Oregon Wine Country Gets
World-Class Resort Complex
By Fred Delkin
Damn the faltering economy, full speed ahead with the most ambitious development in
Oregon wine country history! Guest reservations open May 1 for the Allison Inn & Spa, slated to open in September. This will be a long-awaited resort destination for travelers lured by our state's prermium wines. The Allison is on the northern edge of Newberg in the upper Willamette Valley, at the foot of the Chehalem mountains. The funding is local, a privately-held enterprise whose dental supply manufacturing firm's owners have resided in Newberg for seven decades and supplied both private and public sector clients worldwide.
Now their Springbrook Properties has developed a site rivaling any vinous-related resort anywhere on the planet. Guests will view vineyards edging the resort site and have access to some 200 wineries in the area. The architectural features are crafted from stone, wood, glass and steel, surrounded by lushly landscaped grounds. The design is billed as "both timeless and modern." Handcrafted Oregon furnishings and original artwork on the walls reflect a dedication to atmosphere.
The resort's staff has been selected for administrative accomplishnments. General Manager Pierre Zreik has been serving as GM at Portland's Heathman hotel and opened Cavallo Point Lodge in Sausalito, CA. Director of Sales Laura Crugnale occupied that position at Salishan Lodge on the Oregon coast and Executive Chef Nathan Lockwood was recruited from cuisine posts in San Francisco.
Lodging facilities include 85 guestrooms and suites rannging from 485-1,575 sq. ft. Each space inludes a private terrace or balcony, upholstered view bay window seat, gas fireplace and original art on the walls. All baths have double sinks and soaking tubs. Room rates begin at $295 per night to $1,100 for a 2-bedroom suite.
Meeting and conference rooms abound, offering use by groups from 10-400. The grounds
include patios and fire pits. Dining promises satisfaction with an 85-seat restaurant showcasing Oregon products and a full beverage service with local microbrews, Oregon distllery labels and, of course, Pinot Noir and far more from the region's wineries. Room service from Chef Lockwood's kitchen is available 24 hours and custom group catering is offered in both indoor and outdoor venues.
A 15,000 sq. ft. spa complex has 12 treatment rooms, a private suite for small gatherings, co-ed lounges and outdoor garden terraces and fire pits. Two saunas and steam rooms , an indoor swimming pool and fitness facilities are offered. Cascading waterfalls and a reflection pond are spa features. The main lodge has a soariang lobby ceiling, glass enclosed staircase to all four levels of the guest lodging wing and a massive stone fireplace.
Photo: http://www.adelsheim.com/ (A top Oregon Pinot Noir)
The Allison site is on 35 acres within Newberg urban limits. Mature native trees and shrubs anchor the landscaping, which includes winding footpaths. Guests are offered nearby golf, hot air ballooning, helicopter tours of wine country and know they are but 63 miles from Oregon's incredible Pacific coastline. Newberg is the site of George Fox university and nearby McMinnville is home to Linfield college aand a tourist entertainment site.
Oregon tourism has just received a momentous boost with international implications!
© 2009 Oregon Magazine