My sister and I decided we needed a vacation (rather last minute, about three weeks away) and remembered going to Ashland with our daughters (then in middle school). We are both approaching empty nests now that our girls have graduated and going on to college, so we decided to splurge and try a B&B. How fortunate to find Abigail's had ONE room left - and to meet Patty and Abby. I made the reservation online and then called (at 9:45pm on a Friday evening to ask additional questions) -- I was surprised when Innkeeper Patti answered the phone and was friendly and welcoming - and I felt assured that our splurge was justified and I had made the right choice.
There was one parking spot left when we arrived on Friday afternoon and we were immediately charmed by the large front porch with inviting seating, grounds which were beautifully planted (and lovingly cared for by Abby) -- and I looked up longingly at the small private balcony that just happened to be off the room we had reserved!
Patti and Abby are the perfect innkeepers, having hit the right note between friendly but not intrusive and informative but not interfering -- coming from a background of restaurant and hotel they really do know what they are doing.
We were able to see two plays during our short weekend: the first one (My Fair Lady - highly recommend if you can get tickets!) ended at 11:15pm, we tried our innkeeper's recommendation of Sesame (great!) - and the 10 minute walk back from the theatre did not feel dangerous or risky for two 50-something women. The second was a matinee and we were able to enjoy dinner after (another great innkeeper recommendation, Dragonfly).
It was relaxing to arrive and park on Friday and not have to get back into our cars until we left on Sunday. Parking is not impossible, but challenging - and the 10 minute walk back and forth was quite pleasant and helped with the guilt of the wonderful food that we ate both in town and at the Inn.
We found that having our hearty breakfast (twice baked potatoes with scrambled eggs and turkey sausage) with fresh juice, fresh fruit and spinach frittata - was substantial enough to carry us through to an early dinner. Then there was always a "snack" of banana bread and brownie available 24 hours with an impressive assortment of both coffees and teas.
I was a little hesitant to spend the money for a B&B but between the convenient parking and the wonderful breakfast (which would be an additional $15-20 out), it was a goof value and a prudent choice. And the rooms (individually controlled thermostat) lovely quilts, Victorian antiques and wallpaper JUST the right shade of green with luscious cabbage roses were completely worth it! LynnandSharon
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Abigail's Bed and Breakfast Inn is located within an easy 15 minute walk to the heart of the Oregon Shakespearean Festival Theater District as well as the town Plaza, Lithia Park, Boutique Shopping and Gourmet Restaurants. One of Ashland's premier BnBs', Abigail's was built in 1904 and offers charming Craftsman details. Abigail's has 5 upgraded en-suite guest rooms with new carpeting and black-out blinds. Each room has individual A/C heating units as well as Cable TV, Coffee/Tea making facilities, Free Wi-Fi, Guest Amenities and Hair Dryers. A complimentary gourmet 2 course breakfast from scratch is served at 9 am every morning. Complimentary beverages, snacks and home baked goods are available 24/7. Abigail's two bedroom Vacation Cottage with self-catering facilities is an option for those looking for more solitude. Beautifully detailed gardens, a large relaxing front porch that offers views of the distant hills and a private back deck which is a perfect place to hang out whilst relaxing with an early evening glass of wine. ** The vacation cottage and main house are not pet-friendly. Children 14-years and older are welcome in the main house, children of all ages are welcome in the vacation cottage. A non-smoking/vaping property.** Abigail's is located on a main bus route, is a 20 minute drive from Medford Airport and a 10 minute drive to the SOU University. ... more less
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