5 Southern Oregon Secrets

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As a Southern Oregon Native, there have been many times where I have been lost as to what to do and where to go. Since the area is still growing with a gorgeous landscape, world class wine, and festivals every which way you look, boredom is not a choice! The longer I live here, the more I discover how much I love it and want to tell everyone how wonderful Southern Oregon is. This article will set you up with all of the essentials you will need to find the beauty residing here!

Here are some of the secrets to the beauty of Southern Oregon and what to do while you’re here:

1. Wine, Wine, Wine

It’s ranked as a top ten best wine destination in the world! Southern Oregon is becoming a mini Napa Valley and we can’t complain. See the article below by Wine Enthusiast.

http://www.winemag.com/gallery/10-best-wine-travel-destinations-2016/#gallery-carousel-11

2.The Oregon Cheese & Chocolate Festival

Cheese AND chocolate? This is something you definitely don’t want to miss.

3. Rogue Jet Boat Adventures

Here’s a fun opportunity to soak up beautiful views with the possibility of actually getting well… soaked!

4. Crater Lake

Did you know Southern Oregon is home to the deepest lake in America? That’s right, living and visiting the area puts you near one of the natural wonders of the world. Take a drive up to Crater Lake and snowshoe your way through the scenery or catch a cruise out to Wizard island. You are guaranteed some gorgeous views.

5. Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Founded in 1935, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival takes place in Southern Oregon and draws crowds from around the world. With both indoor and and outdoor theater, OSF boasts an impressive listing of plays you can’t miss if you’re near!

 

10 Ways To Afford OR Shakespeare Fest!

 

10 Ways To Do The Oregon Shakespeare Festival Without  Stealing The Crown Jewels!

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The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is a world renowned nonprofit professional theatre whose season runs from February through early November. The OSF boasts two indoor stages and one outdoor Elizabethan stage! They offer over 11 plays a season; with 4 by Shakespear and 7 other by classic writers.  As well as modern and contemporary premieres!  This allows visitors to see up to 9 plays a week! The festival also offers a diverse range of experiences during the festival to all!

As we all know, these amazing plays are not free.  Like many of us who are on a budget, we would like to see as many plays as possible instead of just one. Here are 10 ways you can attend plays for much cheaper!

  1. Sign up to receive OSF’s ticket specials alerts.  These specials are not announced anywhere else and are only sent through the mail!
  2. Flex Pass $150 (5 tickets per Flex Pass–$30 per ticket!) from specially selected performances for the Flex Pass offer, seating is available in all sections except Box Seats. Must be purchased by March 16th for 2016 season. Call Box Office 800-219-8161.  Not available for purchase online.
  3. The next easiest way to save big on performances is to watch the web specials! Every Thursday they update this page! Y0u must register.
  4. Special $25 tickets for young adults ages 19–35. Weekly emails for selected shows. Sign up here and be sure to include your year of birth.
  5. Special $25 tickets when you come with your kids (6-17). Visit Family Days Page for 2016 performances or call Box Office (800-219-8161) to learn more.
  6. Rush Tickets, tickets only $45.00 one hour before selected shows. Sold only at Box Office one hour before the show begins. Check with Box Office on the day of show for availability.
  7. Student Rush Tickets, $15.00! Sold only at Box Office one hour before the show begins. Check with Box Office on the day of show for availability. Valid Student ID is required.
  8. Oregon Trail Card Rush Tickets. $5 tickets one hour before designated “rushing” shows for current Oregon Trail Card holders. Sold only at Box Office windows one hour before curtain.  Check with Box Office on the day of show for availability.
  9. Members save up to 30% on spring and fall performances. Learn more about Membership.
  10. In 2016, all C section seats to all shows, all season are only $30, including summer shows. Search any performance for availability — these tickets do often sell out, so plan early if you can.

There you have it! 10 excellent ways to see a bunch of plays on the cheap this 2016 OSF season!

Visit the OSF page for more details about planning your visit if you are not local or for  additional information!

 

By: Amy Molthan 

 

Local Growers & Crafters Market

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Say, “Hello” to Spring weather! The sun has finally made an appearance here in the Rogue Valley, making it the perfect time to get outside and step foot in our local growers and crafters market. Come and support local business in the community.

2016 marks the 25th anniversary of the market! With four total locations in both Ashland and Medford, there are plenty of opportunities to find the time to stop by and take a peak.

You’ll find a unique variety of products at each of the different locations. Whether you’re looking for honeycomb or soap, you’re bound to find something worthy of taking home.

The 2016 season varies from location to location, however in general lasts from March to November.

For more information, visit http://www.rvgrowersmarket.com/.