Southern Oregon wine country: Wineries, Shakespeare and outdoor adventures

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by BROOK JACKSON-GLIDDEN

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Southern Oregon is a naturalists’ playground. Its wild rivers, mountains and forests make for a fun, rustic vacation. And its wines, which have recently emerged on the national stage, offer surprising flavors. Southern Oregon’s wine country is expansive, and comes complete with jaw-dropping views as it follows the rivers that wind throughout the countryside.

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3 big reasons why southern Oregon is a hot vacation destination right now

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by KATHY CHIN LEONG

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Have you heard of Ashland, Medford, Jacksonville and Grants Pass? Perhaps overshadowed by Portland, this affordable, seven-county region in southern Oregon just above the California border beckons to wine geeks, culture mavens and nature lovers everywhere.

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Fall a terrific time for hiking in Southern Oregon

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by MARK FREEMAN

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MEDFORD, ORE. — A late October hike along the stretch of the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail between Wolf Gap and Bear Gulch offers more than a testament to the fall colors of Southern Oregon.

The oak leaves are now popping neon splashes of browns and rusty reds on ridge after ridge after ridge all the way to the Red Buttes of Northern California.

"That's got some gorgeous views of the ridges around the Little Applegate and beyond," says Hope Robertson of the Siskiyou Upland Trails Association, which works on the trail. "And the colors of the oak woodlands are just gorgeous."

This sliver of the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail is one of five fall hikes that highlight the turning flora and returning fauna of Southern Oregon — including the spawning fall chinook salmon of the Rogue River Basin.

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Go on a wild and scenic wine adventure tour with Rogue Wilderness Adventures

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Rogue Wilderness Adventures

You can't do this in Napa

Rogue Wilderness Adventures, an award-winning river outfitter on Southern Oregon’s Rogue River is announcing brand new wine adventure tours in Southern Oregon’s pristine wilderness. Highlighting the best of Oregon’s flourishing wine industry, farm to table food offerings, and heart-pumping outdoor adventure, these trips offer travelers the chance to hike, fish and raft their way through the Rogue River corridor.

Taking cue from their popular Wiking (wine and hiking) trips, these trips are selected to highlight a beautiful time of year on the Rogue River during the months of August through October, and feature wine, food, and fun. Guests explore miles of whitewater and scenic trails by day and relaxing by night to try the best Oregon local vintages with guided tastings by resident wine sommelier Liz Wan. Guests can choose from a number of trip options:

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Bucolic Ashland, Ore., is a Shakespeare-steeped literary retreat

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By CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS

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Salt needs pepper. Romeo needs Juliet. And your epic nature trip to Crater Lake might need a cultural detour.

Enter Ashland, Ore., which sits in the bucolic Bear Creek Valley about 90 miles southwest of Crater Lake and 16 miles north of the California border.

It was born in the 19th century as a mill town on the banks of Ashland Creek. But things took a turn in the early 1890s.

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Getting wild on Oregon's Rogue River

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Standing on the banks of the Rogue River, Rogue Wilderness Adventures owner Brad Niva gave our rafting group a safety briefing on things to do and things to avoid, a reminder to stay hydrated and an advisory: "There's absolutely no cell service in the canyon, so you may as well turn your phones off now." My girls, Cassidy and Annabel, had been forewarned but still looked mildly dejected.

They might not admit it, but I'm pretty sure their media-deprived state was forgotten by the second rapid.

The Rogue rises near Crater Lake in Oregon's Cascade Mountains and flows 215 miles in a generally westerly direction, before reaching the Siskiyou Mountains and finally entering the Pacific at the town of Gold Beach.

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Southern Oregon gets two new State Scenic Bikeways

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Cyclists have two new State Scenic Bikewayswith this week's approval of two more in southern Oregon by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission. The Cascade Siskiyou Scenic Bikeway, based at Ashland, and the Wild Rivers Coast Scenic Bikeway, based at Port Orford, are both long, winding routes into the mountains.

The Cascade Siskiyou Scenic Bikeway incorporates 5,000 feet of steep and winding climbing through oak savannah into fir forests, showcasing the ecologically diverse ecosystem of the region.

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Mt. Ashland 2014/15 Ski Passes Now Available

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Mt. Ashland's summit elevation of 7,533 feet gives the ski area a vertical drop of 1,150 vertical feet with 220 acres of varied skiing and riding terrain. Four chair lifts provide access to 23 ski trails plus epic open bowl skiing. Forty acres of trails are lit for night skiing. A Tudor-style mountain lodge provides food service, bar/lounge, ski school, retail and ticket sales. Ski and snowboard rentals are available.

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A Renaissance-esque Running Stop

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Running in Ashland

Visit this historic Pacific Northwest town for some great running, racing and food.

Bordered by emerald landscape just 15 miles north of the California border sits Ashland, a quaint Renaissance-esque stop best known for Shakespeare, good grub and trail running.

“From town or anywhere along our 5-mile corridor you can be on dirt in a matter of moments,” says Hal Koerner, two-time Western States 100 champion and owner of Rogue Valley Runners in downtown Ashland. “The terrain here is forgiving but the climbs and descents are rather robust. That mix helps make our area unique and has a little something for everyone. Whether it’s a 3-mile run through the well-manicured Lithia Park or a 4-hour dusting in the watershed to the Siskiyou Crest, we have you covered.”

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Free Yoga in Lithia Park

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Around Ashland, yoga in one form or another is a way of life, so much so that local teacher John Arnold offer a donation-based summer yoga series in Lithia Park.

At a young age, a near-death experience shifted John’s spiritual quest. He found himself at the most solemn and profound crossroads. Thankfully, John’s life since has been filled with the joys of a continually unfolding discovery toward being true to self while giving back to his community. One of the ways he gives back is by teaching yoga classes.  To honor this, all of his classes are donation based.

Starting Thursday, June 19 through Saturday, August 30, you can join John and the “Off The Mat” Community on the front lawn to Lithia Park every Thursday and Saturday at 8AM. Remember to bring your own yoga mat (or towel!). John’s Yoga In The Park classes are each 90 minutes and no two classes are the same. All ages and abilities are welcome to attend and in this special outdoor yoga class simply relaxing in the grass with the group energy is also encouraged.

John Arnold has been teaching yoga classes and practicing yoga off the mat since 1986, and has been influenced by Bikram Choudry, Max Thomas, Babaji Hari Das, Shiva Rea, Martyn Jackson, Chuck Miller, Robert Bly, BKS Iyengar and Paramahansa Yogananda.

For more information, visit YogawithJohnArnold.com.