Hometown Christmas

Hometown Christmas

Saturday Supper Series

December 12

Celebrate small town life at its best at Dufur Hometown Christmas. All day you can enjoy photos with Santa, hot cocoa and cookies, local artisan craft fair and the iconic lighted tractor parade. A festive experience of our small village. 

Super Saturday Supper returns to the Balch this evening with our second  in the series. Recent big city transplant, Chef Jason Barwikowski--most recently of Vintage Grill at Hood River Hotel and The Woodsman in Portland--is offering exquisite farm to table fare.

Come early for a social hour with wine, beer and other beverages available, along with complementary appetizers.

3:30 The Dufur Boys play homespun Bluegrass music in the lobby.

4:30  Lighted Tractor Parade! 

5:15  Innkeepers Reception with complementary cheese and nibbles. Local wine, beer and other specialty beverages available for purchase. 

6:00  Prepare to be wowed with your 3 course foodie feast. 

The first course will feature  roasted wild mushrooms and winter vegetables with bitter greens, pancetta and seeds in a sherry dressing.

Second, you’ll delight in whole roasted loins of Oregon Albacore with spicy tomato broth, fennel, olives and corona beans. (yum!)

Finally, you’ll want to save room for the final course of apple panna cotta for dessert.

Enjoy suggested wine (or beer) pairings--offered to complement your meal by the flight, glass and bottle.  

Dinner is at 6 p.m. but come early and enjoy a glass of something and some nibbles at the Balch.  
$45 per person, (gratuity not included).
Call 541-467-2277 for reservations. (The last one sold out weeks ahead.)

Own Your Own Future

Own Your Own Future

A Strategic Planning Retreat

Your business is surviving, but at what cost to your mind, body, and relationships? A catalyst enables a significant business reaction to proceed at a faster rate or under different conditions than otherwise possible. Are you ready for a catalyst in achieving an amazing, not too distant future?

What: “Start to finish” 2-day Strategic Planning workshop for a fraction of the cost that big businesses pay for this exact program. You and your business thought partner will develop a compass for running your business. 

  • Clarify your IDENTITY
  • Analyze the CURRENT STATE
  • Set near-term GOALS
  • Select STRATEGIES to achieve them
  • Create an ACTION PLAN with tasks and dates

First time participants will have support to create work products from scratch. Past participants will revisit and refresh their work products and get additional content.


January 12 & 13, 2016 (Version 2.0 for returning participants) Day 1 will be strategic planning
Day 2 you will begin working towards your near term goals. This will include product and pricing updates, implementing time management improvements and marketing planning for the year.

January 26 & 27, 2016 (for new or returning participants)

The Historic Balch Hotel in Dufur, Oregon

Cost Per Business:
Earlybird price $395 (Register by 12/1), Regular price: $475. 

Includes tuition, breakfast, lunch, & overnight accommodations (1 traditional Queen room) at the Balch for up to 2 people per business. Upgrade to Queen with private bath for $40. Additional Traditional Queen room is $75.

Register for classes in 2 steps:

1) Complete the registration form through this link

Registration form

2) Mail check to 202 Oak Street, Suite 100, Hood River, OR 97031 

Registration is not complete until payment is received.

Balch Bounty

Balch Bounty

Saturday Supper Series Returns

Stay tuned for our ongoing series of fun dinner events. 

Ghost Town Tour

Ghost Town Tour

April 29- 31, 2016

Back by popular demand. 

Ghost Town Tour and Workshop with Keith May

Ghost towns draw visitors by what they were and by what remains of them today.

They are the eerie, silent reminders of the passage of time.  Join author and speaker Keith May for a weekend exploring and learning about these fun ghost towns!  

Friday Evening Reception with Keith May, lecture with a power point presentation, book signing, complimentary hors d'oeuvres, local beer & wines for purchase.


Join the active history study in the tour bus or follow the caravan in your own jalopy. Stops at Boyd, Friend, White River Falls, Shears Bridge, Shaniko, and Antelope. Lunch stop along the way! Return to the Balch in evening.

Evening DVD Ghost Town Documentary and open discussion. Dinner fare included for those staying two nights, beer, and wine available at the hotel.

Dinner available for purchase for guests staying one night or tour only


Breakfast at the Balch, follow up questions, book signing, and time 

Wildflowers and Wine Weekend

Wildflowers and Wine Weekend

May 13-15, 2016

The Balch Hotel is excited to partner with Friends of the Columbia Gorge to create a memorable Stay and Play Weekend for you.

Arrive Friday night, May 13, for wine and cheese, meet and greet social hour with the new innkeepers. Later learn about local flora unique to the gorge in an evening presentation. 

Saturday, May 14, we'll explore the region in a panoramic wildflower hike (or two) and end the day at local winery. That evening enjoy a luscious, local artisan chef feast. Sip local wines paired for the meal. Yum.

Sunday, May 15, after a leisurely morning breakfast we'll caravan to another picturesque, private wildflower location. Enjoy lunch as a group (optional, not included) before heading home.