Picturesque mountain views and forests of dramatic color are just two reasons to love Ashland in the fall. (Photo credit: Sean Bagshaw)
Nathan Detroit (Rodney Gardiner, front left) can't seem to get Sky Masterson (Jeremy Peter Johnson, right) to take a bet on strudels and cheesecake (with Robin Goodrin Nordli, Curtis Holland) at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Guys and Dolls. (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 1, 2015. While it might be blustery and cold outside, the indoor stages of OSF are alive with the comedy of “Guys and Dolls” and “Much Ado About Nothing” along with the tragedy of “Pericles” and “Long Day’s Journey into Night” — 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 24, OSF’s final “Family Day” for 2015, tickets to the “Pericles”matinee will be discounted to $25 to encourage family attendance. Call the box office for more information (800.219.8161).

The table: Ashland’s fine dining scene will leave you with the happy quandary of many great choices. Dine at Larks Restaurant in the Ashland Springs Hotel for a celebration of Oregon’s farm-to-table dining at its best. The menu at Alchemy Restaurant & Bar includes such rich offerings as filet mignon, stuffed quail and a host of boutique Oregon wines, and Amuse Restaurant brings a decidedly French flavor to the table.

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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  1. Jeff Kloetzel says…

    …and if you’re gonna stop by Rogue Creamery/Lillie Belle, don’t miss Ledger David Cellars (right between those two shops) for some of the Rogue Valley’s best wines…. it’s a no-brainer!

    Written on October 23rd, 2015 / Flag this Comment
  2. John says…

    WOW- I’ll be there

    Written on October 24th, 2015 / Flag this Comment

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