IN THE HEART OF ASHLAND
Halfway between San Francisco and Portland is our ten-suite luxury inn hidden away in an idyllic Oregon mountain town that the Washington Post called a “dream you’ll never want to leave.”
A dream within a dream, luxury suites at the Ashland Creek Inn give guests a first class base camp to experience entertainment including the world famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival at our doorstep and explore natural wonders such as Crater Lake in our bioregional backyard.
Since opening our doors over a decade ago, Ashland’s only all-suite inn has become a perennial pied-à-terre for patrons of the town’s annual ‘ode to Shakespeare’’, the nine-month festival that Time magazine ranked one of the top five regional theaters in the country.
Ashland Creek Inn offers unparalleled luxury and privacy in a park-like setting. Our rooms are true suites with all of the amenities. We are centrally located, only blocks from Ashland's shops, restaurants, and cultural activities.
Step into Ashland Creek Inn, and you feel as if you have been transported deep into the forest. Ashland Creek flows right outside your windows, and giant shade trees cool your private deck. It's not unusual to spot deer, hawks, and other wildlife just feet away. And all of this is only 2 blocks away from downtown Ashland and a 5-minute walk to the theaters.
An astonishing array of fine dining can be found mere footsteps from the inn’s front door. From traditional French to modern Asian to nouveau Northwest, acclaimed restaurants including Amuse, Loft Brasserie, Kobe, and Peerless put a special focus on showcasing seasonal, sustainable fare from local Oregon farms and fisheries.
Our beautiful 3-tiered gardens blend seamlessly into its natural environment. Shaded tables atop herringbone brick terraces are surrounded by specialty perennials endemic to the American West. Created by the Siskiyou Rare Plant Nursery located just a few miles north of town, the inn’s impeccable gardens feature stands of native Trillium Albidum, and Pacific Coast Iris along with an array alpine plants from around the world.
PRIVATE ENTRANCES & DECKS
Each suite at the Ashland Creek Inn is a world unto itself with both a private entrance and private deck overlooking a picture-perfect, park-like setting. Reminiscent of an old-world hotel, all ten suites were personally appointed by innkeeper Graham Sheldon with rare antiques and artifacts brought back from his extensive travels to exotic locations around the world. Named for their inspiration, suites include Caribe,Canton, Copenhagen, Devon, Edinburgh, Marrakech, Matsu, Normandy, Sienna andTaos.
Each suite showcases at least one signature museum-quality piece. The luxuriously-appointed bathroom of the Marrakech Suite is entered through a ten-foot, hand-carved door that once adorned an historic Moroccan villa. The Sienna Suite features original Italian decor including antique photography that Sheldon found in the bottom of a forgotten box at Bolognese antique shop. The Copenhagen Suite is a tribute to mid-century Danish design with an authentic hand-made Hans Wegner Peacock chair identical to those on exhibit at the Smithsonian and the Museum of Modern Art.
Returning regulars are known to book standing reservations for their favorite suite several years in advance, especially during what locals call ‘Shakespeare Season.’
70 WATER STREET
The original building at 70 Water Street was built in the 1880's as one of Ashland's grain mills. The water wheel was in the pool created by Ashland Creek as it passed by the building (the deck for Taos now occupies this space). Between 1948 and 1984 the building was used by various manufacturing companies including iron works, candle works and "Merrie England Crafts".
In 1986, the now abandoned building was purchased by Robert and Ann Clouse with the intention of creating a film studio. By 1993, however, it had become the Waterside Inn and in 1995 a restaurant was added. The building was severely damaged by the 1997 flood and a fire in 1999.
In 2000 the Inn was purchased by Graham Sheldon and his parents, Bing and Carolyn Sheldon. A new name was born; The Ashland Creek Inn. Graham quit his job as an executive in the software industry and took up innkeeping. In 2003, he moved to Ashland from Portland. In 2008, Graham became the sole owner of the Inn.
Much work has been done on the Inn since then. Marrakech was added in 2001, major renovations in 2002 and 2003. In 2005 a new floor was added to the southern section of the building and 3 more suites were created.
BY GRAHAM SHELDON
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