Step back in time with a visit to Southern Oregon’s historic Jacksonville Inn hotel. The Inn, built in 1861, is listed on the National Historic Register and is centrally located downtown in the heart of the National Historic Landmark town of Jacksonville, Oregon. My husband and I recently escaped to Southern Oregon and the Applegate Valley during the Thanksgiving holiday with our well-behaved Labrador Retriever. Yes, Jacksonville Inn is tail-wagging pet-friendly. With eight hotel guest rooms and four honeymoon cottages nearby, Jacksonville Inn is the ideal location for a romantic getaway or family reunion.
The gold-rush town of Jacksonville is only five miles west of Medford and 15 miles north of Ashland, Oregon. It’s an easy drive from the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as Seattle. The Inn itself is within walking distance to the famous Britt Music & Art Festival. We could have stayed in one of the hotel rooms, as two rooms are dog-friendly, but we opted for the Robbie Collins Cottage #9.
Being that I’m from California, I found a kindred spirit in Robbie Collins, the man who helped designate the town of Jacksonville as a National Historic Landmark and the namesake of Cottage #9. Collins was born in Riverside, California, graduated from Stanford University in Palo Alto and worked in San Francisco before moving to Jacksonville. He, too, saw the natural beauty in Southern Oregon and wanted to share this historic gem with the world.
The Robbie Collins Cottage, and all rooms & cottages, comes with a $15 credit per person toward breakfast in the Jacksonville Hotel. Breakfast is served from 7:00 – 10:30 a.m. Monday – Saturday. Sunday Champagne Brunch is served from 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (the same $15 credit pp applies.) I loved the chicken apple sausage & fresh baked scones, and my husband said the Eggs Benedict was excellent.
The cottage has a sitting room with gas fireplace and entertainment center, as well as a wet bar for preparing coffee, tea or hot chocolate. Sodas and snack basket operate on the honor bar system with individual items added to your bill. Air conditioning and heat operate on a wall thermostat, as does the fireplace. There’s also a large whirlpool tub with bath salts (robes are tucked in the closet) and my husband liked the steam shower option as an extra feature. The cottage decor is a bit dated, but everything works, the bed is very comfortable and it’s a historic cottage – the charm is in the history!
Jacksonville Inn Dinner House Lounge
Be sure to make a reservation at either the main restaurant or the more casual Bistro. We dined at both places and were pleased with each experience. I ordered the lamb chops for dinner and my husband was impressed with the large wine selection. Try a local wine from the Applegate Valley to pair with your meal and don’t forget to save room for the Inn-made desserts – they are tasty!
Need to know:
The entire inn offers free Wi-Fi access, as do guest cottages. All honeymoon cottages include whirlpool tubs, steam showers, fireplaces, wet bars and king-sized beds. The cottages share a garden gazebo for intimate weddings. We stayed in the Robbie Collins Cottage which rented for $270 plus tax during the winter season. Rooms range from $159-$465 for the Presidential Cottage, depending on room and time of year. All rooms are non smoking and several accept pets with a $25 pet fee. Check the website for special pricing and Britt Festival packages.
Check-in time: 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Check-out time: 11:30 a.m.
To compliment the restaurant’s award-winning wine list, Jacksonville Inn boasts a wine shop within the hotel with over 2,000 bottles of wine. The shop is an easy way to explore the Applegate Valley wine region without getting behind the wheel of your car. Wine tasting is not just for hotel guests, The Inn offers 16 local wines by the glass. For additional insider tips follow luxury travel writer Nancy D. Brown on Twitter @nancydbrown and friend Jacksonville Inn on Facebook. The bed and breakfast is a member of Unique Inns. For additional things to do in Southern Oregon visit this website.
If You Go:
175 East California
Jacksonville, Oregon 97530
Jacksonville Inn bed & breakfast review, all photography and YouTube video by travel writer Nancy D. Brown. I was a guest of Jacksonville Inn for first-hand review purposes, however all opinions are my own.