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* '''' The Plaza Inn''' [http://www.plazainnashland.com/] Another luxury hotel located just north of downtown, but still within walking distance.  Most rooms have views of downtown and they have great rates during the Shakespeare offsean (Nov-Feb).
 
* '''' The Plaza Inn''' [http://www.plazainnashland.com/] Another luxury hotel located just north of downtown, but still within walking distance.  Most rooms have views of downtown and they have great rates during the Shakespeare offsean (Nov-Feb).
  
* '''Ashland Bed and Breakfasts''' from the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild - Each Inn inspected and Approved. - 1-800-944-6196 * PO Box 12702 * Salem, OR 97309 [http://www.obbg.org/Ashland-oregon-bed-breakfast.html]
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* '''Ashland Bed and Breakfasts''' from the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild - Each Inn inspected and Approved. - ''1 800'' 944-6196 * PO Box 12702 * Salem, OR 97309 [http://www.obbg.org/Ashland-oregon-bed-breakfast.html]
  
 
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Revision as of 00:30, 19 December 2006

Ashland is a city in Oregon.

The Plaza

Ashland is at the south end of the Rogue Valley, only about 15 miles from the California border, on one of the two north/south routes through Oregon.

Overview

Ashland is a small town which home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, one of the largest and oldest regional theatres in the country. Southern Oregon University balances the tourist with students throughout the year. The weather is relatively mild, a few days of snow in the winter, several days of 100F weather in the summer. You'll swear you were somewhere in northern Italy or Switzerland, with snow covered peaks in the winter, a lake not too far away in the valley, and a nice, small-town, community feel that is oh-so-rare these days in the States.

There are two main business districts: one downtown, centered on the Plaza and running southwest along Main Street toward the library. This old-fashion boutique shopping area is home to many amazing restaurants. In fact, you'll have a hard time finding a bad meal. Ashland does not allow any chain stores or restaurants in this district so forget about finding fast food. Connected to this area is 93-acre Lithia Park which was designed by John McLaren (also the designer of San Francisco's Golden Gate Park) in 1914. The other business district is around two miles to the southwest along Siskiyou Boulevard where it meets Ashland Street/Highway 66, near the Southern Oregon University campus and the Ashland Shopping Center. Here you will find the McDonalds that must serve all of its food in cardboard containers because Ashland has outlawed the use of Styrofoam in the city.

Outside of the business districts, Ashland offers a host of outdoor attractions. The famous Pacific Crest Trail, Crater Lake, rafting, biking and Mount Ashland ski slope are all nearby.

Many public places, including most hotels and B&Bs, coffeehouses and even pubs offer free wireless Internet access.


Get in

By Car

Exit 11, 14 or 19 from Interstate 5 in Oregon.

By Bus

Grey Hound stops about one mile north of the downtown area. The local RVTD bus Route 10 stops at Mr. C's (where the Greyhound bus stations is) at :26 & 56 past the hour. The bus ride into downtowm will take you about 10 minutes. Buses run between 5:26am and 6:56pm, Monday-Friday. The bus is FREE but there is no week-end service. Taxi service is available from Ashland Taxi Cab (541) 890-8080 or Yellow Cab (541) 482-3065.

By Air

The Medford International Airport is located 15 miles north of Ashland and is serviced by United Air Lines, and Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air. Cascade Airport Shuttle (541) 488-1998, taxis and some hotels provides service from the airport to Ashland for a nominal fee.

By Rail

The closest Amtrak station is located in Klamath Falls, approximately 80 miles away. A shuttle meets the Coast Starlight from California at 10:20 a.m.each day arriving in Ashland at 1:00 p.m. If you are traveling from the north you must take the connection bus from Portland to the Ashland shuttle. Both shuttles arrive at Safeway about a half mile from downtown. Check www.amtrak.com for more information.

Get around

Parking is free, and easy to find in the wintertime, but summertime availability is a different story, with downtown parking getting quite scarce on evenings when the Shakespeare Festival has shows (i.e., every night but Monday). Many hotels and B&Bs are located close enough to the center of town to make it an easy walk. There are bike lanes downtown and extending outward from the downtown area, making this an easy town to bike around in.

Most days, the Rogue Valley Transportation District operates buses running from one end of town to the other; these buses are free of charge for riders remaining within Ashland.

See

Take a walk along Ashland Creek running down from the hills along Lithia Park, along Calle Guanajuato, running behind the Plaza restaurants and storefonts, and through the center of town. There are plenty of picnic benches and sitting benches for contemplation and conversation in the woods, as well as duck ponds, playgrounds, two large greens and a skating rink in the winter.

Ashland Creek and Winburn Way in Lithia Park

Do

  • Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer Street, +1 541-482-4331 ([email protected]). February through November with no plays on Mondays. One of the largest venues for production of Shakespeare's plays in North America, OSF provides a continuous run of theatrical works from early spring until late fall. In a single weekend, adventurous theater lovers can easily fit in 3 or 4 plays. The rotating repertory season of 11 plays typically includes three Shakespeare pieces, with the remainder made up of modern classics, contemporary pieces, and often one or two world or West coast premieres. The staging and acting is of consistently high quality, but the festival is very popular and buying tickets in advance is almost mandatory. Last-minute travelers can pick up spare tickets at the on-site box office or by holding up a sign on the festival plaza (aka "the bricks"). If you come during the spring or fall and/or see shows on Tuesday, Wednesday or Sunday night you can sometimes get Rush tickets from the box office for 50% off or as little as $6. Call the box office the day of and ask if they think any shows will rush. Also $30-50 (discount during spring and fall, 25-50% discount for youth and seniors). http://www.orshakes.org/


Regional Activities

  • Rafting on the Rogue and Upper Klamath Rivers. Check out Momentum River Expeditions, Noahs Rafting, The Adventure Center for 1/2, one day, and multi-day trips.
  • Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the US and known for its intensely blue waters. (80 miles north of Ashland)
  • Lithia Artisans' Market downtown (seasonal, weather permitting)
  • First Friday Artwalk is a free event held the first Friday evening of every month in which the galleries and wineries join force. Patrons stroll Ashland's many galleries to meet the artists, see demonstrations and enjoy free refreshments and entertainment.
  • Britt Festival in nearby historic Jacksonville is an open-air concert space with varied events all summer
  • Fishing in the Rogue River
  • Water recreation on Emigrant Lake
  • Skiing on Mt. Ashland Mt. Ashland Ski Area
  • Hiking on Mt. Ashland (Pacific Crest Trail proximity)

Holidays

  • Impressive Halloween crowd downtown.
  • The Fourth of July Parade is a big event for the town; it draws visitors from around the region.

Live Theaters

  • Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Elizabethan, Angus L. Bowmer and New Theaters)
  • Oregon Cabaret is the other most compelling theatre in town. Enjoy dinner, drinks and hilarious musical comedy all in the same place. Even if you don't come early for dinner, order a slice of Dick Hay Pie for intermission.
  • The Green Room
  • Oregon Stage Works
  • Lithia Park’s band shell offers Ashland City Band concerts on Thursday nights and Ballet Rogue performs on Monday nights during the summer.

Movie Theaters

  • Varsity Theater (Some smaller run and independent films--located downtown near Ashland Springs Hotel)
  • Ashland Cinema (First-run movies--located in the Ashland Shopping Center at southwest end of town)

Bookstores

  • Bloomsbury Books
  • The Blue Dragon (used books)

Buy

Eat

Ashland's status as a theater and tourist destination means more good restaurants per capita than might be expected in a town of its size dining in Ashland. There are also plenty of budget offerings for the town's college students. Many restaurants offer vegetarian choices. Here are some popular places by price and area:

Budget

  • North End
    • The Breadboard - breakfast and lunch.
  • Downtown
    • Bento's - Asian fusion lunch menu .
  • Railroad district
    • Cozmic Pizza - A Street Marketplace. Delicious pizza with many fresh, organic ingredients, and vegetarian options.
    • La Familia - A Street Marketplace. Mexican.
  • Southwest end
    • Market of Choice Deli

Mid-range

  • Downtown
    • Ashland Bakery Cafe - Breakfast and lunch; breads, cakes and other goods.
    • The Black Sheep - Remarkably authentic English pub grub.
    • Brothers Deli - Breakfast and lunch only; omelettes, burgers, and sandwiches.
    • Dragonfly - Creative salads, noodle bowls, etc.
    • Gepetto's - Hot entrees, baked potatoes, etc. (well-behaved dogs OK at sidewalk tables.)
    • Greenleaf Cafe - Hot sandwiches, soups, salads and specialties. Creekside dining.
    • Munchie's - Burgers, burritos, and amazingly generous pies and cakes.
    • Pangea - Wraps, sandwiches, salads and soups. (well-behaved dogs OK at sidewalk tables.)
    • Pilaf - Mediterranean, largely vegetarian (some meat options). Creekside dining.
  • Southwest end
    • Morning Glory Restaurant - Wonderful breakfasts and lunches. 1149 Siskiyou Blvd., right next door to Subway. [1]
    • Omar's - Traditional dining, steaks.
    • Wiley's Pasta World - Homemade organic pastas. (pay by cash & checks only.)

Splurge

  • Downtown
    • Amuse - Fine cuisine and extensive wine selection. www.amuserestaurant.com 541-488-9000
    • Chateaulin - French bistro, longtime favorite. www.chateaulin.com 541-482-2264
    • Larks - American gourmet, including comfort foods. (well-behaved dogs OK at sidewalk tables.)
    • Monet - French provincial.
    • Pasta Piatti - Italian cuisine and extensive wine selection. (well-behaved dogs OK at sidewalk tables.)
    • Thai Pepper - Thai cuisine. Creekside dining.
  • Railroad District
    • Lela's Café - Creative Northwestern. 541-482-1702 (well-behaved dogs OK at sidewalk tables.)
    • Peerless Restaurant - Creative Northwestern. www.peerlesshotel.com/welcomerest.htm
  • North end
    • New Sammy's Cowboy Bistro - Fresh gourmet. Actually slightly north of Ashland in Talent. 541-535-2779

Drink

Brewpubs

  • The Ashland Creek Bar and Grill
  • Standing Stone - A microbrewery with several beers and a full menu.
  • The Black Sheep - English-style pub offering a full menu of many pub food classics and specialties as well as draft and bottled beers and spirits. Try their Bailey's ice cream.
  • The Siskiyou Pub - Extensive offering of local and regional microbrews with a small menu of pub fare.

Local Wines

  • Alyson's of Ashland has a great selection and very knowledgeable staff. They also feature a gourmet deli with a great lunch menu and a gourmet cookware shop.

Coffeeshops

  • The Beanery. Ashland and Walker Streets, at the Southwest end.
  • Rogue Valley Roasting Company, East Main and Eighth Streets. Free wireless.
  • Hardware Café, A Street at Third. Mostly a bakery, has excellent stuffed bagels, breads and other baked treats. Not open on the weekend.
  • Key of C Coffee House and Bakery, 116 Lithia Way, (541) 488-0302, Hours: Monday-Saturday 6am-4pm, Sunday 7am-3pm. Free wireless.
  • Bloomsbury Books has a coffeehouse in its second-floor loft. Free wireless.

Public Drinking Fountains

  • A fountain of "Lithia Water" can be found in Lithia Park. The taste is... memorable.

Sleep

There is a youth hostel very close to the downtown, at 150 N. Main, 541 482 9217, with a website at http://www.theashlandhostel.com/. Rates run from $25 for dorm style digs to $55 for a family room. This is an old-fashion youth hostel with a 10a-5p lock-out period (during which you can't be in your room) and separate male and female dorms. It is clean and conveniently located though and the cheapest place to sleep in Ashland.

  • Palm Cottages [2] and sister property, Columbia Hotel [3] are your only other low-cost options. Rates start at $49 in the winter (off-season) and $69 in the summer. Palm Cottages is across from the college, a few blocks from downtown. Columbia Hotel is in the downtown area above the botique shops.
  • Arden Forest Inn [4], Ashland Oregon's Premier Lodging Destination for Theatre Enthusiasts. This unique Ashland bed & breakfast is situated on an acre of lush, park-like gardens and offers over 15 years of hospitality excellence. Arden Forest Inn has maintained the top rating for Ashland on TripAdvisor since 2000.
  • The Ashland Springs Hotel [5] is a luxury hotel located downtown on East Main Street. It is a historic building which was, for many years, the tallest building between San Francisco and Portland.
  • ' The Plaza Inn [6] Another luxury hotel located just north of downtown, but still within walking distance. Most rooms have views of downtown and they have great rates during the Shakespeare offsean (Nov-Feb).
  • Ashland Bed and Breakfasts from the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild - Each Inn inspected and Approved. - 1 800 944-6196 * PO Box 12702 * Salem, OR 97309 [7]

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