What are good things to do in the Grants Pass, Ashland and Medford areas?
Greetings from Southern Oregon.
Many attractions in this region depend on the season and how active visitors are. The Grants Pass area is renowned as the gateway to the wild and scenic section of the Rogue River. As such, it is a destination for whitewater rafting and fishing. For those who prefer to see the river from a motorized craft, there is Hellgate Jetboat Excursions.
Grants Pass also is very near Oregon Caves National Monument, the state’s oldest and one of the region’s top attractions. The city’s downtown is popular with antique collectors, and there are lots of wine-tasting opportunities in the nearby Applegate Valley, as well as a Saturday farmers market downtown.
Wildlife Images in Merlin and the Bear Hotel Artworks Museum are popular with kids and adults alike. Here are recent stories from the Mail Tribune’s Joy magazine about those attractions: http://www.mailtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20101020/JOY/10200347&cid=sitesearch and
Just south of Grants Pass in Gold Hill is the offbeat and quirky Oregon Vortex House of Mystery. Here’s another story about that: http://www.mailtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120415/OURVALLEY/204150329&cid=sitesearch
Medford is the headquarters of Harry & David and home to its Country Village. The city of Jacksonville, just west of Medford, is an Old West-style town designated as a National Historic Landmark.
Most tourists come to this area for activities in Ashland, which has the region’s highest concentration of art galleries, live music, restaurants and the popular Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Oregon Cabaret Theater. The city’s beloved Lithia Park, which extends for miles into woodland above downtown should not be missed.
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Manda Reyes says…
There’s an amazing outdoor music venue in Jacksonville as well. Check out http://www.brittfest.org for a list of performances. From Robert Plant to Matisyahu to the Classical Festival, there’s something for everyone under the stars in Jacksonville.
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Holly Dawn says…
If you are in Grants Pass on the weekend do not miss Murder Mystery Dinner Theater at Cynthia’s Home Sweet home. Such a blast, interactive dinner theater.
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About Ask Oregon Expert Sarah Lemon
Sarah Lemon is a writer and editor for the Mail Tribune newspaper in Medford, Ore. The Tribune's food editor, Sarah covers Southern Oregon's unique, up-and-coming food scene in the weekly section, A la Carte, and on her blog, The Whole Dish. She also produces stories on a wide variety of topics from the outdoors, health and fitness to entertainment, the home and gardening for the Tribune and associated publications.