The intoxicating effect of the countryside and vineyards will soon get a swanky new companion. Local entrepreneur and philanthropist Joan Austin is set to oversee the development of a new luxury hotel in the Newberg urban growth boundary, which lies between Portland and the Yamhill Valley wine-growing region, famed for its pinot noir grapes. Her main interest, however, is to see the development of a community that will attract guests to the hotel and spa and new homeowners, create jobs, and bring overall vitality to the area. “We have had many offers over the years from developers who wanted to purchase our property,” Mrs. Austin said. “We could have sold and lost control of the quality of the way it will look and feel.”
The Groundbreaking of the luxury inn is expected to start somewhere in the spring of 2007, with the restaurant and spa following closely thereafter. The opening is planned for 2009. Get set to have a wonderful vacation at this spot with 50 acres of greenspaces, multi-use trails for pedestrians and bicyclists, open space areas, and community parks planned.