love the balcony

What a superb, peaceful, fabulously fitted and designed apartment! I just love the balcony, too, where I can watch the bird life and visiting deer whilst enjoying morning tea. Your choice of pillows and comfortable beds are great, as are the fittings in the kitchen area. Top of the “pops” is the unique luggage lift called “Franco”. I plan to visit again and do so look forward to it.

Christine R. – Going by Sea, Worthing, UK

walk the trails

We had a great stay in the Medford/Jacksonville area. My wife, Charlotte, is teaching classes at Middleford Yarn and Stitchery, nearby. Thanks for recommending that we walk the trails. The Susan Zigler trail was a wonderful start to our day. The accommodations here are spectacular. Thanks!

Fred and Charlotte D. – Arlington, TX

thanks for the memories

Our stay was very short, but our memories are going to continue. We enjoyed the Britt concert and dinner next door was divine. You have a beautiful eye for design and to show my jealousy of your rooms, I am probably going to “borrow” a few ideas at home. :- )

Richard and Megan – Chicago, IL

do we really have to check out?

Simply wonderful! One of the finest inns anywhere. Do we really have to check out?

John and Kandice – Nevada City, CA

first class

Elan is beautifully decorated, comfortable, sophisticated and yet has virtually all the extras to make our stay perfect. We couldn’t think of much to improve! Thank you for your warmth, graciousness and helpful attitude. You and everything: First Class! One of the best we’ve stayed in, and we’ve traveled a lot! Best to you and Elan. We’ll be back!

Michael, Susan and Amelia S. – Redland, CA

we’ll be back

What a beautiful place you have created. Peaceful and relaxing. We’ll be back next summer. Thanks again!

Nancy, David, Allison M. – Mercer Island, WA

a lovely place

Thanks for sending my socks. I’m still not sure how we left them behind. I’m enclosing $2 to cover postage and envelope. Jan and I enjoyed meeting you and staying at your lovely place in Jacksonville. We hope to return someday soon.

Peter and Jan F. – Hawaii

the best place to stay

Thanks for all your hospitality. The accommodations have placed an emphasis to detail and comfort. On our next trip south, we will be staying with you again. We love the quiet, peaceful town of Jacksonville and have found the best place to stay.

Lynn and Marian T. – Seattle, WA

a wonderful surprise

What a wonderful surprise – we love the Elan! It is everything we hoped it would be. The deer, crickets and ‘concert’ were perfect. Thank you for making this a great start to our vacation. We will definitely try to come again.

Ron and Laurinda

quiet getaway

Thank you, Cherie and Duane, for creating the perfect place for a quiet getaway. Even if there was nothing to do in Jacksonville, Elan Suites would be a destination. Enjoyed visiting with you and we will be back.

Hugh and Rita

a world away

We buy Britt tickets only if we can book a room at Elan, which is just 45 minutes from our home, but a world away.

Susan and Michael

outstanding accommodations

What a wonderful stay. We know the Rogue Valley very well and Elan is the best.

In addition to the outstanding accomodations,Cherie and Duane make everything just a bit more special.


we will not forget how wonderful your place is

We are beginning to forget the number of times we have stayed at Elan over the last few years, but we will not forget how wonderful your place is. Thanksgiving in Jacksonville was wonderful, too! This makes our second Jacksonville parade we have attended, as well. It is fun dreaming about living here one day, as we explore the area even further. Thank you for our stay.

Ed and Elaine

thank you for this amazing experience

This place is absolutely exquisite and reflects who you are and the world you’ve created. Thank you for this amazing experience and a wonderful talk. I will be back, soon. Blessings to you.


top-notch surroundings

Thanks for your usual hospitality, making us feel at home. Always enjoy coming back to top-notch surroundings. The sun was an added plus.

Larry and Janis

here we are again!

Here we are again! God bless you! You make our life sweet!


the art work was wonderful

What a lovely time. So glad to know of Elan Guest Suites in this idyllic town of Jacksonville. Gogi’s was amazing for dinner, so close and convenient. We feel lucky to have been here while snow was falling, just added to the charm. The art work was wonderful, as well, although I have much to learn about art. Will tell our friends! All the best!

Cindy and Jeff

by far the most exquisite place

Wow! This is by far the most exquisite place I have ever stayed. I want to thank you for taking such great care of us and for providing us with such an amazing place to stay. 😀 We will definitely be back!! God bless and thank you so very much. I felt so at home.

A & K

my husband was very impressed

Another fabulous stay. My husband was very impressed, as I knew he would be, we love this place. Thanks for a wonderful experience.

Rick and Linda

we can’t wait to visit again

What a wonderful spot! Great, warm and genuine people, throughout, and we can’t wait to visit again.

Tim and Barbara

all of the amenities of any 5 star hotel

We love Gabriel Mark Lipper’s art, all of the amenities of any 5 star hotel, with the comforts of home, too. Thank you, we will return.

Patti and Larry

found this peaceful place to stay

We absolutely loved staying here. We came looking for a respite from our working life and found this peaceful place to stay. Thank you for your hospitality. We hope to be back soon.

Thom and Rose

the sanctuary i have always craved

You have given me the sanctuary I have always craved. You have put your heart and soul into this place and I have been so blessed by all the fruits of your labor. Thank you for creating a place I can call home. I pray you will be blessed 100 times more than Elan has blessed me.


an enchanting time in jacksonville and at élan

As usual, we had an enchanting time in Jacksonville and during our stay at Elan. We will never forget the warm reception upon our arrival when we met your son and mom.

Susie and Jim

the most relaxing getaway

Thank you so much for a fabulous stay. We can’t say enough about your hospitality and all of Elan’s amenities. You have thought of everything. We will certainly visit again. This has been one of the most relaxing getaways we’ve had, just perfect!!

Chelsea and Adam

hey, this is our fourth visit!

Still so warm, these last days of summer. Ideal. The meadow is full of ripening fruit which brings family visits from the deer, with two young ones, twice daily. It is so relaxing to be here. Last night Smokey Robinson closed the season at Britt. So flamboyant. Friday evening was the best ever and such a surprise with Boz Scaggs sharing with Michael McDonald. A superb band, with a backup singer named Monet, who was channeling Aretha Franklin. Wow. Boz is one classy old dude. Hey, this is our fourth visit! You have been the best. Elan is like a second home, sort of . . . My first home is a ramshackle little cottage! Oh, everyone should discover this little secret on the winery road, a newly opened beauty on the Applegate called ‘Red Lily’. You can taste, buy a bottle already chilled (if you like), also a lovely cheese and bread platter (reasonable) and take it down to the river beach where chairs, chaises and tables are available. A little Eden. Thank you, Duane, for the beautiful watermelon and always your warm hospitality. It is a bitter sweet thing to leave our little sanctuary. Farewell until next summer. Hope it’s a nice winter.

PS: I hope you enjoy the elderberry jam


i love my jacksonville tradition with you

You both have become friends, so willing to take the greatest care of each individual’s needs and desires. Duane, thank you extra for the organic watermelon and pistachios, our fav treat. See you again soon. I love my Jacksonville tradition with you. Britt, wine tasting and patio dining.


high above our expectations

We had a wonderful time in our beautiful Elan suite. The accommodations are truly high above our expectations and your warmth and hospitality have made our stay here very comfortable. Many thanks!!

Mike and Leslie

everything we could have wanted

Staying at Elan was everything we could have wanted it to be. We will be back! Thanks so much for your wonderful hospitality.

Jackie and Brian

so incredibly ‘us’

Wow! One day in and two to go. Not sure how to top the already phenomenal stay it has been thus far! Elan is so incredibly ‘us’ and we will undoubtedly be back.

Hope and Justin

a great space

Thank you (again and again) for creating and keeping a great space. All four of us enjoyed everything.

Trese and Steve

Liv and Chloe

a wonderful stay!

Thank you for a wonderful stay!

Rebecca and Rich

we didn’t lack for anything!

Thank you so kindly for the generous friendliness and hospitality you extended to us. Our stay was very comfortable. We didn’t lack for anything!

Pam and Jim

worth the 5 hour drive from portland

Many thanks to Cherie & Duane for creating such a perfect spot! We had the pleasure of staying at Elan in the Portofino room. This room was designed and decorated beautifully! It was modern, clean, comfortable, private, quiet and most of all very relaxing. We only stayed for one night, but Elan was definitely worth the 5 hour drive from Portland to Jacksonville! Thank you again! We hope to see you soon…


3 wonderful nights at elan

My husband and I (plus our daughter and her friend) recently stayed in the Luna Vista Suite. It was a wonderful experience. We prefer staying in Jacksonville when attending the Ashland Shakespeare Festival. It’s a great little town with hiking, biking and even some great shopping just outside the door (and only 20 minutes from the Ashland scene). Cherie is such a thoughtful hostess, who is knowledgeable about the whole area. The Luna Vista Suite was very comfortable with all the amenities you would want. It has two lovely, private decks perfect for enjoying a cup of coffee. For anyone looking for a place to stay for the Britt festival, THIS IS IT! The Britt concerts are just up the block and the suite has a full size fridge, perfect for storing all your picnic goodies. Enjoy!

a perfect place for my two weeks in jacksonville

I’ve traveled quite a bit, both professionally and for pleasure, and I’ll be the first to say I have high expectations and can be hard to please. Clean and comfortable is great. Pampered and carefree is better. Elan Guest Suites certainly belongs in the latter group. It was a great find for my two week stay in Jacksonville.

First, about the place: Located in walking distance to all shops and restaurants Elan Suites is not what you would expect in such an old historic town as Jacksonville. The building is recent and beautifully built. The spacious suites are well designed, bright, comfortable and furnished with Cherie’s contemporary touch (great form and function here).

I stayed in the Portofino Suite and was given a tour of the other two guest suites. Beautiful art adorns the walls throughout the rooms and of course in the Gallery below. And, very important, I slept soundly each night in the great bed.

As for the owners, Cherie and Duane could not have been sweeter or more attentive (while giving me as much privacy and space as I wanted). Everything you would expect from good Innkeepers. Great conversations when I wanted and invisibility when I chose. Being a first timer to Jacksonville, I relied on their suggestions for dining, hiking, day trips and even got help with my laundry.

I will be back I’m sure and am happy to give Elan my highest recommendation. You’ll be fortunate to find your way there as well. Just a perfect place for my two weeks in Jacksonville.



The suite and its deck are so beautiful, like staying in a furnished posh brand new condo. The grounds and view are lush and Duane was planting even more flowers that weekend. Cherie was so friendly and helpful from start to finish. Secure parking and extra amenities in the common area were appreciated, as was the sound system. The only thing I can think to suggest is to have extra bath towels available in the room, as there were only 2 for the stay that we could see.

Innkeeper’s Note: Thanks so much for the feedback. Each suite is supplied with 2 sheet bath towels, 2 standard bath towels, 3 hand towels and 4-6 washcloths. If you want more, just ask. We’re so sorry you were cheated towels during your stay. 🙁

absolutely the best

We travel a lot and “Elan” was just wonderful…..chic, immaculately clean, so relaxing, and delightful service from Cherie! We will go back often….walk to wonderful restaurants and shops….or enjoy the peace of the suite all day as we read. The sound system throughout the suite, soft candles, and fresh ground coffee…..what more can I say. Thank you for this gem!

V & R

a perfect stay

This is not your ordinary guest suite. It is immaculately well designed, maintained and user friendly. I want to return for much longer as it was so peaceful, welcoming, and beautiful. The kitchen was fully equipped and even came with a $30 gift certificate for the local coffeehouse. The hosts are incredibly helpful and friendly. Go out of your way to stay here!

best stay ever

We couldn’t have asked for more. Reading Elan’s website certainly enticed us to book; but, we never expected to be so incredibly enchanted! The room was so beautiful and outfitted with every convenience…they thought of EVERYTHING! As soon as we wished we had something, we’d find it was already there. The breakfast action plan was phenomenal; loved not having to meet specific breakfast times, or eat with strangers…coffee shop gift card, what a great idea. We most loved the option to be left to our own device; no interruptions, no bothersome staff…just my husband and I. Oh, I would be remiss not to mention the owner, Cherie; she was so attentive, kind and considerate. She allowed us only as much attention as we desired; so very lovely and non-intrusive. We have decided to make our visit to Elan an annual getaway!

sleek, stylish decor

“With sleek, stylish decor, the Elan is best suited for couples looking for modern romance. Expect the utmost in privacy. Choosing one of the inn’s three suites is difficult, at best. The Luna Vista suite is the most spacious and luxurious, with two balconies, cream-colored walls, and thick velvet curtains. The Milan suite gives off a masculine feel with vibrant green hues; the Portofino suite boasts a sultry style with burnt-orange accents.”

Found in “The Best Places to Kiss in the Northwest” (tenth edition), by Teri Citterman

wonderful surprise

What a wonderful surprise to rest in such elegant and warm surroundings. Our trip here to celebrate our friend’s 90th birthday was very much enhanced by staying at Elan. Your warmth and concern for our comfort made us feel so at home. Our next trip to Jacksonville we will certainly be staying with you again.

Ken and Suzanne H. – Moorpark, CA

wonderful haven for relaxing

Thank you so much for a wonderful haven for relaxing, sleeping fantastically in that gorgeous bed and providing lots of opportunities to feel really on a holiday! I do hope to return and make the most of this “love nest” even without playing at the Britt Festival! Thank you.

Alison Balsom – Hertfordshire, England

so beautiful

We all had such a wonderful time here. Elan is so beautiful, peaceful and comfortable. Everything was perfect. My daughters were very happy with their rooms and we were able to enjoy visiting with my son and his family so easily. Thanks you so much for helping our little family reunion go off so well. We will have wonderful memories and hope to return.

Diane and Doug B. – Houma, LA

inspiring sanctuary

An inspiring, beautiful sanctuary far from the maddening crowd but very close to my concert venue!

Jon Kimura Parker – Vancouver, BC

a real treat

Thanks for helping to turn a good trip into a great escape! Elan was a real treat and the escape we were looking for. We’ll be back!

Dan and Maria S. – Fresno, California

simultaneous simplicity and opulence

Thank you so much for an amazing night’s rest. The simultaneous simplicity and opulence of Elan make it such a treat, like the most decadent of chocolate truffles. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We’ll be spreading the word! Many thanks. PS: The casinos have nothing on Elan!

Cari and Trannon – Reno, NV

élan gets 5 stars!

Wonderful accommodations! The attention to detail is appreciated. Élan gets 5 stars!