Oregon wine country isn’t much of a secret anymore, but this hideaway still gets a fraction of the crowds clambering for weddings in the more famous vineyards of California. And that can be a good thing: Same serious approach to excellent food and drink; much less buttoned up attitude toward weddings.
Where it is: In the Willamette Valley, about an hour’s drive from the Portland airport, the Allison (which earned a spot on our 2013 Gold List) is close to wineries, restaurants, shops, and galleries. Most people rent cars and drive themselves; there are complimentary Lexus sedans available for guests.
Meet the staff: We talked to the resort just as the was in the middle of hiring a new catering director, who will coordinate times, spaces, and menu. The Allison asks that couples bring in their own planners, but you needn’t worry about tripping over another bride: The hotel hosts just a dozen or so weddings a year.
The looks department: Thanks to 35 acres of lush Oregonian hillside, this wine country gem lures with sweeping vineyard views, not to mention skylights, sculpture-like lighting, and an impressive art collection (a pet project of the owner’s daughter). Stone, steel, wood, and glass, combined with curvy armchairs and snug banquettes, create a mod surround with a large helping of seduction.