: Sean Bagshaw

Road Trip: Ashland

March 3, 2016 (Updated April 18, 2016)

In Ashland, it’s always a wonderful time for a bit of indulgence: world-class theater, culinary delights, restorative spa escapes or time with family.

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.

The stage: The Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) runs from March through October. In 2016, the four stages of OSF are alive with classic Shakespearean plays “Twelfth Night,” “Hamlet” and “Richard II” (among others) as well as modern musicals “The Wiz” and “The Yeomen of the Guard.” Visit the OSF website for information about tickets and plays.

The family: Check out OSF’s Family Days for discounted $25 tickets and family-friendly activities in Ashland. Call the box office for more information (800.219.8161).

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 Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) runs from March through October. (Photo credit: Jenny Graham)


Spend a relaxing afternoon at Chozu Bath and Tea Gardens. (Photo credit: Jared Cruce)

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Eileen Garvin
Eileen Garvin lives and writes in Hood River. When she’s not hunched over her keyboard or digging in the garden, you can find her mountain biking, kiteboarding, hiking, skiing or camping somewhere in Oregon.

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