A Western Hotel in Ashland, Oregon
Written By Christina Duane
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1925 the dream was realized to build a grand hotel
on the slope of the Siskiyou Mountains that would
compare favorably with the hotels in the East.
This exquisite hotel was then called Lithia Springs
Hotel and opened with an elegant dinner for over
500 VIP guests who had traveled great distances
to marvel at the tallest building between San
Francisco and Portland. Ashland Oregon was a natural
destination, both for it's location as a stop
over point for travelers on their way to Portland
and Seattle but also for it's breathtaking mountain
park, mineral rich springs and Chautauqua series
of lectures which featured such noted speakers
as Susan B. Anthony.
it is the Oregon
Shakespearean Festival that attracts visitors
and the grand landmark, now Ashland Springs Hotel
welcomes visitors to relive the enchantment of
a past era. Ashland Springs Hotel is listed on
the National Register of Historic Places. Here
you will enjoy everything Ashland has become as
a cultural center of arts and entertainment and
a bastion of refreshment and tranquility. The
theme and spirit of Ashland is reflected in the
hotel's collections of art and botanicals and
its grand architecture, panoramic views of the
Rogue Valley, and superb service, enjoyed by travelers
who discover Ashland as their destination.
featured in Architectural Digest, The Ashland
Springs Hotel has received accolades for it's
original features as well as an incredible renovation,
which authentically restored to hotel to former
splendor. In 1998 Doug and Becky Neuman purchased
what was then known as The Mark Anthony Hotel.
This gothic beaux-art style hotel, had been closed
and abandoned and was in desperate need of restoration.
Restoration experts Candra Scott and Richard Anderson
were called to create interiors and WestCoast
Hospitality was hired as the management team.
The results are a hotel with un-surpassed elegance
and luxury associated with another time.
the moment you enter the light filled two-story
lobby you will discover unique collections in
antique cases that revolve around the theme of
love, romance and nature. There are old love letters
displayed and a bird and egg collection, many
of these birds also found in a collection of bird
etchings decorating the halls of the hotel. The
walls of the hotel are graced with a botanical
collection from Paris, with dried florals pressed
between glass and described in Latin.
entering your room you will find every sense will
be pampered from the scent of lavender sachet
you can later use in a lavender bath to crisp
white linens, light quilted feather down blankets,
full length mirrors on the antique doors and spectacular
views of the valley.
detail has been attended to, from the custom Axminster
wool carpets, custom made in England, to the soft
colors used on the walls and on the upholstery,
inspired by the original stained glass windows
in the lobby. In the Elfinwood Banquet space,
there are also impressive collectibles including
a Bavarian Antler Collection intermingled with
English Transfer ware create a dramatic display
and focal point to the high ceilings within the
room. This grand banquet room is accented with
unique period furnishings such as a Parisian Art
Deco Bar accented with lamps with antique lampshades
hailing from the famed New York club El Morocco.
will enjoy a continental Breakfast, served on
the Mezzanine level where with floor to ceiling
windows and an excellent view of the lobby, one
can people watch while reading the morning paper
and enjoying fresh coffee, berry filled muffins,
whole grain cereal, eggs, fruit and juice selections.
Later at Bulls Eye Bistro, the hotel restaurant,
you will be served excellent food in a setting
complete with vintage game collections of Carom
Boards, Chinese Checkers, DartBoards and an Antique
is a wedding location destination, where a large
botanical patio garden and gazebo can host large
weddings with an adjacent ballroom and dance floor
where guests are served from Gothic Antique Bars.
Here the couple can return on anniversaries and
experience moonlit evenings with Shakespeare under
the stars. In the classic movie "Somewhere in
time" Christopher Reeves plays Richard Collier,
a modern play write who travels back in time to
1910 to fall in love with Shakespearean actress
Elise McKenna played by Jane Seymour. In a reviting
scene, he is torn back to his time and away from
his true love when he pulls a penny from 1989
out of his pocket and is reminded he was from
the Ashland Springs Hotel, there are few things
to distract you from reliving a gracious age of
grandeur and at the same time experiencing one
of the most culturally edifying destinations in
from the writer...
years ago, I walked through Lythia Park, an enchanting
mountain park with a rushing creek running through
the middle of its gardens, meadows and playgrounds.
Time spent here with friends was precious. We
were young and our children were small and they
spent hours wading in the creek near a vintage
stone bridge that hinted of the park history.
Twenty years ago, I called this paradise home
and one day while sitting at the mineral fountain
spring, I was captivated by a little old lady
Rose who spoke to me of Ashland past.
spoke of the 1920's when people came to Ashland
to rejuvenate in Lithium rich mineral baths and
gather in this little mountain Mecca to celebrate
the beauty of nature, family, friendship and good
health. She told me about the opening of the,
then Lithia Springs Hotel and travelers coming
from great distances to marvel a grandest hotel
in the Pacific Northwest. There were band concerts
in the park and grand parties. It was a romantic
era and I relived it through her eyes while we
sat at the fountain. At that time, the hotel had
fallen on bad times and its luster had faded.
my return twenty years later, much has changed.
Beautifu Rose has long since passed away and those
little feet that I once dipped in Lithia Creek
are now grown and stand with tiny feet beside
theirs that belong to my grandchildren. The magic
that draws visitors to Ashland remains the same
and that once grand and shining landmark that
rose high on the hill overlooking the Rogue Valley
has been restored to her former glory as The Ashland