Special Events at the Historic Balch Hotel

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6 Keys to a Healthier You

6 Keys to a Healthier You

Colors of Health Evening with Steven Woolpert, LPC and Claire Sierra, MA

Are your habits getting in your way?

  • Overeating or "bad" food choices
  • Limited physical activity or too much sitting
  • Staying up too late—often with TV or computer
  • Worrying too much, feeling stressed or down

As we get into our 40’s, 50’s & 60’s our lifestyle choices significantly affect how we feel and function. The consequences of our habits start to show up as aches & pains, insomnia, down moods, high blood pressure, or difficulty breathing....

At a certain point we realize we have to do something.... Discover how to create new habits for better self-care.

In this introductory evening you will:

  • Discover your top 3 life/health values— knowing these make change easier.
  • Learn 6 key health factors that guide and empower you to feel better.
  • Start a plan to develop new positive habits.
  • Identify specific practices you can start right away—without a major overhaul of your whole life.

This evening previews a 4 week Colors of Health class starting in March that will explore these ideas in depth, offering tools that support you in making the changes you need for a happy, healthy year.

Choose from two nights and locations:

Thursday, February 11, 2016 from 6:15-8:30 pm at the Balch Hotel 
Thursday February 18, 2016 from 6:15-8:30 pm at the Lyle Hotel in Lyle, WA

Each evening: $20 per person or $30 for 2 people.

Call 541-400-8500 for more information and to register.

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Valentine's Weekend

Valentine's Weekend

Saturday and Sunday Supper Series Returns!

With Valentine's Day on Sunday, this month's Supper Series is two nights: Saturday February 13 and Sunday February 14.  Choose either Saturday or Sunday.  

We're thrilled to welcome back Chef Kathy Watson (formerly of Nora’s Table in Hood River). We’re offering this dinner 2 nights so you can celebrate V-day and enjoy a great meal, in a way that suits your schedule. (It's President's Day on Monday so you might have the day off,too!)


Soup: Caramelized onion and roasted mushroom
Salad: Salad of kumquat, frisee, crumbled chevre, and honeyed walnuts with meyer lemon vinaigrette

Main Course: choice of

  • Filet mignon, blue cheese and smashed red potatoes, beef jus, roasted asparagus
  • Fresh winter steelhead, spaetzle, roasted asparagus, hazelnut picada 

Dessert: Chocolate mousse trifle, chocolate covered strawberries

Suggested pairing of local wine and beer will also be offered. 

Saturday or Sunday, February 13 and 14 at 6pm$55 per person (gratuity not included) Call 541.467.2277 to reserve your seats. 

Don’t forget to reserve your room!.


With Valentine's Day on Sunday and President's Day on Monday (day off?!) we created a great dinner/room package for you.  Stay 2 nights. Choose dinner on either Saturday or Sunday. (Though with 2 entree choices you certainly could come to both!)  

Our Romantic Getaway Package includes two nights stay in your choice of room, special dinner for two (one night) and a spa treatment. When you choose the package, you get 20% off of your room rate!

You can come just for the dinner or stay one night but why not make a weekend out of it and treat your sweetie?  Call 541.467.2277 or browse our packagesBrowse SPECIAL PACKAGES

Ghost Town Tour

Ghost Town Tour

April 29- 31, 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 with Keith May.
Keith 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.

Saturday Tour
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.

Price details: 

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)

Book your package today:

Wildflowers & Wine Weekend

Wildflowers & Wine Weekend

May 13-15, 2016

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, meet and greet social hour with the new innkeepers and other Play and Stay guests.

Then relax into an evening presentation, where you'll learn about local flora unique to the Gorge. 

Saturday,  May 14, we'll breakfast then set out to explore the region with a panoramic wildflower hike (or two) in an exclusive, reservations-only location.

Enjoy a boxed lunch (provided) for a lovely picnic in the field.

Then travel to a local winery for wine tasting ($10 tasting fee, must be 21).

Saturday evening enjoy a luscious, 3 course, local, artisan chef feast. (See the Super Saturday Supper for May) Sip local wines paired for the meal. Yum.

Later watch a documentary on the history of the Columbia River Gorge. 

Sunday, May 15, after a leisurely gourmet morning breakfast (included) we'll caravan to another picturesque, private location for another beautiful wildflower hike. 

Enjoy lunch as a group at a local eatery (optional, not included) and/or visit another winery for wine tasting (tasting fee $10) before heading home.

Book your package today!

Package includes: 

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 )

Geology Tour

Geology Tour

Exploring the Mid-Columbia Basin | 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—discover the interesting story connecting these valleys. Examine the interesting aspects of volcanic and basaltic rocks. A short easy walk to a nearby peak affords us an awesome view of the valley’s geology. End this tour with 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). He's a big deal in the Geology world. A frequent guest at The Balch Hotel, he’s studied the geology in and around Dufur for 4 years for the state mapping project. 

Package Includes:

  • 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
(Double occupancy)

Call us to book your fantastic weekend! 541-467-2277 

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