Dufur. Where is that? Good question. Actually it is just a few minutes from the Dalles, Oregon in the Columbia River Gorge. Coming from Portland on I-84 and veering south down 197 you pass through rolling hills, farmland and big open skies to this quaint community with one lodging option, the Balch Hotel.
We love this place. The location is perfect, not just for wine tasting but also for exploring the high desert just a short scenic drive from the hotel.
The hotel was built in 1907. For the turn of the century architecture buffs this is a dream. Rooms are furnished as they were back then.
Breakfast is included in the stay and they have recently added dinner options!
There is also an onsite spa. You can check out the rooms, the Spa and even the dinner options by going to their web site here.