The lovely city of Ashland beckons you! Locals aptly describe it as “The Lost City of Ashlantis,” a mythically perfect little town. A traveler’s paradise, Ashland offers the charm of a small town with all the amenities of a big city, like fine dining and boutique shopping! Ashland prides itself on its local flair, and restricts any chain stores within the city limits. All the shops you will browse and all of the food you will savor will be locally owned and often, locally produced. Ashland Chamber of Commerce: http://www.ashlandchamber.com
Of course, our claim to fame is the world-renowned three season-long Shakespeare festival, which boasts traditional Shakespeare plays, modern theatrical productions as well as Shakespeare “with a twist” (traditional Shakespeare scripts set in other eras or cultures). The plays run six days a week, with many plays to choose from on a daily basis. The plays are of outstanding quality and you will find that you make new discoveries about his plays with presentations of even the most venerated of Shakespeare's works. Oregon Shakespeare Festival: https://www.osfashland.org
Ashland is also quickly becoming a major player on the field as a destination for wine tourism. Ashland was recently voted one of the “Top Ten Wine Destinations” by Wine Enthusiast, as the Southern Oregon Valley boasts a growing number of superb vineyards and wineries, with award winning wines. This year alone, the San Francisco Chronicle awarded over thirty gold medals to Southern Oregon wines!
The land and seasons here in Southern Oregon match those found in prominent areas of Europe better than any other region in the United States. Oregon is best known for its Pinot Noir, but Southern Oregon produces some of the finest Viogniers in the world, along with everything from Cabernet to even Rieslings! There are over 120 wineries and 220 vineyards growing 75 different varietals in the Southern Oregon region. We always leave a selection of our favorite local wines in our suites. Feel free to let us know your preference in advance and we can custom select options for you to enjoy. Southern Oregon Winery Association: southernoregonwines.org Nature lovers will be amazed at the bio-diversity surrounding Ashland, from the pristine Lithia Park to the glittering Emigrant lake twenty minutes from town. City of Ashland Parks and Recreation Department: http://www.ashland.or.us/SectionIndex.asp?SectionID=426