Out at the interstate exit is the La Quinta Inn (434 W. Valley View Rd., 541/482-6932 or 800/527-1133, www.lq.com, $129 and up), with an indoor pool, a business center, and guest laundry.
If you don’t want to spend a bundle on lodging but want to stay in the center of Ashland, Best Western Bard’s Inn Motel (132 N. Main St., 541/482-0049 or 800/528-1234, www.bardsinn.com, $136 and up) is a good choice. Located just across the Main Street bridge from downtown, the Bard’s Inn is no more than five minutes’ walk from the theaters. There are a number of guest-room types, all nicely furnished and well maintained. Facilities include a stream-side restaurant and bar.
The Morical House Garden Inn (668 N. Main St., 541/482-2254 or 800/208-0960, www.garden-inn.com, $140 and up) is a seven-room restored 1880s farmhouse plus a newer guesthouse with three luxury suites, each with a picture-postcard view of Grizzly Mountain and the Siskiyou foothills. Wooden floors, stained-glass windows, and antiques sustain the “good old days” theme despite the many modern conveniences.
n season, the two acres of gardens provide organic produce for breakfast as well as a wide variety of herbs and flowers. Many species of birds and butterflies are attracted to the gardens, which are tastefully accented by a waterfall and stream meandering through the grounds. Given all this, it’s sometimes hard to remember that you are only a few blocks away from downtown theaters and shopping.
The Pelton House bed-and-breakfast (228 B St., 866/488-7003 or 541/488-7003, www.peltonhouse.com, $135 and up) is located in a historic Victorian just a few blocks from the Shakespeare festival. Each of its seven rooms is has an earthy theme, and two suites are available for families or groups.
by Judy Jewell and W. C. McRae from Moon Oregon, 8th Edition, © Elizabeth & Mark Morris and Avalon Travel