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Visiting Southern Oregon

Southern Oregon from Brookings on the Pacific Coast to the magnificent Steen Mountains in the southeast is diverse and loaded with possibilities for a getaway. Crater Lake National Park, arguably Oregon’s most magnificent natural attraction, is ideal to enjoy in warmer weather - be sure to tour the historic lodge at Crater Lake before it closes for winter. Take Highway 62 northeast from Medford to get to the lake. For a quick adventure along the way, look for signs to Mill Creek Falls and Pearsoney Falls before you reach Prospect – about 48-miles from Medford. Enjoy a short hike to cool off in the mist of the falls.

The arts and culture of Southern Oregon is as equally captivating as the outdoors. Ashland is well known as the home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. The 2011 schedule includes Julius Caesar and the Ghost Light at the New Theater playing into early November; Henry IV, Part Two and The Pirates of Penzance on the Elizabethan Stage through the first week in October; and Osage Country and Richard III, performed by the African Company, at the Angus Bowman Theatre into November.

Visitors note: Angus Bowmer Theatre is under repair, but shows go on. Scheduled performances are temporarily held at “Bowmer in the Park”. A large tent suitable for large performances has been set up in beautiful Lithia Park for plays while repairs are completed at Angus Bowmer Theatre.

Visit Medford and be sure to enjoy an outdoor concert at the Britt Festivals. Just 15 minutes west of Medford in Jacksonville, world famous performers play concerts under the stars in a gorgeous natural amphitheater. Through September take in concerts by Smokey Robinson, Michael McDonald and the B-52s. The 2011 season marks the 49th year of performances at the Britt Pavilion.

The Medford Jazz Festival is three days of non-stop music, fun and dancing in downtown Medford. True to its roots, the 2011 festival showcases Dixieland, Zydeco and Big Band performers. Visit Medford October 7th through the 9th for the festival and bring your dancing shoes – the Kids Unlimited performing arts stage is the exclusive dance site.

Klamath Falls sits to the south of Upper Klamath Lake, the Pacific Northwest’s largest natural lake. Nicknamed Oregon’s City of Sunshine, now is the time for a visit. Take advantage of the weather to enjoy the abundant outdoor recreation and city events. Summer brings the 11th Annual Brats, Brews & Blues Festival at the Klamath Yacht Club. The 2011 event benefits the Bereavement Camp for Children and is held August 13th.

Runners, the 36th Annual Crater Lake Rim Runs and Marathon is also August 13th. The course around the rim of Crater Lake is high altitude, however the scenery and views are spectacular. Choose from a 6.7-mile walk or run, or runs of 13 miles or the Marathon. Time to check the Crater Lake Rim Runs off your bucket list.

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4 Best Western Hotels
in Southern Oregon

  • Best Western Windsor Inn

    Ashland

  • Best Western Beachfront Inn

    Brookings

  • Best Western Skyline Motor Lodge

    Lakeview

  • Best Western Horizon Inn

    Medford

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