Allison Inn up for two prestigious awards
The Allison Inn and Spa is no stranger to recognition and recently entered the fray for a few more top-10 recognitions.
The Allison announced it was in the running for two distinctions on the USA Today's Top 10 lists: one for best wine country hotel and the other for best eco-friendly hotel.
According to USA Today, the Allison "treats guests to upscale amenities in one of Oregon's best wine-producing regions. The on-site Jory Restaurant & Bar hosts weekly wine tastings and boasts a wine list with hundreds of pinot noirs.
The resort spa offers wine-centric treatments, as well as an infinity edge pool, state-of-the-art fitness studio and Sunday morning yoga classes." This put it in the running for the best wine country hotel status.
As for the eco-friendly distinction, the website states the hotel is one of the greenest destination resorts: "This LEED Gold certified property uses solar-heated hot water and solar panels generate 7 percent of the electricity. Appliances are energy- and water-efficient and the entire resort has eliminated the use of Styrofoam products and plastic bottles."
Pierre Zreik, managing director of the Allison, said they were excited to learn of being among two top-10 finalists for these awards.
"It's exciting for us, especially both at the same time," Zreik said. "It's very exciting for us in our first 10 years. Especially for what we created in this region as a whole plus for the whole community."
Zriek added that said they only found this past week about the nominations, but said the inn has worked hard, especially in the realm of LEED, which is a certification for Leadership in Energy and Enviornmental Design given to green buildings. Zriek said the Allison has been working since day one to be a leader in this field. Ten years ago when the Allison opened, there were only 22 LEED certified hotels in the country, he said. Now, countless others have joined the list.
"We keep working very hard," he said. "We want to make sure we maintain that level."
Zriek added that the nominations felt like a confirmation of the work the Allison has been doing for the past decade. He said back when the inn opened the expectation never was for awards. The owners wanted to keep the region and the community moving forward and make sure the Allison remained special.
He mentioned that since the early days, the Allison has been LEED certified, which was important to them.
Though a big investment, he said things like energy saving lights they have installed in the rooms and common areas have provided huge savings.
"It's a big month for us in this area and we are very, very, very excited," Zriek said, referencing that August will be their 10th anniversary. "We're keeping our fingers crossed."
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The Oregon Veteran Home Loan Program, has been one of ODVA's core veteran services since the agency's inception nearly 75 years ago.
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The deadline to submit is Sept. 15, and more information is available online at www.oregonfb.org/calendar.
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The plan identifies health concerns in six key areas: behavioral health; children and families; social determinants of health such as housing and transportation; access to care; oral health; and trauma and resiliency. For more information, visit https://yamhillcco.org/.
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For more information on YCCO, go to www.yamhillcco.org or call 855-722-8205.
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Classes are on Tuesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. Attendees will learn about patrol functions, investigations, traffic enforcement, how to use the tools of trade and other trainings.
For more information, call Officer Ken Howell at 503-554-8870.
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Responses are due back to the city by 4 p.m. on Aug. 8.
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