Gorge Tourism Summit

Join us on our NEW DATE: May 3rd, 2023 for the Gorge Tourism Summit at the Discovery Center in The Dalles, Oregon

Join us for a day to discuss the latest changes, issues, solutions, and long-term vision for all things tourism in our region.

Topics include:

  • Gorge Local Food (Restaurants/Farms/Wines/Ciders/Brews)
  • Outdoor Recreation and the Threat of Overtourism
  • Transit Wins
  • Welcomability
  • Culture, Culture, Culture

The day will feature rapid-fire updates of new projects, panels of experts, chances to meet and connect with people, and a delicious Native American lunch.

The morning includes a deep dive focused on local food. This is a chance for folks to connect and tap into the power of collaboration to support our restaurants, farms and many beverages.


And join us the night before (Tues, May 2) for a fun tour of the EAST GORGE FOOD TRAIL with stops at the Balch Hotel, Terra de Lobos winery, and Bargeway Pub. (Price covers bus, drinks, and appetizers at first two stops. Dinner will be no-host at final stop.) Pick up/drop-offs available from Discovery Center, Cousins, and Balch Hotel.

  • 4pm Pick up at Discovery Center → Cousins (4:10pm) to Balch Hotel
  • 4:30pm First Stop: Balch Hotel for Drinks + Appetizers
  • 5:30pm Bus leaves Balch Hotel
  • 6pm Bus picks up at Discovery Center*
  • 6:15pm Second Stop: Tierra De Lobos Winery for Wine tasting + Appetizers
  • 7:30pm Third Stop: Bargeway Pub (no-host) + music
  • 9:30pm Bus drops people at Cousins, Discovery Center
  • 10:00pm Bus back to Balch for the night
  • (7:30am) Bus to Discovery Center next morning for Summit*

*If staying at Balch, you have the option of parking car at Discovery Center for the night


The Balch Hotel and Cousins are giving Summit goers significant discounts for stays on the nights of 5/2 and 5/3:

For the Balch Hotel, Dufur, OR simply click here to reserve your room. Starting under $80 per night.

For Cousins Country Inn (2114 W 6th St, The Dalles) mention the Gorge Tourism Summit when you call (541) 298-5161 to make a reservation. Starting under $85 per night.


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See you there!