From Ashland, a scenic drive through orchards and vineyards brings you to historic Jacksonville, just five miles from Medford. Founded in 1851, this gold rush town is filled with more than 100 historic buildings and a main street right out a western movie (it has even been in a few).


The National Trust for Historic Preservation named this National Historic Landmark town one of its top twelve “Distinctive Destinations” a few years ago, and several new bed & breakfast inns, vacation cottages and new restaurants have added to the town’s historic hospitality.


An extensive woodland trails system (it started out as a Jacksonville Elementary school project) is accessible by bicycle or on foot. Walking maps are available from the Visitors Center in the old railroad station downtown. Special events like the annual Chinese New Year’s Celebration and the Victorian Christmas Celebration shouldn’t be missed.


The town’s pioneer charm is a wonderful backdrop to extraordinary culinary and lodging experiences, including one of Oregon’s most acclaimed restaurants, the Jacksonville Inn. Their Wine & Gift Shop has more than 2,000 wines and received Wine Spectator magazine’s “Best of Award of Excellence.” Other shopping options including antiquing, high-end boutiques, natural foods, and much more.


Britt Festivals is the Pacific Northwest’s premier outdoor summer performing arts festival, presenting dozens of summer concerts, featuring world-class artists, in classical music, jazz, blues, folk, bluegrass, world, pop and country music. Enjoy music under the stars in a naturally formed amphitheater set among majestic ponderosa pines and native madrones on the beautiful hillside estate of 19th century photographer Peter Britt.


For further information on interesting places to see and things to do in the area: Southern Oregon Snapshot


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