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Ashland novices - just in the planning stages

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Ashland novices - just in the planning stages

My adult daughter and I are contemplating a road trip to the Shakespeare Festival next summer (2014). It's pretty overwhelming - where do we begin? We love staying in B&Bs, would love to see a couple of outdoor performances. When should we start booking? What do you recommend for a minimum number of days to stay in the area? Point us in the right direction - thanks so much!

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1. Re: Ashland novices - just in the planning stages

http://www.osfashland.org/

Our normal annual visit usually has us seeing two or three shows over a one or two night stay. Keep an eye on the festival website. Even better sign up for emails. Members get the first chance at tickets, about a month or so before they go on sale to the general public. The early and late seasons offer lower prices and coincide, as well, with lower lodging rates. Shows in the outdoor Elizabethan theater start a bit later in the festival season when the weather improves (shows are generally NOT canceled because of rain...something to consider, since some seats are under cover, most are not).

It's easy to see a matinee (1 p.m.) and an evening show (8 p.m.) in the same day and four shows over two days. But each play isn't scheduled every day at the same time, so you really have to figure out what plays you want to see and match your preferences to your visit as much as possible. The good thing is that they almost never put on bad plays...so even seeing one you're dubious about will turn out to please you. The acting is fantastic. All shows start exactly on time and once doors close you can't get in until intermission (if there is one). Also, there are no bad seats, especially in the main theater, which has unbelievable acoustics.

As for the b&bs, there are dozens of them and some buy blocks of tickets which they can sell to their guests; a great deal if the show you want is sold out and your b&b has tickets. Even if a show is sold out, you can usually get extra tickets and returns if you hang out at the box office the hour or so before showtime.

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2. Re: Ashland novices - just in the planning stages

Since you said road trip, I assume you'll be driving. How many days will you have for your trip?

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3. Re: Ashland novices - just in the planning stages

A lovely Bed and Breakfast Inn in Ashland is Country Willows. It is close to town yet located on acreage out in the country. The rooms are beautiful and they offer an excellent cooked breakfast in the morning. They also have an outdoor pool there and beautiful grounds. :)

Edited: 11:58 am, August 19, 2013
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4. Re: Ashland novices - just in the planning stages

http://www.abbnet.com/

www.bedandbreakfast.com/ashland-oregon.html

tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g29998-c2-Ashland_Ore…

In addition to the festival site, check out these websites. There are lots of b&bs in Ashland. Personally, I'd pick one that is within walking distance of the theater plaza and all the restaurants if possible. The rates range from the $150 to $200 range on up to out of my affordability for sure. You have lots of time to check them out, including calling them to see how welcoming they are, how accommodating they are to your dietary needs, animal allergies, etc.

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Book your accommodations as soon as you plan your travel dates. We usually stay at Shrew's House B&B and love it. You'll enjoy the outdoor plays more in late summer (July and later) - it does get chilly in the evenings. There are no plays on Mondays so keep that in mind when planning your dates.

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6. Re: Ashland novices - just in the planning stages

We're driving from the Central Coast of CA, a night in Fresno with friends, a couple of nights in Sacramento with friends, maybe 3 nights in Ashland? Then over to the Oregon coast (Coos Bay perhaps) and on down the CA coast to San Francisco and then home.

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7. Re: Ashland novices - just in the planning stages

Let your play selection be your guide; or lay out whatever itinerary fits your schedule and then fill in the plays on the days you have available. You'll be well fed in Ashland, regardless of your schedule.

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8. Re: Ashland novices - just in the planning stages

Will suggest Bandon rather than Coos Bay as it's more scenic.

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9. Re: Ashland novices - just in the planning stages

Bandon has much better restaurant and lodging options, also.

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10. Re: Ashland novices - just in the planning stages

Thank you! Will definitely check out Bandon.