Oregon Wine Country Escape Allison Inn & Spa

Are you looking for an Oregon wine country escape in the Willamette Valley? Look no further than The Allison Inn & Spa in Newberg. Located a short 45 minute drive from Portland, this Leed-certified boutique hotel checks every box when it comes to romantic, secluded and luxury resort options. 

The Allison Inn & Spa is surrounded by trees and gardens. A natural color palette reflects the paint, inside and out.

The 5 star hotel has the VIP experience nailed. From greeting guests by name to an exclusive snack basket and filtered water waiting in room, you’ll feel like a very special person when you stay at The Allison. The resort is expensive, with rooms starting at $445, but the saying “you get what you pay for” applies at this Willamette Valley wine country inn. 

The lobby lounge, next to the piano bar, offers comfortable furniture for guests to linger.

 There are 4 different levels, from the spa level to penthouse level, all accessible by elevator and a grand spiral staircase. Our king deluxe room was on the main level, overlooking the Pinot Noir vineyards and nature trail that surrounds the 35 acre property. Speaking of vineyards. The Allison Inn & Spa is very proud to claim Ken Wright as their winemaker for their Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris estate-produced wines. There are three different soil types found on this Willamette Valley vineyard property. I’m still amazed to learn that Newberg is home to over 700 wineries. You’ll want to go wine tasting when you are here. 

Deluxe king bed with new mattress and linens

When you are not relaxing by the gas fireplace in your room, you might enjoy a visit to the Allison Spa or take a few laps in the indoor swimming pool. The 12 treatment room spa offers Pinot Noir-inspired treatments and the swimming pool also boasts a whirlpool. All of the rooms, from Jory restaurant to the pool and spa lounge, offer large picture windows, bringing the outdoors in. 

In the summertime, June to September, The Allison offers yoga classes in the garden. Our visit was in September, when the leaves were changing and the vineyard harvest was in full swing. Chef Chris Smith offers a seasonal menu, making use of his 1.5 acre garden. Guests are welcome to stroll the paths surrounding the garden, as well as enjoy the art walk. Foodies will want to experience his 7-course tasting menu at Jory restaurant. The restaurant offers indoor and patio seating, as well as a bar menu that is separate from Jory. I’ve been told the Pinot Burger and truffle fries are amazing. 

Six foot soaking tub in room at Allison Inn & Spa

After dinner, we moved over to the lounge to listen to the classically trained piano player. From there, I moseyed back to our hotel room to take advantage of the spa bathtub, in addition to the locally-sourced bath salts. 

After a full day of wine tasting the next day, we enjoyed a visit to downtown Newberg where we dined for lunch and dinner. There are plenty of boutique shops, a lovely bookstore called Chapters Books and Coffee, a wine and cheese shop and two wonderful bakeries. Wear your comfortable clothes, with expandable waistlines, when you come to taste Newberg. 

The quiet room has floor-to-ceiling windows at The Allison Spa.

 

You could make this wine country getaway a romantic escape or plan a spa weekend with girlfriends. This idea sounds especially pleasing in the winter with a hot stone treatment. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to experience the spa, but I did make use of the indoor swimming pool. What better way to work off the decadent Eggs Benedict I had for breakfast the morning before check out. I appreciated the noon check-out time, as it gave me a chance to take one last swim in the pool before departing back to reality.

Indoor swimming pool with lounge chairs and steps leading into the pool. No lifeguard on duty.

Rates start at $445 at The Allison Inn & Spa. You can also make your reservations through Trip Advisor. Book spa reservations in advance, if possible. The Allison is not a pet-friendly hotel. 

Oregon Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown stayed at The Allison Inn & Spa while researching additional articles for other publications. Text and all photography are her own. As always, all opinions are her own. 

 

 

 

 

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