Beyond Broadway-quality theater, access to world-class natural wonders coupled with a culture of near non-stop festivals celebrating everything from local food to international film has put our boutique bed and breakfast inn and tiny town on the map for a new generation of travelers for whom the play’s not the only thing.


Ashland serves as Oregon’s southern-most gateway town to the up-and-coming Rogue Valley wine region, home to over 60 estate wineries.

The Rogue’s celebrated culinary culture attracts foodies from far and wide who come to explore the remote wilderness wine region and enjoy events such as including A Taste of Ashland, Ashland Culinary Festival, the Oregon Cheese Festival, World of Wine Festival, and the weekly Rogue Valley Growers Market in the heart of town.

An astonishing array of fine dining can be found mere footsteps from our inn’s front door. From traditional French to modern Asian to nouveau Northwest, acclaimed restaurants including Amuse, Loft Brasserie, Kobe, and Peerless put a special focus on showcasing seasonal, sustainable fare from local Oregon farms and fisheries.


Once just a tiny timber town, Ashland’s transformation into one of America’s top tourist destinations is thanks in large part to its many festivals in addition to its annual ode to Shakespeare.

For five days each spring the Ashland Independent Film Festival plays host to top filmmakers and thousands of their fans. Screened at the historic art-deco Varsity Theater, the festival is cited as one of the top reasons why the town was included in the popular travel guide A Thousand Places to See Before You Die.

For 50 years, Britt Festivals has been the Pacific Northwest’s premier outdoor summer performing arts festival. The festival’s naturally-formed amphitheater sets the stage against a backdrop of spectacular scenery that makes it a favorite venue of chart-topping artists across every genre.


Ashland Creek Inn is nestled along its namesake, a rushing year-round creek that is the lifeblood of Lithia Park, a botanical wonderland bordering the 1.8 million acre Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. The New York Times wrote that “On a sunny day, nothing is more pleasant than strolling through the 93-acre Lithia Park”.

The inn’s luxurious creekside suites are less than a day trip away from outdoor recreation such as Crater Lake, Class V rapids, top-rated ski runs, and an extensive wilderness trail system that earned the region the title of America’s #1 geotourism destination by National Geographic.


In-town trailheads accessible by foot from the inn connect 25 miles of wilderness trails to the 2,600-mile Pacific Crest Trail. In 2010, Ashland won Outside magazine’s contest for best U.S. trail running town.


Off-season guests benefit from the inn’s traditional winter specials that offer up to half off their regular rates. Wintertime visitors return year after year to ski Mt. Ashland’s notoriously challenging runs and enjoy annual holiday celebrations such as the “grand illumination” of Ashland’s Festival of Light when over one million lights meticulously molded to every building light up the town for festive season.


Ashland Independent Film Festival
The Ashland Independent Film Festival is five days of the highest quality independent film in this historic town the Washington Post called "a dream you'll never want to leave."  Every Spring, Southern Oregon is buzzing with the excitement of the AIFF.  Over 7000 film lovers gather at the art-deco Varsity Theatre, the Historic Ashland Armory, and other venues to watch over 90 documentary, feature, and short films in five days. Filmmakers from around the world engage with the audience after each screening and at festival events such as Opening Night Bash, the AfterLounge, and Awards Celebration, which include local wine, beer, and gourmet food. Special guests have included Ty Burrell, Albert Maysles, Barbara Kopple, Helen Hunt, and Bruce Campbell.
Festival of Lights in Ashland, Oregon
The Festival of Light, a community event put on by the Ashland Chamber, begins each year the day after Thanksgiving to kick off the holiday season. There is entertainment on the Plaza, followed by Santa's Parade at 5:00 PM and a Grand Illumination with a countdown led by Santa and Mrs. Claus who officially turn on over one million lights all over downtown. Feast on delightful cuisine at one of Ashland’s amazing restaurants, catch a festive music or theater performance, and glide on the ice at Ashland’s outdoor ice-skating rink or ski down the runs at nearby Mt. Ashland.  
Crater Lake National Park
Crater Lake National Park has inspired people for hundreds of years, and welcomes half a millions visitors per year, many of whom make a B&B in Ashland their basecamp. No place else on earth combines a deep, pure lake, so blue in color; sheer surrounding cliffs, almost two thousand feet high; two picturesque islands; and a violent volcanic past. It is a place of immeasurable beauty, and an outstanding outdoor laboratory and classroom. Crater Lake National Park is host to a diverse array of activities. While enjoying the natural scenic wonders, park visitors may hike in old growth forests, participate in a variety of interpretive activites, camp out, or even cross-country ski during the eight-month-long winters in the high Cascades. The park is always open, but many of the roads and facilities are closed during the winter.
Applegate Lake Oregon
The forested slopes and often snow-covered peaks of the Siskiyou Mountains are reflected in the clear blue waters of Applegate Lake, just 23 miles southwest of Medford in the Rogue River National Forest reachable by a relaxing and beautiful riverside drive lined with vineyards and horse farms. Of course you can also rest along the way at one of the many fine wine tasting rooms. In this scenic setting, the U.S. Forest Service operates lakeshore areas for picnicking, swimming and boating. The lake extends to the California border and a hiking trail follows the 18 mile shoreline. This is a setting for the picnic of a lifetime and a great day trip from the inn.
Wild & Scenic River Rafting
Southern Oregon is home to some of America's most pristine wild and scenic rivers that wind through rugged mountains carpeted in lush ancient forests. Whether you prefer the total relaxation of the floatation lifestyle or the heart-pumping adrenaline rush of conquering Class V rapids, the region's local rivers offer an unrivaled array of options with nearly as many highly-reputable rafting companies to choose from. Ashland serves as base camp for some of the world's top river guides who offer everything from easy-going kayaking day trips to hardcore whitewater wilderness excursions.
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Mt. Ashland Ski Area’s summit elevation of 7,533 feet gives the ski area a vertical drop of 1,150 vertical feet with 200 acres of varied skiing and riding terrain. Four chair lifts provide access to twenty-three ski trails plus open bowl skiing. Forty acres of trails are lit for night skiing. A Tudor-style mountain lodge provides food service, bar/lounge, ski school, retail and ticket sales. Ski and snowboard rentals are available.
Siskiyou Outback Trailrun
Outside magazine dubbed Ashland the best trail running town in America. Where Ashland ends, the trails begin. A dozen in-town trailheads connect 25 miles of multi-use singletrack to the 2,600-mile Pacific Crest Trail and the path-riddled Siskiyou National Forest, enough dirt to keep ultramarathon stars and residents alike entertained. Siskiyou Outback Trailruns produce 15K, 50K and 50M runs on Ashland’s world class trail system high above the Rogue Valley. Their three runs begin and end at the Mt. Ashland Lodge at an altitude of 6500 feet. From there the courses meander along the Pacific Crest Trail with breathtaking views of Mt. Shasta, Mt McLaughlin, and the Siskiyou and Cascade mountain ranges.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Founded in 1935, the Tony Award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival is among the oldest and largest professional non-profit theatres in the nation. Each year OSF presents an eight-and-a-half-month season of eleven plays in three theatres plus numerous ancillary activities, and undertakes an extensive theatre education program. OSF presents more than 780 performances annually with attendance of approximately 400,000.
Lithia Park Ashland Oregon
In the hub of downtown sits the crown jewel of Ashland, Lithia Park, a botanical wonderland bordering the 1.8 million acre Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. The New York Times wrote that “On a sunny day, nothing is more pleasant than strolling through the 93-acre Lithia Park”. Lithia is a 93-acre vista of emerald lawns, tennis courts, a sand-pit volleyball court, picnic area, classical landscaping, a playground and ice skating rink in the winter.. The park follows Ashland Creek through undeveloped woodlands, and also includes a Japanese garden, two duck ponds, a formal rose garden, groves of sycamore trees and a number of secluded spots. Its name originates from lithium oxide (Li2O) or "lithia," which is found in the stream water pumped to the park.
Britt Festival
Big names play the Britt! For 50 years, Britt Festival is the Pacific Northwest's premier outdoor summer performing arts festival. Located in the historic 1850s gold rush town of Jacksonville, Oregon, Britt presents dozens of summer concerts, featuring world-class artists in classical music, jazz, blues, folk, bluegrass, world, pop and country music. Britt's performance venue is a naturally formed amphitheater set among majestic ponderosa pines and native madrones on the beautiful hillside estate of 19th century photographer Peter Britt. Tens of thousands of music lovers travel from all over the West to enjoy Britt's world-class performances, spectacular scenery and casual, relaxing atmosphere.
Southern Oregon Music Festival
The Southern Oregon Music Festival is dedicated to cultivating, fostering, sponsoring, and developing the understanding, taste and love of traditional jazz and period contemporary music. The Festival is truly a musical event for all ages. Over the years it has stayed true to its Dixieland roots, but has broadened its audience appeal by including Zydeco, Swing, Jump-Jive, Big Band and other music that is period-contemporary with the 1900 – 1960 jazz and post jazz era.
Ashland New Plays Festival
Ashland New Plays Festival is an international playwright competition that culminates in the reading of four new plays chosen by a cadre of volunteer readers from hundreds of submissions. This unique and much-loved event features professional actors from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the community. The readings and the talkbacks that follow are a rich theatrical experience for audiences, and the guest playwrights look to Ashland’s sophisticated playgoers for responses to their works as they evolve from the page to the stage.
Rogue Valley Growers Market
Started in 1986 by a handful of farmers and artisans under the Water Street bridge in Ashland, the Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market was an early participant in the renaissance of growers markets in America. It’s the perfect place to stock up for your stay in our all-suite inn. With the enthusiastic support of the valley community the market has grown to over 100 vendors and now hosts three markets per week offering the finest in locally grown produce, plants and flowers, along with specialty foods, cheese, meat, baked goods, wine, ice cream, and hand-made arts and crafts. Vendors are juried to ensure quality and that all items are grown, prepared, or crafted locally by the vendor.
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Hosted by Rogue Creamery and produced by the Oregon Cheese Guild, this festival is a cheese lovers dream come true. Founded in 2006, the Oregon Cheese Guild is dedicated to the art and craft of making cheese. Held under 3 tents at Rogue Creamery's Central Point facility, the festival invites guests to shake hands with cheesemakers and other artisans. Activities will be provided for children including games, activity sheets and giveaways.
Applegate Valley Wine Trail
The up-and-coming wine regions of Southern Oregon are home to more than 60 estate wineries, most of which welcome guests year round weather permitting. The rugged mountain valleys and diverse climates allow for a wide variety of intensely flavored wine grapes to be grown. The cooler areas of Southern Oregon produce wonderful Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Gewürztraminer while the warmer, more arid regions ripen big reds such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo, Merlot, Malbec, Dolcetto, Zinfandel, Grenache and Syrah. Many other unique varieties such as Albarino, Pinot Blanc, Gruner Veltliner, Marsanne, Rousanne, Baco Noir, Marachel Foch, Mourvedre, Semillon, Petite Sirah and Viognier are also grown; making Southern Oregon one of the most diverse winegrowing regions in the world.
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The Oregon Wine Experience is Southern Oregon’s premier wine event showcasing outstanding wines made exclusively with Southern Oregon grapes. This event brings together the expertise of wine grape growers, the creativity of local and regional winemakers and gourmet foods and live music. Proceeds generated from this event support local community organizations such as, The Rogue Valley Winegrowers Association (RVWA) and the Southern Oregon Winery Association (SOWA). The finest wines from over 60 Southern Oregon wineries will be featured.
Ashland Culinary Festival
Ashland Culinary Festival celebrate amazing local restaurants, talented chefs, and Southern Oregon’s bounty.  Chef's compete for top honors while you sample over 30 vendors and experience wine, farm and food workshops.
First Friday Art Walk in Ashland, Oregon
The Ashland Gallery Association hosts an art walk on the "First Friday" of each month where patrons have an opportunity to meet the artists, view demonstrations, and enjoy browsing in a gallery atmosphere which often includes music and refreshments. An Ashland FIrst Friday is an eclectic mix of visual delights, interesting conversations, intimate music and tasty treats. The collage of image and experience grows as you stroll the galleries in the Historical Downtown and Railroad Districts.
A Taste of Ashland
The Ashland Gallery Association’s signature fund-raising event is A Taste of Ashland. This annual walking tour of Ashland galleries pairs local restaurants and regional wineries to create Ashland’s most delicious art experience. Foodies and wine connoisseurs from all along the west coast follow a map to 17 galleries, to discover Ashland’s best restaurants and the region’s best wines.
Lithia Artisans Market
Experience Ashland's finest outdoor arts and crafts market, The Lithia Artisans Market. Over 35 booths are located across from Lithia Park behind the Plaza on Calle Guanajuato. The market is open May through October, Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 11-5. Stroll along the creek, talk to local artists, relax and enjoy a massage, have your portrait painted. Discover fine art, handcrafted jewelry, photography of local landscapes and international delights, metal work, handmade, hand-painted clothing, artfully designed pottery, beautifully created wood art, handcrafted body care products and much more. From Bach to the Beatles, sit and relax to the sounds of Ashland's talented musicians, fun for all ages.
Halloween in Ashland, Oregon
Halloween in Ashland is a very big event when it feels like the entire town and then some fill the streets dressed to the nines in colorful costumes. A children's parade is followed by an evening of revelry rivaled only by similar celebrations in bigger cities. The young at heart get dolled up and come from far and wide to let their hair down, or put their wig on as the case may be.
© 2016 Graham Sheldon | Bed & Breakfast Realtor | Ashland Homes Real Estate
Feature photography by Sean Bagshaw | Outdoor Exposure Photography
© 2016 Graham Sheldon
Ashland Bed & Breakfast Realtor
Ashland Homes Real Estate
Feature photography by Sean Bagshaw
Outdoor Exposure Photography