Wilderness wine adventure in the Applegate Valley


From lush valley floors to steep terraced hillsides, vineyards are planted on all kinds of topography in countless wine regions around the world. While wine country is always picturesque, few settings are as strikingly beautiful as the Applegate Valley in Southern Oregon.

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Eugene O’Neill’s American classic opens in the Thomas Theatre March 29

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The Oregon Shakespeare Festival will open Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night, directed by Christopher Liam Moore, on March 29 in the Thomas Theatre. Preview performances are March 25, 27 and 28.

Long Day’s Journey into Night, a semi-autobiographical work for which O’Neill posthumously won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, is considered among the finest American plays of the 20th century. In it, actor James Tyrone’s summer home is haunted by alcohol, addiction, failed dreams and ghosts of resentments gone, but hardly forgotten. Mary, his delicate wife, nurses her losses and lives in an idealized past. His eldest son Jamie is a failed actor who excels at one role: the scapegoat who, more often than not, tells the brutal truth. Only Edmund, the youngest, might succeed if he can overcome his heredity and precarious health.

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The 10 Most Beautiful Towns in Oregon

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Oregon is one of the most beautiful states, complete with diverse landscape and picturesque towns. Many of the towns, from the west to the east, have distinct character and stunning views, whether it is snow-capped mountains, oceanic scenery, or tree-lined hills. From historic villages to charming coastal escapes, here is a list of some of the most beautiful towns throughout Oregon.

Ashland

A charming place located in Southern Oregon, Ashland is a friendly town offering guests much to see and explore. Situated where the Siskiyou and Cascade Mountains converge, the lush area is brimming with scenic views, outdoor adventures, historical sites and many art and cultural experiences. Must-do activities include taking a leisurely stroll through the Historic Downtown and Railroad Districts where beautiful buildings filled with unique shops, galleries, and cafés are waiting to be discovered and meandering through the stunning Lithia Park, which features 90 acres of serene beauty. After a day of walking, relax by taking in a theatrical production by the renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival — currently in its 80th year.

Read the full report on TheCultureTrip.com

AIFF 2015 to show 98 films and welcome filmmakers from around the world

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Photo by Al Case courtesy of TravelJapanBlog.com.

The Ashland Independent Film Festival (AIFF) has unveiled its complete program for the 14th annual Festival, to be held in the heart of historic downtown Ashland, Oregon, April 9-13. Over 7,500 film lovers are expected to gather for five days of world-class independent film at the Varsity Theatre, the Historic Ashland Armory, the Ashland Street Cinemas, and the Ashland Springs Hotel. Read More...

12 things to do in Ashland: Best places to eat, walk, shop

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By JANET EASTMAN

Shakespeare and company are back for their eight-month run at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. The first four plays - of 11 -  just opened with strong performances of "Much Ado About Nothing," a magical "Pericles," a dashing "Guys and Dolls" and an astonishing new Victorian crime thriller, "Fingersmith."

Visiting Ashland is fun no matter what the season, so I asked readers to recommend their favorite things to do there.

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