Located in Oregon’s wine country, The Allison Inn and Spa is offering some new team-building options for meeting planners. Experiences include:

» Smith Teas Tasting: Claire Boyer, Smith Teamaker’s head of education, offers a hands-on class uncovering the exotic world of tea.

» Lotion Blending: Awaken the senses and heighten creativity with a hands-on lotion and essential oil-blending workshop.

» Group Yoga: In-house spa instructors help your group relax and destress.

» Private Wine Tasting: Take advantage of your setting and enjoy a customized group tasting of some of Oregon’s most delicate grapes.

» Chocolate Tastings: Learn to taste flavor profiles of Valrhona chocolates with The Allison’s pastry chef, Shelley Toombs.

Additional experiences include wine blending, do-it-yourself crafts and craft cocktail classes.

The Allison Inn and Spa features 77 rooms and eight suites. The resort has more than 12,000 square feet of meeting space, all located on a single level with a dedicated entrance.

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