Posts Tagged ‘weekends in Ashland Oregon’

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 Bearcreekfestival.net

Music to Enjoy in Ashland Oregon

September 8th, 2014 by Julie

Music to enjoy in Ashland Oregon

In our lovely town of Ashland there are lots of opportunities in our restaurants and bars and also local wineries to enjoy fabulous music by local bands and taste some of the most delicious food as well.

Some of the venues where you can hear great music are Enoteca Wine and Bistro, Caldera Tap House, Standing Stone Brewery, Oberon’s Tavern,Blue” Greek on Granite, Pasta Piatti,  Grizzley Peak Winery,  Belle Fiore Winery and The Brick Room to name just a few, see below for more about The Brick Room.

The Brick Room a new restaurant on the Plaza in Ashland Oregon

August 12th, 2014 by Julie

brickroom restaurantThe ” Brick Room” a new restaurant on the Plaza in Ashland Oregon.

We were all sad to see Alex’s Plaza Restaurant and Bar close for business earlier this year after 25 years as a favorite spot for locals and visitors alike.

The new plaza restaurant will be open from 7 am. until 3 pm. for coffee and light fare.  From 3 pm. for dining, serving traditional american food, drinks and live music until a late night closing.

We are excited to see a new business open in the 150 year old building.    “The Brick Room”  is set to open it’s doors on August 1st. Owners Elijah Katkin and his mother Gina Katkin have completely redesigned and renovated the whole space, making it more open and a friendlier design. Also they enlarged the bar and have a small area as a stage for live music.

Next time you are in Ashland make sure to go…  for  reservations call 541 708 6030

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”.

Summer at the Blue Moon Bed and Breakfast In Ashland Oregon

June 28th, 2014 by Julie

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Summer Fun at the Blue Moon….Hello everyone…… We are serving breakfast  outside on the garden deck. Fresh squeezed orange juice, delectable fresh fruit, rich and flavorful savory or sweet main course dishes served with crispy potatoes and warm home made bread..  It is wonderful!!

There have been many beautifully warm days and mild evenings, wonderful for watching a play outside in the Elizabethan Theatre.  It’s been lovely to see every one outside enjoying the sunny and warm weather, it feels like summer!!!

We are blessed to have such warm and wonderful guests. You are more like cherished friends who come to visit us at the Blue Moon Bed and Breakfast every season. We look forward to great company, lively conversation, relaxed gatherings and the pure joy of Summer.

Ashland Oregon is one of the ten “Best small towns” in America

June 16th, 2014 by Julie

ElizabethanHenryVIII_09_smaller OSFAshland Oregon has always been special, now it’s official according to Fodor’s annual list of the best of the best ” Best Ten Small Towns”.

CNN reports that some of the best towns in the US are the small towns.   Arabella Bowen, executive editorial director of Fodor’s Travel reports  ”There has been a big uprise in traveling to smaller towns that have some quirky and regional appeal”

Ashland has much to offer visitors, it’s the home to the Tony Award Winning and world famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival”  with it’s three iconic and beloved Theatres  all in the center of downtown Ashland.  Coming to visit  Ashland  is an Event!!

There are many other things to do in and around Ashland… Oregon Cabaret Theatre , the Green Show, many boutique local wineries, art galleries, River rafting, birding, quaint and unique shops in downtown Ashland, fabulous world class restaurants, and the beautiful Lithia Park listed on ” The National Register of Historical Places” which has more than 90 acres of pristine trails for locals and visitors alike to enjoy.

ashland oreegon townAshland has some of the best small Inns and Bed and Breakfasts in Oregon and the country.

Jean-Pierre and Julie at the Blue Moon Bed and Breakfast  a unique and historic beautifully restored farm house built in 1855.  We at the Blue Moon endeavor to give our guests a very warm welcome,  a concierge experience with a personal touch and a sumptuous three course gourmet breakfast every morning.

Lithia Water’s Source in Ashland Oregon

June 6th, 2014 by Julie

lithia water fountain on the plaza                                                                              For those who have ever wondered, “Where does the lithium-laced water that bubbles up in the fountain in Ashland’s Plaza come from”?

It seems it has quite a journey from it’s source, surprisingly under the Ashland Gun Club in the country side east of Ashland. It is then pumped alongside Emigrant Lake, under Ashland Airport then follows East Main Street, up Hargadine Street, beneath Oregon Shakespeare Festivals brick courtyard and then finally behind Ashland City Hall and over to the Fountain in the  Plaza…  Quite a journey!!!

Ashland had hoped back in the early 1900′s to become a world class destination for it’s mineral waters ( a craze at the time ) that was not to be, but it did help put our small town On The Map!!!

Next time you’re in downtown Ashland go and sample the fizzy Sulfur tasting water, it actually tastes quite good.

When our small Granddaughters came to visit us, they kept going back for more, surprising all the adults in the Plaza who were watching them.. They loved it, maybe you will too!!!

 

 

Trivia night at Louie’s Bar and Grill on the Plaza in Ashland

May 31st, 2014 by Julie

Every Tuesday exciting trivia games are on the menu ( as well as tasty food ) at Louie’s Bar and Grill on the Plaza.louies bar and grill

Build a team 1-6 players enjoy great food and drink, and also test your trivia knowledge!!

If Trivia is not your thing then maybe Bingo on Wednesday’s would suit you better. With lots of prizes and special discount Bingo Beverages on tap.  For more info. go to…

www.louiesofashland.com

Lithia Artisans Market along Ashland Creek opens for 2014

May 14th, 2014 by Julie

lithia artists  on the creekLithia Artisans Market  opened for 2014 on Saturday  May 3rd. The artisans market is a collective of  local and regional artists and craftspeople of all kinds.

Every year there seem to be more artisans to look at as you wander through the quaint little alley behind the restaurants and bars on Ashlands Plaza. If you are looking for something unique and authentic look no further than this outdoor market along Ashland Creek.

Wonderfully inspiring music supplied by many of our local musicians regale you as you stroll through stalls offering clothing,photography,leather work,woodwork,jewelry,glass,pottery and all sorts of art and much more.music on the creek

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the new artisans is former Ashland Inn Keeper Barbara Shoonover.  Barbara makes absolutely beautiful scarves and shawls, they are very unusual and innovative she also does weaving too. Go along to her stall you will be amazed at her creations, tell her we sent you!

The market is open every Saturday and Sunday from May until October.

Bring beauty into your life and joy in your heart, we hope to see you there on our glorious Ashland weekends to support local art, crafts, music and culture.

For more information go to lithiaartisansmarket.com

 

 

 

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