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Ashland Travel Guide: 76 reviews and 181 photos

Leafy and Quirky

Even though Ashland is located out in the middle of nowhere, roughly halfway between San Francisco and Portland, its beautiful surroundings -- the Rogue River and the Cascade and Siskiyou Mountains -- make the long drive worthwhile.

Ashland is also home to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Southern Oregon University, so despite its remote location, it has the intellectual atmosphere you'd usually find in more cosmopolitan areas. It's a lovely little town -- treesy like Mill Valley and quirky like Berkeley -- that mixes Victorian architecture with modern shops.

Unexpected Pleasures

You never know what you'll find in Ashland. Just after a costumed Shakespearean actor walked past us, we spied this Ariel Atom, an American-manufactured racecar, parked on the street. It was drawing quite a crowd. I was tickled to hear one of the onlookers, a woman in her 60s, remark, "That's a very interesting front suspension!"


Pockets of Calm

Mother Nature is never very far away. This peaceful little creek runs alongside the crowded main street in Ashland.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Charming town, interesting activities
  • Cons:A long drive from any major cities
  • In a nutshell:Best of Town and Country
  • Last visit to Ashland: Jul 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • craic's Profile Photo
    Apr 27, 2009 at 6:58 PM

    matt has been to ashland for the festival - he loved it - stayed in a b&b

  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    Mar 29, 2009 at 3:44 PM

    Lovely spot. You sound like me on the subject of camping. For me, it's good only in theory. Give me indoor plumbing and a private room any day. :-) Glad you had a good time, tho.

  • sennaya's Profile Photo
    Aug 20, 2007 at 11:59 AM

    Hi, Thanks for nice information! The city looks friendly :) Hope to find out soon.

  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Apr 24, 2007 at 5:10 AM

    looks like one of those dmall town places i like so much in the US.

  • sourbugger's Profile Photo
    Nov 16, 2006 at 8:48 AM

    all looks very delightful, i must say


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