Special Events at the Historic Balch Hotel

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Upcoming Events at the Balch

Upcoming Events at the Balch

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Check back often: we're always adding new experiences to excite & inspire you.



Revitalize Your Practice: Monthly Mastermind for Holistic Practitioners (dates/times TBD)

Creative Spirits - Art Soiree at the Balch, September 21, 6:30-9pm

Winemakers Dinner with 15-Mile Winery -SOLD OUT- September 30, 6 p.m.


Foliage and Flights: Hiking and Wine-tasting Weekend with Friends of the Gorge  October 6-8 {details coming}

Jam Night with Josiah - Our monthly musical get together October 13, 7-9 p.m.

Sisterhood Supper - October 19,  6:30-9pm


Creative Spirits - Art Soiree at the Balch, November 16, 6:30-9pm


Dufur Hometown Christmas - December 8-10

Creative Spirits Art Party - December 14, 6:30-9 pm  Paint Virgen Guadelupe!

Sisterhood Supper - December 21, 6:30-9 pm {RSVP, please}

Revitalize Your Private Practice Mastermind

Revitalize Your Private Practice Mastermind


Are you frustrated because your work is not what you want it to be?
Do you have a vision that you’ve been unable to bring to the marketplace?

You love your work but it no longer reflects what you feel called to do--to shift your private practice--but you’re holding back, playing it safe.  

Plus, you avoid the marketing part and secretly wish clients would just find you. The marketing you do (if any) doesn’t land the results you want, or attract the right clients.

Stand out in a sea of practitioners. Get clear about your gifts and express it to the people you’re meant to reach.

Together we can discover:

·       Deep wisdom tapping into the Soul of Your Business and how it can guide you.

·       Refreshing clarity about what you really offer, translated into marketing messaging & networking situations. (It’s not what you think it is!)

·       Growing your business that feels aligned with who you are, rather than what you’ve been told you should do.

·       Tools to shift your mindset, release limiting beliefs and charge what you’re worth.

·       Concrete, practical action steps and accountability that are aligned & keep you moving forward.

Stop going it alone. Join a circle of supportive collaboration with other conscious, spirit-centered practitioners, led by an experienced therapist/coach and entrepreneur. 

Starts in October 9 from 6-8 pm in Hood River

….then meets monthly in Hood River, The Dalles or Dufur. Group time and date to be determined by participants.

Monthly Group (2 hours) $88/session.
Monthly Group plus private coaching to focus on your challenge areas: $198/month

More Details and Registration at www.MagdalenePath.com/Mastermind

Questions? Let’s talk! See if this is for you and reserve a seat. Email Claire@MagdalenePath.com or set up an appointment to chat: www.Meetme.so/ClaireSierra or call 541.659.7284

Claire Sierra, MA, LFT, is the author of The Magdalene Path – Awaken the Power of Your Feminine Soul ©. An Arts Therapist and Certified True Purpose™ Coach and Spa Wellness Director, Claire has guided thousands of women who feel lost & confused, to connect to their divine guidance for clarity & confidence about their true path. She’s led soul-centered creativity retreats and private sessions for over 2 decades.  She and her husband own the Balch Hotel, an award winning boutique destination retreat in the Columbia River Gorge. For free resources to guide your path, go to: www.MagdalenePath.com.

Art Parties

Art Parties

Indulge Your Creative Spirit

Express your creativity, with wine and art-making with a social twist. We’ll paint, nibble, sip and play, under the expert guidance of local artist and art therapist and Balch Hotel co-owner, Claire Sierra, MA.  

In September, we'll paint "Nest." Absolutely no experience required. With sweet simplicity, the symbolism of new life is portrayed in our Robin's Nest design. 

Everything you need is provided!  You can even change the background to fit your décor. and experiment with (optional) mixed media techniques, too! This 12" x 12" piece is easily customized and will fit nicely in just about any space. Even makes a lovely gift!

Bring a date or come solo and meet friends here. Leave with your own original art work. Yummy food, local wine, beer and other beverages are also available for purchase (not included.) A fun, creative evening out.

Spend the night at the Balch as the start of your own personal creativity retreat.  (You can keep painting here all here weekend, you know.)

 $40.00 includes all art supplies and instruction.

September 21, November 16, December 14
6:30 - 9 p.m. at the Historic Balch Hotel in Dufur, Oregon


To reserve a room, call 541.467.2277 or book online HERE

To see other Creative Spirits events around the Gorge, GO HERE

Claire has over 22 years experience facilitating creativity based retreats and workshops. Questions? Call Claire 541.659.7284 or email: Claire@MagdalenePath.com.

Winemakers Dinner with 15-Mile Winery

Winemakers Dinner with 15-Mile Winery

September 30 6 p.m.


Join us in beautiful Dufur, OR for a 5-course meal prepared by The Historic Balch Hotel, with each course paired with hand selected wines from 15 Mile Winery.

Our menu will be:

  • Amuse Bouche Course
    • 2016 Sparkling Rose of Pinot Noir
    • Prosciutto and Melon with Balsamic Reduction
  • Salad Course
    • 2016 Gewurztraminer
    • Grilled Wedge Salad with Blue Cheese, Pickled Red Onions & Toasted Walnuts
  • Appetizer Course
    • 2016 Pinot Noir
    • Salmon Cakes with Pinot Noir Berry Sauce
  • Entree Course
    • 2014 Barbera or 2014 Syrah
    • Braised Pork Medallions Ala Napoli (Tomatoes, Olives, Rosemary) with Baked Herbed Farro
  • Dessert Course
    • Port Dessert Wine
    • Flourless Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Sauce

Tickets are:
$70 per person
$60* per person (Wine Club Member Discount)
There are only 40 tickets available so don't delay!
*2 discounted tickets per wine club membership

Seating is VERY limited call 541-467-2277 to reserve your spot TODAY.

Play and Stay Weekend: Foliage and Fall Wines

Play and Stay Weekend: Foliage and Fall Wines

October 6-8

Weekend Itinerary


Arrive at the Historic Balch Hotel and enjoy a decadent wine and dessert reception that evening. Meet and mingle with the innkeepers, Claire and Josiah, and your weekend co-horts.

A short evening presentation will introduce you to Friends of the Columbia Gorge, and weekend logistics. 


After a delectable morning breakfast, you’ll caravan to picturesque Dancing Rock in Washington, for an exclusive hike on this Friends of the Columbia Gorge Land Trust property  - not open to the public. We'll learn the history of this special 64 acres and why it’s being preserved and conserved.

Here you’ll enjoy a picnic lunch (provided) in a spot overlooking the Columbia River with views up and down the Gorge.  
After our hike, you’ll partake in harvest celebrations at Maryhill Winery in nearby Goldendale, WA. Fun festivities include live music, games, marshmallow roast, and old-fashioned bare-foot grape-stomping! Also enjoy bocce ball while tasting flights of wine in a private area reserved for our group. Purchase wine if inspired. 
That evening back at the Balch, a Northwest-local themed feast will be provided. (Menu available upon request.) Sip local wines paired for the meal.

Later, enjoy an evening presentation. You'll learn more about the regional advocacy of this beautiful region, Gorge Towns to Trails project and how it supports you as well as Gorge businesses like the Historic Balch Hotel, Maryhill Winery and Volcano Ridge Vineyard.


After a scrumptious handmade gourmet breakfast and check-out, we’ll set out for a scenic hike on a private vineyard in The Dalles. Volcano Ridge Vineyard  is located on an easy sloping hillside offering views of Mount Adams and Mount Hood.

You'll learn from owners Alan Busacca and The Pines' Lonnie Wright about their sustainable viticulture and farming practices, as well as the fascinating geology that makes the soil and landscape here so unique.

You'll also get to experience the grape harvesting process as it’s happening! Enjoy a custom boxed lunch for a lovely picnic next to a colorful native oak habitat at this Gorge-worthy location.

We’ll conclude our afternoon with a private (and rare!) tasting of estate wines with our guides at Lonnie, Linda, and Sierra Wright's 'Pines 1852' private residence before heading home. You'll have an opportunity to purchase wine. 

Package rates (double-occupancy*):

$349 for a Traditional room with shared bath (a $390 value) 
$454 for a Modern room with private bath (a $521 value) 
Taxes and gratuity are included in package price 
*Inquire with hotel about package rate for single guests

Package includes:

  • Two night stay at The Historic Balch Hotel in Dufur, OR
  • Friday night wine and dessert reception
  • Gourmet dinner Saturday evening
  • Buffet breakfasts, picnic lunches, and wine tastings
  • Exclusive hikes led by experts
  • Evening presentations Friday and Saturday 

How to Book this Play & Stay Weekend:

  1. Book your weekend getaway with the Historic Balch Hotel by phone: 541-467-2277.
  2. Contact Outdoor Programs Coordinator Kate Lindberg at katel@gorgefriends.org or 971-634-1265 with questions.

Cancellation prior to seven days of this event results in a 75% refund. 
Cancellation prior to three days of this event results in a 50% refund. 
Cancellation within 72 hours of this event - no refund and a portion of your fee will be donated for Gorge protection

Jam Night

Jam Night

Friday October 13, 7 - 9 p.m.

Join us for a monthly open acoustic jam in the parlor of the Balch with proprietor Josiah Dean and other local musicians. Fun, casual supportive environment.

Bring your favorite instrument and share the tunes. We’ll even have extra percussion to play if you don’t have yours.

Or just show up and enjoy dinner, a beer or wine and listen.

FREE (other than your food and beverage purchase)

Friday, October 13, 7 - 9 p.m.

Sisterhood Supper

Sisterhood Supper

Women’s Dinner Party

Do you crave more time out with a few girlfriends? Experience a new gathering space where women connect, laugh and have inspiring conversations that matter.

Feminine energy is a powerful positive force we’re cultivating now.

Join our big table, order dinner, drink wine and savor dessert for a sweet time with new friends in sisterhood. Bring a friend or come alone.

Dinner available from our local/organic Light Fare menu (plus specials), along with local wine, beer, cider, and other beverages.

FREE (Dinner and drinks not included.)

Third Thursday every other month:
October 19, December 21, 6:30-9pm (Please, arrive/leave as your schedule allows)

CALL 541.467.2277
email: info@BalchHotel.com

Dufur Hometown Christmas

Dufur Hometown Christmas

Old-Time Holiday Fun

December 8-10

Join us for Dufur's village-wide holiday celebration. Experience our small-town classic Dufur Hometown Christmas, complete with the highlight: Lighted Tractor Parade, along with Holiday Craft Bazaar, visits (and photos) with Santa and more!

Sip hot holiday beverages as you stroll the streets of Dufur and enjoy winter cheer with friends and  neighbors.  Special dinner offerings, board games, wine tasting, jigsaw puzzles and other secret specials are in store. Just too early to leak the good news! 

Relax with a warming spa treatment and enjoy the holiday season with new friends or your favorite loved ones.

Early in the day there’s a Christmas craft bazaar, photos with Santa, and special seasonal treats offered at Kramer’s Market and other spots in Dufur. Hear live music at the Balch and then have front row (balcony!) seats for the lighted tractor parade at 4:30 right out our front doors! 

Reserve rooms early this weekend is one not to miss and sells out. 

Friday December 8 through Sunday December 10

40 South Heimrich, Dufur, OR 97021, United States  
P: (541) 467-2277  
E: info@balchhotel.com