the Historic Balch Hotel

….then meets monthly in Hood River or Dufur. Group time and date to be determined by participants.

Monthly Group (2 hours) $88/session.
Monthly Group plus private coaching to focus on your challenge areas: $198/month

More Details and Registration at www.MagdalenePath.com/Mastermind

Questions? Let’s talk! See if this is for you and reserve a seat. Email Claire@MagdalenePath.com or set up an appointment to chat: www.Meetme.so/ClaireSierra or call 541.659.7284

Claire Sierra, MA, LFT, is the author of The Magdalene Path – Awaken the Power of Your Feminine Soul ©. An Arts Therapist and True Purpose™ Master Coach, Claire has guided thousands of women who feel lost & confused, to connect to their divine guidance for clarity & confidence about their true path. She’s led soul-centered creativity retreats and private sessions for over 2 decades.  She and her husband own the Balch Hotel, a boutique destination retreat in the Columbia River Gorge. For free resources to guide your path, go to: www.MagdalenePath.com.

Art Parties

Art Parties

Indulge Your Creative Spirit

Express your creativity, with wine and art-making with a social twist. We’ll paint, nibble, sip and play, under the expert guidance of local artist and art therapist and Balch Hotel co-owner, Claire Sierra, MA.  

In September, we'll paint "Nest." Absolutely no experience required. With sweet simplicity, the symbolism of new life is portrayed in our Robin's Nest design. 

Everything you need is provided!  You can even change the background to fit your décor. and experiment with (optional) mixed media techniques, too! This 12" x 12" piece is easily customized and will fit nicely in just about any space. Even makes a lovely gift!

Bring a date or come solo and meet friends here. Leave with your own original art work. Yummy food, local wine, beer and other beverages are also available for purchase (not included.) A fun, creative evening out.

Spend the night at the Balch as the start of your own personal creativity retreat.  (You can keep painting here all here weekend, you know.)

 $40.00 includes all art supplies and instruction.

September 21, November 16, December 14
6:30 - 9 p.m. at the Historic Balch Hotel in Dufur, Oregon


To reserve a room, call 541.467.2277 or book online HERE

To see other Creative Spirits events around the Gorge, GO HERE

Claire has over 22 years experience facilitating creativity based retreats and workshops. Questions? Call Claire 541.659.7284 or email: Claire@MagdalenePath.com.

Play and Stay Weekend: Foliage and Fall Wines Weekend

Play and Stay Weekend: Foliage and Fall Wines Weekend

October 6-8

Weekend Itinerary


Arrive at the Historic Balch Hotel and enjoy a wine and dessert reception that evening to meet and mingle with the innkeepers and other weekend guests.
A short evening presentation will introduce you to Friends of the Columbia Gorge, Gorge Towns to Trails, and weekend logistics. 


We’ll caravan to picturesque Dancing Rock for an exclusive hike on this Friends of the Columbia Gorge Land Trust property  - not open to the public. We'll learn the history of this special 64 acres and why it’s being preserved/conserved. We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch in a spot overlooking the Columbia River with views up and down the Gorge.  
After our hike, we’ll partake in harvest celebrations at Maryhill Winery in Goldendale, WA. Festivities include live music, games, marshmallow roast, and old-fashioned bare-foot grape-stomping! Also enjoy bocce ball while tasting flights of wine in a private area reserved for our group. 
Later on, a Northwest-local themed feast will be provided at the hotel. Sip local wines paired for the meal. In an evening presentation, we’ll go into more detail about how the Gorge Towns to Trails project supports Gorge businesses like the Historic Balch Hotel, Maryhill Winery and Volcano Ridge Vineyard.


After breakfast and check-out, we’ll set out for a scenic hike on a private vineyard in The Dalles- Volcano Ridge Vineyard – located on a hillside offering views of Mount Adams and Mount Hood. We’ll learn from owners Alan Busacca and Lonnie Wright about their sustainable viticulture and farming practices, the geology that makes the soil and landscape here so unique, and we’ll get to experience the grape harvesting process as it’s happening. Enjoy a custom boxed lunch for a lovely picnic next to a colorful native oak habitat at this Gorge-worthy location.

We’ll conclude our weekend with a private (and rare!) tasting of estate wines with our guides at Lonnie, Linda, and Sierra Wright's 'Pines 1852' private residence before heading home. Opportunity to purchase wine. 

Package rates (double-occupancy*):

$349 for a Traditional room with shared bath (a $390 value) 
$454 for a Modern room with private bath (a $521 value) 
Taxes and gratuity are included in package price 
*Inquire with hotel about package rate for single guests

Package includes:

  • Two night stay at The Historic Balch Hotel in Dufur, OR
  • Friday night wine and dessert reception
  • Gourmet dinner Saturday evening
  • Buffet breakfasts, picnic lunches, and wine tastings
  • Exclusive hikes led by experts
  • Evening presentations Friday and Saturday 

How to Book this Play & Stay Weekend:

  1. Book your weekend getaway with the Historic Balch Hotel by phone: 541-467-2277.
  2. Contact Outdoor Programs Coordinator Kate Lindberg at katel@gorgefriends.org or 971-634-1265 with questions.

Cancellation prior to seven days of this event results in a 75% refund. 
Cancellation prior to three days of this event results in a 50% refund. 
Cancellation within 72 hours of this event - no refund and a portion of your fee will be donated for Gorge protection

Boogie at the Balch-Free Concert Series

Boogie at the Balch-Free Concert Series

June 25, 6:30 p.m.

Join us and kick off our free summer concert series and welcome back our friend: singer-songwriter Chip Dennerlein and his buddy, Mike Vediner playing guitar and vocals. 

Chip plays and records in a wide variety of styles & venues over many years. In addition to his rhythmic folk/rock/country roots, his work includes Latin rhythms, swing, jazz--even children’s songs and musical theatre.

A review of one of his recent CDs said, “Chip’s song writing continues to walk that fine line between the personal and the universal with increasing grace.”

He'll be joined by guitarist and vocalist Mike Vediner, whom he first met in Alaska in 1977. They've been playing together ever since.

Mike is known for his large repertoire and being able to take any request from the late 60's and 70's-- especially the Beatles, The Band, and Neil Diamond.

An animated & engaging performer, Chip, will be visiting from Southern OR with his wife, and frequent singing partner, Bucky. These three are sure to surprise and delight.

Join us for a picnic dinner--delicious light fare and local wines, beer and more will be available!


40 South Heimrich, Dufur, OR 97021, United States  
P: (541) 467-2277  
E: info@balchhotel.com