When my party of three checked in at the Green Springs Inn (17 miles East of Ashland, Oregon) it was as if we were the first people to ever register at the hotel. Maybe they'd had a reorganization that very morning, I don't know. One woman staffer, in the midst of the check-in frenzy involving several people passing and repassing papers, took a look at my file and pronounced loudly and sarcastically, "OOOH! MENLO PARK!" in tones I might have expected if we were checking in from, say, Monte Carlo or Timbuktoo. Menlo Park normally arouses little in the way of awe.
Predictably, I guess, in the wake of all this confusion, there were no rooms available at the inn, even though we had confirmed our stay about two weeks before arriving. But not to worry. The issue was immediately handled by switching us to the rental cabin section of the resort--separately owned houses located near Hyatt Lake, about 4 miles from the Inn and its attendant restaurant. We weren't that pleased with the news, but with no alternative we drove the 4 miles and found, to our surprise, a cool little collection of pre-fab cabins on the shores of a lake/reservoir. We were, admittedly, the only people within miles and our cabin was the only one occupied, but it was cute and fresh and clean with a working TV and jacuzzi on the deck, plenty of room and comfortable. Even had good towels and extra pillows.
Our cabin was perfect for the three of us--parents downstairs, daughter up in a spacious loft. We returned to base camp for dinner and it was excellent and we even got to know the wait staff a little. Bonus: if you're into photography, the lake at dawn is a can't miss target. You have to get up early, but it's worth it. I get the sense that the cabin area is somebody's dream project that hasn't quite paid off yet, but it has a lot of potential and more than substitutes for a room at the main lodge.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Green Springs Inn offers destination lodging and dining in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument 25 minutes east of Ashland, Oregon. Our deluxe cabins, shaded by tall firs, are spaced along the brow of a deep valley. The Pacific Crest Trail winds along the top of the a ridge line to the west. An eight-room lodge near the restaurant provide lower cost accommodations with attractive amenities, including Jacuzzi tubs in most of the units. (The spectacular views are a short walk away.) Our restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in a relaxed, neighborly setting. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Green Springs Hotel Ashland