My husband & I, recent retirees & Bay Area "Empty Nesters" (youngest is a freshman at CU Boulder), decided to take a leisurely Road Trip with our 2 year old English Bulldog and headed north to Ashland simply because we'd never been there before! Browsing assorted online resources, I stumbled upon Albion Inn and fortunately was able to book 2 nights in the Queen Courtyard room where reasonably behaved dogs are permitted. From the moment we stepped inside this Inn, located just a half block off Siskiyou Blvd. in a quiet neighborhood just a few blocks away from theaters & dining, we felt welcome! Cyd and her husband purchased the inn back in Dec. '08, infusing the 5-suite home with their own blend of healthy, organic living (Cyd prepared generous & delicious breakfasts each morning), and encouraging guests to unwind & explore the area, yet was never intrusive. Cyd seemed genuinely interested in our opinions and welcomed suggestions to enhance the experience of future guests. We actually loved the fact that our suite did not contain a TV, although we were invited into the Inn's living area to view TV. The off-street parking was convenient and we often preferred to walk to the downtown area so we could feast on the variety of homes and gardens. In addition to seeing 2 non-Shakespeare plays in the intimate New Theatre and taking the recommended OSF backstage tour, we had the good fortune of eating many delicious meals (and highly recommend Winchester Inn restaurant, Chateaulin, and Amuse, although our options seemed infinite!) The lattes at Mix were beautiful as well as delicious! On our last day, we took Cyd's advice and headed out of town to sample delicious cheeses at Rogue Creamery and taste handmade chocolates at Lilliebelle Farms, both located in Central Point, OR. We loved the fact that we could dress casually throughout our stay (be sure to layer & pack some sort of water-resistant jacket or umbrella), yet one who wished to dress up in the evening would feel perfectly at home as well. I predict that -- as Cyd & Gary settle into their role as innkeepers and get better acquainted with Ashland -- the experience of visiting Albion Inn will blossom even more. We definitely will recommend this spot to friends & family!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Historic home set in quiet neighborhood, only one block from Ashland's charming downtown. Three rooms with beautiful views are upstairs in the main house, while two more rooms are located in the cottage off the main house. All rooms have private baths. Two of our rooms may be configured with either two Twin Beds or one King bed. The other rooms have Queen beds. Delicious organic breakfast is served at 9 AM; fresh brewed coffee is ready by 7 AM. Guests traveling with pets may stay in one of the two cottage suites. Pets are not allowed in the main house. ... more less