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Where: Newberg, Oregon.
Why: To relax at the luxurious Allison Inn & Spa, a 35-acre resort opened in September, featuring solar-heated water, a green roof and nary a plastic water bottle, plus flower and herb gardens, vineyards, and spa facility stocked with organic products and treatments made with ingredients grown on the grounds.
En Route: Get a birds-eye view of the Willamette Valley with a hot air balloon ride from Vista Balloon Adventures, a 15-minute drive from the inn.
Side Trip: Visit the dozens of wineries sprinkled from Newberg to the coast, a region known as the Napa Valley of Oregon.
>> About a three-and-a-half-hour drive from Seattle; 2525 Allison Lane, Newberg, Oregon;
503.554.2525; theallison.com; from $295