Known for its Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the Oregon Shakespeare Company, Ashland is a southern Oregon city with a vibrant arts scene. Near downtown, Lithia Park features hiking trails, duck ponds, and a rose garden. North Mountain Park features a nature center and themed gardens. ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum allows kids to learn about the sciences while building and experimenting. A trip to Ashland’s downtown galleries is a must for art lovers.
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is the city’s highlight, and you can enjoy the original works and a nearly year-round production. Tickets are not cheap, but a Green Show takes place in June, so you can enjoy the show for free. The city’s other attractions include many museums and historic sites, and a thriving arts and crafts scene. If you love theater, you can also catch a performance of Hamlet at the Ashland Artisan Emporium.
For an outdoor adventure, Ashland has four distinct seasons. Autumn offers a wide variety of colors in the hills and valleys. Winter, with rainy days and cool evenings, brings snow and a cold climate. As you can see, nature is abundant in Ashland. You’ll find a wealth of cultural and artistic opportunities in the region. You can even enjoy local fare and shopping in the area. In Ashland, you can discover more than one way to spend your time.
For a taste of local craft beer, stop by the Caldera brewery, a sister brewery of the popular Standing Stone Brewery. The brewery also has a tap house on The Plaza, which you can enjoy at no charge on Tuesdays. In addition to brewing beer, Ashland is also home to the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, an ecological wonderland. The region is accessible by day hikes or long stretches of wilderness.
You can visit the historic district to enjoy the city’s local culture. You’ll find beautiful, historic buildings in the town. You can also visit the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, which has performed all of Shakespeare’s plays in Ashland. The festival offers six shows a week, making it a must for arts lovers in Ashland. The festival is a major draw for locals and tourists alike. At the Oregon Cabaret Theatre, you can dine and see a show. The theater was originally a church, and has been renovated.
The city’s small businesses are the heart of the community. When you shop locally, you’ll keep your dollars in the local economy and support local small businesses. All of these businesses are a great place to shop and enjoy food and drink. There are also several shops and cafes that specialize in unique gifts. If you want to see a movie, try the Oregon Cabaret Theatre. This renovated old church is now an art gallery and theatre with a theatrical production.