By Fred Delkin
Global lodging honors are being amassed by Allison Inn & Spa, gracing the outskirts of Newberg in Oregon’s north Willamette Valley. We attended the fall 2009 debut of this facility and extended our praise in these pages for its promise. Seems that promise is being met, as it gains attention from those who compile a roster of “The World’s Best” lodging destinations. Conce Nast’s Travelermonthly publication has bestowed this honor, and Fodor’s International Travel Guide has juat ranked the Allison resort as a “must destination.”
Oregon wine country now can boast of a world-class resort that matches the globally-recognized quality of our wines. The Allison is on a 35-acre site grafted onto a hillside overlooking a sweep of vineyards and a snowcapped mountain backdrop. The guest suites offer fireplaces and balconies, the public dining area provides a true gourmet selection enhanced by local resources that include a chef’s vegetable garden and a plot of Pinot Noir grapevines. The wine list, of course, offers Oregon’s finest among an 800+ label selection. The spa desigfnation is based upon treatment rooms, indoor swimming pool, a whirlpool bath, steam rooms, sauna and masage services. Meeting facilities of varied sizes come with the latest audio-visual gear.
Those hardy and ambitious pionners who established the current Oregon wine industry some 40 years ago can all rest assured that no wine region on our globe can offer any better facilities to welcome admirers of fermented grape squeezin’s. Allison guests are served a complimentary wine tasting and winemaker talk for an hour each Thursday and are serenaded by live jazz performances on weekends. Guest rooms and public spaces all feature walls adorned with paintings and sculptures created by Oregon artists.
This deservedly honored facility was funded by Newberg’s Austin family, whose millions emanate from their A-Dec dental equipment business that supplies a global market. Thanks, Ken and Joan, for creating a place that will reward every visitor. We certainly urge our readers to visit the Allison, if for just a drink and/or a meal.