Ashland, Oregon – We Could Live Here!

Our ten days at Emigrant Lake, near Ashland, Oregon just whet our appetite for more of this cute little town.  We will definitely be coming back here for a longer stay next time.  We loved the positive energy of this place.  We felt very comfortable here.  Everyone we met was sincerely friendly and warm.  There is a healthy, active, outdoorsy energy and yet it is relaxed and laidback at the same time.  A really nice combination.  We want to come back and spend more time here, hopefully next year.

We were looking forward to the Artisan Market and Farmers Market on Saturday.  We have enjoyed going to these marketplace events ever since we started travelling 8 years ago.  And this one did not disappoint.  We listened to a talented guitar soloist, sampled organic baked goodies, shopped for the perfect fruits and veggies, and admired the beautiful handcrafted items from local artists.

Many of you may know that Ashland is the home of the Annual Shakespeare Festival.  We couldn’t come here and not attend at least one show.  We chose The Merry Wives of Windsor which was playing at the Elizabethan Theatre.  No photographing was allowed during the performance, so I went back the next day and got a pic of the empty theatre.  We had a fun evening and would certainly get season tickets if we were here for an extended time.

We caught an outdoor performance of the Eugene Taiko drummers.  Their performances are choreographed and great fun to watch!

Nearby Jacksonville is also a fun little town with a quaint historic district.  We spent the afternoon strolling through the shops and visiting the wine tasting rooms!  Fun!

Whether we were strolling through the beautiful Lithia Park in the middle of Ashland, or dining on the patio of a Main Street cafe beside the river, or buying a marionberry pie from the local bakery, or riding our bikes on the Bear Creek Greenway … we just loved everything about this place!

Our campsite at Emigrant Lake was the perfect spot, even though the lake is very low at this time of the year.  We even spotted deer on the slope beside our campsite, which is still an exciting and special thing for me.  I guess it’s pretty common up here, but I still get excited.  Just like when dolphins would swim beside our boat and play in our wake.  It never gets old.

Mike and Lucy play in the campsite day use area.

Goodbye, Ashland!  Until next time!

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