The Bard at Oak Street StationOak Street Station is conveniently located in the historic Railroad District of Ashland, just two blocks from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, a diverse collection of downtown shops, an assortment of fine and casual restaurants, and Lithia Park.

Here our some of our favorite activities in our area.

An Early Morning Stroll in Lithia Park . . . . With the sunrise peeking through leafy giants, Ashland creek meandering beside you, bird songs competing, and a glimpse of deer, raccoons, and squirrels, Lithia Park is a stimulating start to the day.  Next to Shakespeare; go as far as you like in this 100 acre beauty.  Or take a guided tour with trained volunteer naturalists from the Ashland Parks & Recreation Department. For more vigorous hiking, there are nearby mountain trails, including The Pacific Coast Trail.  And for birders–check out North Mountain Park, a twenty minute walk from the inn.

Art Galleries–Downtown & Railroad District . . .  Visit stunning galleries in Ashland; most of them less than a ten minute walk from the inn.  Ashland Art Works is the closest, and our favorite.  If you’re here the first Friday of the month, don’t miss The Art Walk, an opportunity to  see featured artists in attendance, on-site demonstrations, and refreshments all in unique settings.  And the last week-end in April is The Taste of Ashland,  when you can sample wine and food from 50 places, all at the galleries.

Lithia Artisans Market … Held every weekend from spring through fall, this uniquely Ashland event features handcrafted jewelry, art, woodworking, and clothing.  Held along the banks of the creek behind the Plaza, Guanajuato Way.

Ashland Growers Market  . . . Held every Tuesday  and Saturday, spring through fall, this farmers’ market is a delight for the senses.  This is where we shop for fresh produce, jams and honey for breakfast. John buys garden starts from organic grower Susie at Fry Family Farm.   Tuesday market a mile away, Saturday market a block away from the inn. (8:30 – 1:30 p.m.)

OSF Extras . . .   Get a bonus! Free Offstage Events at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival include the Green Shows, which change nightly (lively and colorful musical programs held before the evening plays),  Noon Talks (up-close and personal dialogues with members of the OSF company), and Post-Matinee Discussions (Q&A with an actor, immediately following many Bowmer matinees) at Elizabethan or Bowmer Theatre; check for days and location.

Get a Workout, indoors and out… John works out just around the corner at  Snap Fitness, guest passes are available for a nominal fee. Zagster Bikes are for rent on the Plaza, just three blocks away. Our favorite rafting experiences are with Pete at Momentum River Expeditions and Will at Indigo Creek Outfitters.

Fishing . . .Fish wild and scenic rivers, including the Rogue, Klamath, and Sacramento Rivers. (When you don’t see John around the inn, you can bet he’s gone fishing!)  There’s also lake fishing nearby. Talk to Will at Ashland Fly Shop.

Jacksonville  . . . Within thirty minutes of Ashland, drive by acres of pear orchards, scenic mountain vistas, vineyards, and discover the quaint town of Jacksonville. With its unique shops, (quilts, kitchen goods, handbags, jewelry) Britt Outdoor Musical Festival, and local wineries you’ll find much to see and do.  Our favorite spot in Jacksonville is the historic cemetery, where you feel as if you’re stepping into the past; the artwork and history is all there.

Touring Crater Lake National Park and Oregon Caves National Monument . . .  The Park Ranger guided tours of Crater Lake and the interior of the Oregon Caves share both the fascinating science and culture of Southern Oregon’s scenic wonders and our national treasures.  From the boat tour to Wizard’s Island, to the climb down to the Cavemen’s Banana Grove, this is a must-see for anyone interested in the geology, biology and cultural history of Southern Oregon. Boat and cave tours run all summer long. Guided snowshoe tours of Crater Lake are available in the winter months.

Winery Tour . . .There are dozens of wineries in southern Oregon.  You can create your own self-guided tour, or have someone do the planning for you.  You may be surprised to see the number of award-winning wines from this region. Two of our favorite tours are Lorraine at Home Town Wine Tours and Crater Lake Trolley Tours.