Things to Do
In the middle of so much!
You wonder, "What is there to do in Dufur?" Being where the Columbia River Gorge meets Oregon's High Desert provides endless opportunities.
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Our staff would be happy to assist you in putting together the perfect day trip, we can even pack a to-go lunch for you from our Light Fare MenuLet's Start Planning
10-100 Mile Rides from the Balch Hotel
Experience the open, mostly car-less roads, wide expansive views, and incredible weather of Central Oregon! Whether you're up for a short or long ride, we've got the routes for you.
Deschutes River State Recreation Area
89601 Biggs Rufus Hwy
The Deschutes River State Recreation Area is a tree-shaded, overnight oasis for campers. The sparkle-laden, swift, green rush of the Deschutes converges with the Columbia here, and there's no better place for family outing activities like hiking, mountain biking, camping, rafting, world-class steelhead and trout fishing, and equestrian trail riding.
Here is a nice ride from the hotel:
Starting at the Hotel you venture to Condon via Tygh Valley, Maupin, Shaniko, Antelope, and Fossil. Return via Wasco, Biggs Junction and The Dalles.
This loop will take you from Dufur up over Flag Point Lookout, over to Highway 35 and down into Hood River. From Hood River you'll be on the old highway (HWY 30) as much as possible and will return back to Dufur on some nice back roads (all paved).
A sporty ride in both Oregon and Washington. You'll see big forests, big canyons, and lots of curves.
Historic Route 30 Highway
Take in the Gorge at a slower pace on the original highway. Head West from The Dalles towards Mosier and be sure to stop for panoramic views at the Rowena Crest Lookout. Watch for other opportunities to hop on Highway 30 as you continue to travel towards Portland. An excellent choice on a hot day as you wind into the trees and alongside waterfalls. Be mindful of bicyclists and the occasional hiker along the way.
High Desert Rivers: Follow this route to explore some of the rivers, canyons and ghost towns in Oregon's High Desert Region.
Ghost Town Tour: If it is just ghost towns you are looking for this tour takes you through many of the areas best examples. Highlights include Friend, Shaniko and Antelope.
Barlow Road and Timberline Lodge Loop: This route takes you along the route of the pioneers on the Barlow Road. There are many opportunities to see the original wagon ruts as the route climbs into the Cascade Mountains. A stop at Timberline is a must when in the area and our route takes you back through Dufur Valley although you could continue down Highway 35
15 Mile Creek History Tour This route takes you through the rolling hills between Dufur and The Dalles Roughly retracing the rail line with iconic buildings on the way.
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History & Culture
Past & Present
Dufur Historical Society Living History Museum
40 Main Street
We are dedicated to preserving information about life in the Pacific Northwest at the turn of the the 20th century. Our goals are to save what we can of the memories, the know-how that existed then. We want our children to be able to appreciate how far we've come, and for the memories of those who've gone before us to be honored. Our museum displays include a log cabin, schoolhouse, cook-shack and antique farming equipment.
Open seasonally, May thru September. Wed-Sat 10-5. Call (541) 467-2205 for more information.
Columbia Gorge Discovery Center
5000 Discovery Drive The Dalles, OR
Recently voted #12 Top Fan-Favorite Destination in Oregon! This multimedia, interactive museum inspires appreciation and stewardship of the natural and cultural treasures of the Gorge and Wasco County. Exhibits focus on the volcanic upheaval and raging floods that created the Gorge, the unique flora and fauna of the region, and eleven thousand years of cultural history.
Collections include hundreds of American Indian baskets from throughout the Pacific Northwest, photo archives (partially available on-line), and local genealogical files available in the William G. Dick Library. In addition to touring the many fascinating exhibits, visitors can spend time viewing films in the theater located on site, or walking the native plant trail. Spend the whole day and relax for lunch or coffee break at the Basalt Rock Cafe.
Fort Dalles Museum & Anderson Homestead
500 W. 15th Street and Garrison
The Dalles, Oregon 97058
Take a tour of our unique collection of pioneer and military artifacts and antique wagons at one of the old west’s most pivotal places in history. You will enjoy viewing our exhibits and walking on the grounds of this military fort, built during the 1800s.
The Dalles Art Center
220 E 4th Street The Dalles, OR
The Dalles Art Center facility is a designated historic building by the State of Oregon. The building was originally constructed in 1910. This was one of thousands of Carnegie libraries built around the world by the late Andrew Carnegie, a multi-millionaire, founder of US Steel and a widely respected philanthropist.
Western Antique Aero and Auto Museum
1600 Air Museum Road Hood River, OR
Recently voted #6 Top Fan-Favorite Destination. Don't miss it. WAAAM has one of the largest collections of still-flying antique airplanes and still-driving antique automobiles in the country. The items on display at this museum are not only full of history... they're full of LIFE! Aircraft, automobiles, motorcycles, tractors, military jeeps and engines all get their day in the sun again at WAAAM.
Maryhill Museum of Art
35 Maryhill Museum Drive
Maryhill Museum of Art collects, presents and preserves art and historical and natural resources, to enrich and educate residents and visitors of the Pacific Northwest.
Hiking & Fishing
East of The Cascades...
White River Falls State Park
One of Oregon's secret hideaways is located just east of Tygh Valley along Highway 216. The White River plunges 90' over a basalt shelf. The park offers excellent viewpoints of the White River falls. A rugged quarter-mile trail takes hikers down deep within the canyon to the historic hydroelectric power plant at the base of the raw, churning power of the falls. The power plant supplied electricity to Wasco and Sherman Counties from 1910 until the completion of The Dalles Dam in 1960.
Deschutes River State Recreation Area
The sparkle-laden, swift, green rush of the Deschutes converges with the Columbia here, and there's no better place for family outing activities like hiking, mountain biking, camping, rafting, world-class steelhead and trout fishing. Equestrian trail riding permitted March- June with a reservation (closed July-February).The Atiyeh Deschutes River Trail at river level is a favorite jaunt for hikers on hot summer days. You just can't beat the cool river and the shade of white alder trees (and while you're resting, look for the hanging basket-type nests built by the orioles).
This trail is found on the east slope of Mount Hood and follows the Cold Spring Creek. It is an ideal destination to cool off on a hot summer afternoon. The falls are approximately 100 feet high and 40 feet wide. The trail follows Cold Spring Creek and is shaded by large Douglas fir, cedar and a variety of trees and shrubs.
Fivemile Butte Lookout Tower
Ponderosa pines, Douglas-fir and western hemlock provide a dense canopy over the mountainside, shading numerous creeks and providing a lush and varied habitat at Fivemile Butte. While hiking the many trails, be sure to have binoculars on hand and watch for golden eagles, wild turkeys, grouse and the brilliant blue flash of camp robbers, common nickname for Stellar’s jays. Other wildlife, such as elk, deer, coyote, cougars, and bears frequent the area and visit the nearby creeks for a drink or a meal.
Young's Fishing Services Inc.
720 East 14th Street The Dalles, OR
Choose a guided fishing expedition or take an Exciting Whitewater Jet Boat Tour in the Lower Deschutes River Canyon in a Comfortable 24’ Rogue Jet boat!
3286 Jonahs Ct. Bend, OR
Time on the water is worth a thousand fish. We've spent years finding them, and we are eager to show you what we have learned. The Lower Deschutes stretches 109 miles, and with our expereience we can show you how to fish every inch of it. The tailwater stretch of the Owyhee River can call for a multitude of tactics in the same day for 20+ inch Browns, let us show you what to use to coax them into the net!
599 South Hwy 197 Maupin, OR
Greetings and Welcome. In 1985 when I opened my fly shop and guide service here on the Deschutes River, my goal was, and still is, to provide the best products, guided trips, classes, and customer service. To accurately inform and report on river and fishing conditions. We do this every day!
On The Water
600 Timber Lane | PO box 40 | Maupin, OR 97037
River Drifters has been sharing the experience of rafting in Oregon and Washington for more than 35 years. We offer trips in the Deschutes and White Salmon Rivers. We'll take care of the details so that you can soak up the full whitewater rafting experience, breathtaking views, and unique wildlife along the way. Are you ready for an adventure?
860 Highway 141 | White Salmon, WA 98672
Wet Planet Whitewater is the Center for River Rafting and Kayaking in the Columbia River Gorge – Washington and Oregon. Wet Planet is a group of motivated, energetic, whitewater professionals who have come together to share a passion for whitewater rafting and kayaking. We offer guided river rafting trips on the Northwest’s classic “wild and scenic” rivers, whitewater kayak lessons and instruction, and river rescue training for whitewater professionals.
Zoller's Outdoor Odysseys
1248 Washington 141 Husum, Washington
The pioneer rafting outfitters of the Klickitat and White Salmon River. After 40 years and also the longest running, whitewater enterprise in Washington or Oregon. Zoller’s is honored to share the fun of whitewater rafting these very special rivers with so many folks that arrive as a guest and leave as a friend.
STAND UP PADDLE BOARDING
Celilo Paddle Company
Celilo Paddle Company will provide you with all you need to enjoy your paddle on the Columbia River. Your rental will include the stand up paddle board, a paddle, and a personal flotation device (PFD).
We offer a variety of choices, ranging from hourly rates, to full day rentals, as well as membership opportunities from a single month to the entire season. We also have 3 different board styles in our fleet to choose from.
Float On SUP Yoga
A Different Yoga Practice. The postures we explore on the SUP may be familiar to you, but they will feel new. Your core muscles will be working continuously to find balance. You'll likely notice that your practice on land benefits too, from a stronger and deeply rooted foundation.
This is a playful yoga practice. An exploration of fun, serenity, and environment: laughter when you fall in for the first time, awe when you see the view and complete peace when you lay your head back for a floating Savasana.
Traditional SUP tours are offered regularly, too, for those who don't want the bendy yoga experience but want something simple and relaxing on the beautiful Columbia River.Let's Start Planning
Wine & Dine
Local flavors of the PNW
WINERIES & TASTING ROOMS
15 Mile Winery
Located along the northeast edge of Dufur Valley, and homesteaded by Absolom Bolton, this fertile farmland is home to 15 Mile Winery. Our family, now in its fifth generation on this land is proud to bring you our premium wines. Our grapes are estate grown by Dan Bolton and the wines are made by our owner and winemaker Colter Bolton. We enjoy what our history and hard work have given us an we hope you do too!
Sunshine Mill Winery
The Sunshine Mill has a long, colorful history. The Sunshine Mill has milled wheat on this property for more than 130 years, and was the first building in The Dalles to have electricity, powered by a Thomas Edison Motor which can still be seen in The Mill. The Sunshine Mill now houses Quenett and Copa Di Vino wineries owned and operated by James and Molli Martin, both from The Dalles. Enjoy a tasting or have a glass of wine in our amphitheater. Order an Antipasto platter to enjoy in The Boiler House Bar and drink differently at The Sunshine Mill.
DINING IN DUFUR
121 Main Street
Kramer's Market has been the local store in Dufur since 1905. Newly remodeled, we feature: Grocery Store, Deli, Restaurant, Famous "Kramer's Sausage", Showcasing local wines, sales of Oregon hunting/fishing licenses, outdoor patio with an amazing view of Mt. Hood.
Open 7 days a week: 7-7 (Summer)
We 3 Coffee & Deli
576 NE Church Street
Our desire for WE3 Coffee & Deli is for our shop to be a place where you feel comfortable coming and staying awhile. Bring your computer, sip a cup of coffee and surf the web; relax with a frothy mocha and a newspaper; or hang out with friends and catch up over a steaming latte or ice cold milkshake.
DINING IN THE DALLES
205 Court Street The Dalles, OR
The Baldwin Saloon is a favorite restaurant and gathering place in The Dalles Oregon. They make everything from scratch, from the breads and pastas, all the way to the twelve desserts – even the ice cream! They offer a large and diverse menu that includes hand-cut choice steaks, fresh seafood, salads, chicken dishes, homemade soups, fresh ground hamburgers, unique sandwiches and daily specials. They serve only Northwest wines with house pours from local wineries. Choose from their great wine selection as you order from their classic turn-of-the-century bar. It’s a Taste of History!
408 East 2nd Street The Dalles, OR
In 1996, a small group of friends came together to share their passion for food and pastry from their home country, France. Soon after, they decided to open La Provence Bakery & Bistro, located in Lake Oswego, Oregon. An opportunity arose to expand to The Dalles, and in 2007, Petite Provence of the Gorge was opened for business. As a group of restaurants, they try to keep menus and offerings similar, while still allowing their chefs creative freedom to give each location its own special character.
Open daily 7-3
710 E 2nd St
The Dalles, OR 97058
Freebridge Brewing is the dream of a fifth generation Oregon ranch family – Steve Light and Laurie Petroff-Light. On Laurie’s Matriarchal side, Great Grandma Matilda Hendricks walked into Fort Dalles Oregon as a young girl on the Oregon trail. Most likely over the Freebridge. Today, the Petroff family continues to farm wheat and run cattle in the Fifteen Mile Creek valley.
Laurie and Steve have been an obsessed homebrew team for years and Master Brewer, Mike Boler has an extensive twenty-five years experience in the Brewhouse as a pro. Here is where passion and experience are showcased in every beer that leaves the tanks. Our goal: To bring the people in our community- locals and travelers alike- together over stunning craft beers and artisan food.Let's Start Planning
Visit Historic Downtown The Dalles!
315 E. 2nd Street, The Dalles, OR
Klindt’s Booksellers has been selling books, stationery, journals and office supplies since 1870. Located in the scenic town of the The Dalles, along the banks of Oregon’s famous Columbia River, Klindt’s Booksellers is a beacon of the community. Entering Klindt’s Booksellers is like taking a step back in time. With the original floors, cabinets and bookshelves, you can browse new and classic book titles, greeting cards and beautiful stationary in a relaxed, comforting environment. And, with our knowledgeable staff, we are able to help find whatever you are looking for.
Open Mon-Sat 8-6; Sun 11-4
Gorge Community Music
410 East 2nd St. The Dalles, OR
Come explore the latest edition of a 70 year legacy of Music Stores in the 410 E. 2nd St. location in Historic Downtown, The Dalles. GCM carries a wide selection of instruments including locally built guitars and ukuleles. Sign up for a lesson or take a tour of the Ho'okipa Ukulele Workshop. Or, set up out front with your instrument and play some tunes for the town!
Open Monday 11-4, Tues-Sat 10-6
Breezeway Antiques & Gifts
313 East 2nd Street
The Dalles OR
"Fresh. Vintage. Inspired." Located downtown, this fun shop is owned by 2 local gals who are pure delights! We've acquired many great pieces for the Balch Hotel from Terry and Marti. They offer an eclectic mix of vintage, new and re-purposed items - from furniture, lamps, & home decor to jewelry, vintage hats and handmade soaps! There's so much to look at and prices are great. Take your time, feast your collector's heart without hurting your pocketbook. 2017 Summer Outdoor Flea Markets: Saturdays - May 20, June 24, Sept 16. On Facebook at: Breezeway Boutique Antique Market
Open Mon-Sat 11-6; Sun 11-5
Red Wagon Antiques
515 East 2nd St # B The Dalles, OR
Come in for a visit! Owned and operated by 3 different families & in business since 2006, this shop is well loved by locals. Wide variety of lovely items with good prices. An excellent place for unique gifts!
Open Mon-Sat 10-5:30, and Sun 10-2 in Spring and Summer.
Lines Of Designs
110 E. Second Street
The Dalles, OR
In addition to our Lines of Designs brand made here in The Dalles, Oregon, we carry USA made brands including: Foxcroft, Not Your Daughter Jeans, Asian Eye, Casual Studio, Christine Alexander, Necessitees, Earth Creations, Goddess Gear, Lines of Designs, French Dressing Jeans, International Leather, Echo, Two Old Bags, Comfy USA, Feathers, and more . . .
Open Mon- Fri 9:30-5:30; Sat 10-3