BY: CLAIRE SIERRA Howdy After the flurry of holiday cheer and New Year’s reveling, the deep dark of winter can often feel like a long travail. It’s a time to go deep, self-nurture, and receive the year ahead. Getting outside into fresh air—hiking, skiing, snowboarding, or snowshoeing—are great antidotes to an otherwise sluggish mood. (Tip: Rent snowshoes from us and get up to the snow-park that’s just 20 minutes away! And Mount Hood is under an hour.) Traveling to sunny places is a great antidote for cabin fever or seasonal blues that sometimes creeps in. We’re just back from a well-needed respite and it was glorious. And while we can’t currently boast 80-degree temps, it’s sunny here more days than not. So it’s a double-bonus here! Yes, we’ve had snow, but the roads are fine. And the light is clear and bright. It’s cozy in the parlor with books, puzzles and mugs of tea. Or glasses of wine. We know you enjoy our local wines, so we’ve wanted to offer another winemaker’s dinner with a package option: a full weekend of tasting, learning, exploring and dining. We just opened up dinner-only reservations, if you can’t get away for the weekend. (The winery tour is not open to the public, though.) That’s coming up soon, February 9, so if you’re interested be in touch! Go here to see the menu. Spend that night and get a 15% lodging discount. Interested in merry music making? Jam Nights with Josiah are back. Next one: Thursday February 21! And Sisterhood Supper is soon too! Thursday, February 7 at 6:30. See details here. And below. We hope one of these will ease your winter blahs. Bright blessings from us at the Balch, Claire & Josiah for Team Balch P.S. We’ve extended the 3 For 2 Winter Special. Create a mini retreat for yourself (and a friend or beloved?) Use the time to write, draw, paint, read, snowshoe, hike, knit…the choices are endless. Reflect on where you’ve been and what’s next. Reserve rooms early directly with us. Call 541.467.2277or book directly on-line (use Coupon Code: GETAWAY2019 to get this special deal. (Not valid with other offers.) It’s a great way to get away and get clarity about your life direction, or deal with a challenge area (think: insomnia, depression or anxiety relief) with Bliss Breakthrough Private Wellness Packages that combine spa treatments with valuable tools that help. Add to your overnight visit or day trip to the Balch. Time away allows deep shifts to penetrate more gently and effectively. Honor yourself with a full day guided retreat! It’s a real gift to yourself or someone you love. (hint: gift certificates!) It’s truly nurturing deliciousness for your weary soul. More details here.