Categories: Recreation

Best Luxury Hotel

Winner: Allison Inn & Spa, Newberg

Turn off the busy Highway 99W in Newberg and stress ebbs as you head up the hill to the Allison Inn & Spa. Vineyards and native landscaping nuzzle the big stone columns and wood structures of this gorgeous retreat in the heart of Oregon wine country. The inn’s eco-friendly mantra is evident from the living sedum-covered roofs, to parking reserved for electric vehicles and the absence of plastic bottles. The Allison’s acclaimed restaurant, Jory, seats 100, offers 800 wine labels (more than half from the Pacific Northwest) and locally sourced foods, including in-house charcuterie and produce from the on-site garden. Enjoy paintings and other works by Oregon artists, the large pool and spa, complimentary wine tasting on Thursdays, and jazz on Friday and Saturday nights. Guest rooms are spacious with fireplaces and either a terrace or a balcony. And if leaving man’s best friend behind creates anxiety for both of you, bring your pet along.

Runners-Up:

The Nines, Portland

In 2008, The Nines converted the upper floors of the landmark Meier & Frank Building in downtown Portland into a 331-room, thirteen-suite luxury hotel that is the perfect mesh of modern and nostalgia. Blast-off in the rooftop Departure Restaurant & Lounge—its futuristic décor (and a few cocktails) will have your head spinning.

The Oxford, Bend

Photo by Denis Point

The Oxford Hotel (oxfordhotelbend.com), which calls itself an “eco-chic boutique,” opened in downtown Bend in 2010, and has already become a favorite of locals and high-end travelers. Built from the ground up, its architecture and furnishings are sleek and contemporary, with Western embellishments such as antler chandeliers. The hotel’s restaurant, 10 Below, (literally below ground), serves locally sourced organic meals in a sleek and stylish space. Don’t miss the bathrooms.

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