Needless to say, Ashland is flush with restored vintage homes that serve as bed and breakfast hotels. It's a favorite retirement and pleasure dream for many to come to Ashland, purchase, and restore an old home into a pleasant place for others to stay. See link below for more ideas, meanwhile here are some lovely examples I found around town. Be sure to book ahead as I noticed that few vacancies were available during the July 4th weekend I was there. The excellent link below is to a local volunteer based association of 24 B&Bs.
We camped out with my husband's Italian car club at the Howard Prairie Lake Resort, about 23 miles east of Ashland. It didn't seem that far because it was such a scenic drive, and when the temperatures in Ashland hit 100F, we were grateful to be staying at a higher, cooler elevation.
I am usually not an enthusiastic camper -- my idea of roughing it is staying at a 2-star instead of a 3-star hotel. I hate dirt and bugs, and I have this inexplicable need for indoor plumbing. . . On previous camping trips, I decided that sleeping bags should more accurately be called "sleepless bags," because I always ended up cold and stiff after waking a dozen times during the night.
Staying at the Howard Prairie Lake Resort changed my mind about camping. The air mattress that we brought along had something to do with my comfort, but I have to give equal credit to the setting. We pitched our tents near the lakeside, and it was so beautiful and serene. One day I saw a huge, unfamiliar bird swooping down over the water; a friend saw the white head and said that it was an eagle.
We cooked on campstoves and had a bonfire at night. One day it rained intermittently, but it was a gentle, warm rain. And I didn't get one mosquito bite in three days! :)
I have been there two years in a row and am looking forward to participating in this annual event in the future.
Those who don't like tent life can rent a "prairie schooner," a self-contained trailer including beds, toilet, shower, and kitchen. Reserve early for these -- there is a waiting list in the summer.
I recommend the showers next to the boat landing. They're large private rooms (with locks!) that included a dressing area with a bench. The showers are coin-operated -- bring quarters with you. One quarter was usually enough for a standard shower.
There is a store and cafe, and you can rent anything having to do with water sports: canoes, power boats, water skis, fishing gear.
For more photos of the campground, see my Ashland travelogues.
This cozy, non-smoking cottage is located in the historic Railroad District in downtown Ashland, Oregon. The 500 square foot cottage is on the same lot with another house with a fence dividing the two homes. There is a shady patio for relaxing outside and parking for one car with additional parking on the street. The cottage has one bedroom with a queen bed, an equipped kitchen with dining area, bathroom with tub/shower, and living room with a futon sofa that sleeps two. A very private and quiet location within walking distance to theaters, restaurants, shops, organic grocery, bike shops, bookstores, coffee shops, yoga center, day spas, public library, and more!
Amenities: Air Conditioner, TV / VCR / cable, CD Player, fully-equipped kitchen, refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker, linens and towels provided.
Please No Smoking
Ashland is nationally and internationally known for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. The Festival is the largest rotating repertory theater in the USA and offers a mix of contemporary, classic, and Shakespearean plays each season that runs 11 months (February through October) in three theaters. The Festival's outdoor theater is an amazing under-the-stars experience during our beautiful summer evenings here. The Oregon Cabaret Theater is also a treat.
Ashland is a favorite destination for many Bay Area residents - just six hours driving north of San Francisco, seven and a half hours from Seattle and five hours from Portland. There is a boating, picnic, and swimming lake 15 minutes away with a fun waterslide attraction and a blueberry farm in the same area.
River rafting is very popular with guided tours for lazy, relaxing floats or adrenaline-pumping, challenging rides down the Klamath or Rogue Rivers.
From December through Mid-April, Mt. Ashland provides good downhill and cross country skiing about a half hour away and in the summer, beautiful hiking. Ashland has drawn many to retire here and as a result there are many golf courses in the area.
More bed and breadfast accommodations than anywhere! Many are restored victorians; some are Craftesmen style; most are as nice as any I've stayed in in eight trips to Great Britain! Winchester Inn, The Woods, too many to name. The Ashland Springs Hotel is the largest building in town, dating back 60-75 years, and being totally rebuilt--super nice. Close to theater, etc.
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