By Mindy Poder
Flowing with soul and wine, The Allison Inn & Spa is a top luxury option in the Willamette Valley
There are more than 500 wineries and 700 vineyards in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, a 150-mile-long, 60-mile-wide area bordered by the Cascade Range to the north, the Coast Range to the west and the Calapooya Mountains to the south. With such a vast and perpetually growing number of wine slingers to sift through, travelers attempting to map out a tasting itinerary before their trip might struggle with selecting the right wineries to visit.
Indeed, The Allison’s subtle take on luxury has helped elevate the wine region’s reputation without making it feel too much “like Napa,” a comparison that’s considered something of an insult around these parts.
But the inn is also significant to the area for its democracy. Each Thursday, the hotel’s Living Room hosts a Willamette winemaker for a tasting. Ever the fair platform for the region’s wine, The Allison permits each winemaker to hold a tasting only once per year.
Through its relationships with the area’s winemakers, The Allison’s concierge offers the unique service of listening to guests’ wine preferences and then scheduling winery visits, including to exclusive rooms not open to the public.