Oregon Wine country
In every issue, we scout a spot that’s perfect for tying the knot away from home.
by Carrie Bell
Say yes to prize pinots (and award-winning craft beers), bucolic splendor, catering menus inspired by the seasonal bounties of just-down-the-road farms, and a unique mix of rural warmth and Portland cool when you exchange vows in the vineyard-covered valleys of Oregon wine country. The verdant expanse, which is home to more than 500 wineries, has quickly become one of the country’s most romantic spots to tie the knot. Sure, the food and wine is fantastic, but the other appeal is the pure photogenic splendor of rolling landscapes and rustic-chic wedding venues. Here, we highlight three pampering-and did we mention, pretty?-properties that promise to fulfill all your nuptial grape expectations.
The Allison Inn & Spa
Set on 35 hillside acres, this 85-room hotel is the ideal blend of laid-back and luxurious. Settle pre-wedding jitters with private yoga, light bites and massages in the Sky Suite of the 15,000 square-foot spa, which also houses a full-time makeup and nail salon to prep your big-day look. Then it’s off to the on-property vineyards, used to make two house vintages, for a stunning first-look backdrop. While the sculpture garden is a fun place for photos, the lush Meadow Garden is an equally photogenic ceremony setting. It, like the ballroom, can seat 150 guests. Sip cocktails with herbs from the impressive acre-and-a-half chef’s garden and honey from on-site hives while snacking on cucumber-ginger oyster shooters and savoring the valley view from the terrace. Like Jory, the signature restaurant named after the region’s characteristic terroir, the catering menus highlight local purveyors, fresh products (hazelnut anything is a must here) and refined recipes like seafood saffron risotto with melted leeks and chervil. The private dining room, with its grand custom walnut table and peekaboo window into the kitchen, is a good option for rehearsal dinners or more intimate parties. Guest rooms, which showcase an autumnal color palette, are equipped with gas fireplaces and private balconies that are perfect for sunset viewing (site fees start at $4,000; food and beverage minimums are $155 per person or $15,500; theallison.com).