Oregon Grape Escape: The Allison Inn & Spa

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The Allison Inn & Spa
The Allison Inn & Spa

Somebody’s glass is overflowing. Production of Oregon’s wine is up by a third from the year before inspiring local hotel operators to celebrate the fruit of vinicultural labor. A mere 45-minutes away from Portland, The Allison Inn & Spa is perched up on the rolling hills of Willamette Valley overlooking working vineyards and farms.

The Allison, a LEED-certified property, provides over 31,000 sf of combined indoor/outdoor space and 11 breakout rooms. And all of the 85 deluxe accommodations offer gas fireplaces, spa-like bathrooms, terraces with window seats and views that go on for for days.

“Celebrity Wine Tender Evenings” at The Allison are designed to dispel the notion that Oregon varietals are the ugly step sisters to Californian beauties. And with a wine cellar that boasts 700 mostly local labels, including 50 wines-by-the-glass at JORY,  its 100-seat signature restaurant, The Allison knows a thing or two about local pinot noirs. We hear the Tri of Rabbit pairs up particularly well with a 2009 Winderlea Reserve.

Those willing to further explore Willamette Valley’s earthier pleasures, will be tickled pink by the “Nose for Wine” tours, available for groups of all sizes, bringing wine enthusiasts to small boutiques, large estates and hidden gems. The icing on this experiential treat: Nose for Wine specializes in wineries not open to the public with limited production.

For those with loftier activities in mind, check out hot air balloon rides; one pursuit sure to lift this encounter way above the rest.

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