SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS – I also ventured into undiscovered country in terms of hotels. For part of my stay, I enjoyed the serenity of the Ashland Creek Inn, a vine-covered boutique hotel built from the bones of an 1880s grain mill. Tucked away on the banks of Lithia Creek just blocks from the theaters, this is a small, chic place with themed suites where the decor is constantly being curated. In the Copenhagen suite, the simple lines of Danish modern design brighten the spirit. To get in a tranquil mood, gaze at the koi and deer from your own private deck, sleep to the sound of the babbling brook and wake to a gourmet breakfast cooked by the on-site chef.