A special delight for Valentines Day ?

If you’re looking for a place to get away from it all, relax, have some good eats and maybe get a massage, then the Allison Inn and Spa should be in your sights for the next long weekend or vacation. Add to the fact that this place is all the above, and more, along with being smack dab in the middle of one of the most excellent wine country destinations in the U.S. and nirvana awaits you.


Located in the Willamette Valley of Oregon this luxury resort features 85 designer guest rooms including larger fireplace suites, indoor swimming pools and spas, and a fitness center. The resort is located on thirty five acres of lush gardens, picnic areas and nature paths through the resorts own vineyards.


Whether you have or have never visited a first class Premium Spa before, or thought it was just for ladies, if you are a couple, you owe it to yourself to try one of the spa treatments offered here. There are men’s, women’s as well as co-ed lounges, twelve separate treatment rooms, and you can surly find a treatment that will take the stress of the world off your shoulders. They even offer the “Pinot Therapy” which is a botanical and biological therapy using wine and grape seeds to infuse your body. After all, you are in wine paradise.

After a relaxing day in the gardens and at the spa, or your day wandering the hills and vineyards, don’t worry about having to locate some fine dining, because “Jory”, the resort restaurant is first class all the way. No tuxedo or suite required here, because this restaurant is “casual elegance” at its finest. With a full bar that offers you small plates, and micro-brews, to a full 100 seat restaurant. As with many of the finest dining establishments, Jory also offers a Private Chef’s Table, where you can observe the culinary staff at work.


From rabbit pate to fresh oysters as appetizers, to lamb, King Salmon, or Wagyu Beef for dinner, Executive Chef Sunny Jim will tantalize your palate, and as this is a “wine theme” hotel resort, you may choose from an extensive wine list, or allow the highly trained staff customize your cuisine with wines paired to complement your choices. The wine list here is an international selection, including and featuring the finest wines of the area, and the world. If you have ventured out and purchased local wines that you would like paired with your courses that too is an option this restaurant will gladly perform.

Also offered in the bar and or restaurant are a choice of “Wine Flights”, including comparisons of varietals with Oregon wines or from somewhere in the world of fine wines. The Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Oregon Pinot Noir or a Northwest Flight is offered in a choice of 2.5 oz samplers, or 5 oz flights. With their 700 plus selections in the cellars, along with a choice of 50 wines by-the-glass, you are sure to find a wine that will put a smile on your lips.


So if you want to really, and I mean really, be a big hit with your sweetheart this Valentines Day, this is the place to do it. If not this year, there’s always something to be said for planning something special ahead.

Cheers all,



About storiesbygary

I am a Freelance Writer / Photographer, writing travel related articles for international magazines, blogs and websites and my own published books.
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