History

Landmark Remains Family-Owned – A Remarkable History

Ron and Donna Bergquist.Oregon has a rich history of family owned and operated businesses. Callahan’s Mountain Lodge has been a part of that tradition since 1947, when Don Callahan chiseled the first wood and stone building out of solid rock on the summit hillside, one mile north of its current location.

Ron and Donna Bergquist purchased the Southern Oregon landmark from the Callahan family in 1996, to carry on a rock solid continuously family-owned and operated Southern Oregon business now  in its 68th year.

After years of transforming the restaurant into a destination resort, a devastating fire occurred in 2006, resulting in a significant loss for the community. The fire did not deter Ron and Donna from their vision and commitment to a future for Callahan’s. The Bergquists were inspired by the resounding support and encouragement from guests near and far to continue the Callahan’s legacy.

From the ashes of a terrible fire Callahan's arises

The owners and their family have developed a sense of connection and identity with the business and with the community. These connections will be sustained as the lodge transitions to Jennifer Self, Donna’s sister, and her family. The good news is that Callahan’s will remain family owned and operated!

Outdoor Dining and Backyard LawnJennifer has dedicated her life to service. Whether running non-profit schools for children or programs for the local YMCA, she has always focused on people. She led fundraising for local animal organizations to better the lives for shelter animals. Through a national organization called Pet Partners, she combined her love of people and animals to improve human lives through animal assisted therapy. Her latest efforts also include managing a horse barn and all the other farm animals.  Meantime, she is Mom to four wonderful children. Jennifer has been with Donna and Ron since they purchased Callahan’s and her children have grown up with the business and its traditions.

Jennifer’s husband, Tim, has an extensive background in internet marketing strategies. Having designed, owned and operated multiple companies specializing in real estate marketing and software development, he brings commitment and business skills to ensure the future success of Callahan’s.

Together they both share a love of people, animals and family traditions. Tim and Jennifer bring three horses, three dogs, two goats, two bunnies and two cats.  “We expect that the goats, Romeo and Bella, will quickly become mountain favorites among children and adults.”

Moutain Lodge at Mt. Ashland Milepost 6Jennifer and Tim anticipate developing Callahan’s future. This includes four more rooms in the lodge, private cabins along the tree line and a complete campground for everyone to enjoy.

With an experienced and dedicated staff and the ongoing support of all of Southern Oregon and Northern California, Callahan’s will continue to be “Ashland’s Mountain Experience” and “A Special Place to Spend Precious Time” for many more years to come.

Our mission is to provide perfect food and perfect service to every guest, every time.
It is our family’s dedication to high standards in a respectful, humble and family-oriented environment that allows us to exceed expectations.  The success of our business depends upon the quality of the memories that you, and our other guests take with them.

Thank you for your patronage!Jennifer and Tim Self