Ashland Travel Guide

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Ashland Highlights

  • Pro
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    Divinefind says…

     Small Town, Beautiful, Snow, lakes mountains 

  • Con
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     Downtown is beginning to turn into Little California, and has lost much of the charm it had when I lived there in the 1980's. 

  • In a nutshell
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     Great art, food and atmosphere. 

Ashland Things to Do

  • Lithia Water Fountain

    Near the western end of downtown, near the Lithia Park is a small plaza across from city hall with a statute and public water fountain for the local Lithia water, a mineral water that people once tried in vain to market. It is sulphury and minerally and effervescent, overall quite interesting. Most people seem not to like it but I find it fairly...

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  • Walk to Triangle Park

    Walking south from Main Street, it is a short hike up Siskiyou Boulevard to Triangle Park. Along the way one can admire many fine and restored homes and Bed and Breakfasts Hotels. Private and city landscaping are well maintained and beautiful all along Siskiyou Boulevard.

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  • Walk Along Main Street and Siskiyou...

    Ashland's map is not a grid, rather business oriented Siskiyou Boulevard is a street that runs the full length of the city, until it turns into Main Street, and most residential roads intersect with it. At one end of Lithia Park Siskiyou Blvd intersects with several other streets to create Lithia Plaza, the most active center of town. There are a...

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Ashland Restaurants

  • Beautiful Breads

    Deux Chats Bakery is a family-owned bakery - Michelle does the baking, and Garrett runs the business end - that sells wonderful baked goods: flaky almond croissants, pecan sticky buns, chewy cookies, and fresh fruit galettes. Their bread menu includes flavorful rustic breads like ciabatta, buckwheat walnut bread, sprouted whole wheat, and...

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  • Great Pizza - Martolli's

    This is an excellent pizza place, with whole pizzas or pizza by the slice, plus good salads. It is at the western end of downtown Ashland near the Lithia fountain (see my tip on that).

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  • Best Breakfast In Town

    Oregon coffee houses are ubiquitous in Ashland, and yet coffee alone isn't much of a breakfast. Same is true for what the pastry shops offer in town. Brothers Restaurant though has evolved from the old fashioned breakfast dinner motif into the modern practical breakfast house that offers a huge selection of favorite and familiar egg and other...

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Ashland Nightlife

  • Day or Night Good Bar and Restaurant

    Alex is a tooth gap, with heavy black frame glasses, and hat sort of guy who runs a good crew of handsome and capable waiters and waitresses in a popular local hangout. The building is right between Calle Guanajuato and Lithia Plaza, with second story views of each. The balcony on the plaza side is a great place to view the annual 4th of July...

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  • Death Avenger Headquarters

    Traditional night spot of the American Band College, and official bassoon fingering study/rehearsal room for the Death Avengers Drum & Bugle Corps. Very smoky atmosphere. Informal. Whatever you wear will smell of smoke for the next few days, so choose wisely.

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  • Live Professional Theatre

    Tony Award winning regional repertory theatre. Their season runs from February through October, featuring everything from Shakespeare to world premiere modern plays. Almost anything goes. I've seen people show up in formal attire or Elizabethan costumes, but mostly people dress very casually, as they do for all other Ashland activities.

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Ashland Transportation

  • Ashland's Amtrak Train Bus Transfer

    I noticed that Amtrak has a bus which transfers folks from Ashland to the Amtrak Train San Joaquin Valley Train Route. The unstaffed bus stop is at the Safeway Parking Lot. There's a sign there with fares and schedule, but I recommend contacting the link below.

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  • Ashland's Bus System

    The city of Ashland and the Southern Oregon University are committed to subsidizing low fare good value bus service in town. Fare in town is only 50 cents, and Senior Citizens and Youth from 11-17 pay only 25 cents. Children 10 and under pay nothing. There is also service to Medford for the price of $2- provided by the Rogue Valley Transportation...

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  • I-5 Siskiyou Summit Driving

    I-5, one of the largest freeway routes in the world stretching between San Diego and Seattle, reaches its highest elevation at the Siskiyou Summit, which is just a couple miles south of Ashland. Be especially careful when driving over this summit whether it be summer or winter. In summer, any vehicle with a weak engine will boil over and ANY...

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Ashland Shopping

  • Indulge Your Imagination

    This wonderful booth, selling fantasy costumes for children, was at the foot of Main Street, just above the bridge in my Ashland intro. Eager kids and their parents looked through displays of frothy concoctions, while the owner offered helpful suggestions. Stop by and choose something for your little Titania or your tiny Puck.

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  • Organic Kettle Corn

    On E Main St near Oak St at the western end of downtown is a small street-front store selling "Organic Kettle Corn" of various types. It is identified by that sign and is simply a window on the sidewalk as shown in my picture. You simply walk up and order. It is very good. Organic kettle corn.

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  • Branded Grocery Store in Unconventional...

    On Siskiyou Boulevard is a Safeway store well stocked with a large selection of wine, beer, and a everthing a camper or budget minded traveler would need in terms of groceries. Prices are not a huge bargain but are lower than the specialty shops and restaurants. Next door is the pioneer cemetary, which appeared poorly maintained at the time I had...

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Ashland Local Customs

  • Pot Smoking is Virtually Legal Here

    Beyond the reach of the FBI, ATF, and other federal drug authorities, the city of Ashland places a low priority on arresting folks for smoking marijuana. The city council has not gone so far as Santa Cruz, California in attempting to regulate and legalize marijuana, but it is clear the local police authorities in Ashland find low priority in...

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  • 4th of July Parade and Fireworks

    Ashland has always celebrated Independence Day with great vigor. It was in fact on the 4th that the first Shakespeare Festival Performance began. Today, the 4th of July Parade is a wild affair with nude marchers, fanciful costumes, bicycle and skate board stunts, and enviromental theme floats, as well as the usual small town parade of fire trucks,...

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Ashland Warnings and Dangers

  • Liquor Only Sold in Liquor Stores

    Unlike California, Oregon state alcohol regulation requires that grocery stores not sell hard spirits. Grocery Stores can sell beer and wine, but not high proof spirits. Thus, a special liquor store must be sought out for the purchase of Tequila, Rum, Vodka, Gin, Whiskey, etc.

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  • Poison Oak in Lithia Park

    Poison Oak is endemic on the west coast and can provide a nasty, sometimes hospitalizing, rash on the skin. Stay away from it, and from dogs that have roamed into it. Most people will find the rash discomforting for a few days or weeks, and the ichy pain can be reduced with vinegar. But, the allergic reaction varies, and some people become deathly...

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  • Nudity is Legal Here

    Ashland Ordinance 10.44.012 requires only that people cover their genitalia when in a city park or in the downtown commercial district, making female nipple coverage unnecessary — everywhere. So, Jenn Moss, a former resident of Ojai moved to Ashland when she discovered this legal wrinkle. Jenn stripped off her clothes and did a handstand in...

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Ashland Tourist Traps

  • by Dene_Bish Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Ashland works hard to keep its image clean. Not too many 'cheap', touristy traps, although there is some of the usual souvenir 'junk' around. Watch out for pedestrians--their right-of-way is protected.

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Ashland What to Pack

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    by RachelWhitle Written Sep 8, 2002

    Luggage and bags: a nice carry on light weight backpack, so you can utilize this while you are here.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Hiking shoes, warm clothes or wear layers of clothing that you can remove or add on depending upon weather conditions.

    Photo Equipment: bring extra batteries! Digital cameras are always wonderful!

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Ashland Off The Beaten Path

  • Harry and David Factory Tour

    Harry and David, the gourmet food basket company, has a main branch in Medford, about 10 miles away from Ashland, and they give free tours of their factory.I had often ordered gifts from them, but I never thought I would actually get to see what went on behind the scenes. It was fascinating - like following Willie Wonka. We saw them mixing up a...

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  • The Green Show

    There is free entertainment in Ashland in the summer before the plays, it is called The Green Show and offers very entertaining performers that play music and dance. Even tho we have not yet been to a play in Ashland, the Green Show has provided great entertainment during our overnight stays in the area before heading up to the northern Oregon...

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  • Emigrant Lake Recreation Area

    Six miles out of Ashland is a popular ski boat reservoir known as Emigrant Lake Recreation Area. This is classified as a county park, this is actually a full service area, complete with 42 campsites, RV hook up, swimming, boating, fishing, and more. See the images and link below for more details. It's easy to see from I-5 on the Siskiyou Summit...

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Ashland Sports & Outdoors

  • Bear Creek Greenway Bike Trail

    Between Ashland and Medford is graded and paved bike trail that meanders along Bear Creek and well away from automobile traffic. I rode the section from Phoenix to Ashland in both directions. Phoenix, the more or less flat path has excellent grading and asphalt pavement, while access to the creek is somewhat limited and the trail exposed. Midway, I...

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  • Cycling is Big Here

    Displacing club tennis and golf, cycling is the nouveau riche and nowhere else is it more apparent than in Ashland. Mountain bikes, road bikes, trailers, trikes, recliners--they are all her. The city has very strict enforcement of pedestrian and bicycle lane right of ways, so automobile and RV drivers beware. In addition to the Bear Creek bike path...

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    Men's Room at Lithia Park

    by atufft Written Jul 14, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Unlike many urban restrooms in the USA and elsewhere on the planet, Ashland seems to keep up with maintenance of bathrooms. Here's a public men's room at Lithia Park, for example. Oregon state law permits members of opposite sex to accompany disabled and children into restrooms, so don't be alarmed if this happens when you are there.

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