Events at the Balch Hotel

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Retreats, Workshops & Tours in the Columbia Gorge

Be sure to check back often as we add events through out the year.



Dufur Hometown Christmas Dinner: December 14 5-8 pm (RSVP)

Rose Temple Solstice Women's Circle: December 19, 6:30-9 p.m.

'Souper' Christmas Eve: December 24  5-8 pm (RSVP)

New Year's Eve Dinner + Story/Poetry Slam: December 31, 7- 11 pm  (RSVP)


Robert Blake: January 18, 7- 9  pm

Winter Wonder and Wine Weekend: January 31 - February 2

Dufur Hometown Christmas: Special Dinner

Dufur Hometown Christmas: Special Dinner

December 14

Do you ever wish the holidays could go back to a slower simpler time, without so much hype and commercialization? 

Our village-wide classic holiday celebration  Dufur Hometown Christmas,  featuring a Lighted Tractor Parade, has small town charm to spare!! 

Come for the afternoon and enjoy a 3-course Prime Rib Dinner that night. (Details below) 

Stroll the streets of Dufur and enjoy a Christmas craft bazaar, photos with Santa, and special seasonal treats offered at Kramer’s Market and We3 Coffee/Deli. 
Hear live music and see local art at the Community Center. 

At the Balch listen to old-time bluegrass (around 3 pm) and watch the Lighted Tractor Parade (around 4:30) from the front porch, as you sip a glass of wine before you dine.

Enjoy a special 3 course Prime Rib Dinner with roasted broccoli, baked potato and an apple pear ginger  crisp for dessert. (Vegetarian Option; Stuffed Portobella Mushroom available, too!**) 
$40 per person
Reservations required call 541.467.2277

Holiday Getaway Special:

Book one night, get the second half off. (Not valid with other offers.) Call or book directly to get this special deal. Booking online? Use promo code: HOLIDAY2019 

** Dietary accommodations must be received in advance, please!

Add a warming spa treatment and enjoy the holiday season with your favorite loved ones.

Reserve your room and dinner  reservations early, as this weekend is one not to miss and often sells out.

Reserve online or email or call 541.467.2277

Rose Temple

Rose Temple

Guadalupe Solstice Circle

Are you yearning for deeper connection to your feminine power and magic? 
A sacred space to access your higher guidance & authentic self? 

Gather for an evening women’s temple and experience your Divine Feminine Self--from the comfort of your own home!!   We'll explore seasonal messages of Solstice and our lady Guadalupe in another virtual temple experience.

 Explore the hidden meanings of this Solstice  and the appearance of Guadalupe near her feast day, through the lens of the Magdalene-Madonna Mysteries, and the Path of the Rose. (there's more here than we've been told!) 

Let's dive in!

Enjoy deep-dive connection, creative exploration, soulful conversation, and simple ceremony that spans religious traditions in a virtual circle on Facebook Live from the ruby parlor of the award-winning Balch Hotel.  

Access your Feminine magic, remember your Truth, and gain clarity about your soul's calling. Maybe do a little art, writing, meditation &/or embodiment practices, as you enjoy tea & treats.

Guided by Claire Sierra, MA (Art Therapist, retreat leader, Balch Hotel owner/spa director and author of The Magdalene Path.)

  • Access deeper spiritual connection and sense of belonging with other like-minded women from around the world.
  • Recharge in a supportive circle of sisters. 
  • Explore your soul yearnings.authentic truth and sovereignty.
  • Celebrate the LIght and blessings of the season

Tuesday, December 17  7-8 pm PT

No pre-registering or fee!

Just go the Magdalene Path page on Facebook 

Can't attend live? no worries, the video will be pinned to the top of the page until the next Livestream. (Use the link above.) 


Questions? Call/Text Claire 541.659.7284 or 



New Year's Eve Dinner with Story/Poetry Slam

New Year's Eve Dinner with Story/Poetry Slam

December 31, 7 pm - midnight.

Looking for a quiet quirky alternative to all that NYE party hoopla?  Want a chance to gather around a sparking tree and tell your own story or poem?

Get away to reflect and reconnect at year’s end.  Enjoy a 5 course dinner and an evening of impromptu storytelling/poetry reading. to sweeten the experience we've added a special Holiday Lodging Special,* so you stay safe & off the roads. 

Start with a glass of wine/beer as you mingle  in the lobby, meeting other guests,
Saunter into the Balch BIstro at for a fabulous artisan dinner served at big tables. 

Here's the Menu:

  • Ceviche Shrimp Cocktail
  • Champagne Vinaigrette Salad (Butter and Red Leaf lettuce, watercress, arugula, radishes, pickled red onions, toasted pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds.)
  • Soup: Roasted Beet Soup topped w crème fraiche and minced chives
  • Main:  Lamb Chop w. Mint Chimichurri or Salmon w. Lemon Beurre Blanc (choice of 1) and Hassellback Potatoes 
  • Dessert Bar (in lobby):  Drunken Chocolate Cherry Cake -- paired with Sparkling wine

Then enjoy time at the firepit (weather permitting) for inspired conversation....

Regroup in the parlor for impromptu stories and poems that anyone shares. Anyone  can tell a story.

This year's theme: Seeing with 2020 vision--looking back/looking ahead.

We’ve developed a few icebreakers to make it easy. Throw your name in the hat and share a story. (It’s low key and super fun!) 

Finally, dessert and a sparkling wine toast (Can you last until Denver midnight?) Our New Year’s Eve tradition is something unique, not to be missed.

We’re offering a special getaway package*, so you can stay longer. It’s a great deal.

All this food, fun and frivolity:
5 course meal,  plus sparkling wine, storytelling and poetry slam:
$75 per person (plus gratuity.)
Tuesday, December 31 from 7 pm - midnight

Call 541.467.2277 to reserve your spot.

*Holiday Getaway Package: Stay 2 nights, get the 2nd night 1/2 off. 

Use the time away to reflect on where you’ve been and what’s next. Write, draw, paint, read, snowshoe, nap, hike… the choices are endless.  

Call or book directly to get this special deal. Booking online? Use promo code: HOLIDAY2019 at checkout.  (Not valid with other offers.) 


Robert Blake

Robert Blake

January 18, 2020

It's a New Year in Dufur! Bluesy impresario Robert Blake returns for the 3rd January in a row for a house concert at the Balch Bistro. Minstrel, troubadour, bard, matter how you describe him, he's a master singer-songwriter who weaves a spell of story through old-timey blues, folk and bluegrass. (standards and originals). Come out of the cold to a warm hearth and local artisan fare.
Tri Tip steak Dinner Special starts at 5:30pm (Order off the Light Fare menu too.) Concert is at 7-9 pm. $10-20 cover at door. Reservations for dinner seating required: 541.467.2277 Or message us here. (Clicking "Going" is not a reservation, BTW!)

Do dinner and stay the night in this beautiful award-winning, historic hotel.
To sweeten the deal, we'll even offer a 10% lodging discount when you mention attending this event. (Not valid with other offers/coupons.)

Winter Wonder and Wine Weekend

Winter Wonder and Wine Weekend

January 31 - February 2

Start your new year with a wintertime escape to the sunny and breathtaking east Gorge. Learn all about bald eagles that call this place home, enjoy scenic, lesser-traveled vantage points, delve into the rich cultural history of the area, all while enjoying a two-night stay.

Over the weekend of wildlife talks, winter meandering, wine tasting, and eagle viewing, local experts will talk about these majestic birds “wintering” in the Gorge. Celebrate wonders unique to the Eastern Gorge.

Itinerary and more details coming soon.

Price for package including Friday reception, Saturday nature viewing, lunch, wine tasting and dinner: 

Traditional Room (with shared bath) $389 
Signature Room (with private bath) $462

Book now:Button for Specials and Packages

Book online at or call 541-467-2277

Sisterhood Supper

Sisterhood Supper

Women’s Dinner Party: October 10

Do you crave more time out with a few girlfriends?

Join our women’s dinner party -- a place to connect, laugh and have empowering, intentional dialogue. Feel safe and supported in a circle of sisterhood, where you belong and your voice is heard, all enhanced by yummy food and good wine (available for purchase separately.) 

You’ll join our  big table of 4-8 for curated conversation on topics that stir you, led by Balch owner, spa/retreat leader and art therapist Claire Sierra. Meet inspiring women and savor sweet rejuvenation of sharing a luscious meal together.

Bring a friend or come solo—you’ll make new ones in sisterhood!

Feminine energy is a powerful positive force that's needed right now--let's cultivate it together with our Gorge neighbors. Savor sweet synchronistic connections over food, wine and dessert for a nurturing time with friends new and old. 

Dinner is offered from our local/organic Light Fare menu (plus specials), along with locally sourced wine, beer, teas and coffee. (And yes, we can accommodate vegetarian, vegan and gluten free--let us know when you RSVP.)

Come early and have a spa treatment! (you can see luscious options and reserve HERE)

What the heck, spend the night! We'll gift you a 15% discount--book directly on our site and use PROMO CODE "15DEAL" or mention attending this event when booking on the phone. (not valid with other offers.)

2020 Dates TBD

6:30-8:30 pm  (but please, arrive/leave as you need)
FREE (Dinner and drinks For purchase--not included.) For possible food offerings, see our menu HERE

CALL 541.467.2277 or EMAIL YOUR RSVP: or


40 South Heimrich, Dufur, OR 97021, United States  
P: (541) 467-2277