PORTRAIT MAGAZINE — In Southern Oregon, the weather is balmy, the landscape lush, and the cities alive with activity. Local foods abound, the wine culture is booming, and art and theatre are around every corner. Ashland, home to the world-famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival, is the cultural epicenter of this region. A beautiful small college town with great dining, lodging and outdoor opportunities, Ashland makes a great multi-day getaway. Here are some of our favorite destinations and adventures to be found in beautiful Southern Oregon.
WHERE TO EAT
Packed into the downtown blocks surrounding the Oregon Shakespeare Festival are dozens of delightful dining destinations. Standbys like Greenleaf greenleafrestaurant.com which has been serving excellent sandwiches and salads since the 1980s, are joined by celebrated new arrivals like Mäs, which offers a changing menu based on as many locally grown ingredients as possible. The owners of Mäs gather foods from the forest, the farms and the markets, drawing inspiration from the landscape and local purveyors to shape each day’s meals.
Hither, is another newcomer, serving a small menu of breakfast and lunch that also changes with the flavors of the season. Look for dishes from hash to Coho salmon to a fried egg biscuit sandwich at this spot on Main Street. And don’t forget the coffee—this is Oregon, and we love our cup of joe, even when the weather is warm and the sun is shining. Hither is known for its rotating resident coffee roaster, specializing in a high-quality, low-production roast.