In June 2011, we had the pleasure of staying at the TouVelle House Bed and Breakfast. TouVelle is located in Jacksonville, OR, which is a quaint little town in southern Oregon that, with the help of its storefronts, looks like it is out of an old western movie. This is due in part to there being over 100 buildings in town from the gold rush era that are now on the National Register of Historic Places, and the town itself has been designated a National Historic Landmark.
Upon arrival to what we thought was the B&B, we knocked on the wrong door. We were knocking on the house next door, which belonged to the hosts Gary and Tim Balfour. (Since our time there, ownership has switched to Shawn and Jamie Kerr in January 2014, with Gary and Tim helping them on the side.) We had called in advance asking Gary if we could check in three and half hours early, and he was kind of enough to let us come.
Once I entered the house, the only thing I could notice was how magnificently clean it smelled. The inn is a 3-story Craftsman style home that has beautiful, shiny woodwork. On the living room table was even a photo book that Tim and Gary had put together documenting all of the work they had put into the house. It was fascinating.
We stayed on the third floor of the house in the Crater Lake room. Ironically we stayed in this room after having been to Crater Lake days before and not being able to see it due to fog and snow. The furniture in the room is Mission style and the walls are adorned with Crater Lake mementos. The window looks out to the front of the house into the large oak tree giving you the feeling of being in a tree house. The bathroom was nice and looked out over the solar heated pool, but due to the eaves, the shower was a tad short for Blake’s height (6 feet). The queen-sized bed has luxurious linens and lots of down so you sink right into heaven for a good night’s rest.
We were able to poke our head into many of the other rooms (they have six) and if I had my choice again I may look into staying in the Elizabeth TouVelle room because of the rain showerhead and the space. The Judge’s Chamber room is located on the first floor if mobility issues are a problem. The Adirondack Suite, also on the third floor, I found a little tight and only had a bathtub. (I love me a bath, but it’s not for everyone.) There are also mini fridges on every level for guests to use, and cookies are served during the day.
The B&B had a pool in back with a sauna and had a sprawling lawn and garden in front with a few lawn games and plenty of sitting areas. It was quite lovely. They are only located a few blocks from town, which makes for a quick walk to get dinner or do a little shopping.
Up the road are a few wineries that we stopped at. We went to John Michael Champagne Cellars off Humbug Creek Rd., which I thought had lovely wines and great views of the vineyards and mountains.
And we also went to LongSword Winery, which was awesome. The food was reasonably priced at $5 and we sat and watched paragliders and hang gliders land only a few feet away. After having just been in the Napa Valley area, I found the Applegate Valley Wine Trail region to be much more relaxed and cheaper. Tasting fees are only $5.
Up a road closer to the B&B is the Jacksonville Cemetery. A tad spooky at dusk, for sure, but it is definitely worth a visit. Some of the headstones date back to the 1850s and were separated into sections depending on who you were. It was lovely with all the large trees and easy to walk around. We also saw deer on our way up the road.
But most importantly, was the breakfast during our stay. We only stayed one night because we were flying out of Medford the next morning, and therefore only enjoyed one breakfast. It consisted of banana bread, strawberries in plain yogurt and a broccoli and cheese soufflé with fingerling potatoes. It was all very tasty. But if you didn’t want to eat that, you could have told Gary and he would have allowed you to pick something else. I like that flexibility in some B&B owners.
Our stay there was short but very enjoyable. If I ever find myself back in that area again, and I hope I do as I need to see Crater Lake in all its glory, I would highly consider staying at TouVelle. If you are flying out of the Medford Airport and looking for other options other than an airport hotel, I would also highly recommend TouVelle as the airport is only eight miles away.
TouVelle House Bed and Breakfast
455 North Oregon Street, PO Box 1891
Jacksonville, OR 97530, USA