Mt. Ashland 2009, Part 2
“Hon, this bathtub is AMAZING!” I started laughing because she was as pumped up while describing the bath tub for almost five minutes the way I would describe a ski hill. Alia goes on to tell me “It is deep as a swimming pool with jets all around and the water cascades over rocks filling the tub with a never ending supply of hot water. I love it!” The Mount Ashland Inn is located four miles from Mount Ashland Ski Area and owned/run by Laurel and Chuck Biegert. The handcrafted log inn is located directly on the Pacific Crest Trail and spans 40 private acres of beautiful Oregon wilderness. It was recently voted one of “The Top Ten Best Hotels for Nature Lovers” by Sunset Magazine.
Snow shoeing, cross country skiing and hiking are just the tip of activities accessible from the inn. Complimentary snowshoes are available for all those interested in exploring the outdoor vistas during winter months. The inn was built by hand peeled cedar trees in 1985 by Jerry and Elaine Shanafelt and purchased in 1995 by Chuck and Laurel Biegert. There is a beautiful fireplace in the living room that welcomes the tired adventurer. While for those with an American Idol addiction, like me, we have a huge flat screen TV down in the recreation room. The inn has only five suites helping keep in line with its cozy and laid back nature. The Finnish sauna is adjacent to the main house and has breathtaking views of Mount McLoughlin no matter the time of day.
Long time local and employee Julie Carr was our caretaker for the night since Laurel and Chuck had decided to go snowmobiling a couple hours away near Crater Lake. We were greeted with a breakfast that was out of this world and the coffee was strong and never ending. We had been mulling around going to Mount Ashland for years now, always coming up with excuses why we didn’t this year. Thanks to the Mount Ashland Inn our trip was not only enjoyable but memorable and relaxing. Folks like Laurel and Chuck Biegert are not only a perfect example of Oregon Dreamers but help showcase the beauty of our great state.
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