Naturalist Henry David Thoreau's dream of turning Walden into a bed and breakfast fizzled when he realized that bears make terrible chamber maids. Commune with nature the civilized way with today's Groupon: for $299, you get a two-night stay in an Irish suite with wine tastings, gourmet breakfasts, and more at Lithia Springs Resort (up to a $631 total value) in Ashland.
If you book your stay between Sunday and Thursday, you’ll also get a choice of an authentic Mexican dinner for two from El Tapatio Mexican Family Restaurant (up to a $50 value) or an upgraded barrel tasting of select wines and ports at Wooldridge Creek Winery (a $100 value).
Steaming mineral water from Lithia Springs Resort’s hot springs pervades its 4 acres of koi ponds, burbling streams, and stately English gardens. Wayfarers can retire to an Irish suite to take a sumptuous snooze on the king-size bed, whip up a cocktail from the wet bar, or pipe the resort’s hot mineral water into the two-person soaking tub. After the soothing bath’s positive ions boil away muscle soreness, skin irritations, and lingering witch hexes, lodgers can amble over to the area’s various tasting rooms, where they’ll flaunt free passes to sample artisan wine from Valley View Winery and gourmet fare from Rising Sun Farms.
Whichever room you choose, you and your spouse or beloved sports-team mascot will be greeted with a glass of wine and hors d’oeuvres upon check in. Guests will also start each day with a sumptuous gourmet breakfast before whiling away the afternoon over Irish tea and scones with lemon curd and jam. When the lavish sojourn comes to a close, guests will be whisked away with a complimentary batch of peanut-butter cookies plus a $100 gift certificate for their next stay.
- With its white fences and collection of cottages surrounded by colorful perennial gardens and wide lawns, this little resort on the edge of town has the feel of an English country estate. However, the hillsides that rise up from the edge of the property are purely southern Oregon. – Frommer's
- At Lithia Springs, the mineral-enriched water is channeled directly into rooms, where guests can enjoy its soothing comforts in private whirlpool baths. The inn has cottages and suites, all furnished in romantically eclectic themes – Cindy Quick Wilson, Medford Mail Tribune