THE OREGONIAN — With an ideal location two blocks from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, you'll conveniently find the long-standing Winchester Inn (35 S. Second St., Ashland; 541-488-1113, 800-972-4991; winchesterinn.com) and its beautiful tiered gardens. Guests can expect first-class amenities in the house and cottages' 11 rooms and 10 suites, which include comfortable and quality down feather beds, pillows and comforters as well as private bathrooms, robes and luxury bath amenities. Select rooms include TVs, refrigerators, spa tubs and fireplaces with complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the property for all guests. Touches like fresh in-room flowers, turndown service and sweet pastry treats delivered to your room for an afternoon pick-me-up make the experience feel like home. A gourmet breakfast is included when staying overnight, but it's the inn's award-winning Alchemy Restaurant and Bar (alchemyashland.com) that really takes the cake. Because Chef Chaz McKenna uses local and organic products, the menus are ever-changing according to the season. Starters may include seared foie gras and pommes frites while entrees may consist of grilled ribeye, scallops, filet mignon, duck and a vegetarian option such as pasta. For lighter eaters or sides, salads and soup are also offered. With more than 200 spirits and a large variety of wines, mainly Oregon-based, you'll want to order a glass to pair with your meal!
Sitting on 14 acres with beautiful mountain views, it doesn't get much better than Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites (2525 Ashland St., Ashland; ashlandhillshotel.com; 855-482-8310) where you get to experience the comforts of a hotel and the luxury of a resort conveniently located, yet still outside of the city. Completely renovated, the inn boasts a retro-meets-modern-chic look. Accommodations are pretty standard: complimentary breakfast and parking, flat screen TVs, Wi-Fi, an in-room mini-fridge, coffeemakers, a microwave (suites only) and private balconies in most rooms. The grounds, tennis courts, bikes, year-round hot tub, seasonal outdoor pool, fitness center and the on-site Luna Cafe give this hotel more of a resort feel. Even if you're not a guest at the hotel, Luna makes for a fun stop and serves up fresh scratch-made dishes with an Oregon flavor. Breakfast eaters can expect local, organic coffee and tea as well as egg dishes, French toast and a breakfast sandwich and burrito. Lunch and dinner options include a variety of flatbread pizzas, delicious burgers, free-range rotisserie chicken, grilled salmon and ribs as well as soups, salads and sandwiches. Patio seating attracts guests on nice days, while the stylish bar, funky couch and photo booth keep people entertained on the not so nice ones. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Read the original report by Gerry Frank in The Oregonian.