The Columbia Hotel
261 1/2 East Main Street
Ashland, OR 97520
Distance from the festival: 0.3 miles Map
Some day soon, if all goes well, you’ll be setting sail for sunny Ashland, Oregon.
Maybe you’re a long term repeat customer at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival who has been attending since Angus Bowmer strode the Bricks, and it’s time for the next pilgrimage.
Or could it be you’re coming for the very first time to the languid Rogue Valley? How very roguish of you. But if so, you’re lucky, because there’s nothing quite like the first time you discover one of Oregon’s (and America’s) crown jewels, way down south in the shadow of the mighty Siskiyou. This is the land of giants.
So you’re coming down (or up – hello SF) for any number of reasons: the theatre festival, the trail running, the film festival, the food, the coffee. But once you get here, you’ll need a place to stay. When it comes to accomodation in Ashland, there’s a full spectrum of options available – from open air camping in Lithia Park with the drum circles and traveling chimney sweeps (free) to the Ashland Springs Hotel ($$).
But let’s dispense with a carefully considered evaluation of the many, many places you could stay and cut straight to a single tried and true personal fave. Like a beloved actor who has been around the festival for years, the Columbia Hotel (don’t let that web site scare you away) has been keeping the people happy for seemingly ever. It’s within walking distance of everything, it’s not too expensive, and it has a very cool retro vibe. Plus you have to climb a classic flight of stairs to get up there. And if you’ve just downed an affogato at Mix with the outrageous Earl Grey-infused chocolate chip ice cream (ok, to be covered in another post), you may need the exercise.
So treat yourself to the faded imperial splendor of the Columbia. And try Lithia Park with the homesteaders next time…