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Mountain Bird Festival in Ashland Oregon

March 12th, 2015 by Julie

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The Klamath Bird Observatory  is pleased to announce the   2015 Mountain Bird Festival in beautiful  Ashland Oregon  starting on May 29th through May 31st.

Birders from all over the US will be able to go on guided bird walks either full day or half day walks on Saturday and Sunday.  At the Festival there will be food and wine from local vendors, fine art and talks on Mountain Birds. This year the keynote speaker will be Brian Sullivan from Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, Brian is an International eBird project leader, bringing birding and technology together, making it easier to catalog and find birds in your own area and habitat.

The Klamath- Siskiyou region of southern Oregon and northern California is one of the most diverse regions in the world, it’s a must visit area for naturalists and bird enthusiasts and all of us to enjoy. You can see the White-Headed Woodpecker, Spotted Owls, Calliope Hummingbirds, nesting Sandhill Cranes and the Mountain Bluebirds and many others. Last year birders saw more than 170 varieties of birds.

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The Klamath Bird Observatory has many events during the year, it’s mission is to advance bird and habitat conservation through science and education. There is always lots to learn for the novice bird enthusiast and veteran birders.

Festival goers can enjoy all that Ashland Oregon has to offer during their stay. See a play at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, stroll through town and visit unique shops, galleries and spas and have a delicious meal at one of Ashland’s world class restaurants. To complete your weekend, stay at a fabulous B&B.  At the Blue Moon B&B  we are delighted to offer you a warm welcome with personalized attention to detail making your stay comfortable and relaxing. Every morning wake up to a cup of locally roasted coffee and a mouth watering home cooked gourmet breakfast, also afternoon tea and freshly baked cakes or cookies.

To learn more about the Mountain Bird Festival or to register for the event go to www.Klamathbird.org

 

Spring is here at the Blue Moon

March 12th, 2015 by Julie

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Spring is here at the Blue Moon,  Ashland is bathed in sunshine and warmth, the weather is glorious, the trees are in full bloom as are the spring flowers, this weather makes you want to go out into the garden, dig in the dirt and plant lots of flowers and shrubs.

In our garden at the Inn, the Helleborus and Daffodils are blooming and the Grape Hyacinth will soon be spreading a lovely carpet of blue flowers over the front yard. I do love this time of year and it’s promise of the long days of summer sun ahead.

In our back garden at the Inn we removed a fast growing giant  Sequoia,  it was planted as a sapling about 10 years ago..  and was growing about 6 feet per year the sequoia was outgrowing the space and encroaching onto the grass area. Our gardener cut the tree down last December ( we tried to give it to anyone who could use it as a Christmas tree but know one wanted it ) then the stump was removed.

Now in it’s place is a beautiful Bartlett Pear tree which hopefully will produce lots of pears later this year. We can look forward to some delicious pear cakes and breakfast dishes, I will put my thinking cap on ( this is an English saying ) and come up with some new recipes!!

Soon the Inn will be full of guests excited about the 2015 spectacular season of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival,

So far this season the plays that Jean-Pierre and I have seen have been truly superb and definitely not to be missed.

 

 

 

 

 

Ashland’s Lithia Park best Great Public Space in America

October 8th, 2014 by Julie

Ashland’s Lithia Park best Great Public Space in America

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Ashland’s Crown Jewel “ Lithia Park ” is named one of the top 10 best Great Public Spaces in America by the American Planning Association.

The ceremony to honor Lithia Park took place on the lawn above the upper duck pond, a plaque was presented to the Ashland Parks and Recreation team on Wednesday October 1st. 2014.

Lithia Park is a 93 acre landmark named for the Lithium Oxide Spring Water that bubbles up into the fountain on the Plaza. The park that was designed by landscape architect John McLaren ( who also designed San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park )  it has an organic layout and follows the natural terrain along Ashland Creek. You will find while walking through the colorful Park… Duck Ponds, Emerald Lawns, a Japanese Garden, Tennis Courts, Children’s Playground, Picnicking Areas, a Rose Garden and wonderful trails through the natural environment and the lush canopy of sycamores, maples and oak trees.

Lithia Park was named in the list with other notable public spaces such as The Cliff Walk in Newport R.I, Lake Mirror Park in Lakeland Florida and Rainier Vista in Seattle Washington among others. So we are in good company, visitors and locals enjoy our beautiful year round paradise, wander along the sparkling Ashland Creek and take time to smell the flowers.  Lithia Park is a great place for the whole family.

For more information go to ashland.or.us  or nps.go

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bear Creek Salmon Festival

September 30th, 2014 by Julie

 

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On the first Saturday in October every year the North Mountain Park in Ashland hosts the Bear Creek Salmon Festival. This year it will be on October 4th. starting at 11 am. until 4 pm.

All ages are welcome to this free event. There will be interactive exhibits on healthy salmon habitat and our region also The Klamath Bird Observatory and The Freshwater Trust.  Mini-workshops with topics including water conservation and wildlife, also fly and spin-casting will keep everyone interested.

 

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The children will love the traditional salmon cooking demonstration on an open fire and the salmon story tent, there is something for everyone.

Figgy’s Food Truck will be there for those who would like lunch or a snack. Music by the Ashland Taiko, Small Fry Accoustic Folk and Dancing Spirit Drum among others will keep your feet tapping.

Don’t miss this fun event..  See you there!

For more information go to BearCreekSalmonFestival.net.

Evening of wine, music and food at the Grizzly Peak Winery’s 2014 summer concert series in Ashland Oregon

August 7th, 2014 by Julie

 

food at grizzly peak Enjoy an evening of wine,music and food at the Grizzly Peak winery’s 2014 summer concert series in Ashland Oregon. Grizzly Peak is an award winning winery, nestled into the slopes of Grizzly Peak at 1600 East Nevada Street Ashland.. Just a 10 minute drive from Downtown.

Coming up in August..

An evening with Dave Pinsky  on August 15th.

and on  August 22nd   Blue Lightning band

The concerts start at 6pm… there will be food truck service with local tasty treats starting at around 5pm. Or you could bring a picnic and drink great wines as you listen to foot tapping music.

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Of course Grizzly Peak Winery set in 40 beautiful acres,  is open from Thursday— Sunday from 12 noon until 4pm. The vintners will be happy to talk to you about their wines and enjoy a tasting.

Summer Nature Walks in Lithia Park Ashland Oregon

July 25th, 2014 by Julie

Lithia-ParkEvery Wednesday,Friday and Saturdays during the summer months Ashland Park and Recreation offers free guided tours through beautiful Lithia Park,

Starting at 10am the walks last about an hour and a half. All ages are welcome to stroll through the park and learn about the flowers,trees,water,geology and history of this famous park.

No reservations are required, just meet everyone at the Ashland Plaza entrance of Lithia Park, and have an enjoyable morning learning about nature, in one of the most amazing parks you will ever visit.

See you in the park!

 

Summer in Ashland Oregon

July 10th, 2014 by Julie

ashland oreegon townAshland Oregon has so much to offer visitors, it’s a small town bursting with sophistication but also wacky and wonderful too, it’s a friendly place, where everyone has time to chat!!

 Ashland is home to the Tony Award Winning and world famous “Oregon Shakespeare Festival ” the jewel in the crown of our town.  With it’s three iconic and beloved Theatres all in the center of downtown Ashland.

It’s not only a great Get-a-way from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, but as you arrive in Ashland you take a deep breath ready for renewal, restoration and the healing power of our glorious and famous small town.

 There are so many things to do when you come to visit Ashland, it’s an art lovers dream, has lots of music events,  fabulous dining, boutique wineries, river rafting, birding, hiking trails and Lithia Park which is on the list of “National Register of Historic Places”.

Happy Independence Day from the Blue Moon Bed and Breakfast

July 4th, 2014 by Julie

Wishing you a Happy Independence Day from the Blue Moon Bed and Breakfast….

4th july cake I made a Flag Cake with cream cheese frosting and decorated it with blueberries and raspberries for Tea at the Inn today. All of our guests are out and about in Ashland, Lots going on including the famous 4th Parade and an Art Show and Music in Lithia Park. Tonight there will be fireworks at 10pm to finish up a busy day…

Summer Band Music Concerts in Lithia Park Ashland Oregon

July 1st, 2014 by Julie

band concerts in Lithia Park2014 Summer Concerts in Lithia Park Ashland Oregon.

Ashland City Band directed by Don Bieghler, perform a free concert every Thursday evening starting at 7pm from June until mid August at the Butler Band Shell on Winburn Way in Lithia Park.

 

The City Band plays Broadway hits, patriotic marches also original orchestral music and lots more. They often have a guest artists join them before the concert, they will start playing around 6pm.

There is always something new every week. On July 4th there will be a special Independence Day concert starting after the parade in the afternoon.

Just take a minute to relax from your busy day, bring a picnic and enjoy a summer concert in the Park.

See you there!

For information go to..

www.ashland.or.us

Hiking Trails in Ashland Oregon

June 10th, 2014 by Julie

 

ashland mountains and trailsAshland Woodlands and Trails Association is a private non profit group that maintains and preserves the trails and woodlands in Ashland.

Ashland has 180 acres of parkland, also over 430 acres of undeveloped land, there are more than 20 miles of trails mostly centered around Lithia Park that visitors and locals can enjoy year round. Two favorites are the White Rabbit Trail and Looking Glass Loop Trail.

Maps can be purchased at the Ashland Chamber of Commerce and also can be seen on the Trails website  http://www.ashlandtrails.org/

 

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