There is a lot to see and do in Ashland. In fact, you may need to visit more than once just to see everything the town has to offer. Ashland boasts 20 city parks, a recreational lake, a 9-hole golf course, 2 farmers markets, a weekend craft market, a community pool, 3 breweries and more than 10 wineries!
Wineries & Breweries
Caldera Tap House Tap into Oregon's beer culture at the Caldera Tap House, open daily at 2PM. With twenty handcrafted Caldera ales and lagers on tap, the Caldera Tap House offers frothy, bubbly delights for any palate. Live bands often perform on the Tap House stage. Hungry patrons can choose from a menu of freshly-made appetizers, salads, burgers (including vegan and seafood choices) and sandwiches, with names ranging from the Tap House Burger to The Stinky Hippie (which tastes far better than you might expect).
Caldera Brewery and Restaurant Located at the South end of Ashland near I-5 Exit 14, the Caldera Brewery and Restaurant is dedicated to crafting the finest ales, lagers, and cuisine. The informal seating provides for a sociable, pub-like atmosphere, while still remaining family-friendly. With no less than 37 Caldera beers on tap and an extensive menu including pizza and main-course entrees, the Caldera Brewery and Restaurant will tickle your taste buds. Over 5,000 brands of beer are represented in Caldera's astonishing bottle collection, which lines the walls on high shelves.
Standing Stone Brewing Company Located just two blocks from Ashland's historic Plaza, the Standing Stone is a true microbrewery (you can't get this beer at the store), and one of Ashland's favorite restaurants. The entire brewery is right inside the restaurant, next to the front door. Take a seat at the bar, in the main dining area, or on the shaded back deck with a view of the hills. The menu features an extensive selection of delectable appetizers, salads and entrees using many local and organic items. You can order a pizza and watch as it is baked in a wood-fired oven! Families will appreciate the children's menu and friendly service. Standing Stone serves their full menu from eleven A.M. to midnight every day.
Swing Tree Brewing Situated in the warehouse district on the "other side of the tracks", Swing Tree Brewing Company is an exciting new venture in Oregon's outstanding beer culture. The business is geared for distribution sales, but the Brewery is open to the public for tastings Thursday-Sunday three P.M. to eight P.M. (hours may be extended by the time you read this). In addition to its four conventionally-brewed anchor brands, Swing Tree offers a unique experience of Cask Ale or "Real Ale", created by sealing unfiltered beer in a cask with additional sugar and hops for its final fermentation. Swing Tree is the only brewery in the Rogue Valley to craft beer using this method. The casks sit in plain view in the bar area. When one cask is emptied, the next cask is opened by driving in the tap with a hammer, to the cheers and astonishment of the patrons!
Weisinger's of Ashland Winery Located at the south end of town on Siskiyou Boulevard, Weisinger's Winery has been lovingly tending its vineyard since 1979. The winery offers a selection of three white wines and seven red wines and blends. The tasting room, situated on a hillside with a beautiful view of the upper Rogue Valley and Pompadour Bluff, is open daily from 11AM to 6PM in the Summer.
Ashland Vineyards & Winery The largest privately-owned vineyards in Southern Oregon offers an array of award-winning wines at unbeatable discounts. Ashland Vineyards is the only Oregon winery where every wine has received the highest ratings in the state from Wine Spectator (including a "World's Best Merlot"). The tasting room is located on East Main Street in Ashland. Taste "The Wines That Make Ashland Famous!"
Belle Fiore Winery Nestled in a gorgeous old-world style estate overlooking 50 acres of lush vineyards with sweeping views of the Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon, Belle Fiore Estate & Winery is a unique setting for you to enjoy. Lush lawns, intimate gardens and fountains make for a romantic and magical experience. The Estate and Winery are lcated just a few miles from Ashland and Interstate 5. The Wine Pavilion tasting room opens at noon daily.
Genesee Vineyards Just outside Ashland on the Dead Indian Memorial Highway, Genesee vineyards offers daily tastings of its unique Southern Oregon wines.
Thistlecroft Vineyard & Garden This small vineyard, on Gaerky Creek Road, is situated on a south-facing slope near Pompadour Bluff on Ashland's semi-rural east side.
Dana Campbell Vineyards A stunning view of the Rogue Valley greets visitors to the Dana Campbell Vineyards' Tasting Room, open noon to five P.M. Thursday through Sunday. The winery prodices unique varietal grapes including Tempranillo, Malbec, Viognier, Mourvedre and Carmenere. It is located just two miles from downtown Ashland on North Mountain Avenue.
Grizzly Peak Winery In the early years of the Napa Valley, family wineries with limited production were the norm. Grizzly Peak Winery continues that tradition in Ashland, carefully tending grapes in its private estate vineyard. The effort has paid off with two Gold Medals from the World Wine Championships. The wines are very reasonably priced. The Tasting Room is located on East Nevada Street, and is open from noon to four P.M. Thursday through Sunday in the Summer.
Velocity Wine Cellars Great wine results from an intimate knowledge of the land. That is the conviction of winemaker Gus Janeway, who makes the rounds of his vineyard on a bicycle. His flagship wine is a blend of Malbec grapes with their deeply intense aromatic flavor, rounded out with traditional Bordelaise varietals and just a hint of spicy Syrah.
Edenvale Enoteca A world-class wine Tasting Room right on Ashland's Plaza! Fresh flights of regional wines are featured daily, along with EdenVale's premium wines. The Taste Rogue wine program showcases a new wine varietal or blend every month, highlighting Edenvale's favorite brands from around the southern Oregon region. Open daily at eleven A.M.
Kids & Family Activities
Emigrant Lake Located just a few miles east of Ashland on Highway 66, Emigrant Lake offers a variety of recreational activities in its spacious 1400+ acres, which include 12 miles of lake frontage. On the water, visitors may enjoy swimming, fishing, boating, and water skiing. For more fun, Emigrant lake features a playground and a 280-foot two-track water slide.
Science Works ScienceWorks is a hands-on science museum with many fascinating exhibits, activities, and live science shows. There is an outdoor garden, a geodesic outdoor shelter, parabolic sound reflectors, a "bubble room" where visitors can blow giant soap bubbles (or even get inside a soap bubble!), and a science play room where kids can try various science challenges or just goof around. Public programs offered by ScienceWorks include workshops, lectures, birthday parties, summer festivals and science camps.
Daniel Meyer Pool The Ashland Parks & Recreation Department oversees the Daniel Meyer Pool. The pool is an outdoor facility located in Hunter Park, at 1705 Homes Avenue in Ashland. The pool is open to the public mid-June through Labor Day weekend.
Parks and Trails
For general information about Ashland parks (including dog-friendly parks), visit the City of Ashland About Parks page.
Garfield Park Locals call it the "water park". This three-acre, dog-friendly park features a playground, basketball court, sand-pit volleyball courts, and public restrooms. But the best feature is the "Zero-Depth Water Playground", where kids and grownups alike can frolic in fountains and cascades of water, activated by a jolly red button. Located at the intersection of East Main and Garfield streets. The Water Playground is open May through September from eleven A.M. to seven P.M.
North Mountain Park North Mountain Park is on Mountain Street at Bear Creek. Within the park are a Nature Center, Demonstration Gardens, playing fields and several acres of wildlife-friendly open space and trails.
Lithia Park Within Lithia Park, wide hiking trails run along both sides of Ashland Creek with wooden bridges connecting them. Picnic tables, restrooms, benches and playground equipment are located along the trail. The main trail is less than a mile long with very little elevation gain, but its many connecting trails allow for a variety of routes, each with its own attractions. Beyond the end of the main trail, on the hillsides east of Lithia Creek, steeper trails continue through forests of pine and madrone to the swimming reservoir at the extreme south end of the park. Beyond that, a network of trails continues into the hills.
Hobart Bluff Hobart Bluff is a rocky outcrop overlooking Hobart Lake in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. The area is home to many exotic flowers and many rare species of butterfly. To reach Hobart Bluff, travel East from Ashland on Highway 66 to the Greensprings summit (approximately mile mark 16). There, you can park at the intersection of Highway 66 and the Pacific Crest Trail. The hike is easy to moderate difficulty and passes through meadows and old-growth forests. The distance is about four miles one way. A short branch trail leads to the summit of Hobart Bluff, with unsurpassed views of the Rogue Valley and surrounding area.
Pilot Rock At the crest of the Siskiyou mountains, Pilot Rock towers over the upper Rogue Valley and is an enjoyable and rewarding challenge for more adventurous hikers. The trail to Pilot Rock is short but steep and can be somewhat treacherous with loose gravel and dirt. The climb up Pilot Rock itself involves scrambling over steep uneven rocky terrain with a couple of short (ten feet or less) vertical scrambles. Be careful not to dislodge rocks on hikers below! For those who persist and reach the summit, the reward is a panoramic view of Southern Oregon and Northern California, including Mount Shasta, Mount Ashland, and Mount McLoughlin. To reach the trailhead, travel South on I-5 from Ashland. Take exit 6 (Mt. Ashland) and continue South about 2 miles on old highway 99. The access road for Pilot Rock is marked with a forest Service sign and will be visible on your left. The road is rough and 4-wheel drive is recommended. When you reach a rock quarry where the road is blocked off, park and continue up the road on foot to the well-marked trailhead.
Other Attractions and Activities
Jackson Wellsprings Natural warm springs form the centerpiece of this 30+ acre spa and events center, just two and a half miles from downtown Ashland. Families can swim and soak year-round in the warm water soaking pool as well as the Olympic sized swimming pool. Every day, eighty thousand gallons of fresh water flow through the pools, so there is no need for chlorine. The naturally alkaline water hinders bacterial growth, allowing for a natural soak without chemical additives. A steam room, sauna and private soaking tubs are also available.
Mount Ashland At 7533 feet elevation, Mt. Ashland is the highest peak in the Siskyou Mountains. For locals, Mt. Ashland is the "ski hill", with 23 ski runs covering 200 acres, served by four chairlifts. Even advanced skiers can find a suitable challenge on Mt. Ashland's steep, glacier-scoured terrain. In Summer, the mountain becomes a haven for bicyclists and hikers. The parking area is at 6300 feet elevation; hiking trails extend to the summit of the mountain and beyond into the wild country of the Siskiyous. To reach Mt. Ashland, travel South on I-5 from Ashland and take exit 6. Continue South on old Highway 99 about half a mile until you see the Mt. Ashland access road on your right. A drive of 8 miles on the access road brings you to the parking area.
Lithia Artisans' Market Artists and craftspeople from Southern Oregon and Northern California exhibit and sell their own work on weekends at this festive outdoor market which runs from early April through mid-November. Hours are Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 11-5. The market is about a block from the Bard's Inn, on Guanajuato Way (in between Lithia Creek and the Plaza).
Rogue Valley Growers and Crafters Market Tuesdays and Saturdays from March to November, this outdoor market brings a host of local goods and produce to Ashland. Everything from fresh fruits and vegetables (including legendary strawberries), to delicious ready-to-eat foods, to a wide assortment of fine handicrafts and homemade products is sold at these events. Live music and fun activities are offered each week, including contests where the winner recieves purchase tokens for the market! For time and location information, refer to the <a href="http://www.rvgrowersmarket.com/">Rogue Valley Growers and Crafters Market website</a>.