Getaway Spotlight: Lithia Springs Resort in Ashland, OR


My wife and I have done a few romantic R&R weekend getaways to Ashland, Oregon, over the last several years. We both love the area and the walkability of its exceptionally beautiful park and downtown area, and how perfectly quaint and clean this part of Southern Oregon is. We recently visited a new place for us, and it’s a winner in our book! We wanted to experience something special to celebrate our ten years together.

Lithia Springs Resort is tucked back out of the way and far enough from the hustle and bustle of city traffic and freeway noise to actually be classed as tranquil. We were very pleasantly impressed with how peaceful and soothing the place felt and delighted at the sounds of cooing birds upon our arrival. The grounds are spacious and feature mature trees, well-tended and lush flower beds, grape and wisteria arbors, and meandering paths across the lawns. We loved the peaceful Koi pond with several large residents languidly breaking the surface – it lent a serenity that made us want to nap very soon after arrival. 

The waters at Lithia Springs Resort are a main feature and attraction. Warm mineral water with a faint sulfurous aroma is available at the turn of a tap. Our beautiful little bungalow included a large soaker tub in the room, a skylight overhead, and a gas fireplace. The waters allow you to feel measurably relaxed and are said to be detoxifying too.

The very modern and immaculate room was equipped with many amenities for our comfort, from mood lighting to bathrobes to a small refrigerator to ceiling fans. Our king-sized bed sported quality bedding and was super comfortable. My wife claims the next time she comes back to the resort, she’ll be bringing her three best friends for their annual out-of-the-house girls’ retreat.

The soaking tubs are available in all 28 suites, and a full range of spa services are available at the in-house WaterStone Spa treatment room.

Bring your hiking shoes and bikes! The resort has easy access to Bear Creek Greenway, which offers almost 20 miles of scenic hiking and biking from Ashland to Medford. Nearby day visits to Lithia Park, historical Jacksonville, and Lake of the Woods will enrich your experience of the area.

Downtown Ashland is about a mile away and offers unique shopping opportunities (my wife loves Ashland’s shoe stores), many wonderful eating establishments, and is home to a historical movie theatre, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and the famous (in our family anyway!) Ashland Co-op with its varied and delicious deli offerings.

During our stay at the resort we enjoyed a flavorful dinner at one of our favorite Ashland restaurants, Larks, located in the venerable and very lovely Ashland Springs Hotel. This fine establishment offers quality dining with great service. The ambiance is romantic without being over-the-top, and Larks’ “farm-to-table comfort food” tag line is for real! Fresh and local ingredients served with an artistic flair makes each tasty bite a pleasure.

We loved our weekend at Lithia Springs Resort in Ashland, and we think you’ll enjoy the experience, too!

John Sanguinetti
About John Sanguinetti

John Sanguinetti is a fourth-generation native North State resident. He is a retired electrician, a used book store owner and volunteer for environmental causes. He is known for being tight with a dollar and useful under the hood of a car.

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