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Ashland

We are going to Medford for a my husband's Softball tournament and then thought we would go to Ashland for the Shakespeare festival.

We will be there the middle of September and would like to see a couple of plays but was wondering what else there is to do in Ashland or near by? I would like some suggestions of nice places ( not super expensive) to stay? I would be open to a hotel, condo or B&B? Any recommendations of things to do and places to stay would be appreciated.

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We have stayed at Country Willows in Ashland and loved it! This property is just a bit out in the country in a very quiet, tranquil setting. We enjoyed the breakfast in the morning and our room was very nice with a balcony overlooking the countryside and spacious room.

If you want to stay closer to downtown, The Ashland Plaza Inns and Suites is nice. We have stayed there many, many times over the years, we like their Spa Suite rooms. There is an outdoor hot tub here and breakfast is included with your stay.

Another place we really like in Ashland is The Ashland Springs Hotel, right in the heart of downtown Ashland. This is a beautiful historic hotel with a beautiful lobby and breakfast served on the Mezzanine Level. Have fun! :)

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Click on Ashland Tourism and/or Ashland hotels in the upper left column on this page and you'll be able to go to the Trip Advisor ratings for everything. Nothing wrong with syrahgirl's suggestions, but you'll find a wder range of accommodations and commentary with the TA ratings. There are literally dozens of fine b&bs and small hotels in Ashland, wonderful restaurants and, of course, great theater.

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As mentioned, there are many fine restaurants in the Ashland area. One of our top favorites, New Sammy's Cowboy Bistro, is in nearby Talent. Despite the somewhat whimsical name, it is a fine dining mecca -- owner/chef Charlene Rollins has cooked at Chez Panisseand hubby Vernon has assembled an illustrious, and bargain-priced wine list, that rivals the best in the Pacific Northwest.

Historic Jacksonville, 10 miles away, is a great choice for a day-trip with historic sites, interesting shops and more great dining. The area is also a fast-developing destination for winelovers. The top varieties are similar to those in warm-weather California (Cabs, merlots, syrahs, etc.,) rather than Oregon's flagship pinot noir which thrives in the cooler climate of NW Oregon. The Rogue Creamery in Central Point, just north of Medford, offers samples of national award-wining cheeses -- especially their incredible varieties of blue cheeses. And, Crater Lake is just a little over two hours away for another day trip.

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If you like wine bars, there's a great one in Ashland called Liquid Assets. Very good food and entertainment, also. Peerless, Amuse and Lark's @ The Ashland Springs Hotel are some other very good places for meals. :)

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If you want scenic beauty, you must consider a trip to Crater Lake National Park, it is truly gorgeous and you won't find anything like it anywhere else.

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I agree with seeing Crater Lake! We were in Ashland yesterday on our way up to Seaside and stopped at El Tapatio for lunch which was very good. :)

Ashland, Oregon
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September is a great time to visit. The weather is still wonderful, and there are fewer visitors.

An earlier forum mentioned many of the above activities, but also included some other ideas:

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Crater Lake is not to be missed. It's a long drive up and back in one day if you're planning to make a play that evening. I'd recommend it on a day when you don't have to be back at a set time.

Rafting tours for the Rogue have booking offices in downtown Ashland (noahsrafting.com/…). Kokopelli (http://www.kokopelliriverguides.com) takes you down the Klamath, which is also lovely. All are designed to get you back to Ashland early enough for a shower and dinner before an evening play.

Be sure to check out the green show before the play if you are back early enough. tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g29998-i1002-k4667…

Many beautiful places to hike. Northwest Nature on Oak Street has maps and knowledgeable staff.

Most of the lodging mentioned here is very nice and fairly expensive, but rates may be lower since you are coming after Labor Day. An inexpensive, basic hotel is the Flagship Inn. I'd also google B&Bs in Ashland.

If you have time, you might enjoy taking the long way home via the coast. Oregon Caves National Monument is another wonderful place to visit if you're not in a rush (http://www.nps.gov/orca/index.htm). The caves are interesting and the Chateau is fantastic. Rooms are not that expensive, and take you back to the past. A creek runs through the restaurant., and the snack bar is an old style soda fountain. But don't try it if you're in a hurry--it's a long, winding drive up and you don't want to be rushed. Your drive back to California takes you through the redwoods, along the Smith River (the cleanest river in the west), and to Crescent City. Lots of beautiful scenery along the coast.

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check out Ashland Lodging Association at www.ashlandlodgingassociation.com for a place to stay. There are about 50 licensed hotels, motels, B&Bs and vacation rentals on their list.

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There are a lot of winery's in the area. There is also a cute little town called Jacksonville or Jackson nearby with shops. There is a free show at 7 pm near the outside theatre in Ashland. Its called the Green Show. People picnic on the grass and watch the show.

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The Green Show is really good entertainment. Welcome to the forums Suz537. Last year we spent a lot of time in Nevada City at The Deer Creek Inn... beautiful town! :).

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