Recently, a friend asked where they should go in Ashland, Oregon. After living there for two years and falling in love with the small and charming town, I put together a guide and thought I should share it with everyone. The town seems like it is separate from the rest of the remote, a haven of peace and understanding with a strong culture of Shakespeare and naturalism. Without further (or much) ado, here’s a small list of personal highlights:
Where to Eat
- Caldera Brewery (on the south end of town is best, the downtown one is okay though)
- Rubys. Best breakfast burritos in the land
- Smithfields Pubs and Pies. English style meat pies and decent drinks
- Standing Stone Brewery. Food is better than their beer, in my opinion
- Martollis Pizza. Good cheap pizza.
- Morning Glory. Best breakfast. Bomb food, super hipster.
- Growler Guys. Good if you want to drink every beer ever.
- Start classy. The Brickroom or Granite are perfect downtown places with classy drinks. Or Macaronis is expensive, but it’s where all the shakespeare festival actors go after shows.
- I-pub. It’s called something else… O’Ryan’s? It’s the Ashland equivalent of Shameless, but it has pool tables and foosball, so way better
- End your night dancing at Vinyl. It’s around the back of I-pub, down the stairs. Gross, sweaty, poles for pole dancing. Keep your drinks close, and your enemies closer. Worth it when drunk.
- Or, if you want to check out other dive bars in Ashland: Wild Goose, or Beau Club.
- If you are going to Medford, Elements is the best place for dancing, or depending on the night 4 Daughters across the way. They have good garlic fries. Best dive bar in Medford: The Gypsy. They have karaoke.
- Case Coffee. Across from SOU, too small considering how great it is
- Mix Bakeshop.
Noble (sometimes the staff is less than friendly, and (unpopular opinion) I’m not a huge fan of their coffee, but the ambiance of the building and neighborhood is nice
La Baguette/hardware cafe. Great live music and food, right in the Railroad District
- Boulevard Coffee. Attached to a hotel, it is a little odd but a nice unassuming place with good drinks and food, and friendly staff.
- Grizzly Peak. Best hike, but a little long
- Pilot Rock. this might be a little long, but epic
- Table Rocks. There is upper and lower, and they are both beautiful. One is just longer.
- Hobart Bluff. Similar to Grizzly Peak
- Roxy Anne
Other points of interest
- Walk around Downtown. Especially Renaissance Rose. You should go there. Or the Shakespeare Fest gift shop is pretty dope. Lots of cool and quaint little places.
- Lithia Park. Huge park worth exploring
- Wine tasting. Perfect climate for grapes, so there’s literally a billion vineyards around.
- Hangout at Emigrant Lake. Just a chill little place. Bring a floatie and some brewsksi. Or, I think you can rent like standup paddleboards in town?
- Jacksonville. Small, historical town
- Dobra Tea.