On I-5 just north of the Oregon-California border, numerous national magazines have named Ashland one of America’s great small towns. With its wide boulevard, historic neighborhoods, varied gardens and parks, it’s a place to walk, bike, browse and enjoy. Stroll through the 100 acres of celebrated Lithia Park, sip coffee at one of the many cafes, or shop in unique bookstores, art galleries and boutiques. Few towns in Oregon can match Ashland’s fine dining or lodging choices.


Ashland’s nationally-renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival offers something for everyone. Founded in 1935, this Tony Award-winning regional theatre presents classic and contemporary plays in repertory in three unique theatres, including the outdoor Elizabethan Stage, from mid-February through October.


Today, additional theatre, music, dance, cabaret, opera, art and museum options have made Ashland a Northwest cultural treasure. The Oregon Cabaret Theatre and the Schneider Museum of Art are two of these gems. A newer treasure is ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum.


Ashland loves to celebrate. You can enjoy a parade, craft and food booths, and fantastic fireworks at the city’s Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration. Attracted by the lights adorning the downtown, thousands come yearly to the December Festival of Lights. Santa’s Parade, candlelight home tours, and enticing gift stores all add to the magic of an Ashland Christmas.


Eighteen miles south of Ashland, the community-owned Mt. Ashland Ski area is open from November through April. It offers 23 downhill runs and four chairlifts for novice and expert skiers and snowboarders. Miles of trails also await the cross-country enthusiast.


For complete information, visit the Ashland Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center in downtown Ashland (110 East Main).


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