Allison Inn and Spa: All Wine, All The Time (Conde Nast Hotelchatter)

We always love a good pinot. We also love a stellar locale and a stunning property. And if we really could have everything we’d wish for a fabulous restaurant and an award-winning spa too. So guess what? After a lot of soaking, tasting and sipping we found it–the Allison Inn & Spa in Newberg, Oregon.

Located in Oregon’s wine country everything at the inn is all about wine. You can spend an entire day here, sipping, soaking in and tasting everything vino.

The level of sophistication of all of the various offerings here might seem rather incongruous in this laid back area of the Willamette Valley but it is all Northwest elegance down to the collection of local artwork, design, spa treatments, food and level of service.

Everywhere you look from the room design to the restaurant décor to the welcome goodies in your room, you see the owner’s hand and the elegant touch of Managing Director Pierre Zreik, himself a five-star hotel veteran.

The Spa uses organic and locally sourced products and is dedicated to intensive and comprehensive training of their estheticians. In addition to saunas, steam baths, an indoor pool, spa pools, four separate lounges and fitness room, the design of the Spa adds the element of water along with reflective glass tiles, and purposeful spot lighting in its 12 treatment rooms.

Each spa area, segregated for men or women, has a lounge for relaxing before your treatments. But you don’t just drink your pinot here, you can also enjoy a popular spa treatment with wine elements called Grapeseed Cure-a Pinotherapy. The Allison signature treatment is 90 minutes of wine heaven for $175 but you don’t drink a drop. It begins with a scrub made with crushed Pinot-grape seeds from the property’s vineyard combined with an organic honey and wine wrap to purify and exfoliate the skin, followed by a shea butter hydration body massage and finishing with hot towel applications, scalp massage and a signature beverage (not wine but rather, a non-alcoholic mimosa).

After the spa, if it’s Thursday, you may be able to “Meet the Wine-Maker.” A local wine maker visits with guests (and non-guests too) as they sip and talk about his or her favorite wine in this intimate sharing of wine culture. A continual event throughout the year held in the evening, the Allison’s website has a calendar of events which lists which wine-maker will be featured.

The wine cellar at the hotel’s Jory Restaurant features many obscure bottles and small vintages in addition to local and worldwide wines and will do a pairing for you. A favorite entree here, the Pinot Burger, sounds stunningly simple. But flavors of the local beef and the pinot become something special in Chef Jin’s kitchen. For dessert you should try the Soft Chocolate Pinot Cake with a local port before heading up to your room.

Rates right now start at $315 per night and include complimentary Wi-Fi, valet parking, use of fitness room, sauna, steam room and pools. There is a soaking tub and wet bar in every room.

About the Author:

Michelle is a freelance journalist specializing in luxury and experiential travel. Her readers number in the millions through her various online outlets and print magazines. She loves to explore a culture through their culture and food. "Sometimes, " she says , "luxury can be a shack on the beach with a sand floor and a ceiling of stars."

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