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Fun and/or romantic things to do or see Labor Day weekend??

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Salem, Oregon
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Fun and/or romantic things to do or see Labor Day weekend??

We booked a room at Lithia Springs Resort during Labor day Weekend. Never been to Ashland and we are from Salem, What kind of fun things are there to do in or near Ashland? I know there are a lot of vineyards and we do a lot of wine tasting. Just wondering what else we can do that is fun or romantic besides wineries and plays. Is there any night life on Fri and Sat nights? Any quirky or cool places to see around there??

Thanks!

Dallas, Oregon
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1. Re: Fun and/or romantic things to do or see Labor Day weekend??

Just made a couple of suggestions on another post. Jacksonville is a fun town that can easily occupy a full day. The Rogue Creamery in Central Point is also worth a visit -- excellent chocolate shop next door, also. So many good restaurants in Ashland (we love Chateaulin, very romantic), but the Jacksonville Inn is also one of the best. Our top choice for dinner, however, is New Sammy's Cowboy Bistro in Talent. Chef Charlene Rollins trained with Alice Waters at Chez Panisse, and hubby Vernon has perhaps the best wine list in Oregon -- many old French burgundies and bordeaux that are still priced at what he paid in the '80s. Food and wines are extraordinary -- dining in the "old" section in the back is almost like dining in a wine cave.

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2. Re: Fun and/or romantic things to do or see Labor Day weekend??

The Peerless @ The PeerlessHotel is one of our favorite places to dine in Ashland. Lithia Park is fun also. If you're interested in the jet boat rides, The Hellgate Excursions in Grant's Pass is also lots of fun. You can do lunch, dinner or scenic rides. Liquid Assets Wine Bar in Ashalnd is another great place to check out. Very good food, live entertainment and awesome wines. :)

Bend, Oregon
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3. Re: Fun and/or romantic things to do or see Labor Day weekend??

Off the beaten path, check out the Enchanted Florist (flower & chocolate shop) in Ashland. Agree that Jacksonville is worth a look. Nightlife moves at a little slower pace in Ashland - it's more socially oriented I think.

Salem, Oregon
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4. Re: Fun and/or romantic things to do or see Labor Day weekend??

Perfect thanks for all the tips. We love red wines so will be hitting the vineyards Saturday!! Can't wait! May try Jacksonville Inn for lunch and maybe Chateaulin for dinner. Lithia Park sounds nice too! Will check out Enchanted Florist too!

Edited: 10:34 pm, August 30, 2012
Troutdale, Oregon
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5. Re: Fun and/or romantic things to do or see Labor Day weekend??

Drive to Grants Pass and take a Hellsgate Jetboat excursion ~ they are still running until Sept. 23. It's only about 1/2 hour drive from Ashland. They are so fun you will enjoy laugh until you can't laugh anymore.. They spin out and you see great wild life and have a meal at the OK Corral.

I suggest reservations as they are very popular. Taprock is near the loading dock if you stay around for dinner. Patios over the Rogue River.

Mrs O

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6. Re: Fun and/or romantic things to do or see Labor Day weekend??

Yes, the jet boats are great fun! We have done Hellgate several times. This summer we also very much enjoyed the lunch ride with Jerry's out of Gold Beach. :)

Ashland, Oregon
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7. Re: Fun and/or romantic things to do or see Labor Day weekend??

In Ashland, try the Chozu Bath & Tea House (on A Street)...it's a sweet zen-style bath house, with saunas, steam baths, public and/or private hot soaking tubs and a cold soaking tub....you can get massages, tea & food too! It's nice @ night, especially under the stars & full moon :) Enjoy!!

Prescott, Arizona
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8. Re: Fun and/or romantic things to do or see Labor Day weekend??

From another posting in this forum, I see Chateaulin is closed and has been for a while. Just thought I'd let you know.

Eugene, Oregon
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9. Re: Fun and/or romantic things to do or see Labor Day weekend??

OP was looking for advice for Labor Day 2012. Why tag onto a dead horse?

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