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If you're headed to Oregon's prime haven for pinot noirs, farmstead cheese and numerous other epicurean delights, finding a equally as delightful place to stay is of great importance. Luckily for Willamette Valley wine country travelers, The Allison Inn & Spa has all the charm and, just as important, wine, any guest will need. Rows of pinot noir vines neatly drape over some of the 35-acre property, a touch of earthiness that is easily felt throughout this Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel. Soft, earth-tone colors set a relaxed tone for the hotel while local artwork brings in a unique and charismatic atmosphere. Gaze out over the countryside from the many private balconies or terraces, take a dip in pool, rejuvenate after a day of sipping wine at Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star The Allison Spa, grab a bite to eat at the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star JORY at The Allison Inn — there’s plenty to take in here, and plenty of Oregon atmosphere to spare.
Oregon’s Willamette Valley is home to charming boutique bed and breakfasts, a world-acclaimed luxury spa, wine country estate stays and even grain silos turned into lavish suites. Here are five of our favorites:
1. The Allison Inn & Spa. This is the most romantic escape in the heart of pinot noir country. Decorated in warm earthy hues, floor-to-ceiling windows frame neatly planted vineyards and the tips of towering pine trees. The inn not only brings the beauty of the landscape inside, it’s environmentally friendly too, with LEED Gold certification (one of only a handful of luxury hotels in the world to receive this honor for green building initiatives).
All accommodations feature gas fireplaces and window seats. On crisp fall nights, the best view of the fireplace glow is from the window perch or the spa-like tub. Art enthusiasts will want to tour the inn; beautiful museum-quality works by local artists grace each floor. If you’re seeking grape-inspired bliss, head to the spa and indulge in one of many pinot-infused options.
The JORY, the onsite restaurant, is one of the best dinner spots in wine country. Chef Sunny Jin, an alum of Spain’s El Bulli, crafts Pacific Northwest fare with finesse, often using just-plucked ingredients from a one-acre chef’s garden.
2. The Brookside Inn. Imagine the most idyllic country home, complete with a wooden bridge, a burbling brook, and a blue-green pond filled with fish. Just down the road from Our Lady of Guadalupe Trappist Abbey, this nine-room inn is surrounded by woods and gardens. Sip your morning coffee on a nostalgic wooden porch or settle into the bright red Adirondack chairs to savor a sunset or late night stargazing. A delicious surprise: the fire pits are stocked with ingredients for s’mores.
A side note for literary oenophiles: If you’ve read the book Sideways (or seen the movie of the same name) this is where author Rex Pickett stayed while writing his second book, Vertical, which is set in Oregon’s wine country.
3. Abbey Road Farm Bed & Breakfast. An 82-acre working farm in the heart of Yamhill County, this is one of the most novel places to stay. The handful of historic grain silos you see from the road are actually luxury suites with a view — complete with radiant-floor heat and Jacuzzi tubs. The husband-and-wife owners tend to a menagerie of farm animals, including llamas, sheep, alpacas, and donkeys, as well as heritage breed chickens and a small herd of dairy goats. If serene and simply memorable is on your list, this is the spot to stay.
4. Youngberg Hill Inn & Vineyards. If you crave the feeling of getting away from it all, this beautiful inn and vineyard is one of the hidden gems of the Willamette Valley. The road to Youngberg Hill winds past many wineries and outstanding restaurants, and down leisurely backcountry roads. The veranda-wrapped inn is set at the tip of a corkscrew road that seems to twist and turn toward blue sky. Each morning you’ll awaken to a view of the snow-tipped peaks of the Cascade Range, followed by a home-cooked breakfast.
5. Dundee Manor Bed & Breakfast. This elegant, circa-1908 estate is set on one of the most storied roads in Oregon’s wine country. The exquisite décor in this four square Edwardian estate is a mix of old-world antiques and the owner’s eclectic finds. An intimate setting, this is the place to stay if you want to have a local’s wine-country experience. You’ll share lavish breakfasts in a beautiful setting each morning and can get tips on where to explore from the charming couple that runs this B&B. Plan for an evening glass of wine on the property; the two prime spots are the charming porch or perched under a century-old tree ringed by manicured gardens. Each room is named for the thematic décor: the African, the European, the Asian and the North American.