OUTDOORS

Hellgate Jetboats – Ride the Rogue
A ride on Hellgate Jetboat Excursions might be described as the best of opposing worlds — one part high-speed hijinks and one part nature cruising. The Grants Pass-based company has been showing visitors a good time on the beautiful Rogue River for more than 50 years in its custom made jetboats that speed along the river in just inches of water.
1-800-648-4874  |  www.hellgate.com

Oregon Caves National Monument
Take the unique tour through the Oregon Caves, a trek along an asphalt trail complete with low ceilings, narrow passages and an occasional tight squeeze. General cave tours with a forest ranger include a 90-minute discussion of geology, fossils, wildlife and bats within the caves and the watersheds and old-growth forests around them. In the summertime, visitors can sign up for off-trail cave tours, which introduce visitors to caving techniques, etiquette and conservation. Summertime candlelight cave tours offer a sense of how the caves must have appeared to the first explorers. For something spooky-special, come back in October for haunted candlelight tours.  -  Visitors must be 42 inches tall to join the tour  -  Tours offered daily from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
1-800-444-6777  |  www.recreation.gov

Hiking: Table Rocks – “Islands in the Sky”
If you're looking for an outdoor adventure that will take your breath away, journey to Southern Oregon where two stunning landscape features are home to hundreds of wildflower species. Take a hike to the top of Lower Table Rock in Jackson County, one of two Table Rocks that are unmistakable and prominent landmarks that some call Oregon’s "Islands in the Sky."

Upper: To find the Upper Table Rock trailhead from Interstate 5 take Central Point exit 33 (just north of Medford), drive east on Biddle Road 1 mile, turn left on Table Rock Road for 5.2 miles to a curve, and turn right on Modoc Road for 1.5 miles to the trailhead parking lot on the left, just opposite an electric substation.

Lower: To find the Lower Table Rock trailhead from here, get back in your car, return 1.5 miles to Table Rock Road, turn right (away from Medford) to milepost 10, and then turn left on Wheeler Road 0.8 mile.

 

Crater Lake National Park
Crater Lake, high in the Cascade Mountains range, is Oregon’s shimmering blue gem. It’s a must-see landmark during any trip to Southern Oregon.
541-594-3000  |  www.nps.gov

 

WINERIES

RoxyAnn Winery
70 acres of primarily Bordeaux and Rhone style grapes thrive in the shallow clay soils at the base of Roxy Ann Peak in Medford, Oregon, where there has been a long-standing tradition of preserving the family-owned property far before grapes were even planted. With a strong commitment to land conservation at the forefront of every decision, we have strategically paired effective sustainable farming practices with state-of-the-art production facilities to yield the best fruit and ultimately superior wines.
Located .7 miles from RVCC  |  Open Daily 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  |  541-776-2315  |  www.roxyann.com

Dancin Vineyards
Planted to seven distinct clones of Pinot noir and four different clones of Chardonnay, the vineyards are meticulously maintained through continual assessment during each and every facet of the growing season, making every effort to achieve vine balance. At the point of perfect ripeness, each cluster is hand harvested and sorted, first in the vineyard, and then twice more on the crushpad, as their limited production exquisite Pinot noirs and Chardonnays are hand-crafted using minimalist, old world techniques that complement the practices in the vineyard.
Open Thursday – Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  |  541-245-1133  |  www.dancinvineyards.com

Bella Fiore Winery, Estate & Vineyard
Overlooking lush vineyards with sweeping views of the Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon, Belle Fiore Estate & Winery’s Old World elegance inspires a special feeling of magic and romance. Conveniently located just a few miles from Ashland and Interstate 5, visitors will be delighted with our expansive grounds, enchanting gardens, numerous creative settings, breathtaking views and natural seclusion.
Open Wednesday – Saturday  |  541-552-4900  |  www.bellafiorewine.com

 

ENTERTAINMENT

Oregon Shakespeare Festival – Ashland
The Tony Award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Fes­tival (OSF), located in charming downtown Ashland, Oregon, is one of the nation’s true artistic gems. Each season, running from February through October, OSF presents 11 classic and contemporary plays on three unique stages in rotating repertory. With tours and fun educational events and an ever-changing free summer entertainment on the Green Show stage, OSF is an immersive cultural experience for the whole fam­ily that you’ll never forget.
541-482-3331  |  1-800-219-8161 (Box Office)  |  www.osfashland.org

Britt Festival – Jacksonville
Assembled by a group of volunteers in the summer of 1963 (with a plywood stage and tin-can lights), Britt Music Festival featured a small chamber orchestra. Today, Britt Festivals is the Northwest’s premier outdoor music and performing arts festival and features world renowned artists who perform under the stars in a natural hillside amphitheater of unparalleled beauty, just three blocks from downtown historic Jacksonville.
1-800-882-7488  |  www.brittfest.org