Balch Hotel


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.

Our Sip & Stay video we made for the Historic Balch Hotel

Breakfast is included in the stay and they have recently added dinner options!

The perfect start to a day!

One of the new dinner options.
The lobby. A good place to enjoy that bottle of wine you just found at a local winery

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.

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About XPLORE FILM and Sip & Stay

The Art of Life

Tony and Terri-Lynn met in 1987 as teenagers. In 1991 they were married.  Tony has been a professional musician his entire life and spent the 90’s touring and releasing albums.  In 2001 the couple left the cities and moved to a small community on the Oregon coast. This is where they fell into television production and film making. In 2004 Makai Ohana Productions was founded and the couple produced advertising and creative content for hundreds of tourism related businesses and government entities in Southern Oregon and Northern California. Realizing the industry was evolving towards the internet they re-branded the business in 2012 to Xplore Film.  This company would now be an international business producing films world wide as well as an NGO in West Africa where the couple provides clean water boreholes, scholarships and even a prosthetic hand project.

In 2018 Tony and Terri-Lynn with their dog Bisque Kitt packed the belongings they could carry on their backs and flew to Spain. They bought a home and planned to spend equal time between the two countries running the business.  Then Covid hit and the world closed.  By 2020 they realized Spain, and specifically Torrevieja was now home.  They bought a sailboat and started to create a life on the Costa Blanca of music, film, events and community.


Music from Xplore Film

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