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Discover Ashland Springs Hotel, which was Ashland’s first nine-story hotel and the tallest building between San Francisco and Portland.

A member of Historic Hotels of America since 2005, the Ashland Springs Hotel features a rare listing in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Ashland Springs Hotel was first constructed during the “Roaring Twenties,” in which flappers, the radio, and the Art Deco movement defined the age. It is located in the beautiful Rogue River Valley and remains the town's most beloved landmark. The inspiration for the Oregon landmark hotel is the town's history and natural setting. In the late 19th Century, Ashland's Chatauqua auditorium provided visitors with educational lectures and entertainment, while numerous springs and baths rejuvenated their bodies. Now, in the 21st century, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is the focus of entertainment, while the hotel's nearby spa, outdoor activities and the hotel's sister property, Lake of the Woods Resort, continue to relax the body and feed the soul.

Originally named the “Lithia Hotel,” the structure was built in 1925 as Ashland's first luxury nine-story hotel. For decade, it was the tallest building between San Francisco and Portland. The style of the building is a hybrid of Gothic, Beaux-Arts, and Arts and Crafts architecture. In the 1920s it was a natural stopping place for visitors travelling between California and the Northwest. Guests could enjoy the scenic views and take in the famous Lithia Springs water, reputed to be the purest and most healthful in America. Then in 1960, the hotel was renamed the “Mark Antony,” in recognition of the growing popularity of the nearby Oregon Shakespeare Festival. By 1997, the landmark hotel in Oregon had been abandoned, unfortunately, and was in desperate need of a renovation. Fortunately, the hotel received a new lease on life when Doug and Becky Neuman purchased the site a year later. A design concept was created that integrated the region's past with the varied educational, artistic, and naturalist interests of a highly literate and vital contemporary community. A complete ‘basement to parapet,’ a two-year, $10-million dollar restoration followed and the hotel reopened in December 2000.

Entering the hotel, guests are welcomed into a grand two-story lobby, featuring the restored original terrazzo floor and massive fireplace. Custom axminster area rugs inspired by an exotic 1930s design were created to cover the floors, and towering specimen palms were placed in the room for drama. Eclectic chairs and sofas were upholstered in natural colored coach cloths and tickings, while local interest in ornithology and entomology are captured in French "cabinets de curiosite," displaying collections of taxidermy birds, eggs, nests and insects. A natural light conservatory was added to the grand ballroom, an adjacent courtyard was created and an English garden planted around a stunning wrought iron gazebo. The signature stained-glass crest over the front entrance was returned to prominence and it once again welcomes guests to a historic hotel whose reputation is "equal in luxury to any hotel in Oregon."

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