2005: I decided to spend the winter of 2005 in the Ashland area for several reasons. I’d heard it described as a perfectly precious little town surrounded by the ancient Siskiyou and the volcanic Cascade Mountain Ranges. While they are adorned with snow in the winter, the town itself rarely is, and it sounded like the winter weather was less bleak than in Portland. Its surrounding parks and activities look plenty inviting being near Crater Lake as well as the redwoods. I was further convinced when absolutely every person who had been there got a bright look on their face as they told me how glorious it is.
It was a beautiful day when I arrived, and I loved the way the soft clouds moving across the road welcomed me. Low hanging clouds on mountains have always entranced me, so it took it as a great sign.
With spectacular recreational, cultural and scenic opportunities, this Oregon gem of a town is not to be missed as a stop most worthy of exploration.
I really enjoyed the time I spent here, and you can check out what I did in the Ashland Area by scolling down to that set of links in the table to the left.
Looking the opposite direction toward Lithia Park, always one of my favorite places to hang out.
Check out my Lithia Park page, the “Crown Jewel” of Ashland and one of my favorite places during my stay here.
More Ashland Info:
City of Ashland – This is a great resource site, with interesting, detailed info about all aspects of the city, historic to present day, including maps.
Stage Coach to Center Stage (a really nice NPS site)
Oregon.com Ashland specific info
Lithia Park (NPS.gov)
Lithia Park (City of Ashland) Map
Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Oregon Wine and Farm Tour
Things to Do in Ashland Oregon (Insight to Ashland)
10 Cool Things to do in Ashland (besides watching Shakespeare)