So many things to do in Ashland, Oregon — and many within walking distance of the Chanticleer Inn B&B. For current, or soon to be coming, performances, musical shows, nature-viewing events, festivals, classes, guided hikes, special opportunities and things to do with kids, please go to the Blog.
Locals and guests alike enjoy a wide variety of excellent restaurants in Ashland, Oregon: from high-end to casual; many serving locally and organic grown food; and catering to special dietary needs. For the innkeepers' favorite eateries go to the Restaurant list.
Have a free afternoon or a couple of hours between the matinee and evening shows and would like to take advantage of no sales tax? Ashland Oregon has a wonderful array of unique gift, clothes and shoe shops, many independent new and used book stores, as well as many art galleries. Our favorite CD/vinyl music store, indeed only the best music store in the country, the Music Coop right on Main St! Ashland Oregon has no box or chain stores in the historic Downtown or the Railroad districts.
On weekends from April to mid-November along Ashland Creek on Calle Guanajuato, Lithia Artisan Market showcases craftspeople from the “State of Jefferson”.
From March to November Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market is in Ashland Oregon 2 days a week on Tuesday 8am-1:30pm at the Armory and Saturday in downtown 9am-2pm.
The Ashland Galleries Association hosts a First Friday Art Walk on the first Friday of each month from 5pm – 8pm. Wander through Ashland, Oregon’s historic Downtown and Railroad districts, meet the artists, listen to music, sip wine, and nibble on treats. For maps and additional information go to the Ashland Galleries Association’s website.
Throughout Ashland there are myriad trails. Lithia and North Mountain Parks offer places to picnic, play, bird, and bike.
The largest park, and the gem of Ashland, Oregon, is Lithia Park —
90+ serene acres of gardens, walking paths, duck ponds, playgrounds,
tennis courts, and picnic areas along the Ashland Creek. Over 100 years
old, the park was designed by John McLaren, the designer of the San
Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.
Ice skating starts in November. City tennis courts are available on a first come, first serve basis.
Litha Park offers walking tours at 10 am, 3-4 days a week from May-September.
North Mountain Park, located on N. Mountain Avenue, has a nature center, demonstration xeriscaping, native, and culinary gardens, and excellent birding.
For those who wish to relax in a spa setting, Ashland Oregon hosts a number of salons: the Blue Giraffe, Chozu Bath and Tea Gardens and Waterstone are a few of our guests’ favorites. There are yoga centers and classes for all level of practitioners. The YMCA honors memberships from other towns and welcomes non-members with guest passes.
Also visit Schneider Museum of Art at Southern Oregon University, and for kids, or those who love to play with science, the Science Works, Hands-on Museum.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival is “dark” on Mondays, but Ashland still offers a wide array of choices in things to do. For current happenings, check out the Blog and see the list of things to do in Ashland:
For a such small town, we’re big in performing arts in Ashland, with an extraordinary array of theaters, venues, events and festivals. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is of course the best known and the nation’s oldest and largest regional theater — plays run from late February through October. And there is so much more performing arts in Ashland than Oregon Shakespeare Festival. You can walk to any number of the following venues from the Chanticleer Inn. For many of the upcoming performances and reviews, please go to my blog.
For those who wish to immerse themselves into the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and learn from the experts through classes and play going, then check out the Siskiyou Center Theatre Programs.
Oregon Cabaret Theatre, musical theater with dinner in a beautifully restored historic church. The season is from February to December. OCT does Monday night performances! Fun, campy, and entertaining — a couple of blocks from the Chanticleer Inn.
One of my all time favorite events is the Ashland New Plays Festival. The ANPF assists playwrights to develop new works through public readings and offers an educational forum to the community through discussions and workshops. Winning plays are read/performed every October.
Camelot Theater a semi-professional theater company renowned for performing high-quality plays, musicals, and musical events year round, is now housed in the brand-new intimate 164-seat state-of-the-art James Morrison Collier Theater building in downtown Talent, OR, just 5 miles north of Ashland.
Southern Oregon University Theater, the plays produced by SOU are both charming and extremely well done. Some SOU students intern at the Oregon Shakespeare Festive. Each semester, members of OSF teach, direct and sometimes act in the University’s plays. When visiting Ashland, it’s well worth checking SOU’s schedule of plays and musical performances.
The Ashland Independent Film Festival runs for five days in early April showing high-quality independent film. Over 7,000 film lovers gather at the Varsity Theater to watch over 80 films in 5 days. Filmmakers of shorts, documentaries and features come from around the world to engage with the audience after each screening and at the festival’s Opening Night Bash and Award Celebration parties with local wine, beer and gourmet food. Special guests have included Helen Hunt, Albert Maysles, Bruce Campbell to name a few. The film festival is one of the reasons Ashland is included in the popular travel guide “A Thousand Places to See Before You Die”.
Ashland’s Varsity Theater,
located downtown in a 1937 Art Deco style building, houses 5 large
screens and features art, indie and foreign films; as well as selected
Nearly every night of the week Ashland is filled with live music. Restaurants, coffee houses, and brew pubs host local and regional musicians, some free, others with a nominal cover charge. Use the Rogue Valley Messenger’s Upcoming Events calendar to find who’s playing what and where.
Chamber Music Concerts in the acoustically exquisite SOU Music Recital Hall. Chamber Music Concerts brings to the Rogue Valley world-classed musicians for a season of chamber music starting in September running through April. For those of you who come to Ashland in the “shoulder” months, you should consider attending one of these fabulous performances.
The Britt Festivals now in its fifth decade, is the Northwest’s premier outdoor summer music festival. Located in the historic gold rush town of Jacksonville, 25 minutes from Chanticleer Inn Bed and Breakfast Ashland Oregon, the Britt presents dozens of summer concerts, featuring world-class (really!) artists in classical music, jazz, blues, folk, bluegrass, world, pop and country music.
Medford’s Craterian Theater at The Collier Center Theater (formerly the Ginger Rogers theater. Yes, that Ginger Rogers, the one who matched Fred Astaire’s dancing only backwards in heels — she was a Rogue Valley girl) brings in the acts: music, dance, kinetic acrobats, plays, musicals, and more.
The rugged mountain valleys and different climates throughout the Southern Oregon makes for the most diverse growing conditions in the world. Over 150 wineries offering over 70 different varieties of wine in 5 distinct regions.
For a description of the climate and soil on each of the four American Viticulture Areas within Southern Oregon. For information on the Southern Oregon wine region as a whole with its wineries, maps and events the Southern Oregon Winery Association (SOWA) has a very complete website.
Visitors to the region may take guided wine tours or drive about by themselves.
Tours include all wine tasting fees, vineyard picnic, and transportation to vineyards and back. For any purchases, the tour guests get wine-club pricing. For more detailed description and itinerary of the tours visit: Wine Hopper Tours or Bravo Outings.
Rogue Valley and Applegate Valley AVAs are the two closest to the Chanticleer Inn — both are within the Southern Oregon AVA. While it’s possible to visit wineries from both AVAs in one afternoon, focusing on one at a time makes for more leisurely tours.
Visitors have many options and can spend multiple days exploring this elegant wine region. Geographically, the Southern Oregon wine region is laid out in three sub-regional valleys/rivers: Bear Creek Valley, the Upper Rouge, and Applegate Valley. Each area has its own winery association with a website (listed below) providing information on all the member wineries and growers, their events, tour maps and downloadable brochures.
Bear Creek Boutique Wineries — These wineries are truly boutique, all of them grow, bottle and sell their own wines offering an interactive experience for all visitors.
Upper Rogue Wine Trail — Six family wineries and six different interpretations of wine. Follow the trail and taste award winning wines along the way.
Applegate Wine Trail — From Historic Jacksonville to Grants Pass wander through stunningly scenic wine country on Rt. 238 choose from among 18 wineries to visit and taste.
Ashland is a town for chocolate lovers: home of many artisan chocolatiers who distribute via the Internet and Ashland shops, such as Paddington Station and Ashland Food Co-op. Early March is when chocolatiers and chocolate lovers all gather for the annual Chocolate Festival held at the Ashland Springs hotel.
Lillie Belle Farms Chocolate and Rogue Creamery If passing by Central Point on I-5, you should take a small detour for a extraordinary culinary break. Just off Hwy 5 on exit 33, is a three-for-one stop, award-winning tasting opportunity: cheese, wine and chocolate. The Rogue Creamery, an artisan cheese company dedicated to sustainability, and the art and tradition of making the world’s finest handmade cheese; Lillie Belle Farms an artisan chocolates company creating hand-made confections using time-honored European techniques, but with a true American twist; and then Ledger David wine tasting room. Well worth the stop!
Dagoba Organic chocolate has a tasting room south of downtown open during their business hours on the weekdays.
The Ashland Restaurants List includes favorites from the high-end that would rival any big city eatery, to the casual tasty; as well as wholesome “on-the-cheap”. There’s an Ashland restaurant for all preferences. All the Ashland restaurants, unless other wise noted, are within walking distance of the Chanticleer Inn.
H = High-end restaurants for those celebratory or special dinners. Reservations are almost always required
Q = Restaurants great for quick meal. No reservations usually required
CE = “Cheap Eat” places where the locals go for an inexpensive meal
L = Open late
FB = Full bar
Dog = Tables on the sidewalk or an outdoor patio serve patrons with dogs
TV = Big Screens for sports viewing
Agave (CE & Dog) – Gourmet Mexican
5 Granite Street 541 488-1770, open daily from 11am – 9pm
Alchemy (H & FB) – Cosmopolitan Cuisine
Formerly Winchester same owners: new restaurant
35 S 2nd St. 541 488-1115 Open daily for dinner 5pm – 9pm Bistro in the bar 4pm til close
Amuse (H) – French/Northwest nouvelle cuisine
15 N. First St. 541 488-9000 Lunch Thurs – Sat 11:30am – 2pm and Dinner 5pm – 9pm, closed Mondays
Beasy’s on the Creek (FB) – Steaks, seafood & pasta
51 Water St (entrance on Lithia Way) 541 488-5009 Open daily for dinner 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Big Al’s (CE & Q) – Burgers, sandwiches & Mexican
474 N. Main St. 541 482-6481 Open daily: 10am – 8pm
Brickroom (TV, FB, L) – Casual Modern American
35 N. Main St. 541 708-6030 Open daily: 8am – 1am
Creekside Pizza (L, CE & Q) – Pizza
92 1/2 N. Main St 541 482-4131 Open daily: 11am - 1am
Coquina (H & FB) – Northwest
542 A Street 541 488-0521,
Open for dinner at 5:00pm, closed Sunday and Monday
Cucina Biazzi (H & FB) – Traditional Tuscan-style Italian
568 E. Main St. 541 488-3739
Open daily for dinner 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Greenleaf – Wholesome fresh dining
49 N. Main St. 541 482-2808 Open daily from 8am – 8pm
Hearsay (H & FB) American Bar
40 S. First St. 541 625-0505
Beautiful sunken garden, near the Cabaret Theatre
Hiro Ramen (CE & Q) - Japanese/Korean
11 N. 1st St. 541 533-4341 Open Tues - Sat. Lunch 11:30 - 2:30 and Dinner 4:30pm - 8:30pm. Sunday 1pm - 7:30pm, closed Mondays
Hither (Q & Dog) – Wine, Coffee, Farm to fork
376 E. Main St. 541 625-4090 The most recent restaurant in downtown.
Located on the corner of Main and Gresham, just down the street from the inn.
Breakfast 7:00am – 11:30 am and lunch 11:30am – 3:00pm. Dogs welcome on the upper flagstone patio.
House of Thai (Q) – Thai
1667 Siskiyou Blvd 541 488.2583
Not in downtown area. Open daily for dinner 4pm – 9pm and lunch Mon-Fri 11am – 3pm
Lark’s (H, FB & Dog) – “Home kitchen Oregonian” cuisine
212 E. Main St. 541 488-5558 Open daily for lunch 11:30am – 2pm and dinner 5pm – 8pm
Liquid Assets (H, L & FB) – Wine bar, dinner, and live music
96 North Main St. 541 482-9463 May 1st – Nov 1st open daily 3pm – midnight
Loft Brasserie & Bar (H & FB) – One of my favorites
18 Calle Guanajuato Way 541 482-1116, Open Tues – Sun, lunch 11:30am – 2pm, dinner 5 – 9pm and brunch Sat – Sun 10am – 2pm
Martino’s Lounge (L & FB) & Marcaroni’s Ristorante – Italian
58 E. Main St. 541 488-4420 & 488-3359 – Lunch Tues – Sun 11:30am – 4:30pm Dinner Monday 5 – 10pm and Tues – Sun 4:30pm – midnight Late night
Bistro menu open daily midnight – 2:15am.
Martolli’s (CE & Dog) – Pizza
38 East Main St. 541 488-1434 Open daily for lunch and dinner from 11am-10pm
Ostras! Tapas and Bottle Shop (HE & FB) – Tapas & Wine
47 N. Main St. 541 708-0528 Closed on Mondays. Open for dinners 5pm-10pm
Peerless (H & FB) – Northwest Sustainable Seasonal Cuisine
243 Fourth St, 541 488-6067 Dinner Tues – Sat from 5:00 pm
Pie+Vine (Q & Dog) – Wood-fired Italian
358 E Main St. 541 541 488-5493 Daily for lunch and dinner.
Reservations only for parties of 6 or more. Free delivery.
Sammich Ashland (Q) – Deli
242 Bridge St. 541 708-6055 Daily 11am-6pm, except Sunday 11am-4pm
Really good pastrami!
Sesame Asian Kitchen (Q, FB & Dog) – Pan-Asian
21 Winburn Way 541 482-0119 7 days a week for lunch and dinner
Smithfields Restaurant and Bar (H & FB) – Meat-centric
36 S 2nd St 541 488-9948 Mon – Sun dinner at 5:00pm – 10pm and Sat & Sun brunch 10am – 2:30pm.
Can be slow, give yourself time to savor
Smithfields Pub & Pie (L, TV, & CE) – English ale house meets pie-shop
23 S 2nd St 541 482-7437 Daily 11am – Midnight
I love all the savory pies and salads, not at all a fan of their desserts. Music most evenings. Service can be slow, give yourself time to savor
Standing Stone Brewery Co. (L & Q) – Bistro & Beer
101 Oak St, 541 482-2448 Lunch and dinner 7 days a week from 11:30am – midnight
Taj Indian Cuisine (Q) – Indian
31 Water St. 541 488-5900 Open daily: lunch buffet 11am – 3pm and dinner 5pm – 9:30pm
Taroko (FB) – Asian Fusion
62 E. Main St. 541 488-7108 Open Daily: Lunch and dinner 11:30am – 9:30pm
TOT (Q) – Southeast Asian BBQ (but much more than BBQ)
310 Oak St. 541 488-7986 Mon-Sat 11:30am - 9:00pm
Zoey’s (CE, L & Dog) – Bistro and Ice Cream
199 E. Main St. 541 482-4794 Lunch 7 days a weeks
The ice cream counter is open late only during the summer months
Bella Union Restaurant & Saloon – Casual Italian
170 W. California St. 541 899-1770 Open for lunch Mon – Sat 11am- 4pm and open daily for dinner
C St. Bistro (Q) – Creative casual gourmet
230 C St. 541 261-7638 Lunch: Tues-Fri 11am - 2pm; Brunch: Sat. 10am - 2pm, and Dinner: Thurs-Sat 5pm - 8pm
Ellen’s favorite Jacksonville eatery
Deja Vu Bistro & Wine Bar – Contemporary regional
240 E. California St, Jacksonville 541 899-1942 Dinners Wed-Sun 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Gogi’s (H) – Cosmopolitan Cuisine
235 W. Main St. 899-8699 Open for dinner Wed-Sun 5pm - 9pm
Jacksonville Inn (H) – Steak and Seafood
175 E. California St. 541 899-1900
Cicily’s Pastria & Grill
1251 E. McAndrews, Medford 541 776-3500 Daily 11am - 9pm
147 N Front St. Medford 541 857-1910 Open daily for dinner 5pm.
Elegant converted train station and good food
Arbor House (H) – International Gourmet
103 W Wagner St, 541-535-6817 Dinners: Tuesday – Saturday opens 5:00 pm
One of Ellen’s Talent favorite: go here before attending Camelot Theater
New Sammy’s Cowboy Bistro (H!) – Natural Oregon Cuisine
2210 S Pacific Hwy 541 535-2779
All locally organically grown and raised food with a “world-class” wine list. Must have reservations, sometimes well in advance.
Open April – October, Wednesday – Sunday for Lunch 12pm - 1:30pm Dinner 5pm - 9pm seating every half hour
Open November – March, Wednesday – Saturday for Lunch 12pm - 1:30pm Dinner 5pm - 9pm seating every half hour
If Southern Oregon’s gorgeous and breathtaking scenery is not enough, the Cascade-Siskiyou region supports an extraordinary number of flora and fauna. The convergence of the Cascade and Siskiyou mountain ranges brings together three major eco-regions: Great Basin, Cascades, and Siskiyou, creating a globally recognized hot spot for bio-diversity.
Within an easy drive, in some cases within an easy stroll, from the Chanticleer Inn, you can see hundreds of endemic species of plants and butterflies of the Siskiyou and Cascade mountains. Table Rock, Pilot Rock, Grizzly Peak, and Mt. Ashland are noted for places to find butterflies and wildflowers. Please go to the Day Trips tab in this section of the website, or to the Blog for more detailed information about each of these hot spots.
Just as near by, and convenient from the B&B, are opportunities for birding in the Rogue Valley, in the Cascades, Siskiyou and the Klamath Basin. For specific itineraries and directions on where to go to view and experience the astounding beauty of the Siskiyou-Cascade area, please go to Day Trips and to the Blog.
For additional information on hikes, presentations and events the Friends of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument has a wonderful website.
Open to anyone with interest and the desire to have a more in-depth knowledge about this region’s natural history, here are some organizations’ websites to visit. For field classes and nature history certification programs go to the Siskiyou Field Institute. Informative and guided hikes look to Klamath Bird Observatory or KS Wildlands Center.
Oregon’s only National Park is just a 2-hour drive from Ashland, Oregon. Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the US, and the ninth deepest in the world. [However, comparing average depth with lakes whose basins are entirely above sea-level, Crater Lake is the deepest in the world.] Formed 7,000 years ago, Mt Mazama’s caldera is filled by only rain and snow. The water is famous for its pristine cobalt-blue color. For a National Park it is remarkably uncrowded even in height of the summer.
Hiking, snow shoeing, touring the lake by boat, swimming in Cleetwood Cove, or just sitting on the lodge’s veranda and admiring the sheer beauty, Crater Lake National Park is one of the favorite day trips for guests.
Route 62 on the way to Crater Lake One must stop to see Natural Bridge and the Rogue River Gorge — both along the Rogue river. At the small hamlet, Union Creek, there’s is a notable, if not famous, diner called Becky’s. Great for pie!
The two fastest growing industries in Southern Oregon are wine and artisan food, such as beer, chocolate, cheese, and jerky. Combining the two for a culinary excursion is fun and satisfying.
For “Do It Yourself” wine tours, visitors have many options and can spend multiple days exploring this elegant wine region. The Southern Oregon wine region can be organized by the sub-regional valleys/rivers: Bear Creek Valley, the Upper Rouge, and Applegate Valley. Go to the Food and Wine section more details about Southern Oregon culinary arts.
Spend an afternoon in Jacksonville, an old gold rush town designated as a National Historic Landmark. Spend time wandering through the shops and the old cemetery, hike the Woodland Trail System, ride the trolley to view the many historic homes and landmarks.
A fun and unique way to learn about Jacksonville is on a Segway. Starting at 10 am and 2 pm, after a 30 minute orientation, a guide leads you on meandering tour, stopping at noted historical spots throughout Jacksonville. See among other things, Oregon’s oldest continuing Catholic Church, city hall, and cemetery all on a Segway.
Jacksonville is the gateway to the Applegate Valley wine country, as such some of the wineries and food artisans have tasting rooms in the town. For wines: South Stage Cellar, Quady North, Corks; and food try award winning Gary West for jerky.
In the spring and early summer the wildflowers are abundant. Fishing, canoeing/kayaking, hiking, horseback riding, cycling, birding, and sailing are all possible.
Lake of the Woods is one of Southern Oregon’s clearest natural lakes, making it Ellen’s — indeed most of Ashland’s — favorite lake.
Lake of Woods, as well as Hyatt Lake and Howard Prairie Lake, has a resort with picnic tables, convenience store, eateries and facilities for visitors; also a boat ramp making it very easy to launch a canoe or kayak without getting your feet muddy.
Siskiyou Mountains: Pilot Rock and Mt Ashland/PCT for views, wildflowers, and birding
Cascade Mountains: Grizzly Peak for a huge panoramic view of the Rogue Valley and at least 3 eco-regions of fauna and flora.
Rogue Valley: Table Rock for a 360 view of the Rogue Valley, early spring wildflowers, and vernal pools.
Ask Ellen for details on when to go, what to see, and directions to the trail heads. For more information on trails in the area and a downloadable trail map of Southern Oregon and the Ashland area, go to the Northwest Nature Shop on Oak St., near Lithia St. in Ashland.
Throughout the Applegate Valley tucked among the many wineries, are lavender farms, demonstration gardens, and a nursery. When the lavender is in bloom early to mid-summer each welcome visitors. Go to the Southern Oregon Lavender Trail’s Facebook page to find the names, locations and opening times for all the lavender farms and gardens in Southern Oregon.