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Welcome to the gateway to the Apple Valley Wine Trail.

Jacksonville is a historic Gold Rush town now known for a thriving cultural and epicurean scene. Named one of America’s top 10 coolest small towns by Budget Travel Magazine, Jacksonville is home to the summer-long Britt Music & Arts Festival, an incredible selection of independently owned shops and eateries, celebrated winemakers and accessible hiking and biking opportunities.

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  • 6 Hidden Treasures in Jacksonville

    Between its gold-rush history and its picturesque beauty, Jacksonville — set in the lush Rogue Valley, about three hours from Eugene and Bend — is as slow-paced or fast-paced as you’d like it to be....
  • 3 Days in Jacksonville

    It’s a bit off the beaten path, so not everyone’s been to Jacksonville in Southern Oregon — or even heard of it. But that’s exactly what makes it so special. This charming 1850's gold mining...
    Annelise Kelly, Guest Author
  • Wine, Music and Theater in Southern Oregon

    Be prepared to slow down when you visit Southern Oregon. It’s a place where it’s best to linger — over wine and conversation, or a thought-provoking drama, or a concert under the stars. It’s a...
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For gold panning, the Rogue River is a great place. We’ve seen many people panning for gold along the lower Rogue around Grave Creek (just past the little town of Galice…take the Merlin Exit of I-5 north of Grants Pass). You can pan on any public land stretch of river, and 1/4 a mile up…

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