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Gerry Frank's picks: Dining and lodging in Ashland

THE OREGONIAN - With an ideal location two blocks from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, you'll conveniently find the long-standing Winchester Inn (35 S. Second St., Ashland; 541-488-1113, 800-972-4991; and its beautiful tiered gardens. Guests can expect first-class amenities in the house and cottages' 11 rooms and 10 suites, which include comfortable and quality down feather beds, pillows and comforters as well as private bathrooms, robes and luxury bath amenities. Select rooms include TVs, refrigerators, spa tubs and fireplaces with complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the property for all guests. Touches like fresh in-room flowers, turndown service and sweet pastry treats delivered to your room for an afternoon pick-me-up make the experience feel like home.

A gourmet breakfast is included when staying overnight, but it's the inn's award-winning Alchemy Restaurant and Bar ( that really takes the cake. Because Chef William Buscher uses local and organic products, the menus are ever-changing according to the season. Starters may include seared foie gras and pommes frites while entrees may consist of grilled ribeye, scallops, filet mignon, duck and a vegetarian option such as pasta. For lighter eaters or sides, salads and soup are also offered. With more than 200 spirits and a large variety of wines, mainly Oregon-based, you'll want to order a glass to pair with your meal!

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