There's always more to discover with your AARP membership. Explore your member benefits today.

Play And Stay : Winter Wonder And Wine Weekend

Friday, Jan 25, 2019 at 6:00pm

Balch Hotel
40 Heimrich St
Dufur, OR 97021

Arrive Friday evening at The Historic Balch Hotel in Dufur, OR and enjoy a wine dessert reception to meet and mingle with the innkeepers and other weekend guests. A short evening presentation by Kevin Gorman, executive director of Friends of the Columbia Gorge, introduce you to Friends and weekend logistics.

Saturday enjoy breakfast at the hotel before an outing to view Bald Eagles near The Dalles Dam. A local wildlife biologist will introduce us to resident and migrating eagles who take advantage of spawning salmon in the Gorge as an important winter food source, as we get an up close view of these special raptors.

Continuing the wonder, we’ll take a scenic drive to the Gorge’s own “Stonehenge” to learn some unique history with a scenic view before continuing to Maryhill Winery in Goldendale. From this picturesque location we'll settle in for a Premium Flight wine tasting and picnic lunch while the day's conversations continue.

Back at the hotel in late afternoon, there’s time to enjoy the historic lobby, browse the local art on the walls, play a game in the library or have a drink in the parlor before a Northwest feast for dinner with local wine pairings. If the skies are clear and weather cooperates, we’ll end our day star-gazing to point out constellations in the night sky.

On Sunday, after a leisurely breakfast, we'll caravan to the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center down the hill from Dufur in The Dalles. The Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2018, and we’ll learn about the significance of this area to their journeys through the Gorge over 200 years ago. Guests will enjoy a “birds of prey” presentation with resident raptors and have time to explore the museum exhibits before concluding our weekend together.

End Time : 12pm

Images provided by, Ticketmaster

More from AARP in Dufur

AARP Member Card

Join or Renew Today


  • Immediate access to your member benefits
  • Discounts on travel and everyday savings
  • Subscription to the award-winning AARP The Magazine
  • An ally on the issues that matter most to you in Dufur
  • Free membership for your spouse or partner