BreakfastI have often heard it said “that America is a Land of Opportunity” and it certainly has been for Adam and myself. If I had been told that five years ago today that we would be the proud new Innkeepers of Abigail’s Bed & Breakfast in Ashland, Oregon would we have still made the same decisions that we have over these past five years, the answer would still be a resounding YES!

Our parents were both immigrants to (Rhodesia – at the time)  Zimbabwe  where both Adam and I grew up. For most of our life we have lived in a country filled with  political turmoil and very little stability. Unstable as it was we still managed to deal with the issues and follow the Zimbabwean way of life by “making a plan” as and when required. There was never any question of not coming to America for us, we were both more than ready for the opportunity to search for a new life for our golden years. After a trip to Florida and many discussions with our American friends we decided upon a two month RV road trip to the West State side of America.  Starting in Phoenix, Arizona, we headed up through Sedona, Arizona, the Grand Canyon, Death Valley, Lake Tahoe, Las Vegas, Nevada and on into a cold, wet and windy Ashland, Oregon. We entered Ashland on Route 66 and spent a week researching our options.  By the way, the back of Route 66 is not for the fainthearted in a 28ft RV.  When we finally crawled into Ashland the plan was to move on without stopping. However as it was so obviously meant to be – we stayed for a week before heading out to explore the Redwoods, the Pacific Coastal Highway and San Diego!  Well to cut a long story short – we eventually returned a year later to Ashland. We spent a month here and finally decided on a way forward.  That way forward was so obviously Abigail’s Bed and Breakfast Inn –  we became Innkeepers!

I myself have had a passionate “love affair” with food, wine, hospitality and people for the last thirty years of my life. A self taught Chef with a thirst for food and wine knowledge I felt that Abigail’s was the perfect canvas for me. Adam is the family’s “Bean Counter” – our accountant. The stability in this partnership, who has over the years been influenced greatly by my passion for the hospitality industry. We have a wonderful son Matthew, who has remained in Africa for the time being. In owning Abigail’s our greatest achievement now is to not only maintain the high professional standard of hospitality that the previous owners bought to Abigail’s but to grow and to add to them. To that extent we will aim to give you – our Guests – Good Service, Good Food and Good Value to all who pass through our door as well as a warm Abigail’s Welcome!