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Families will love:

  • Shakespeare Festival
  • Small town atmosphere
  • Whitewater rafting

The Bard. The Old Globe. Hamlet. These are all things that you associate with the works of William Shakespeare, arguably the greatest writer to have ever lived. What does not come to mind, however, is a small town in the middle of Southern Oregon. But it should.

Since 1935, Ashland has hosted the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, which has grown to be one of the largest ... more
The Bard. The Old Globe. Hamlet. These are all things that you associate with the works of William Shakespeare, arguably the greatest writer to have ever lived. What does not come to mind, however, is a small town in the middle of Southern Oregon. But it should.

Since 1935, Ashland has hosted the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, which has grown to be one of the largest festivals of its kind in the world. For eight months of the year, this rural town attracts theater lovers to see a rotation of eleven plays in stunning natural settings. Because of the festival's popularity, the downtown area of Ashland, Oregon has become crowded with high quality restaurants, many of which emphasize local and organic foods. After enjoying a play, you will have an embarrassment of riches when picking a place to eat a meal.

Aside from Shakespeare and food, Ashland, Oregon has also become famous for its easy access to the rugged beauty of Southern Oregon. Within a short distance of town you will find the forested trails of the Siskiyou Mountains, whitewater rafting thrills on the Rogue River, and the quiet waters of Emigrant Lake. Crater Lake National Park is less than two hours from Ashland, too. Ashland attracts as many visitors for its outdoor opportunities as it does for Shakespeare plays.

Although Ashland has a steady stream of tourists, it still maintains a small town feel. Your family will feel safe and unhurried as you explore. Locals are proud of how the Shakespeare Festival has transformed their town over the years, so friendly faces are everywhere. There are a wide variety of accommodations for families of all sizes, from stately Victorian B&Bs to bungalows with mineral-fed hot tubs, and everything in between. If you and your kids enjoy theatre and the outdoors, a family vacation to Ashland, Oregon, will be the stuff that memories are made of.

Written by Phil Corless less

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