Find Drama, Not Jaw-Dropping Prices in Ashland

Posted January 27, 2010 by Kate Hamman

OR-ShakespeareFest-DEF Located in Oregon's Rogue River Valley, Ashland is more than just a small town. It's a small town with a big passion for the finer things in life. Discover drama at the city's annual Shakespeare Festival. Then stop by a boutique winery to taste some of the region's vintages, before returning to your oh-so-affordable historic hotel.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival: From February through November, Ashland becomes a thespian's dream for all things Shakespeare. Choose from 11 plays performed on three different stages, including classic bard favorites like "Othello" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Running since 1935, this festival is one of the largest and oldest professional nonprofit theaters in the country. Tickets start at $20, but you can also find discounts on good seats mid-week during the spring and fall off-season.

Troon Vineyard: Located in the Applegate Valley, this boutique vineyard is a popular spot among wine lovers. Its French-villa style winery produces only small lots (under 300 cases) of each of its Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Chardonnay, and Merlot, which almost guarantees you'll try something new each time you visit. Tours are available if the winery isn't too busy. A full flight of six wines costs a few dollars, but the fee is waived if you purchase six bottles of wine.

Ashland Springs Hotel: Originally opening its doors in 1925, the Ashland Hotel is included among the Historic Hotels of America. You can stay in one of the 70 rooms, soothingly decorated in shades of apricot, melon, and pear, with views of Grizzly Peak and the surrounding Rogue Valley. Located just steps from the Shakespeare Festival, the hotel serves as a delightful place to spend your time in between shows. Room rates are good to begin with, but Shakespeare Festival packages will get you a stay for two, two tickets to a show, a $30 dinner voucher, continental breakfast for two, and hotel parking starting at $199.

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(Photo: T. Charles Erickson/Oregon Shakespeare Festival)

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