May here in Southern Oregon is outdoor month. The local wineries open their doors and encourage wine, food and music lovers from all walks of live to visit and enjoy the amazing weather – cool, slightly windy, sunny smoke free days seems to flow by seemlessly here in Ashland, Oregon. Del Rio Vineyard out in Gold Hill brings back their Sunday Slowdown Days in the backyard of their Wine Tasting Room. It is a wonderful day to get the chance to relax, enjoy the family with friends and a “bring your own” picnic.
As Del Rio quotes: “its the best way to unWINEd”…They encourage guests to bring their own blankets and picnic wicker baskets and to sip on summer in a glass whilst listening to live music. I always recommend a stop at the Rogue Creamery to pick up a favorite local cheese and baguette in Central Point, along with a sweet offering from Lillie Belle gourmet chocolatiers. Pack it all up and head out to add a bottle of wine to your picnic from Del Rio.
A close foursome of Wineries to Abigail’s Bed and Breakfast Inn for a day trip that we can recommend are:
What a wonderful way to spend the day out here in Ashland, Oregon.
Chef Susan can organize a picnic for you to take with you given some notice and you can take time out to enjoy it at Stoneriver Vineyard. They are also hosting live music in their vineyard this season.
This month is host to Bee Weekend organized by the Cascade Girl Organization. You
can taste Honey and Mead from Oregon. Meet the Beekeepers including the children from the Lakota Youth Beekeepers. – Oregon Honey Festival
New to this season are High Siskiyou Tours “explore nature and the best scenery in the valley”. They do personal tours visiting wineries, Crater Lake, Cannabis Farms, Breweries etc. An old favorite of ours for Wine Tasting are All Aboard Trolley as well as Wine Hopper Tours. Another new and exciting “to do” that you can add to your list here in Ashland, Oregon itself is Birding Ashland Oregon that offer bird walking tours in Lithia Park, Emigrant Lake and other walks.
Ashland Parks and Recreation are introducing their first season of “Movies in the Park” at the Butler Bandshell in Lithia Park every 2nd and 4th Friday, May through to September. What a great idea for the summer…..
June bring the start to Lavender Month here in Southern Oregon Lavender Trail and it all starts with the English Lavender Farm and the dates are June 21 – 23 and July 12 – 14. Lavender festival weekends are busy with live music, arts and craft vendors, wreath making classes as well as great food and drink. In June there is nothing better than to drive out to these beautiful fields of lush purple. Having done it myself I have I cannot stress just how beautiful it is to see the lavender in full bloom. What an amazing experience.
July 4th Celebration’s here in Ashland, Oregon Independence Day is a must for visitors to Ashland, Oregon. The Celebration over 100 years old boasts a parade that over 20,000 gather to watch starting at 10 am. It concludes in Lithia Park at the Bandshell with festivities, music, food vendors. It is such a wonderful day to be a part of!
More information on coming activities, events and festivals will be added to my letter shortly!