Monday, July 26, 2010

Girls Weekend: The Allison Spa/McMinnville

Sandra and I enjoyed a Saturday adventure this past weekend.

We drove west into Newberg and checked out the Allison Hotel and Spa, Oregon wine country’s first luxury hotel.

Its creators chose substance over glitter and imbued it with texture, inside and out, that tempts the hand to touch it. It opened this past September nestled in the hills and mountains off Highway 99W right in the heart of wine country.

The Inn is the largest luxury development in the Willamette Valley’s wine region. It offers 85 deluxe guest rooms and suites on four levels.

The exterior features elaborate landscaping from manicured lawns to rural walking trails.

The interior uses patterns and fabric that catch the light. The entrance opens into a dramatic glass enclosed spiral staircase. Local and regional artists adorn the “living room” where guests can take in the spectacular views of the surrounding wine region in front of a massive stone fireplace.

They have a hip, "farm to table" restaurant, JORY where we had a wonderful half glass of chardonnay. After checking out the views from outside, we headed into McMinnville for shopping and lunch.

The McMinnville Downtown Historic District is located in the area of Third Street. Recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the downtown area offers an almost park-like setting, with many restaurants and shops to visit.

We found an amazing bistro to grab a late lunch, Orchards Bistro. Fresh hand formed patties on lightly toasted focaccia bread. I had a tangy blue cheese and pear burger while Chick opted for the Bistro burger.....both with thick potato wedges cooked to perfection.

We ended our afternoon with a $5 wine tasting at Wednesday Wine.

A beautiful summer Saturday afternoon exploring all the wonderful qualities of Oregon