Clean and meticulously maintained, a privately owned and operated premium motel is the Stratford Inn (555 Siskiyou Blvd., 541/488-2151 or 800/547-4741, www.stratfordinnashland.com, $165 and up), located just five blocks from the theaters with reserved parking for guests. All guest rooms have a fridge, and a couple of kitchen suites are available. Free laundry services, free ski lockers during ski season, an elaborate continental breakfast, and an indoor pool and whirlpool tub all contribute to the inn’s high occupancy rate.
The 70-room Ashland Springs Hotel (212 E. Main St., 541/488-1700 or 800/325-4000, www.ashlandspringshotel.com, $179 and up), on the corner of 1st and Main Streets (a block from the Elizabethan Theater), is a first-class historic hotel. Dating back to 1925, when it was considered a skyscraper showplace, at nine floors it’s the tallest building between San Francisco and Portland.
It languished in obscurity for decades until its multimillion-dollar restoration a few years back, and it still evokes the grandeur of the past. A grand ballroom, a bar to enjoy parlor games and musical entertainment, and English gardens add touches evocative of another era. Luxuriously appointed guest rooms aren’t large but boast oversized windows highlighting nice views. Minimum stays may apply.
The historic Peerless Hotel (243 4th St., 541/488-1082 or 800/460-8758, www.peerlesshotel.com, $160 and up) was established in 1900 when the railroad came to Ashland. It served the needs of railroad travelers for many years before falling into disuse. The old hotel was brought back to life in the 1990s, when it was thoroughly modernized and converted into a boutique B&B-style hotel. One of the most distinctive places to stay in Ashland, the Peerless also offers a fine-dining restaurant and a location in the art gallery–rich Railroad District.
Plaza Inn and Suites (98 Central Ave., 541/488-8900 or 888/488-0358, www.plazainnashland.com, $189 and up) is a large modern hotel just below downtown and within easy walking distance of the theaters. Many of the rooms look onto a parklike courtyard that fronts onto Ashland Creek. Guest rooms are very nicely appointed, and many have balconies. A breakfast buffet is included in the rates.
The Chanticleer Inn (120 Gresham St., www.ashlandbnb.com, 541/482-1919 or 800/898-1950, $165 and up) rules the roost with five romantic guest rooms replete with fluffy comforters and private baths. The gourmet breakfasts are the talk of Ashland. Round-the-clock refrigerator rights, complimentary wines and sherry, and a full cookie jar on the kitchen counter help keep you wined and dined throughout your stay.
Anne Hathaway’s Cottage (586 E. Main St., 541/488-1050 or 800/643-4434, www.ashlandbandb.com, $160 and up), four blocks from the theaters, boasts fresh-cut flowers, down comforters, firm beds, and private baths. This building was once a boarding house; the cottages across the street are now part of this B&B complex.
The Hersey House B&B (451 N. Main St., 541/482-4563 or 888/343-7739, www.herseyhouse.com, $150 and up, cottage from $195) is an elegantly restored Victorian home with antique furniture and private baths, plus a garden cottage with a fully equipped kitchen, a living room, and two bedrooms, making it well-suited for families and groups of up to six.
The Iris Inn (59 Manzanita St., 541/488-2286 or 800/460-7650, www.irisinnbb.com, $175 and up) is a cheerful Victorian with a fitting decor located four blocks from the theaters. Full breakfast in the morning, cold drinks during the day, and wine and sherry at night add to the welcoming atmosphere.
The McCall House (153 Oak St., 541/482-9296 or 800/808-9749, www.mccallhouse.com, $170 and up), is a restored Italianate mansion built in 1883 by Ashland pioneer John McCall. A National Historic Landmark, this nine-room inn is a block from restaurants, shops, theaters, and Lithia Park. Delectable fresh-baked goodies with juice or tea are served each afternoon. The Carriage House offers two beds, a kitchenette, and a private phone.
Two blocks south of the theaters is the acclaimed Winchester Country Inn (35 S. 2nd St., 541/488-1113 or 800/972-4991, www.winchesterinn.com, $185 and up), offering 19 guest rooms and suites with private baths and loads of personality. The individual attentiveness of the staff of 35 recalls a traditional English country inn. Bay windows, private balconies, and exquisite English gardens add further distinction. Gourmet delicacies are featured at breakfast, and dinner and Sunday brunch are available in the full-service dining room. Visit the website to check out their changing special lodging packages.
You’ll bathe in naturally occurring hot spring water at the Lithia Springs Inn (2165 W. Jackson Rd., 541/482-7128 or 800/482-7128, www.ashlandinn.com, $179 and up). Located a couple of miles from downtown amid four acres of gardens, the inn is close enough for access to Ashland culture yet far enough away for some real peace and quiet. Twelve of the 14 rooms have whirlpools fed from the hot springs. There are 8 cottage suites, 2 theme suites, and 4 regular guest rooms available. Most of the one- and two-room cottages adjacent to the lodge feature a fireplace, a refrigerator, a wet bar, and a double Jacuzzi. Be sure to book well in advance.
Skiers, hikers, and anyone who wants to savor views of Mounts McLoughlin and Shasta from the snug confines of a three-story cedar lodge will appreciate Mt. Ashland Inn (P.O. Box 9444, 550 Mt. Ashland Rd., Ashland, OR 97520, 541/482-8707 or 800/830-8707, www.mtashlandinn.com, $175 and up). The elegant and woodsy inn is located 20 minutes south of Ashland on Mount Ashland Road. Rooms at this modern log-built lodge have such extras as a river-rock gas fireplace, handmade quilts, microwaves, refrigerators, and wonderful mountain views. Paul Bunyan–esque breakfasts emphasizing locally produced foodstuffs fuel hikes and cross-country ski trips on the nearby Pacific Crest Trail. Cross-country skis, snowshoes, sleds, and mountain bikes are available for complimentary guest use. In addition, the inn’s 7,500-foot elevation makes for excellent stargazing from its comfortable deck.
by Judy Jewell and W. C. McRae from Moon Oregon, 8th Edition, © Elizabeth & Mark Morris and Avalon Travel