Do you ever get back from a trip and think, “that was money well spent”? Hopefully you do. I know I do. A four day trip was the perfect getaway to the small town of Ashland, OR.
I used a combination of United and Alaska miles to fly my mom and I to Medford, OR. What a great regional airport. Friendly staff and easy to get in and out quickly. Oh, and my favorite part. No shuttle to the rental car. Rental car counters are at the bottom of the escalators and then you just walk out the doors and grab your car. Awesome!
I did pay cash for the B&B we chose – $125 per night. It was a great place called Abigail’s and for the first 2 nights we were the only guests. Got to love that off season travel. My least favorite part of B&B’s and why I usually choose a hotel or rental is the shared breakfast table. I can sometimes feel shy or just outright anti-social and this feels like it should be a choice. Anyway, it didn’t really effect this trip so I was quite happy there.
While we were there we visited old friends, took a long walk in Lithia Park, drove up to Mt. Ashland and enjoyed the snow, the views and the quiet, shopped in downtown at some great local shops, visited Rogue River Creamery for some scrumptious smoked blue cheese and Lillie Belle Farms for several boxes of chocolates and ate twice at Standing Stone Brewery (their curry sweet potato fries are amazing). When we didn’t feel like going back out after dinner or when we woke up early we played Scrabble at one of the many tables provided in the common areas at Abigail’s.
On our way home my mom told me she wanted to visit again, maybe next summer. I told her when she got home to apply for an Alaska Air Visa and if she got approved she’d get 25,000 miles (unfortunately there is a $75 annual fee that isn’t waived the first year) and that’d be enough miles to get her a roundtrip ticket from southern California to Medford, OR.
Time spent with the ones we love – sheer bliss!