Plan Your Visit


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Ashland, Oregon is a popular destination for a high quality experience in a small town atmosphere: all-season outdoor sports, professional stage theater, spa retreats and engaging activities for each member of your family.  Lithia Park is Ashland’s crown jewel, a 93-acre vista of emerald lawns, a lovely creek, children’s playground, Japanese and rose gardens, duck ponds and miles of hiking trails.

Year round attractions:

Summertime

  • The Green Show is a free 30-minute, outdoor performance ‘on the bricks’ at OSF every evening (except Mondays) at 6:45pm, from June through October.  Performances are eclectic, diverse and highly entertaining.
  • Rafting and Kayaking on the Rogue River: The Rogue has white water rapids for all levels.  We recommend renting an 8-person raft at Galice Resort ($95 for raft and river shuttle, no guide necessary) to enjoy 7 to 14 miles of light rapids and beautiful scenery
  • Boating, wake-boarding and water slides at Emigrant LakeWake-boarding is $115/hr for speedboat & captain, gear and instruction
  • Fly Fishing on Trout Streams and Angling on Mountain Lakes
  • Mountain Biking down Mt Ashland:  Local shops rent high suspension bikes, protective gear and shuttle
  • Outdoor camps for children through ScienceworksYMCASouthern Oregon UniversityCoyote TrailsWaldorf-inspired camps, and many others

Winter Activities

Make it a Health Retreat!

Worthwhile day trips

Transportation

Ashland is nestled in the Rogue Valley between the Cascade and Siskiyou mountains, 15 miles from the California border, just off the 5 freeway between San Francisco and Portland.  The drive from the Bay Area is about 6 hours, 4 hours from Portland and 2 hours to the Oregon Coast.  The Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport (MFR) is 25 minutes from Ashland and offers non-stop flights from Los Angeles (check Allegiant Airlines for budget fares), Seattle and Portland (Alaska) and San Francisco (United.)  If you would like a car-free vacation, simply take a cab from the airport to Ashland for $40.  From the Bay Area, Shawn’s Ride Share provides comfortable transport ($55 one way) with drop-off at the Ashland Food Co-op, which is within walking distance to the cottage.  You can walk or bike (bicycles and strollers available) to all of the local attractions but a car is convenient during the cold and wet seasons, and necessary to enjoy the many adventures in the greater Rogue Valley.

 

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