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“Double your fun while in Ashland”
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Arden Forest Inn
Ranked #16 of 31 Ashland B&B and Inns
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Seattle, Washington
2 reviews
“Double your fun while in Ashland”
Reviewed 28 July 2009

Double your fun while in Ashland. Stay at Arden Forest Inn (AFI). My wife and I have been spending 1 or 2 weeks there every year since it opened. If you like comfortable surroundings and delicious breakfasts, stay at AFI. If you like great conversations about theatre, movies, books, or other unlimited fun topics, stay at AFI. If you want to meet new people and gain new friends, stay at AFI. The innkeepers, Bill and Corbet, will astound you with their intelligence and their humor. This is THE BEST destination in town and you will want to return year after year. We just love AFI. Can you tell?

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 July 2009

Corbet and Bill, owners of the Arden Forest Inn B&B create a casual, friendly and relaxing atmosphere that only gets better every year we visit. The Breakfasts Bill prepares are fabulous and the conversations each morning are not to be missed. Plus, they have the most beautiful park-like garden that is just perfect for afternoon reading while enjoying a glass of wine. This was our 8th year attending the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and staying at the Arden Forest Inn, we would not stay at any other place!

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Springville, California
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Reviewed 23 July 2009

As we walked into the Arden we were greeted by gracious and knowledgeable co hosts. The facility was beautiful. The Main house was nicely decorated and well appointed with a vast library, access to the internet, and a huge bowl of M&M's on the dining room table. Guests had total access to the main house and gardens. The garden was stunning with many private sitting areas, a pool, a gazebo, water fountain, wind chimes, and hammock. I think my favorite time was laying on the grass under the shade of a tree reading a book on a lazy Sunday afternoon. It was so relaxing. The comfortable room was well appointed and quality toiletries were provided. One of the many highlights of the Inn was the group breakfast. The food was tasty and generous. Our hosts sat with us at breakfast and provided reviews, recommendations for the many theatres, concerts and art events that were taking place in town as well as just plain interesting conversation. The Inn is within walking distance to everything. Do wear comfortable shoes however. Parking is a pain in town so our suggestion is to leave your car at the Inn and walk. The area is safe. However, if you are going to an evening play bring a flashlight for your return. The main street is well lit and there are a lot of people walking but once you get into the residencial area there aren't as many lights.
On a finale note, this was our first time here so we didn't know what to expect. During our visit we discovered that two of the guests had been coming here for over 10 years and they brought guests with them! If that isn't a testimonial I don't know what is. We loved our stay and we will come back.
Frank and Arvada Spina 2009

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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California
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Reviewed 23 July 2009

My boyfriend and I recently returned from our second stay at the Arden Forest Inn and are already looking forward to going back again next summer. Hands down it is our favorite bed and breakfast….anywhere. Like most people who head to Ashland, the obvious draw is the shows put on by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. However, Bill and Corbet also provide an event not to be missed at breakfast every morning. With everyone gathered around the same table, conversation initially revolves around the local theater scene but can quickly diverge to other diverse topics, ranging from deep and philosophical to hilarious. Due to the fact that so many people return again and again to the Inn, and because some have standing reservations for the same dates, you have the opportunity to build relationships with the people you meet and get to know around the table. For my boyfriend and I this is the most important part of our stay. Yes, the food is fabulous; Yes, the rooms are great; Yes, there is a pool (and it’s heated!); Yes, the Inn is within walking distance of downtown. But what we really love is that Bill and Corbet create such a fun, and social atmosphere. Plus, it is always interesting to see what quirky shirt Corbet is going to wear each morning to breakfast.

See you again next year!

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Northern California
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Reviewed 10 July 2009

We have been OSF members for 20 years and for a decade we have thoroughly enjoyed our annual stay at the Arden Forest Inn. The rooms are impeccably clean and tastefully decorated. We always feel at home because the innkeepers are helpful, informative and make every visit a special one. Each morning, while enjoying a gourmet breakfast, discussions include a wide range of theatrical topics and are always thought provoking, spirited and inspiring.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Santa Clarita, California
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Reviewed 30 June 2009

I think this was our sixth consecutive year visiting the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and staying at our favorite B&B, the Arden Forest Inn. You couldn't ask for better hosts than Bill and Corbet. Excellent conversation about life, the arts and particularly theater filled our mornings, along with incredibly delicious and healthy breakfasts. The Inn always seems to attract very friendly and interesting guests. The garden is a beautiful place to relax, with a hammock and a refreshing pool on the grounds. The rooms are always comfortable and charming. Everything is well prepared. They definitely have the right touch. The Inn is also just a short walk to the three OSF theaters and Lithia Park, a great place to stroll, jog or hike. We'll certainly come back and visit again next season too!

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled with family
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Chico, CA
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Reviewed 29 June 2009

For 12 years we have stayed at Arden Forest when we make our yearly visit to Ashland, OR. We look forward to the outstanding plays at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, enjoying the lovely town and its shops, restaurants and ambiance. We relish the incredible breakfasts and appreciate the warm welcome we receive from Bill and Corbett. The discussion of plays during breakfast and when visiting with other guests enriches our experience. We highly recommend Ashland and the Arden Forest Inn.

Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Arden Forest Inn
Address: 261 West Hersey Street, Ashland, OR 97520-1721
Region: United States > Oregon > Ashland
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 31 B&Bs / Inns in Ashland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Escape the cares of everyday life and experience the majesty of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival at our Ashland, Oregon B&B. Our comfy rooms, amazing breakfasts and gracious service stand apart from all other Ashland bed and breakfasts. Take advantage of our staff’s extensive theatre knowledge while you enjoy a dip in the pool or stroll in our enchanting gardens. Discover an escape from the ordinary Ashland, Oregon hotel at the Arden Forest Inn. ~ A Special Thanks ~To all of the many loyal guests and friends of Arden Forest Inn, we wish to offer our most heartfelt thanks for the extraordinary love and support sent our way this past year during the most challenging time of our lives. Bill's transplant was very successful and he is expected to be back - 100% - creating his culinary magic in the coming year. Both Corbet and Bill are looking forward to seeing all of you in 2013. For all the guests that we did not get to meet last year due to our absence we are sorry you didn't get to have the full Arden Forest experience, but we look forward to the possibility of meeting you in the future. ... more   less 
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