There’s nothing more refreshing than a relaxing weekend with girlfriends. Add amazing food, great wine, gorgeous hiking terrain and some world-renowned theater to the mix and it makes for a flawless mini vacation.

My job, you see, takes me to all parts of Oregon. It’s a real drag to have to venture through the picturesque landscapes of Eastern Oregon or dine on the bounty (that I caught!) of the coast or ski the epic slopes of Mt. Hood—but you know, someone’s gotta’ do it. And in that same vein, I met up with two of friends to explore Ashland for a story in the Spring issue of Travel Oregon digital magazine (stay tuned, it debuts at the end of March and it’s looking slick). Here’s the quick synopsis of our trip but check back in to the Travel Oregon magazine for the full inside scoop:

The Rogue Valley

The Rogue Valley

We chose the Southern Oregon town for its prime location. Seeing as we are all separated throughout the West Coast (Portland, Bend, San Francisco), Ashland’s location at the southern point of the Rogue Valley (just 15 miles from the California border) made it an easy midpoint for everyone.

Our weekend started off with art, wine and great theater. After perusing Ashland’s Friday Art Walk and dinner in railroad row at The Peerless Restaurant, we settled in at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) for Hamlet. It was the inagraul week of OSF’s 75th season and they’ve kicked it off with must-see classics like Tennessee William’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and modern productions, such as Well.

Treats at the Chocolate Festival

Treats at the Chocolate Festival

The next morning the bright blue sky beckoned us outdoors. We headed to Table Rocks for a morning hike and rewarded ourselves with lunch in Jacksonville. The evening brought another combination of epic food and theater—this time at New Sammy’s Cowboy Bistro followed by Pride and Prejudice.

Our last day was bittersweet. A morning hike in Lithia Park was followed by a visit to the Oregon Chocolate Festival where we fueled up on gooey goodness before heading out our separate ways.

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  1. Wendy S. says…

    Oh what a wonderful weekend! Beyond being jealous I truly enjoyed this post– had no idea Oregon had a Chocolate Festival!! The hubby and I are beginning to plan a summer road trip and a trek to your beautiful state now appears to be a must. Thanks for the information and great blog.

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