Ashland Lodging Great for Families:
Indoor pools, midnight cookies, scented gardens and more
By Kathy Chin Leong
Visiting Ashland, Oregon? You have plenty of lodging options to choose from at reasonable prices. Below are a few of our favorite places:
Ashland Springs Hotel
212 East Main St.
Daily room rates: between $89 and $229
Details: Fully restored in 2000, this 9-floor 1925 historic hotel with palms and ceiling fans in the lobby is at the heart of its upscale and bustling downtown, walking distance to food, shops, and theaters. The 70 rooms with plantation shutters and a soft apricot palette are simple, with pressed herb and flower botanicals on the walls and welcome lavender bath sachets on the beds. Families will enjoy the sequestered English patio garden and the toney restaruant downstairs called the Larks-Home Kitchen. A perfect place for shoppers and families who like to be in the thick of downtown action.
Lithia Springs Resort & Gardens
2165 W. Jackson Rd.
Daily room rates: $135-$249
Details: Garden lovers will appreciate the laid back feel of this inn spread out in a series of 25 unique cottage rooms, several with jacuzzi baths that take advantage of its natural underground mineral waters. Romantic and quaint, the inn overflows with fountains, fruit trees, blooming flowers, and herbs. Lithia Springs features a hot breakfast in the morning in its Victorian-style dining room as well as an afternoon wine and appetizer tail hour. The delicate garden, which also boasts a Japanese pond and footbridge, serve as the backdrop for the Jackson & Perkins rose catalog. Waterstone Spa is located on-site offering a variety of treatments. Anyone who enjoys the outdoors will be in heaven at this relaxing and lovely retreat.
Plaza Inn & Suites at Ashland Creek
98 Central Ave.
Daily room rates: 79-299
This 91-room, 4.5 year contemporary hotel featuring large comfortable rooms and even a pillow menu is walking distance to all OSF events, shops, and restaurants, and is conveniently situated next door to the Blue Giraffe Day Spa. During the play season, the Plaza Inn and Suites features milk, coffee, tea juice and pb&j. cookies fro thm 10 p.m.until midnight daily, and provides theater goers a great opportunity to talk and mingle. Guests will enjoy the generous continental breakfast in the morning with make your-own waffles. We give this a hearty up for theater-minded families.
Winchester Inn, Restaurant and Wine Bar
35 S. Second St.
Daily room rates: $135-$185; suites- $175-$250
Details: A welcome respite on one of the sidestreets of town, the four-building Winchester Inn with 11 rooms and seven suites has been run by the friendly Laurie and Michael Gibbs for over 20 years. With an emphasis on personal service and intimacy, Victorian-style furnishings, garden landscaping,hearty breakfast, wine in the afternoons, and a small gift shop near the lobby make old-fashioned Ashland experience complete. Should be sure to eat in this classy dining establishment for dinner which serves fresh Oregon fruits, vegetables, and Pacific northwest seafood, poultry and meats. Good place for families with well-behaved children.
Rogue Regency Inn
Interstate 5/off Biddle Road
Daily room rates: $105 and up
Details: Got babies? This inn is in perfect tune with family needs with the three essential hotel features necessary for parent survival on a vacation: in-room microwave, refrigerator, swimming pool. And yes, the built-in continental breakfast plan is also a reason to cheer. We stayed 3 nights at this practical and convenient location. Only about 30 minutes away from downtown Ashland, the Rogue Regency passed our family sturdiness test with flying colors. We had a reunion of four clans stay here this past August, and we enjoyed having adjoining hotel rooms and making a ruckus in the indoor pool. For parents, there is a workout room as well. Rooms are nicely (not overly) decorated, clean, and comfortable. It reminds me of a swell Holiday Inn or Hampton Inn.
Ashland, Oregon has quickly become one of Kathy Chin Leong's favorite cities.
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