Southern Oregon Snapshot

A series of notes and links to help you see what’s here.

Ashland written up in Vogue magazine, August 8, 2018:

Ashland the Next Napa?

Southern Oregon is primarily the area of the broad, well-watered and sunny greater Rogue River Valley, lying just north of the California state line, with the Siskiyou Mountains on the south, the Cascades on the east side and the Coast Range on the west. Interstate highway I-5 runs through the valley, and connects it with Eugene and Portland to the north and Redding and San Francisco to the south. Principal cities of Southern Oregon include Medford, Ashland, Grants Pass and historic Jacksonville. Population of the area is nearing 300,000 and is steadily increasing as both working families and retirees migrate here to take advantage of the sunny climate, mountain scenery and low cost of living.

The Medford area sits in a weather shadow between the Cascade Range and Siskiyou Mountains called the Rogue Valley. As such, most of the rain associated with the Pacific Northwest and Oregon in particular skips Medford, making it drier and sunnier than the Willamette Valley. Medford’s climate is considerably warmer, both in summer and winter, than its latitude would suggest, with a Mediterranean climate. (from wikipedia)

Medford Weather Forecast – 10 day
Ashland Weather Forecast – 10 day


Colleges & Universities:
Southern Oregon University
Rogue Community College

Osher Lifelong Learning:


Oregon Shakespeare Festival,
Britt Music Festival
Oregon Cabaret Theatre 

Newcomers Group:

Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center,
Providence Medford Medical Center
Ashland Community Hospital


If you are looking for a full-spectrum wine-touring experience, be sure to consider Southern Oregon’s diverse and exciting Rogue Valley and Applegate Valley AVAs

The three river valleys are adjacent to one another within the original Rogue Valley AVA.  Their namesake rivers drain from the Siskiyou Mountains in the south (along the California border) to the Rogue River in the north on their way to the Pacific Ocean.  These three valleys – from east to west, Bear Creek Valley, Applegate Valley and the Illinois Valley – together define roughly the boundaries of the Rogue Valley AVA and all three are contained entirely within the boundaries of the larger Southern Oregon AVA.

Ashland Newcomers Wine Group

Activities Calendars:
Medford Calendar
Daily Tidings

Oregon Cheese Festival


Locals Resource Guide:

Public Markets:




Rivers and River Rafting:

Rogue Wilderness Adventures
Momentum River Expeditions
Rogue River Bureau of Land Management

Cascade Mountains,
Rogue/Siskiyou National Forest,
Siskiyou/Klamath Mountains

Crater Lake