Details of Oregon Wine Region’s First Luxury Inn, Spa Revealed at Groundbreaking Ceremony

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NEWBERG, Ore., — An 85-room country estate-style inn, timeless in design and rising from a gentle hill in northeast Newberg, Ore., will provide the most luxurious accommodations in the Willamette Valley’s famed pinot noir wine region, said Alan Grainger, a principal in the Seattle design firm GGLO.

A detailed description of the inn, spa, restaurant and conference center was provided during a groundbreaking ceremony.   The development, to include 1,200 homes and a retail village, will be built over a decade. The inn, spa, restaurant and conference center are the first components and will open in late spring 2009.

During the ceremony, Mrs. Austin said the inn would be called The Allison. The Allison refers to 300-square-mile lake that briefly covered the entire Willamette Valley during the last ice age and deposited much of the rich soil that produces an abundance of fruits, nuts, berries and wine grapes. Lake Allison was named for the late Ira Allison, an Oregon State University geologist whose work helped prove the existence of the lake.

In addition to the hospitality and residential areas, the development will feature 50 acres of green spaces including recreational trails for biking and walking, wetlands, streams and a small vineyard.

Spa to Feature Indoor Waterfall
The Spa at The Allison is destined to become one of the most luxurious on the West Coast, according to Mary Arnstad of Arnstad Associates who has managed some of the leading hotels and resorts in the Pacific Northwest.  One feature will be a waterfall that will spill gently from one level to the next, creating a sense of serenity.

International spa consulting firm Health Fitness Dynamics of Pompano Beach, Fla., has been retained to provide insight on design, treatments and spa products.  In addition to deluxe treatment rooms, guests will be able to enjoy special services that may include use of natural materials from the area — berry, fruit and nut scrubs and lotions — or even wine-based treatments in recognition of the region’s world-class varietals.
Conference Center Will Hold More Than 200

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