Allison Inn takes home state's top honor for its size
The Allison Inn & Spa, one of the premier destinations in Chehalem and Willamette Valleys' wine country, was recently honored as "Best in Oregon" for its size.
Lori Louis, director of sales at the Newberg facility, said it was important to those at the hotel that they were recognized with the award.
"We work really hard each and every day to provide high-quality experiences for our guests," Louis said. "When we're recognized in our industry it's just great to know that we're recognized as the best and it was all worthwhile."
The luxury hotel was meted at the Northwest Meeting and Events Best of 2018 ceremony, taking home "Best Hotel with Meeting/Event Space" for a hotel with fewer than 200 rooms.
According to award criteria, "The meetings and events space in Oregon is characterized by an independent spirit, love of the outdoors and a devotion to a personal touch in service. Winners here tend to be homegrown, not national or global brands."
The independently-owned Allison, located at 2525 Allison Lane, opened in 2009 and is nearly 155,000 square feet. It was founded by Ken and Joan Austin and has routinely become an attraction for celebrities who come to visit Oregon's wine region.
Louis said she believed this was the first time the Allison had been recognized by Northwest Meeting and Events, and added that having this recognition not only helps the hotel attract future guests, but it helps the community at large by bringing in tourism money.
Being named the best is also rewarding, she added, since there are so many hotels in Oregon that fit the "under 200 rooms" model.
"The Allison Inn & Spa debuts on the Best of Oregon list this year as readers' choice for Best Hotel with Meeting/Event Space (less than 200 guest rooms).
Located in the beautiful Willamette Valley on 35 lovely acres, The Allison is an upscale resort with 77 luxury rooms and eight suites with spa-like bathrooms, fireplaces and balconies or terraces," the website stated.
"The spa has 12 treatment rooms, a fitness studio and an indoor swimming pool. With such tempting amenities, 12,000 square feet of sophisticated meeting space and idyllic gardens, the inn is the perfect spot for an ultimate Oregon wine country wedding or corporate event."