Oregon Shakespeare Festival heads to Broadway!

The outstanding 2012 Oregon Shakespeare Festival  play All the Way is headed to New York City and Broadway this spring.  It was voted as one of the top 5 plays to see this season. Bryan Cranston will reprise his role as LBJ, after the play’s successful run in Boston last fall.  Bill Rauch will be directing the play, with numerous OSF support staff company members joining him in the Big Apple for the production.  Part two of this political drama continues with The Great Society starting July 23 in the Bowmer Theater, running through November 1, 2014.  If you haven’t bought your tickets yet, don’t delay.  The 2012 play was a must see and part two promises to be just as enthralling.  Jack Willis will again star as LBJ.   You will find ticket and 2014 play information at the festival’s website.  www.osfashland.org.

 

Chocolate Festival March 1-3

Don’t miss the 2013 Oregon Chocolate Festival, and a special 20% discount on your stay at The Iris Inn!

Oregon Chocolate Festival 2013

Don’t miss the Oregon Chocolate Festival 2013

The 9th annual Oregon Chocolate Festival will take place at the Ashland Springs Hotel between March 1 and 3, 2013. For this fun weekend we are offering a 20% discount for your weekend stay. OSF and the Cabaret Theatre are offering the same discount!  Tickets for the weekend event are $20/day.  CALL NOW FOR RESERVATIONS AND TICKETS! A bottle of Roxy Ann Claret or Windsor Vineyard Pinot Gris or Chardonnay will be awaiting your arrival at the inn.  Below are the yummy details of this delicious weekend. (Can not be combined with other discounts or applied to previous reservations.)

  • Best Traditional Use of Chocolate
  • Best Truffle
  • Best Drinking Chocolate
  • Best Use of Chocolate in Baked Goods
  • Best Chocolate Candy
  • Best Raw Chocolate Product
  • Best in Show

In addition to the tastings and treats offered throughout the weekend, festival goers can attend number of educational presentations and chef demos that will take place in the hotel lobby. Meet chefs, pastry chefs and chocolatiers who will demonstrate their favorite recipes, cooking tips, and baking secrets! Each month Ashland Gallery Association organizes the First Friday Art Walk. Check out Ashland galleries on Friday, March 1st and enjoy diverse forms of art, local wines and of course chocolates. You might have heard about Dagoba (our good-night chocolates) or Lillie Belle Farms. These are well established and nationally recognized chocolatiers, who originated right here in the Rogue Valley. Expect to meet them together with some less known companies including Coastal Mist Fine Chocolates, Sipping Dreams, Love Bucket Baking Co, Stirs the Soul Organic Raw Chocolates and many others. Don’t they all have great names! That’s just the beginning. Wait to taste their products. Try unique combinations, unexpected flavor profiles, and decadent infusions with truffles, bars, crunchy toffees, marshmallows, drinking chocolate, chocolate flavored cheeses, chewy cookies, cupcakes, sauces and syrups, chocolate covered nuts, ice cream and other gooey, delicious goodness.  WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?  GIVE US A CALL TO RESERVE A ROOM NOW!

OSF Opens February 15!

Previews at OSF start on February 15 with The Taming of the Shrew in the Bowmer Theatre.  August Wilson’s Two Trains Running previews on February 16, with My Fair Lady previews on Sunday.  King Lear will preview in the Thomas Theatre on February 21.  Opening in the Bowmer and Thomas theaters later in the spring and summer are A Streetcar Named Desire, The Tenth Muse, The Unfortunates and The Liquid Plain.  The Elizabethan Stage will showcase Cymbeline, The Heart of Robin Hood and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  OSF and the inn offer low spring rates, so don’t hestitate to make your reservations now!

Orchids, Orchids, Orchids!

Guests at the inn admire Vicki’s many orchids on display in the inn’s common room.  The orchids seem to know that Ashland and the innkeepers look forward to the return of theater goers in February, because one of the energetic plants has produced 7 blooms in the past week, with more ready to burst open in the next few days.  All of her many orchids are producing new stems, loaded with buds that will bloom in the upcoming months.  Somehow, these lovely additions to the inn know they can take a break starting in October!

Ashland’s Festival of Lights

To celebrate Ashland’s Festival of Lights during the holiday season, The Iris Inn is offering a 15% discount off our regular rates from November 30 through December 31, 2012.  We invite you spend a night or two during the holidays, enjoying the dazzling display of festive lights, the holiday show at the Oregon Cabaret Theater and browsing in the small town shops with their unique merchandise.  Mention the Holiday Special when you book!

TripAdvior.com review drawing!

For every new review for The Iris Inn posted on Trip Advisor.com between December 1 and February 1, we will enter your name in a drawing for a complimentary night’s lodging at the inn!  Just send us a copy of the review for the drawing.  We want to show our guests how much we appreciate your stay at the inn while visiting Ashland, Oregon.

Exploring Mount Ashland

Ashland, Oregon is nestled between the beautiful Cascade Mountain Range and the Siskiyou Mountains.

Named for the town of Ashland, the highest peak in the Siskiyou Mountains is Mt Ashland and welcomes visitors all year round.

Visiting Mount Ashland in the summer, you will look forward to hiking the Mt. Ashland Nature Trail. The 3/4 mile trail loops around to 14 points of interest, giving a 360 degree panorama view at the crest. Most of the trail is shady and cool, providing a welcome break from the summer heat.

Winter visitors will get to experience our legendary ski area. Ski lessons are offered for ages 4 and up. To find out more about what to expect from the lessons, visit the Mt Ashland Ski Area site here.  Twilight Skiing is also offered!  Enjoy our beautiful mountain on Thursday and Friday evenings, from January to March.

For more information about all of the activities offered at the Mt. Ashland Ski Area, visit the site at: www.mtashland.com.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Ashland, Oregon is famous for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival which presents plays of all types for most of the year.  For 2012, the plays started in February and will run until November, so there is still time to see these masters of theater perform their craft!

Catch an adapted classic with Romeo and Juliet, until November 4th.  Set in the 1840s, this adaptation is sure to pull at your heartstrings as much as the original.

Find the full schedule of plays at: www.osfashland.org

The Iris Inn gets a new website!

The Iris Inn Bed & Breakfast is pleased to present our new website!  You can now easily find all of the lastest news and events surrounding our Ashland, Oregon inn.  We invite you to find out all about our area - we have posted an interactive map to show you some of our favorite attractions and restaurants in Ashland.

Take a look at our five well-appointed guest rooms!  Each guest room has a photo gallery to showcase their individual decor and personal touches.

Whether you’re here for the Britt Music Festival, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, or enjoying the fantastic outdoor activities around Ashland, we look forward to welcoming you to The Iris Inn.

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