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Ashland's peaceful mountain inns.

Theatergoers who trek to Ashland to revel in Shakespeare seldom make time to savor the scenery just beyond the town's borders. There's a way to do both. In the Cascades and Siskiyous are high-country lodgings (the farthest just 24 miles away) set among Douglas fir and pine. Staying at one, you can enjoy hiking, mountain biking, fishing, or even wagon rides to a reconstructed ghost town-as well as trips into Ashland for performances.

We list a century-old lodge with cottages, a working cattle ranch, and two bed-and-breakfast inns. The four offer peaceful retreats (no televisions or telephones) year-round. Rooms should be plentiful this month (call ahead); in summer, some weekends and holidays are booked a year or more in advance. Area code is 503. The Ashland festival runs February to October; call 482-4331 for details. Buckhorn Springs, 2200 Buckhorn Springs Road (12 miles southeast of Ashland on State Highway 66); 488-2200. Opened in 1891 as a hotel, the complex, a national historic district, became a resort known for the mineral springs on its 120-acre grounds.

Recently restored, the two-story lodge and four cottages overlooking Emigrant Creek offer a simple getaway. The eight rooms run $65 to 100, including full breakfast; two share a bathroom. Choose between fresh and mineral water for baths. Four small cottages ($45 to $125) are quite rustic; each has either a kitchenette (with access to shared bathhouse) or a bathroom. The lodge provides box lunches to guests and serves dinner (open to the public) daily; dine indoors or on a deck overlooking the creek. Fare includes fresh vegetables from the garden.

Green Springs Box R Ranch, 16799 Highway 66 (23 miles east of Ashland); 482-1873. Of the four lodgings, this 1,500acre working cattle ranch has the best onsite recreational opportunities.

Three log cabins ($85 to $110) sit at the edge of the forest, overlooking a meadow. They look rustic but are fully outfitted with bathrooms, fireplaces, kitchens, washers, and dryers. Guests do their own cooking. Hour-long wagon rides ($3.50 to $7) for guests and outsiders go past covered wagons and historic buildings to a reconstructed Old West ghost town. The ranch museum contains many artifacts, including arrowheads and saddlery. And a pond stocked with rainbow trout provides easy fishing for beginning anglers. Trails behind the cabins lead into old-growth forests. Mt. Ashland Inn, 550 Mount Ashland Road (16 miles south of Ashland via 1-5 and Mount Ashland Road); write to Box 944, Ashland 97520; 482-8707. This three-story log chalet at 5,500 feet has a cedar deck offering breathtaking views of distant, snowcapped Mount Shasta to the south, Mount McLoughlin to the north.

The large guest room downstairs has its own whirlpool bath; four rooms are upstairs ($60 to $90 now, $75 to $120 after May 1, including breakfast); all have private baths. Guests gather in the large drawing room with stone fireplace.

Ski Ashland, usually open through April, is 3 miles up the road. After snow melts, the inn's owners will drive guests up the mountain to a trailbead; from there, it's a pleasant 3-hour downhill hike back to the inn. The Pacific Crest Trail runs through the inn's parking lot.

Pinehurst Inn at Jenny Creek, 17250 Highway 66 (a mile east of Green Springs Box R Ranch); 488-1002. Six bedrooms ($70 to $95, with breakfast) all have private baths. In a screened sitting room, enjoy the sound of Jenny Creek rushing nearby and views of pine-covered hillside behind the inn. The inn offers easy access to Box R ranch trails and wagon rides. Classical music wafts through the inn's breakfast room with its tall, fan-shaped chairs, lace tablecloths, and wood-burning stove. The inn serves breakfast Wednesday through Monday mornings, dinner through Sundays; the dining room is open to the public.
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