Top Reasons to Visit Plaza Inn & Suites
- Mount Ashland is located about 20 miles away, meaning you'll be situated to go snowboarding and cross-country skiing.
- The inn is centrally located in quaint downtown Ashland. Colorful, Bavarian-style buildings house shops that sell antiques, artisan pottery, and handmade soaps. There are also nearly 100 restaurants nearby.
- Each morning, innkeepers lay out a complimentary continental breakfast in the sunny dining area. The spread might include omelets, waffles, and fresh fruit. You can even enjoy late-night snacks such as cookies and milk.
- In a tribute to Shakespeare—Ashland is home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival from February to October—some of the guest rooms have decor inspired by the bard, including bedding with sonnet prints.
Ashland, Oregon: Picturesque Town with Thriving Theater Scene
Though a relatively small town in southern Oregon, Ashland is home to an internationally renowned repertory theater: the Tony Award–winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival, which has been staging the Bard's works since 1935. The Festival’s season only runs through mid-November, but just a block away the Oregon Cabaret Theatre stages musicals, comedies, and revues all year round. Theatergoers also enjoy gourmet dinners served in the elegant setting of a restored church that’s on the National Register of Historic Places.
On Main Street in downtown Ashland, a mix of old and new buildings houses a variety of specialty bookstores, boutiques, coffee shops, restaurants, and galleries displaying works by local artists. The nearby Mount Ashland Ski Area is heralded by skiers and snowboarders alike for its fluffy powder, panoramic views, and challenging terrain. Many of the mountain's lifts and trails are named in honor of Ashland's beloved Shakespeare. They include Lower Romeo Run, Sonnet Lift, and Monster Truck Rally Way.
The 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail links Ashland with the Klamath National Forest to the south and the Umpqua National Forest to the north. At the former, located about an hour's drive away, you can spend the day hiking, whitewater rafting, and panning for the shining gold flakes that still swirl down the Klamath River. Although it’s a bit farther away, most consider Umpqua National Forest worth the trip, since it includes Crater Lake National Park, which features a bright-blue lake formed from a volcanic caldera.