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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Ashland, Oregon: Lodging Options

Wondering where to stay when you visit Ashland?  There are so many choices.  We were in Ashland on our way home from Reno a few weeks ago, and I took these pictures of places to stay near Lithia Park.

Bed and Breakfasts are all over the place.  If you want to learn more about your options, you can click here:  Ashland Bed and Breakfast Network or Bed and Ashland, Oregon.

The historic Ashland Springs Hotel is pretty fancy:

I brought home a brochure:

The rates are $99 per night for off-season and $199 for in-season.  Here is a link to their website:  Ashland Springs Hotel

There are hotels and motels all over the place.  I thought that this little one was kind of neat, but it was a bit further away from the park:

We ended up staying here, right downtown at the Bard's Inn:

An older Best Western that has been recently updated, it was super clean, with all the amenities including a pool and hot tub:

The bed was quite comfortable:

The decor was very nice:

There was lots of storage and a flatscreen t.v.:

We ended up ordering pizza delivered, and the little fridge came in handy for the leftovers:

Next to the one we stayed in, there are two other Bard's Inn buildings:

Our room was normally $100, but we talked the front desk woman down to $85.  Don't count on that happening again, but the lady thought that Cary was funny, and I threw in that we were paying with a company card.  We were downtown and only a short walk away from The Shakespearean Festival.  Creatures of habit, we will probably stay there again.  The only thing that they can improve on is their breakfast ... everything was very clean, but there were not very many choices, and our little quiches were rather cold.  I would rather have eggs/sausage and bacon instead.  Here is their website:  Bard's

I don't know if I can talk Cary into staying at the Ashland Springs Hotel or not, but I sure hope is quite delightful.

This post is number two in a series of three about our overnight stay in Ashland.  Please check out the post about Lithia Park: Ashland, Oregon's Lithia Park in the Fall.

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving and Sepia Saturday #153:

Hope that you all had a great day on Thursday, whether you celebrated Thanksgiving or not.  This picture is of my Great-Great Aunt Myra Hedrick (who was married to John Hedrick) ... she raised turkeys in Drain, Oregon for a while.  Someday I will do a post about that, and about how the Yoncalla and Drain area was in the turkey business for awhile.

I am sorry that I have been away from Sepia Saturday for so long.  Between a broken computer for 2 1/2 weeks and then getting a new one and trying to figure out Windows 8, plus going on vacation ... I have been behind on my whole blog.  It is a struggle to get back into routine.

The two little girls in the prompt for this week's Sepia Saturday post reminded me so much of my Granny and Aunt.  Last year, I posted about my Great-Grandmother Talitha Letsom Hedrick and her slightly older sister, Martha Letsom Harris.  I am going to fill in more blanks on that post and recycle it for today.  Though some of you have already seen it, it just matches so well for today's prompt.  To read the post, please click here: "Sepia Saturday #90: Sisters Martha Letsom Harris and Talitha Letsom Hedrick"

As I was adding to the post about the Letsoms above, I figured out who the woman was in this post:  Ellen Conley, Ft. Bidwell, Surpise Valley, California.  Ellen was Amanda Ellen Letsom Conley, Martha and Talitha's half -sister!  Way cool; another puzzle piece put together. 

So, there you are, my friends.  If you enjoyed this story, please visit my Sepia Saturday friends by "CLICKING HERE" to find other neat photos and stories.  To read more about my family and other stories featuring old photos, memories and more, please look for this picture of me and my dad on the left-hand sidebar and read whatever else catches your fancy.  Thanks so much for visiting!

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Reno, Nevada: The Peppermill Resort's Tuscany Suites

A couple of weeks ago, Cary and I took a road trip to Reno.  It was something that we had on the back burner for a long time.  The weather was nice, and work had slowed down enough for us to take a few days off.  The drive took around 7 hours.

We chose to stay at The Peppermill.  Cary had been there before he met me, and really enjoyed it.  He noted how much the City of Reno had expanded over the past 12 years or so.  When he was there before, The Peppermill was out by itself.  Not anymore!

The place is HUGE, like a Las Vegas casino.  There was a lot of walking involved to get back and forth to our room.  The facility was beautiful, and the staff was friendly and efficient.

We selected a room in the newer Tuscany Suites, on the top floor.  The price was $111.00 per night (plus tax and add-ons), though many times you can get it for less than that.  We got a smoking room, because it would take forever to walk down the hall, take elevator and make your way outside. Cary smokes outside at home, and smoked in the bathroom here.  I brought candles and air fresheners.  When we entered the room for the first time, we couldn't even tell that it was a smoking room.

One thing that I really liked about the hallway, besides how pretty it was, was the way that there was an entry before the room doors.  Anybody walking by could not look into your room if the door was open.

The Suite:

Our $111.00 per night bought us 665 square feet of luxury.  There was a living room, bedroom and a huge bathroom.  There were three t.v.'s, a beautiful view and so much attention to detail.  They didn't skimp on towels or on anything.  It was really neat.  Plus it was very quiet.  We never heard anybody on either side of us.

Look at all that marble, wood and those pretty paintings!

You won't find a fridge or a microwave in these rooms.  Don't even pick up the snacks, unless you want to buy them.  There is a sensor that gives you 45 seconds to put them back down or you are charged.  There is booze in their little fridge if you want to buy it.  It is cheaper to bring your own though.

It was so beautiful!  I loved hanging out in this room.

The Living Room:

The living room was so pretty.  There were three chairs and a leather couch.  I forgot to look and see if the couch was a hide-a-bed, but it probably was.  There were two tables, a dresser and a thick privacy curtain dividing the bedroom from the living area.  Isn't the carpet pretty too?

The Bathroom:

This room was huge.  I set up camp in here.  We brought a bunch of snacks, some food (the makings for PBJ sandwiches), a box of wine and some makings for cosmopolitans.  When you drive, you can overpack, and I do.

See the t.v. on the wall over by the lamp?

Not a bad place to have to go and smoke!

I enjoyed the jacuzzi tub.

There was also a huge tile shower, with a rainwater shower head.

The View:

We got a room on the top floor, with a view of the pool and the mountains.  It was really pretty.  The pool was still open, and is heated geothermally.  I will do another post on it.  We didn't go in, but many were enjoying it.

I will post more about The Peppermill over the next week.  It was really a very nice place to stay, and if you are going to Reno, I do recommend it.

~ Kathy M.

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