Halfway between San Francisco and Seattle in the picturesque small town of Ashland, on a prominent corner of the main street in the heart of the Shakespeare Festival venues, stands a tastefully remodeled grand old hotel. The upper floors provide a view across the valley and when we were there the lobby was hosting a fascinating collection of turn of the last century bird nests and eggs, collected when ornithology was an American passion. It might seem a strange choice for an otherwise elegant and spacious hotel lobby, but it fit in perfectly with the motif of 1930's Arm and Hammer bird prints which were hung all around. The atmosphere was gracious and friendly and the complimentary breakfast was hearty and served in the small restaurant next door providing a comfortable and cozy setting reminiscent of the better small European hotels. We had a lovely stay. Our room was well furnished and bathtub shower combination allowed me to both clean and soak. The room was small but after we got over the initial shock, was quite adequate. We parked ourselves in the lot behind the hotel, which was included in the price of the room, and walked a few paces to the back door. After a shower and change we walked out of our room and directly to our show in 3 minutes. What could be easier?