The biggest problem with staying at the Mt. Ashland Inn is that you never want to leave. The rugged beauty of southern Oregon's ski-friendly Siskiyou Mountains forms the dramatic backdrop for this high-altitude alpine retreat, located just three miles from the skiing at Mt. Ashland and 15 miles south of Ashland, Ore. Hand-built of massive cedar logs hewn on the 40-acre property, the B&B offers guests a warm, woodsy taste of luxe log-cabin life. Owners Chuck and Laurel Biegert-he a former ski instructor turned furniture maker, she the great-grandchild of Alaskan pioneers-have avoided those cutesy-poo clichés found in too many B&Bs and have created an inviting, king-sized haven where nature works its nurture.
The five suites, four of them with views of snow-capped Mt. Shasta or Mt. McLoughlin, are large enough so that you never feel cramped. Antique dressers, handmade quilts, Oriental rugs and extraordinary handcrafted beds offset the golden tones of the cedarwood walls, ceilings and floors. Rooms are equipped with large Jacuzzis, gas fireplaces, thick robes, refrigerators and microwaves. If you don't want to soak inside, there's an outdoor hot tub, too.
Laurel's breakfasts will prime you for an active day. Specialties like a Gruyère cheese frittata with shiitake mushrooms are accompanied by locally made sausages and locally roasted coffee.
Situated at 5,500 feet, the inn enjoys snow from December to April. Snowshoes and cross-country skis are available free of charge. There's no shuttle to Mt. Ashland, but the Biegerts are happy to drop cross-country skiers off at points along the Pacific Crest Trail, which crosses their property. Skiing back to the inn along this magnificent wilderness trail, which runs from Canada to Mexico, is a highlight of any stay.Rates run $140 to $200.
Contact: 800-830-8707; 541-482-8707; www.mtashlandinn.com.