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Blue Moon Bed and Breakfast Ashland Oregon 2016

November 23rd, 2015 by Julie

Autumn is such a  lovely time of year. Astoundingly rich colors of brilliant gold and sunlit yellows greet you as explore our unique town of Ashland Oregon.
November is the time when many of you will be planning your trips to Ashland for 2016 so, please remember to book early at the Blue Moon to insure that your favorite room will be waiting for you when you arrive.
Did you know……  Spring is a good time to come to Ashland, there are lots of events … such as the Independent Film Festival and the Taste of Ashland.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival tickets are less expensive in spring and so are our rooms at the Blue Moon.  Whenever  you decide to visit Ashland, we at the Blue Moon are always excited to see each and every one of you; we appreciate your loyalty and look forward to seeing you again soon.

Ultimate Cinnamon Roll Cake

November 5th, 2015 by Julie

Ultimate Cinnamon Roll Cake
cinnnamon cake
I made this cake for tea, it’s a tender, rich and delectable cake with tons of cinnamon and a deliciously gooey glaze, truly scrumptious!
Our guests absolutely loved it, one piece left for me, I savored every bite.
 1 stick butter, softened
 1½ cups sugar plus ¼ cup, divided
 ½ cup greek yogurt
 2 teaspoons vanilla
1 tablespoon milk
 3 eggs
 1½ cups flour
 ¼ teaspoon baking soda
 2 teaspoons cinnamon
 2½ cups powdered sugar
2-3 tablespoons milk
 ½ teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9×5 loaf pan with baking spray.
 In a stand mixer beat the sugar (not including the ¼ cup) and butter together for 2-3 minutes or until noticeably lighter in color and fluffy.
Add in the eggs, yogurt, milk and vanilla and mix until well combined. Add in the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
 Using the last ¼ cup of sugar, add the 2 teaspoons of cinnamon to it. Add in half of the batter, then half the cinnamon sugar sprinkled on top.
Add another half of what you have left (so a quarter of all the batter you started with) and sprinkle the rest of the cinnamon sugar over that layer.
 Add the rest of the batter. Bake for 60 minutes or until your tester comes out clean. Cool cake completely before adding the icing.
 Mix the powdered sugar and milk (just enough to have a thick but pourable consistency, like honey. Reserve ¼ cup of it and add the ½ teaspoon of cinnamon to it. Pour the regular icing over the cake. Add the cinnamon frosting to a small ziploc bag. Cut a tiny bit off the edge and pipe a zigzag line on the top of the cake.

Making Cookies with Joey

October 30th, 2015 by Julie

Julie and Joey making cookies at the Blue Moon Bed and Breakfast in Ashland Oregon.
julie and joey in kitchen
Making Cookies with my grandson Joey is a real treat. When the glorious days of  summer are winding down and we can feel Autumn in the air, the exciting energy of Summer is giving way to the relaxing coziness of Fall. We still have some wonderfully warm days and serving breakfast outside on our deck at the Blue Moon when the mornings are balmy.
 It’s really lovely when family comes to visit. Our daughter Aimee and her two sons Joey and Owen came up recently from California. Joey and I made Snickerdoodle cookies together at the Inn for tea that afternoon, he’s a good little baker!

Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2016

October 25th, 2015 by Julie

Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2016


The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is one of the best and well known festivals in America and around the world as we found out… guests at our Inn come from many states and many countries around the world.

Next years 2016 season looks even more exciting than this years 2015 season, we can’t wait to see what treats are in store for us.

As Bill Rauch says, “2016 marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death—the last major Shakespearean milestone many of us will experience in our lifetimes. In celebration of our core identity as a Shakespeare theatre, we are proud to be presenting five plays by our namesake author, one from each genre (comedy, tragedy, history and romance) plus our single most overdue Shakespeare title. With TIMON OF ATHENS next season, OSF will have produced the entire 37-play canon a staggering four times, and our current Canon in a Decade project means that we hope to have completed the canon a fifth time by 2024. As I anticipate all five Shakespeare plays in 2016, I am particularly excited about THE WINTER’S TALE in the Allen Elizabethan Theatre, seen through an Asian and Asian-American cultural lens.

“At the same time, our commitment to new work remains a vital part of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in the 21st century. With world-premiere adaptations of Charles Dickens and Gilbert and Sullivan alongside a thrilling new American Revolutions drama and the premiere of a lyrical fable from a rising Latina playwright, we will continue to contribute to the American canon of new plays that will go on to be produced by theaters nationwide. Finally, our 2016 season includes an astonishingly fresh take on the Vietnam War from the perspective of Vietnamese refugees in the U.S., and a rare large-scale revival of the much-beloved musical THE WIZ.

“The 2016 season reaffirms our identity as a language-based, classical theater even as it continues to expand the boundaries of the types of artistic adventures that we will offer our ever-curious and passionate audiences.”

We are so lucky in Ashland to have such a wonderful acting company right here in rural Southern Oregon.

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“The 39 Steps” opening soon Oregon Cabaret Theatre

September 12th, 2015 by Julie

“The 39 Steps” opening soon at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre. The play will open on September 10th 2015. It promises to be a lively show with an onstage plane crash also a chase on top of a moving train, sounds very exciting.

I first saw the classic 1935 thriller by Alfred Hitchcock many years ago, I remember how intense it was, this version however will be just as thrilling but with lots of comedy too.

It is about a man Richard Hanney played by John Stadelman  who is bored and goes to a play while there he witnesses a murder. There is a mysterious woman in black played by Katie Beck.39 steps Justin Waggle and Stephen Kline round out the cast playing multiple roles.

This is a fast paced whodunit about spies and murder with dashing heroes and classy dames, gosh I can’t wait until opening night….

Hearsay opening soon in Ashland Oregon

September 5th, 2015 by Julie


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Hearsay‘ a new restaurant lounge and garden opening soon below the former “old Pink church” building at 241 Hargadine Street Ashland that houses the Oregon Cabaret Theatre. The space  used to be the now closed restaurant Dragonfly.

Owner and designer of ‘Hearsay’ Craig Hudson is now in the midst of building the new unique and dazzling restaurant, his vision for this new place is a 1930’s style supper club with a classy and elegant yet casual atmosphere,  live music and fabulous food. A great place to have lunch or dinner but also an after Theatre venue for drinks and music, there will be a grand piano in the bar area so expect some lively evenings of music and song.

Executive Chef for ‘Hearsay’ Dylan Carson has been in Seattle for the past 13 years graduating from the Seattle Culinary Academy, then honing his skills at the respected Tin Table restaurant in Seattle as Executive Sous Chef.  Dylan is an innovative chef passionate about food, he loves using high quality local ingredients to create unusual and delicious Northwest cuisine, it will be unlike anything else in the Rogue Valley.

‘Hearsay’ will be opening soon, stay tuned to my blog for more information…

Oregon Shakespeare Festival new play ” Sweat “

August 24th, 2015 by Julie


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Welcome to ‘Sweat’  a World Premier play by Lynn Nottage now playing at the Bowmer Theatre at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

The play set between 2000 and 2008 in Reading Pennsylvania, one of the poorest cities in America.  It’s a sad story of what happens when good paying factory jobs go away and the devastating financial consequences that unemployment brings.

We meet three woman factory workers:  Tracey ( Terry McMahon) Cynthia (Kimberly Scott)  and Jessie ( K.T Vogt) in the local tavern after work, gossiping and laughing about everyday things with the bar tender Stan ( Jack Willis). You notice they are drinking excessively, especially Jessie who’s life has been taken over by alcohol and seems to be drunk most of the time, also working at the bar is Oscar an natural born American from the Dominican Republic, he would really love a good job at the factory but has no skills.

Cynthia and Tracey have sons who are friends,  both have good jobs at the plant, while Tracey’s son Jason (Stephen Michael Spencer ) is happy to work at the plant for the rest of his working life Cynthia’s son Chris ( Tramell Tillman) is saving his money to go to college.

At the beginning of the play they are all working shifts at the plant with good money and benefits but their middle class lives are about to change as management wants the union to agree to longer working hours and loss of some vital benefits. Tracey, Cynthia and their sons vote NO. What happens next is the management lock out the workers from the plant and bring in an unskilled workforce, Oscar from the tavern is happy to be one of the unskilled workers to get a job.

Cynthia and Tracey who thought they had good paying jobs until they retired suddenly find themselves without work and their American Dream shattered.

Things will change dramatically for Jason and Chris because of one indecent of anger, rage and racial tension, one late night at the Tavern.

This play is very powerful, you feel their desperation, hopelessness and profound sadness as they struggle to find any minimum wage jobs they can get.  They long to return to the way things were but unfortunately will never be again.


Summer Fun

August 12th, 2015 by Julie


Put some Zip in your day!

Summer fun….Spend a lovely day at Rogue Valley Zipline Adventure in Central Point Oregon just a few miles from Ashland Oregon. Open 7 days a week all year round during daylight hours. Have an amazing time zipping through the trees in this adrenaline filled adventure guided by very friendly and knowledgeable staff. If you are looking for something to do that is unique and exhilarating this is the sport for you!

A shuttle bus will take you from Laurel Hill Golf Club in Central Point to the private property. You can enjoy a half day adventure or a full day Zip,Dip & Sip which is  Zip lining, River Rafting and Wine Tasting! what could be better than that!

For info

Rogue River Rafting Trips.

Spend an idyllic day on the beautiful Rogue River with Noah’s Rafting and fishing trips. There are many types of half or full day trips, you can go kayaking or exhilarating and exciting whitewater rafting or maybe escape the hot weather with a leisurely trip floating along in a large and comfortable raft is for you, with guides who will tell you all about the flora and fauna including deer and birds that you will encounter along the Rogue River. There are also multi day wilderness trips that include all food and accommodation. If fishing is what you love there are fly fishing day trips or 3 to 4 day adventure trips where you could catch salmon, steelhead or sturgeon. Spend lovely days along the uncrowded Rogue River and nights in a cozy lodge. Whatever you chose you are guaranteed to have a lot of summer fun!

Love “Head Over Heels” a new musical

August 5th, 2015 by Julie

Detail_2015_HOH_746x420 Oregon Shakespeare Festival ” Head Over Heels”
On a hot evening last week Jean-Pierre and I joined more than 1000 other excited playgoers to see  ” Head Over Heels” at the outdoor Allen Elizabethan Theatre.
This is a world premier play taken from a 16th century poem “Arcadia” by Sir Phillip Sidney.  Adapted for the stage by Jeff Whitty, directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar with music and lyrics by the Go Go’s.
This seems like a very unlikely mashup of a 1580’s poem and music from the 1980’s group The Go Go’s….. yes it seems strange but it really works.
Before the play really starts the marvelous and wildly funny John Tufts as ” The Fool” Philanax comes onto the stage, he engages with us the audience, checking the script and telling us all about the mythical world of Arcadia, and of the wonderful characters we are about to see, then the story begins!
The Elizabethan poem by Sir Phillip is about romance and the meaning of love in all forms,
and so is this play,  settle into your seat and enjoy the ride.
 The King of Arcadia Basillius ( Michael Sharon)and his Queen Gynecia ( the always amazing Mirium Laube)  love each other but have fallen temporarily out of love. Their eldest daughter Pamela ( Bonnie Mulligan)has many suitors but loves none, their younger daughter played by Tala Ashe and the local Shepard boy played by Dylan Paul as Philoclea and Musidorus are an absolutely adorable couple very much in love but unable to be together.
As the play goes on the story gets more and more complicated and brilliantly silly with mistaken identities, lots of romantic surprises and wildly funny non stop jokes that will have you constantly laughing.
The fabulous songs from the Go Go’s and the story intertwine beautifully together with gorgeous costumes, a terrific live orchestra and an exuberant cast belting out the wonderfully familiar foot tapping songs.
It’s an over the top non stop party and well worth the trip to Ashland just to see this play.

Gil’s Growler Station now open in Ashland Oregon

July 21st, 2015 by Julie

gils growler

Gil’s Growler Station is now open in Ashland Oregon.

There is a new place in town to sample more than 23 craft beers here in Ashland Oregon.  Gil’s Growler Station ( A growler is a large jug that contains about a half gallon of beer) has opened next to Ruby’s Restaurant on Pioneer Street. They are both owned by the same couple who started Ruby’s four years ago.  Christian Senf and Aura Streett thought that opening a casual, fun and friendly place to have a drink and some food was just what was needed in Ashland.

Those of you who have stopped for lunch at Ruby’s know that the food is really good with locally grown organic produce. You can also have some of the same menu items at Gil’s Growler, tasty nacho’s, roasted chicken and lots of different delicious sandwiches.

Gil’s also serves Wine, Hard Cider, Mead and Kombucha ( which is a fermented tea.)

Stop by and check it out.