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Visiting Southern Oregon

Plan a visit to Oregon this holiday season and head south. Travel along I-5 and check out cities like Medford, or Lakeview. To the west you’ll find the Pacific Ocean, and the Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest, an easy drive from Brookings. Closer to Ashland, you’ll find the Howard Prairie Lake City Park, where you and the family can enjoy some winter weather on the lake. Closer to the Winema National Forest, have an outdoor adventure in Klamath Falls. A sterling choice for your destination in southern Oregon, Klamath Falls is easily accessed from Highway 97, and yields even easier access to the Upper Klamath Lake.

Tour Ashland on your fall or winter visit to southern Oregon. Home to Southern Oregon University, Ashland is awash in winter beauty this time of year. Head to downtown Ashland on November 23, for the start of the 20th Annual Festival of Light – keep an eye open for the Grand Illumination, when Santa counts down the lighting of over 1 million Christmas lights.

Enjoy your time in Ashland with a visit to the campus of Southern Oregon University. During the fall and winter, you’ll be in prime position to check out Southern Oregon Raiders play men’s and women’s basketball.

If you’re visiting on Thanksgiving weekend, check out the Flagship Inn Tournament, where the Raiders will face teams like the Oregon Tech, and Lewis and Clark State. In mid-December, make your way to McNeal Pavilion, home of the SOU Raiders basketball programs, and watch as the men’s and women’s teams take on Eastern Oregon on the 14th, and the College of Idaho on the 15th.

Traveling with your skis this winter? Perfect. Head to Mt. Ashland Ski Area and hit the slopes. The 23 ski runs around Mt. Ashland make it a joy for all – you’ll spend more time skiing, rather than waiting around. After an afternoon of swooshing down Mt. Ashland, head to the Granite Cove shop and pick up a few gifts, or make a stop at the Mountain Café, or the T-Bar Lounge for after-ski drinks and food.

Head to the coast and explore Brookings. One of southern Oregon’s southwestern most cities, Brookings is home to Harris Beach State Park. While the winter months typically yield cooler temperatures making a trip to the beach less than popular, anglers and sportsmen make the trek for good winter fishing and hiking.

For a festive adventure, plan to visit the Brookings-Harbor Shopping Center on December 8th, for A Christmas Carnival, presented by Stout Mountain Railway. The Christmas Carnival event is available to the public up to Christmas Eve, and is free for all.

More centrally located near the southern Oregon border, Klamath Falls is a joy to visit during the winter months. Ring in the New Year on your visit to Klamath Falls at the annual Bullmania New Year’s Eve Celebration, held at the Klamath County Fairgrounds. After the holidays, make your way through Klamath Falls from February 14-17, for the 34th Annual Winter Wings Festival. A perfect way to get your bird watching fix, the Winter Wings Festival expands to four days this year for the first time. Visit the Oregon Institute of Technology College Union for vendor displays.

If you’re a fan of theatre and local productions, make time to check out the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Hosting a litany of live shows throughout the year, check out the February 15th production of The Taming of the Shrew, live at the Angus Bowmer Theatre in downtown Ashland – well worth the quick drive south from Medford.

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