Ashland, Oregon
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Home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland is full of cultural opportunities. There are also various other theatre groups, featuring a wide variety of performances, including musicals, comedy and experimental theatre. Shakespeare and other plays are presented in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's outdoor Elizabethan Theater and the Angus Bowmer Theatre and also the New Theater. Music is everywhere in Ashland, with opera, bluegrass, folk singing and chamber music being only some of the offerings for visitors.

Originally called Ashland Mills in 1855, the town of Ashland is located approximately 15 miles north of the California border on Interstate 5. Ashland is is a short drive from Crater Lake National Park, located at the headwaters of the Rogue River. Ashland is also close to the southern Oregon coast. Everywhere you look, there are reminders of the past, from pioneer vintage buildings to Victorian houses. Ashland has many bed and breakfasts for the weary traveler, several in fine old Victorian homes. The Ashland B & B Clearing House (541-488-0338) and the Ashland B & B Reservation Network (1-800-944-0329) both represent networks of inns and can provide reservation information on bed and breakfasts in the area.

In addition to the wide variety of cultural offerings, Ashland has many forms of recreation. Skiing Mt. Ashland is a popular wintertime activity. There are 23 ski runs, 80 miles of cross country trails, and, best of all, it's only 15 miles from downtown Ashland. Ashland, built on the banks of Bear Creek, also has the Bear Creek Bike and Nature Trail. A favorite of bikers, the trail runs along Bear Creek, then down the valley to Medford. There is river rafting and jet boat rides on the Rogue and Klamath Rivers, and many pristine mountain lakes for anglers to try their hand at catching steelhead, salmon and trout.

Ashland also has a state-of-the-art interactive science museum, the ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum. Amaze yourself with over 80 interactive science exhibits, Science Live! performances and hands-on activities. This exciting family attraction offers a dynamic atmosphere great for explorers of all ages with frequently changing shows and exhibits. Special events throughout the year include indoor and outdoor festivals, lectures, school programs and summer camps. Call for current hours (541-482-6767).

Mountain bikers will find the 28 mile Lithia Loop Mountain Bike Route a pleasure and a challenge. Riding the 31 mile Siskiyou Crest Mountain Bike Route, you will see spectacular views of the Siskiyou Mountains and Mt. Shasta. Golfers can tee off at one of the five golf courses in the Ashland/Medford area. Ashland also has two wineries that offer daily wine tasting.

For culture, recreation or beauty, Ashland is a special place, a treasure for all to enjoy.


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    Lithia Park, a National Historic Site, is called the "jewel of Ashland". With two fountains of lithia mineral water, everyone can taste the effervescent waters. Since the waters are slightly sulfurous, it's an acquired taste.

    100 acres in size, the mature trees and beautiful trails makes it wonderful destination for tourist and resident alike. The park also includes a playground, tennis courts, a Japanese garden, picnic areas and two duck ponds, all of which makes it the hub of Ashland.


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