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Willamette Valley, Oregon

May 7, 2009 By: Amber Silverman Travel Agent
 


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Guests at The Allison Inn & Spa can enjoy views of the vineyards and mountains.

Home to two-thirds of Oregon’s vineyards and more than 200 wineries, the Willamette Valley has been recognized as one of the premier Pinot noir-producing areas in the world. It’s naturally a popular destination for wine-lovers, but everyone will enjoy the region’s spectacular landscape, as well as its proximity to Portland, the Oregon coast and the Chehalem mountain range.

The Allison Inn & Spa

Scheduled to open in September 2009, The Allison Inn & Spa will be Willamette Valley’s newest resort and the only property in Oregon to be a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts’ Boutique Collection. This four-level, 85-room luxury hotel is built into a hillside in the lush Yamhill Valley and offers views of the vineyards and mountains. The Allison was designed specifically with the landscape in mind. Every room has either a terrace or balcony, as well as a carefully positioned soaking tub from which guests can enjoy views of the surrounding natural beauty.

An abundance of flower gardens, connected by footpaths throughout the 35-acre property, make The Allison an ideal location for weddings. General Manager Pierre Zreik ([email protected]) adds that, with more than 12,000 square feet of meeting space, The Allison is truly a property for special occasions.

Five acres of Pinot noir vineyards and its close proximity to many wineries make The Allison perfect for those looking to enjoy the region’s best wines in an atmosphere of luxury. The hotel’s 12-treatment-room spa, complete with private suite for small gatherings, will enhance the overall experience of relaxation. The spa’s focus on natural and organic ingredients allows guests to select customized treatments incorporating the wine grape and products from the gardens. Contact Spa Director Tara Calton ([email protected]) to book treatments.

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Country charm and modern amenities are offered at The DreamGivers Inn.

The inspiration derived from the landscape extends to Jory, the hotel’s 85-seat restaurant, named after the rich soil native to Willamette Valley. As much of the produce is grown on the property, the chef’s menu will vary by season, but expect all dishes to be Pinot noir-friendly.

The DreamGivers Inn Bed & Breakfast

If your clients are looking for something a little more intimate but don’t want to sacrifice comfort and sophistication, The DreamGivers Inn Bed & Breakfast is the perfect place. Also in the heart of Willamette Valley, this 5,000-square-foot bed-and-breakfast has 10 acres of tulip-lined walking paths, as well as magnificent views of sloping vineyards and Portland’s Mt. Hood. With three elegantly decorated gathering places and two decks—with rocking chairs—The DreamGivers Inn is an ideal spot for group getaways and family reunions.

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The scenic DreamGivers Inn has 10 acres of tulip-lined walking paths.

Serenity and relaxation are integral to The DreamGivers’ atmosphere. “It’s like being at home—only better,” says Co-Owner and Innkeeper Linda Kesler ([email protected], 503-625-1476), who lives onsite and cooks a mouth-watering breakfast for guests. Her signature dish is crème brûlée French toast, which features fresh berries in the summer and caramelized pears in the fall and winter. Kesler is happy to make wine recommendations and provide complimentary tasting cards to the many surrounding wineries.

What sets The DreamGivers Inn apart from other bed-and-breakfasts is its seamless fusion of country charm and modern comfort. Guests can relax and enjoy the warmth of their gracious hostess without giving up the amenities offered by a larger hotel. All rooms have private, fully stocked baths and hypo-allergenic linens, and the inn is fully air-conditioned with wireless Internet throughout.

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The fully renovated lobby area of the Hotel Vintage Plaza

Hotel Vintage Plaza

For those clients who would like to visit the vineyards but prefer to stay in the city, Portland’s Hotel Vintage Plaza is just 45 minutes from some of Willamette Valley’s best wineries. Completely updated after a multimillion-dollar renovation, the hotel is once again open for business.

“We’ve worked to set a standard of quality over the last 18 years,” says General Manager Jeri Riggs. “With the future in mind, we opted to fully revitalize the hotel rather than just renovate it.”

The 117-room boutique hotel is known for its variety of unique suites, and the renovation has added 10 new rooms. The most requested accommodations are the Starlight Rooms with solarium windows, and the Garden Spa Rooms with private outdoor hot tubs as well as the best views. Townhouse Suites and King Spa Suites, which can connect to King Deluxe Suites for more space, are the most suitable for families or large groups. Larhonda Kerney ([email protected]) is available to assist travel agents in making arrangements.

Guests can enjoy premium spa treatments in the comfort of their own rooms, including Swedish, deep-tissue, sports and reflexology massage techniques, as well as a variety of body wraps, facials and hand and foot treatments. Contact Concierge Cindi Marconi ([email protected], 503-228-1212) to schedule an in-room appointment.                    


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