3rd Night FREE on Winter Wonderland Getaway Package
05 November 2013 | 09:35 AM
Ashland, Oregon is a secret wonderland in the wintertime, and one local innkeeper is making it easier to discover the seasonal magic of a town that the Washington Post called a “dream you’ll never want to leave.”
From November 12 through February 13 (blackout dates apply), guests who book a three-night stay at Ashland Creek Inn will receive their third night free compliments of innkeeper Graham Sheldon. Guests will also enjoy a gourmet multi-course breakfast served daily in the inn’s picturesque creekside dining room.
“Lots of annual visitors to Oregon Shakespeare Festival think that Ashland rolls up the sidewalks when the stages go dark for the season,” shares Sheldon. “What really happens is that our tiny mountain town transforms into a winter wonderland, beloved by locals and recently discovered by a new generation savvy travelers looking for an alternative to overrun resort towns.”
Hidden halfway between San Francisco and Portland, the inn’s ten unique luxury suites give its guests a first class base camp to fine dining at its doorstep and an array of winter attractions including cross-country skiing in pristine backcountry prairies, artisan food tours featuring celebrated local breweries and wineries, fine art galleries, ice skating in Lithia Park, nature hikes in nearby wilderness areas, snowboarding on the slopes of Mt. Ashland, day spas, live music, cabaret theater and much more.
Welcoming families and kids for the past 45 years, Mt. Ashland offers two snowboard parks, 23 trails, 200 skiable acres and 1200’ vertical, chute skiing and riding in the Bowl, which receives an average of 300” of snow annually.
Very few towns do the holiday season as well as Ashland. Each year locals flock to the “grand illumination” of the Festival of Light Celebration when Santa flips the switch to illuminate the town with over one million lights meticulously molded to every building.
“It’s like Disneyland, but real,” shares Sheldon. “Savvy travellers who discover Ashland in the winter often say to me that they can’t believe we’ve managed to keep it a secret for so long.”
About Ashland Creek Inn
Since opening its doors a decade ago, Ashland’s only all-suite inn has become a perennial pied-à-terre for patrons of the town’s annual ‘ode to Shakespeare’, the nine-month festival that Time magazine ranked one of the top five regional theaters in the country.
But beyond Broadway-quality theater, access to world-class natural wonders coupled with a culture of near non-stop festivals celebrating everything from local food to international film has put the boutique inn and its tiny town on the map for a new generation of travelers for whom the play’s not the only thing.
Each suite at the Ashland Creek Inn is a world unto itself with both a private entrance and private deck overlooking a picture-perfect, park-like setting. Reminiscent of an old-world hotel, all ten suites were personally appointed by innkeeper Graham Sheldon with rare antiques and artifacts brought back from his extensive travels to exotic locations around the world. Named for their inspiration, suites include Caribe,Canton, Copenhagen, Devon, Edinburgh, Marrakech, Matsu, Normandy, Sienna and Taos.
Each suite showcases at least one signature museum-quality piece. The luxuriously-appointed bathroom of the Marrakech Suite is entered through a ten-foot, hand-carved door that once adorned an historic Moroccan villa. The Sienna Suite features original Italian decor including antique photography that Sheldon found in the bottom of a forgotten box at Bolognese antique shop. The Copenhagen Suite is a tribute to mid-century Danish design with an authentic hand-made Hans Wegner Peacock chair identical to those on exhibit at the Smithsonian and the Museum of Modern Art.
Returning regulars are known to book standing reservations for their favorite suite several years in advance, especially during what locals call ‘Shakespeare Season.’
Full gourmet breakfast
Closed to the public, the Ashland Creek Inn’s nouveau Northwestern kitchen features a full-time chef who is renowned for accommodating any culinary request. During the Rogue Valley’s extended sunny season, guests enjoy fine dining alfreso each morning with breakfast on the property’s private 1,200-square-foot creekside deck.
Esquisite restaurant-style presentations are prepared with the finest, freshest locally-sourced ingredients. Before departing for the day, guests can expect to enjoy hearty gourmet entrees such as smoked salmon and cream cheese souffle, lemon ricotta pancakes with housemade elderberry sauce, wonton eggs with white truffle hollandaise, and other seasonal delicacies.
Ashland Creek Inn’s beautiful 3-tiered gardens blend seamlessly into its natural environment. Shaded tables atop herringbone brick terraces are surrounded by specialty perennials endemic to the American West. Created by the Siskiyou Rare Plant Nursery located just a few miles north of town, the inn’s impeccable gardens feature stands of native Trillium Albidum, and Pacific Coast Iris along with an array alpine plants from around the world.
A family tradition
For innkeeper Graham Sheldon, renovating historic hotels runs in the family. Bringing the building back to life as the Ashland Creek Inn was a family affair that involved the expertise of his father George “Bing” Sheldon, founder of the architectural firm behind the transformation of Portland’s landmark Meier & Frank Building into the luxury LEED-certified Nines Hotel.