Greensprings Inn

Back to the Future at GSI

Steaming spaghetti noodles topped with a generous ladle of rich marinara, sprinkled with Parmesan, Meat or veg? Your choice. A piece of house-made bread toasted with garlic. A crisp green salad on the side.

Would you drive up a mountain highway for this meal? Lots of folks did just that for decades, back in the day. Barbara McHugh, our kitchen goddess, launched Spaghetti Night deep in the mists of time, soon after she built Green Springs Inn and opened it in 1981. Her incomparable family marinara recipe pulled in neighbors from near and far well into the new millennium.

Spaghetti Night was not the only tradition that we lost over the years. Green Springs Inn had a focaccia pizza era and featured Taco Tuesdays for a few winters. All that vanished as we became a mountain cabin destination for travelers from Switzerland to Singapore.

But we have had enough of worldwide notoriety. Clearly, amid the confusion of globalization, handheld teleportation devices and artificial reality, the time has come to get back to basics like democracy, the rule of law, spaghetti and pizza.

Let’s start with pizza. One of our cooks, George Johnson, has engineered a sourdough pizza crust, starting with our ancient sourdough pancake culture. This creates a platform for tangy tomato sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni and Italian sausage, veggies or even pineapple and ham.

What about the price? If I remember correctly, Barbara’s spaghetti specials started at $5 a plate. According to the august American Institute for Economic research, that 1981 fiver would be worth $14.19 in 2020 dollars. So how about a $14 pizza? It will feed a couple of people, so that gets that per person price back to something like a 1980s deal.

The starting date for our New Pizza Special will be Friday, March 6. Mark that date on the digital calendar in your intelligent device, the one that wakes you up in the morning and reminds you in a soothing voice: Pizza at the Greenie today.

When pizza appears, spaghetti will not be far behind. We will let you know when it’s ready. Check Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, all your New Age media.

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Diarmuid McGuire

Less than an 30 minute drive from Ashland, the Green Springs is a world apart from the hustle, bustle and endless asphalt of modern life. Here, near the crest of the Southern Cascades, Green Springs Inn is creating a sustainable getaway opportunity by protecting and nurturing a long-abused forest, using dead and dying trees to build cabins, harvesting solar energy and more. The lodge at Green Springs Inn offers comfortable high country accommodations at affordable prices. Six of our eight rooms include Jacuzzi tubs and two have private decks. The Inn also offers nine deluxe vacation cabins on an adjoining 150 acre parcel. Each cabin offers privacy, a unique view, a single bedroom with a king size bed, a loft and a sofa bed for additional guests, a deep jetted tub, a wood burning stove, a fully equipped kitchen and a bathroom with tiled shower. Dogs are welcome at Green Springs Inn. We use organic, fragrance-free cleaning products and restrict pets from designated accommodations for visitors who are highly sensitive to allergens. Our Forest Room group facility provides a perfect setting for a retreat, a meeting, a family gathering or a small event.

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