Built in 1861, the Jacksonville Inn is a celebrated landmark, recalling Gold Rush days with its eight Victorian-style rooms and four honeymoon cottages. Dining options abound from gourmet classics at the formal Dinner House, to breakfast on the patio. Owner Jerry Evans built a 2,000-bottle wine and gift shop where rare finds mingle with well-priced favorites and a complimentary wine tasting educates oenophiles.
The handcrafted cheddar and blue cheeses at Rogue Creamery put this small cheesemaker on the culinary map. See artisans at work at their Central Point location, located just six miles outside of Jacksonville. Sample their wares and take your pick of 100 cheeses in the creamery's full-service cheese shop. Discover other regional specialty foods in the adjacent country store.
Watch as artisan chocolatiers craft beautiful confections in full view at Lillie Belle Farms, located six miles outside of Jacksonville in Central Point. Award-winning owner and chef Jeff Shepherd uses organic berries from local farms for the various bon bons and truffles. The shop has more than 60 treats to drool over, including truffles with Rogue Creamery blue cheese, salted caramels and the "margarita" cocktail cup.
Three generations of Wests have hand-smoked premium cuts of locally raised beef, buffalo and elk at Gary West Meats. To see how it's done, take a tour of the smokehouse or visit the tasting room to sample their award-winning jerky. At the store's new Locavore Pub and Grill, dine on charcuterie and cheese plates or pair jerky with local microbrews.
Stop into Mamma Mia Gelateria for handcrafted gelato and sorbetto. Owners William and Joyce Prahl converted an 1847 blacksmith shop into a modern, Italian-style café that utilizes fresh, seasonal Rogue Valley fruits and local wines in its frozen specialties.
The Murphy brothers, owners of the fine dining restaurant Gogi's, use produce from their Applegate Valley farm to inform the menu. Their youthful enthusiasm and inventiveness are reflected in the international cuisine. Jonoah (left) mixes cocktails with house-infused spirits while Gabriel (right) masters the kitchen—including everything from homemade breads and pasta to Gogi's signature mouthwatering flourless chocolate espresso cake.
Bella Union Restaurant and Saloon is a Jacksonville fixture, harking back to its days as a cowboy saloon (it's even been featured in a Hollywood Western about Jesse James). Sidle up to the long bar with its plentiful microbrews on tap, or dine outside beneath the canopy of a 100-year-old wisteria. Stop in on Thursday nights for Oysters & Ale (October through April), where you'll find live music and bargains on local brew.

Celebrated for its charming turn-of-the-century buildings, the Gold Rush city of Jacksonville is experiencing another kind of boom, this time epicurean. A stroll down California Street, with its two-story brick and wood buildings, may feel like a throwback to the Wild West but these days, specialty food shops, wine rooms and gourmet eateries—including a Jewish deli and an Italian gelateria—occupy buildings that once housed saloons and gambling halls. Come with us—and bring your appetite—as we explore Jacksonville’s emerging food scene.

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