Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Another Fabulous Review for the Apothecary Inn!

First, a note on ratings... I rarely give out 5 stars. 4 stars means I am VERY happy with a business, as is the case here, and highly recommend it.

I came across this place from a Craigslist search, and it's a great find. First, I'd suggest checking out their web site for much information about the B&B and what they are about... that will save me some explanation time:

- Property/Location
The property is great. It really is a working farm, with a variety of animals on the property, plus a couple of different gardens including an herb garden where some ingredients for their breakfasts come from. They also raise chickens, so the eggs are farm fresh. The are maybe 20 minutes or so from downtown Jacksonville, an easy drive. They are right in the middle of Applegate Wine Country, with many wineries very close by (including one right next door). There is a river nearby with a very nice swimming hole if you come in the hot summer, and it's a worthwhile diversion. Also nearby is Howling Acres Wolf Sanctuary, though that is maybe 20-25 minutes away.

- Rooms
We stayed in their more expensive room, which includes a hot tub on the deck.. and we used it every night. It was great... we were there in the summer, so it was too hot to get in during the day, but when it cooled off it was terrific. One of their Llamas would watch us from afar in the tub, which was funny. The bed was quite comfortable and the sheets and bedspread were very high quality. It was also furnished beautifully. There is a common room that is a sitting room with a nice library of books plus comfortable chairs to sit in, also furnished very nicely.

If you stay, be sure and look at their before and after photos of the property, they have done a beautiful job with it.

- Breakfast
In a word... great! We were there three mornings to enjoy breakfast, and it was always very good. It always included ingredients from their farm or garden, and it was always something unique and delicious.

- Hosts
Both Ryan and Jillian were warm and easy to be around. They were always busy during the day doing farm chores, and in the morning right after breakfast were very helpful with ideas on interesting things to see/do (the told us about the great swimming hole on the river) and wineries to visit.

If you come during the summer months, be sure and take in a show at the Britt festival in downtown Jacksonville, and/or a play in Ashland (maybe 45 minutes away).

I would stay there again, it was a great experience. Though we were headed to the Oregon coast after our stay and were excited to see the coast, we also were a bit sad to go. Well worth a trip.

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