When we arrived at the airport, we were told that our plane was delayed 5 hours. Yes, five. So we rented a car and went back into town.
We had lunch at Louie’s Bar & Grill, which is one of the restaurants along Lithia Creek. The Ashland Amber beer was tasty as was their ‘recession burger’ ($5 for a cheese burger and homemade kettle chips). The kettle chips were great.
Then we went for a drive and took almost 2 hours to get back to the airport.
When we returned to the airport and dropped off our car, we discovered that our flight was further delayed. Eventually we got hungry again and decided to try the Sky House Bar & Grill.
J. tried the fried raviolis, which were tasty, but DROWNED in sauce. The surprise was how good the burgers were. Hand formed, the kitchen makes them when they are ordered, not before hand. The toppings were real, fresh, and tasty. Everything was more indicative of an eatery in town, not what you’d expect at the airport. Apparently the locals go here for their burgers, not just travelers.
We finally made it home, but after 10pm, too late to get Sasha.
We have mixed feelings about flying to Ashland. On the one hand it is a huge time saver, on the other if there is a delay you are STUCK. So the jury is out.
We all slept in (it was a vacation after all!) and then we headed down the hill for brunch at Larks in the Ashland Springs Hotel. S. enjoyed his bloody mary and crab benedict (Dungeness Crab Benedict On Grilled Rosemary Bread With Vine-ripened Tomato, Spinach, Basted Egg & A Lemon-caper Hollandaise Served With Rosemary Potatoes). J. enjoyed her pancakes and scrambled eggs, J. enjoyed his meatloaf sandwich (Warm Meatloaf Sandwich On Sourdough With Housemade Ketchup, Mayonnaise, Cheddar Cheese, Onion, Tomato & Lettuce Served With Kettle Chips), and I loved my berry French toast (Grand Marnier Custard French Toast With Berry Compote & Whipped Cream).
The service was good, and we were delighted to see a table full of OSF actors hanging out. (It’s a commonplace in Ashland that the actors are people too, and you see them all over town.)
We saw Hamlet (I’ll post a detailed review soon), which was wonderful. Then we went our separate ways for a bit, and met again for dinner at Liquid Assets Wine Bar.
Saturday I was up early (of course) so I walked down to a ‘new’ bakery on Main Street – Apple Cellar Bakery. They had delicious looking pastries, so I picked up a selection and brought them home for us all to enjoy. And enjoy we did! S. is a big fan of the chocolate croissant, and we all agreed that the blackberry walnut muffin was special. The ham and cheese croissant was perfectly savory. All were very tasty, and we repeated this breakfast again on Sunday.
By now it was after noon, so we headed out to walk the town and see the sites.
Then disaster struck!
In the interests of time, we decided to fly to Ashland instead of drive. So Sasha went into the kennel and we went to the airport. There is a direct flight from Seattle to Medford twice a day (other flights go through Portland), and it is a quick trip. We don’t need a car once we’re in Ashland, so we planned on taking the bus from Medford to Ashland, but missed it by a few minutes, and it only runs once an hour. So we took a taxi ($40).
We stayed with friends, J. & S., at a lovely rental home, Cadbury Cottage. This is a 3 bedroom, 2 ba place just up the hill and over a few short blocks from OSF and right above the main part of town. It was an ideal location.