As our road trip came to a close we made the huge leap from San Francisco, California to Ashland, Oregon. This was the first time for both Tawny and I to visit Ashland. Now I can’t figure out why it took so long for us to go.
We spent our two nights there at the Chanticleer B&B and it was flawless. By far one of the best bed and breakfasts that I have ever stayed at, and certainly the best place to stay in Ashland. It is an extremely affordable bed and breakfast with ample charm.
The recipe for a good bed and breakfast is a delicate one. I always look for one that offers you enough space that you feel like you have sufficient privacy, but also gives you good camaraderie. In essence it should feel like a roadside inn from the Canterbury Tales. How fitting that we should have stumbled upon the Chanticleer.
For those of you who, like me, didn’t know that the Chanticleer is a character from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, don’t despair. You have three solid options: Wikipedia it, read it, or come to Ashland and get the bullet points from the Chanticleer’s gracious host, Ellen.
Ellen is, of course, the best part of this experience. The rooms were royal and the main social areas were well equipped. We had cookies, coffee, and port (from a crystal decanter) available at all times. Not to mention the extensive supply of books. All of this on top of the breakfast, which is key. Ellen learned to cook in France and I can say with full confidence that Louis XVI would have been proud.
Even better is the fact that we were able to share breakfast with a full house of great people. All of the guests were lively and great company.
We’ll have a video up soon so that you can see this gem of Ashland in full detail.
Now, we had more than relaxing on our mind while in Ashland. To keep with our theme of extreme vacationing we decided to hit up Indio Creek Outfitters for some whitewater rafting. You’ve got to try this place if you’re in town. They offer the closest whitewater experiences to Ashland and can add some adrenaline to a town known mostly for it’s sleepy charm. If you’re looking for water sports or other extreme things to do in Ashland I’d highly recommend Indio Creek.
The owner, Will, is a rock solid boater and his guides are all tens. We took the river by storm.
Check it out.
We’ll have a video up on this one too in a few days. Keep a keen eye on the virtual horizon.