Posts Tagged ‘outdoor activities’

Summer in Ashland Oregon

August 7th, 2016 by Julie

ashland oreegon townAshland Oregon has so much to offer the thousands of visitors who come to Ashland every year. Ashland is 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.

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

Do something wild.. rafting adventures.

July 27th, 2016 by Julie

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Do something wild.. rafting adventures and have some summer fun….a sizzling hot summer day and cool water, what a fabulous combination. In Ashland there are two outfitters who will provide you with the ultimate day out on the absolutely beautiful Rogue River. Noah’s located on North Main Street and  Indigo Creek Outfitters on A Street. You can choose from either a half day relaxing Rogue Float Trip or a full day exciting whitewater rafting trip.
There are also fishing trips and three or four day camping and rafting trips. Whatever you choose you are sure to have lots of fun on the spectacular Rogue River.
For information  Noah’s noahsrafting.com and
Indigo Creek at  indigocreekoutfiterscom.

Enjoy an exciting day join Up and Down Bike Ride

July 10th, 2016 by Julie

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Join the bike ride on July 23 2016
THE UP & DOWN bike ride is a new event with lots to offer in the way of challenge, scenery, support and food. Come join in on the inaugural ride on the Cascade Siskiyou Scenic Bike way. The first such designated route in Southern Oregon.
The ride is a total of 51 miles with 5100 feet of climbing on narrow, winding, low-traffic roads, through spectacular oaks, across a shady plateau, and finally a dramatic, long descent with unparalleled views of the Bear Creek Valley and Ashland.
The start and finish is at Emigrant Lake in Ashland,  a rambling, shady park overlooking a large recreational lake, even sporting a water slide for the playful among us. There will be a scrumptious bar-b-q lunch, locally crafted beer, music and the camaraderie of fellow riders.
For information   upanddownbikeride.com

Ashland Oregon Halloween Parade

October 14th, 2015 by Julie

The Annual Halloween Parade in Ashland Oregon will take place on Saturday October 31st. 2015

 

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Every October is the time for the ghouls and goblins to come out and play at the annual Halloween Parade and celebration in downtown Ashland Oregon.

There is fun for all the family, this is the time in Ashland where everyone gets dressed up in costume not just the parade participants,  also the the folks who line the parade route get into the spirit of Halloween.

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The parade starts at 2.30 pm  outside the SOU campus and wends it’s way along Siskiyou Blvd to the Plaza in downtown. It’s a great time to be in Ashland and join in the fun.

Summer Fun

August 12th, 2015 by Julie

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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  rvziline.com

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!

Noahsrafting.com

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Poinsettia Festival at Ashland Greenhouses

December 10th, 2014 by Julie

Poinsettia Festival at Ashland Greenhouses

FullSizeRenderIt’s the season for hunkering down inside a warm and cozy house, sitting by the fire warming your toes with cold and windy weather outside. I like the change of seasons, throwing on a thick sweater and some gloves and tramping through the snow. Summer warmth seems so far away.

The holiday’s are just around the corner, Jean-Pierre and I went to Ashland Greenhouses for their Holiday Poinsettia Festival, hundreds or maybe thousands of Poinsettias of all colors on display, it was a wonderful sight, here is me in the middle of it all!

Ashland Centennial Ice Rink opens November 22nd 2014

November 16th, 2014 by Julie

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Ashland Centennial Ice Rink opens November 22nd 2014

The Ashland Rotary Centenial Ice Rink opens November 22nd.  Dust off your skates and join us for the grand opening in the covered Ice Rink at Lithia Park in beautiful  Ashland Oregon. From 6 until 9 pm.

 

It’s that time of year again at the most magical place in Ashland. The days are colder and what could be better than getting out into the fresh air dressed warmly in cozy sweaters and gloves and skate the day away, then enjoy a mug of hot chocolate and a snack.

On the opening day there will be a performance by the Southern Oregon Figure Skating Club and Ice sculpting by Roger Butterfield. Skate under twinkling lights with music provided by DJ Hope.

Lots of outdoor fun for kids and the whole family!

Kids under 5 can skate free and for youths $3.50 adults $ 4.00

More information www.ashland.or.us    or call 541-488-9189

Halloween Parade in Ashland Oregon

October 10th, 2014 by Julie

 

Halloween Parade in Ashland Oregon

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On Friday October 31st. 2014 Ashland celebrates Halloween with the Children’s Halloween Celebration. A huge parade which begins at 3.30 pm at the Ashland Public Library meanders along Main Street and ends at the Downtown Plaza.  This year “ Samba Like it Hot “ leads the revelers along the route. This is an event for the whole family where everyone gets dressed up, not just the participants in the parade, it’s a lot of fun for everyone.

 

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After the parade children ( young and old ) will enjoy Trick or Treating, Face Painting and Live Entertainment there also will be a Mad Science activity by Science Works.

The week before Halloween has lots of fun events and activities too ….. on Friday 24th October there will be an all-you-can-eat Pasta Party at the Historic Armory on Oak Street and on Saturday 25th October there is a Monster Dash through Lithia Park.

For more information about events go to www.ashlandmonsterdash.com  and  AshlandChamber.com

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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