Calle Guanajuato Way gets extreme makeover for Lithia Artisans Market

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One of the highlights of a visit to Ashland, Oregon is a little retail therapy Rogue Valley style at the Lithia Artisans Market on Guanajuato Way along idyllic Ashland Creek. This winter, our town gave the already idyllic walkway an extreme makeover that will make you feel like you have stepped on the pages of an old world fairy tale set in a quaint European village of yesteryear.

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Bill Maher and American Idol Live! added to 2014 Britt Festival lineup

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The Britt Festival, Southern Oregon’s summer concert series under the stars, announced an truly epic lineup of big names from across the musical spectrum including rock, pop, folk, bluegrass, country, classical and much more. This year’s schedule now includes shows by sardonic comic Bill Maher from HBO’s Real Time and American Idol Live!

The soul-inspired pop band Fitz and the Tantrums, folk legend Joan Baez, singer-songwriter Tori Amos, country rockers Montgomery Gentry, comic Brian Regan, reggae artist Matisyahu, indie darlings The Head and the Heart, blues/rock act Tedeschi Trucks Band, classic rocker Peter Frampton and pop/rock sensation The Fray are among the acts coming to Britt in the 2014 season.

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World of Wine wows August visitors to Ashland

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The up and coming Rogue Wine Region is fast becoming one of Southern Oregon’s leading attractions for savvy travelers from San Francisco to Portland and beyond. Perhaps the premier wine event in the region is the new week-long World of Wine Festival in Jacksonville, a short half hour drive from Ashland through scenic fertile farmland bordering the rugged wilderness of the Klamath National Forest.

The hallmark of the festival is a wine competition featuring over 200 wines made from grapes grown in one of Southern Oregon’s unique viticultural appellations. Wines are judged by a panel of some of the top experts in the country typically including one or more Masters of Wine.

The festival is a veritable foodie dream come true and includes a welcome reception, sensory classes for all levels of aficionados, and wine dinners throughout the week. The culmination is a Grand Tasting which gives attendees the opportunity to tasted all of the winning wines paired with the local food and music the Rogue region is becoming famous for.

The 2014 World of Wine Festival will be held from 19-23 August at the historic Bigham Knoll in Jacksonville, California.