Upcoming Events, Retreats & Workshops
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Ghost Town Tour and Workshop April 29- May 1
Wildflowers & Wine Weekend May 13-15
Super Supper Series May 21, 5:30 p.m.
Boogie at the Balch May 27, 7 - 9 p.m.
Ghost Town Tour
April 29- May 1, 2016
Tour and Workshop with Keith May
The silent reminders of days gone by, ghost towns draw the curious to explore the passage of time and the remnants that have survived today.
Join author and speaker Keith May for a fun weekend discovering and learning about six local ghost town locations.
Friday Evening Reception
Keith May will deliver a interactive multimedia lecture presentation, and be available for book signing.
Complimentary hors d'oeuvres will be served, with local beer & wines available for purchase.
Join the active history study as you are escorted in the tour van. Explore 6 local locations with stops and discussion.
Box lunch is provided for picnic stop along the way, then return to the Balch for dinner and evening presentation.
Dinner (details forthcoming) is included for those staying two nights, with wine and beer available at the hotel. (Dinner is available for purchase for guests staying one night or tour only.)
Evening Ghost Town Documentary (DVD) with open discussion.
Sunday Discussion and Review
After breakfast and leisurely check out at the Balch, you'll have time for conversation, follow up questions, and book signing with the author.
Call 541.467.2277 to reserve a spot in this unique exploration of the history of the area.
The Experience (including presentations and transportation), room-two nights and meals.
- Traditional room: $359 plus tax (more than $400 value)
- Modern room (with bath): $439 plus tax (valued at more than $500)
Wildflowers & Wine Weekend
May 13-15, 2016
We have had a cancellation, ONE ROOM AVAILABLE.
We are taking names for our wait-list. Call to find out more 541-467-2277
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.
Exclusive hikes lead by experts, Friday night reception and presentation, two nights stay, buffet breakfast each morning, picnic lunch and gourmet dinner on Saturday. A gorge-ous Play and Stay opportunity...
Packages for 2:
- Traditional room: $279 plus tax (a $346 value)
- Modern room (with bath): $359 plus tax (valued at $447)
Packages for 1:
- Traditional room: $209 plus tax (a $276 value)
- Modern room (with bath): $289 plus tax (valued at $377 )
Super Supper Series
Our Monthly Artisan Dinner
As we expand our food service to provide more sumptuous dining options here in Dufur, we've created our monthly Super Supper Series.
We bring in guest chef, Kathy Watson (formerly of Nora’s Table in Hood River) who dazzles and delights your palate with her fresh, inventive menu. We create suggested wine pairings, to amplify your culinary experience.
Kathy comes from a family of foodies (before foodies were cool) and has been cooking since she was 5. Her inspiration comes from what is growing in the garden, fresh at the farmers market, and the fish that's in season.
Her 3 course meals are a melange of colors, flavors, moods and seasons. Food that is feeds all the senses and is as delicious as it is beautiful. Her loyal followers (and they come in droves!) know her dishes are worth traveling for and are exquisite dining experiences. (She a foodie writer as well, so see her blog: KathyIsHungry.com
So whether you're traveling from afar, or down the road; and whether it's a special occasion treat or a regular Saturday date night out, join us.
Come early for a glass of wine and complimentary appetizers. Relax and chat with other guests in our lobby or parlor beforehand. (Come at/after 5:30.) Make a night of it. These are meals to remember.
Our next dinner is Saturday May 21.
It's salmon season so Kathy's featuring Klickitat River Wild-Caught King Salmon. Here is the menu:
Thai salmon cakes, salad of Wildwood Farm tatsoi, basil and snow peas, lime chili vinaigrette
Roasted King salmon, sesame ginger coulis, braised Wildwood Farm pac choi, lemongrass coconut risotto
Dessert: Chocolate roulade, salted caramel cream, fried red bananas in cinnamon and raw sugar
*NOTE: Alternatives can often be provided for food sensitivities, vegetarians, etc. Call to inquire and let your preferences be known.
You can also reserve your seats on-line: scroll down to Prix Fixe Dinner and add the number of diners and the date.
(psst: So you don't have to drive home, remember to reserve your room. Click this link below.)
Exploring the Mid-Columbia Basin
Geology Tour | May 20-22
Join us for a fascinating weekend exploring the rich geology around Dufur and the Gorge. It’s a unique geological region, with a long visible record of volcanic activity in this corner of the Pacific Northwest. The dramatic rock landscape tells a complex story of how this area came to be like it is.
With beautifully preserved stacks of basaltic lava, in stark contrast to younger rocks of The Dalles Formation, we see evidence of explosive volcanism in the Cascade Range.
But what does that tell us today?
Learn how rocks serve as maps and record keepers for society. The trip will amble by van from Dufur to Tygh Ridge and beyond. You'll discover the interesting story connecting these valleys and examine curious aspects of volcanic and basaltic rocks.
A short easy walk to a nearby peak affords us an awesome view of the valley’s geology.You'll gain a broader perspective on the geologic history that makes the Gorge area so unique and spectacular.
Plus, it’s an excellent time of year for photos!
Our guide for the weekend is the accomplished Jason D. McClaughry, RG. He’s Eastern Oregon Regional Geologist and the Oregon Coordinator for National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program (STATEMAP). A frequent guest at The Balch Hotel, he’s studied the geology in and around Dufur for 4 years for the state mapping project.
- Two Nights Bountiful Rest
- Friday Evening Hors d'oeuvres
- Friday Evening Presentation by Jason
- Saturday Field Trip Tour Van
- Saturday Breakfast
- Picnic lunch in the field (box lunch included)
- Saturday Evening Dinner
- Saturday Evening Discussion Q&A
- Sunday Breakfast
Traditional Room: $334
Modern Room (Pvt. Bath): $424
Call us to book your fantastic weekend! 541-467-2277
Boogie at the Balch
Summer Outdoor Concert Series
One Friday a month we’ll feature local musicians who will share their talent al fresco. Enjoy dinner, wine, beer and other goodies, as you sit on the patio or lawn. Friday, May 27 from 7-9 pm (musician TBA)
Stay tuned to this space for more details.
Paint and Pinot for the Artful Soul
Art parties have taken the Gorge by storm. Don’t be left out!
Enjoy an evening of creativity, wine and play at the Balch Hotel. Bring a friend and meet new ones here. We’ll paint, eat, sip and play.
Painting is easy-peasy -- absolutely no experience required...Everything you need is provided! You leave with your original masterpiece.
Yummy food, local wine, beer and other beverages are available (not included) Enjoy a fun, creative evening out. $40.00 fee includes all art supplies and instruction. June 10, 6:30-8:30pm
Register at: www.artontheriver.events Questions, call Nina 503-701-8959