Picturesque mountain views and forests of dramatic color are just two reasons to love Ashland in the fall. (Photo credit: Sean Bagshaw)
Petruchio (Ted Deasy) and Kate (Nell Geisslinger) affirm their love for one another as Bianca (Royer Bockus) looks on at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's The Taming of the Shrew. (Photo credit: Jenny Graham)
Inspired by traditional Japanese baths, Chozu Gardens is destination for relaxation and rejuvenation. (Photo credit: Jared Cruce)

Oregon dons the costume of fall this month — cool days, foggy mountaintops and forests of dramatic color. In Ashland, it’s a wonderful time for a bit of indulgence: world-class theater, culinary delights, restorative spa escapes or time with family.

The stage: The Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) runs through November 2. While it might be blustery and cold outside, the indoor stages of OSF theaters are alive with the comedy of “My Fair Lady” and “The Taming of the Shrew” and the tragedy of “King Lear” and “A Street Car Named Desire” — among others. Visit the OSF website for information about tickets and plays.

The spa: Spend a relaxing afternoon at Chozu Bath and Tea Gardens, where you can soak in a hot pool or try the sauna, steam room or a massage treatment. Enjoy Japanese tea, saké and food at the lounge following your session. Also check out Waterstone Spa at Lithia Springs Resort for a healing soak or delightful massage.

The family: On October 26, OSF’s final “Family Day” for 2013, tickets to “The Tenth Muse” matinee will be discounted to $20 to encourage family attendance. A bilingual prologue is offered before the play, which also has Spanish captions. Call the box office for more information (800.219.8161).

The goods: The wineries in the Rogue and Applegate valleys near Ashland are some of the oldest in the state. Plan your visit to drop by the tastings rooms of Del Rio Vineyards, Troon Vineyard, RoxyAnn Winery and DANCIN Vineyards. Don’t miss the Rogue Creamery and Lillie Belle Farms Artisan Chocolates.

about author Eileen Garvin

Eileen Garvin is the editor of Travel Oregon’s Seasonal Features, enewsletters and annual visitor guide. When she’s not cooking up trip ideas, Oregon Dreamer profiles and outdoor adventures to write about, she’s out exploring Oregon.

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