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Trip Report Ashland Oregon short trip report

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Recently returned from a quick trip to the Shakespearean Festival in Ashland. It was my first time there although I just live 3 hours up the freeway.

Ashland is a charming town in the mountains which is famous for its Shakespearean Festival.
We stayed at the Lithia Springs Resort which I highly recommend. It is a short drive to the theatre area at the edge of town. We stayed in the English cottage which was very charming, had our own little English garden patio to enjoy coffee in the AM and watch the humming birds.

The Resort is built over a mineral spring and mineral water is pumped into the units which are equipped with a large jetted soaking tub for soaking in the mineral water. The room price includes afternoon tea, a welcoming glass of wine and a breakfast in the AM. The grounds are beautiful with many gardens, a coy pond, grape arbor, outdoor seating areas.

At check out we were given a package of home made peanut butter cookies for our trip and a coupon for $100 off for the next time we stay there.
It really is a beautiful spot to stay and we do plan to return using our $100 off coupon.

Ashland has several theaters in which the plays are presented.The first night we saw an excellent production of Pirates of Penzance in the outdoor theatre which is patterned after
an Elizabethan theatre. We enjoyed so much we decided to see if we could get tickets to another play the next day in the afternoon. We managed to get tickets for Measure for Measure in the Bowmer Theatre on Tues afternoon which we also enjoyed very much.

Followed the theatre by a stop at an English pub called the Black Sheep - traditional English pub with traditional English food - like bangers and mash and no one blinked an eye when we ordered a shandy. Nice way to end our visit.

If you ever are planning an Oregon trip, I highly recommend a stop in Ashland. The tickets to the plays sell out quickly but it is possible to get a last minute ticket for some and certainly worth a stop if you can. There are many nice restaurants and shops in the downtown area, and a beautiful park to visit.

So as you are traveling I-5, consider a stop in Ashland- I don't think you will regret it.

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