Deer made Ashland visit extra enjoyable

Deer made Ashland visit extra enjoyable

My wife and I recently rented a cottage for the month of July in Ashland. What a marvelous time we had during our stay.

There were so many great things to do in the area — attending plays at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, hillside hikes around beautiful Lithia Park and biking down the Bear Creek Greenway.

We dined at many fine restaurants, spent an entire day whitewater rafting on the Klamath River and, perhaps most importantly, met dozens of helpful and welcoming residents who made our stay seem like home. We had visited Ashland for five days last summer and so we were not surprised that we had all these wonderful experiences.

What did surprise us were the deer. They were everywhere in town. A fawn was born a few feet from our back bedroom window. Its mother hid it in shrubs next to our front door for an entire day and by the second day it was bounding through the neighborhood.

Two young bucks in velvet spent mornings in our backyard every day for two weeks. Never have I seen so many deer so tame and so up close. Needless to say I took more photographs of the deer than anything else during our stay.

We're now considering returning in October. My wife wants to see the fall colors and I want to photograph the bucks with their fully grown antlers.

As I am sure residents already know, Ashland is one of America's great treasures.

Jim Cornett

Palm Springs, Calif.

Check out Klamath's historic Baldwin Hotel

I recently revisited the historic Baldwin Hotel Museum at 31 Main St. near downtown Klamath Falls.

Back in 2000 I recall two letters of mine that ran in both the Ashland Daily Tidings and Klamath Falls Herald and News. They both alluded to this icon of our Southern Oregon neighbor 65 miles east of Ashland.

Thirteen years later, the Baldwin Hotel remains standing and open to the public at its original location just several blocks from Link River.

The Baldwin Hotel Museum is open for guided public tours from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays.

This 1906 vintage structure was originally a hardware store and was converted to a hotel in March 1911. A four-floor guided tour lasts about two hours for only $10 per person entry fee; the tour for a couple would be $20, a lot of "bang for the buck" and worth it! For more on the Baldwin Hotel in Klamath Falls (my birthplace) access, or likewise The Oregon Encyclopedia via Enter "Baldwin Hotel" into the latter's search site.

The Baldwin Hotel, Klamath County Museum, Favell Museum of Western Art and Indian Artifacts, and Fort Klamath Museum are within easy drive of Ashland and the Rogue Valley. It's a great place to take children to during their summer break. Check it out.

James A. Farmer