Allison Inn & Spa Hotel Review

Located in Newberg, Oregon, considered the gateway to the Willamette Valley, Allison Inn & Spa is special. For the eco-conscious, Allison Inn is LEED gold certified. Wine lovers will enjoy the Allison Inn & Spa estate grown Pinot Noir wines, while spa lovers will unwind at this intimate Newberg resort. It’s also the place for art aficionados who will be visually stimulated each day of their stay. Read my first-hand Allison Inn review of this unique, boutique hotel in Newberg.

Allison Inn & Spa deluxe king room

Allison Inn & Spa in Oregon’s Willamette Valley

As a new resident to Oregon’s Willamette Valley, I’d heard positive comments about the Allison Inn & Spa. Opened in September 2009, The Allison is a 5-star luxury resort in the charming wine-centric town of Newberg. Located 45 minutes from Portland and 2 hours from Eugene, Oregon, The Allison is an easy wine country getaway.

At 85 rooms, the eco-friendly property is situated among 30 acres of gardens and vineyards with plenty of room to roam. In fact, there are over 700 Willamette Valley wineries surrounding this Newberg inn.

Feel like you are in a foreign country

The uber-luxury hotel reminded me of a trip to Carmel-by-the-Sea. Many visitors speaking foreign languages were on property. I felt like I was having an international experience without the hassle of boarding an airplane. The attention to detail from reception check-in to a brief room tour was seamless. Otherwise, I would have over-looked the glass carafe in our room by the wet bar. You will not see plastic water bottles at the Allison Inn & Spa – and that’s a good thing! As noted, the property is LEED-certified and they care about the environment.

In our king deluxe room we enjoyed the gas fireplace and the lovely 6-foot “spa-inspired” soaking tub with hand blended lemon grass lavender bath salts. There are 77 deluxe guest rooms and 8 suites located across 4 levels at The Allison. If this is a spa stay, I recommend the spa level and if it’s a special occasion celebration, go for the Penthouse level with outstanding views.

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I loved the fact that The Allison Inn & Spa partnered with local businesses, from Dani handmade soaps and hydrating lotions to a food basket with Portland-based gluten-free cheese snacks, dark chocolate coated hazelnuts and more. I didn’t have a chance to try any of The Allison’s three different Pinot Noir wines, produced by Ken Wright Cellars – next time.

Eggs Benedict with roasted potatoes and a parfait with housemade granola, Greek yogurt and fresh berries at Jory restaurant
Eggs Benedict and Greek yogurt parfait with house made granola and fresh berries at Jory restaurant

Allison Inn dining

The food is a key player at The Allison Inn & Spa. Jory restaurant chef Chris Smith oversees the “Garden to Table Dining.” Guests are able to see the 1.5 acre master garden on property. For the gourmet diner, Jory offers a 7-course tasting menu, paired with wine for an additional fee. We had been eating and wine tasting all day long, so I opted for Oregon albacore with buckwheat soba, smoked cashew butter and garden beans.

For breakfast, I recommend the Eggs Benedict and I’m told the bacon is cured and smoked in-house. My husband also enjoyed the local coffee; Oregonians love their coffee!

If you enjoy jazz piano, sit in the lounge and listen to pianist David Seamon tickle the ivories. Order a Spicy Paloma or Garden Pimm’s cocktail from the bar. Room service dining is also available at The Allison Inn.

Relax in the Allison Spa co-ed quiet lounge before your spa treatment.
Allison Spa co-ed quiet lounge

Allison Spa

While Allison Spa is well-known for their luxury treatments from facials to massages, they were completely booked during my visit. If you want to self-indulge during your stay, I recommend booking a spa treatment in advance. The “pinot-therapy” treatment is a pinot-inspired botanical and biological therapy produced using wine and grape seed extracts.

Guests staying at The Allison do have access to the indoor swimming pool and whirlpool, as well as the fitness studio, but the 12 treatment rooms and co-ed quiet lounge are reserved for Allison Spa guests.

The glass-filled wall-to-ceiling windows at the back of the indoor swimming pool give guests a feeling of swimming in nature.
The Allison indoor swimming pool

On my morning visit before our departure I had the entire indoor swimming pool to myself. I took the 4-story, glass enclosed staircase from my room to the pool to give myself a feeling of a grand spa day. It’s the nice architectural touches like the spiral staircase and sculpture gardens that provide guests with a sense of serenity in this lush oasis.

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Walk the 4-story glass enclosed staircase and notice the architectural touches throughout the resort

Transportation to and from the airport and neighboring wineries is available. Complimentary WIFI is included, as is free onsite parking. The resort is not pet-friendly.

Check-in time 4:00 p.m. Check-out time 12:00 p.m. Room rates start at $445.

Things to do in Newberg, Oregon

There are so many things to see and do in the Willamette Valley. Besides a walk on the nature trails on property, visit the resort gallery, full of over 500 pieces of Art at the Allison. We enjoyed wine tasting at Raindance Vineyards and touring the Victorian tasting room with Proprietor Celia Austin. Ms. Austin is also co-owner of The Allison Inn & Spa, along with her husband.

We stopped for lunch at Rosmarino Osteria Italiana, a Northern Italian restaurant on First Street in downtown Newberg. Order the braised wild boar if it’s on the menu and, of course, the pizza. In addition to our dinner at Jory, we also dined at SubTerra Kitchen & Cellar. Their pastry chef is fabulous.

The Allison Inn & Spa (877) 294-2525 reservations@theallison.com

2525 Allison Lane, Newberg, Oregon 97132

The Allison Inn & Spa review, You Tube video and all photography by travel writer Nancy D. Brown. I was a guest of The Allison, however all opinions are my own.