A perfect Ashland itinerary includes a little shopping and noshing, as well as Shakespeare

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By KAREN D'SOUZA

In 1887, when the last Golden Spike was pounded into the tracks in Ashland, Oregon, and the iron horse officially encircled the nation, the Railroad District was the bustling hub of the Rogue Valley. The area was bristling with railroad workers, Chinese immigrants, gamblers and hustlers of all stripes, looking to make their fortune in the Wild West.

Nowadays, the star of the town is the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary by staging 11 plays on three stages for nine months. But old-timers are quick to point out that the rambunctious spirit of the railroad's golden age has not yet vanished. Indeed, there's one feisty ghost, in particular, who is said to roam the halls of the historic Peerless on 4th, a stylish 1894 hotel that seduces its guests with the romance of the past, from clawfoot tubs to hand-painted, trompe l'oeil murals and stained-glass lamps.

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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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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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10 cool things to do in Ashland

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by LISA WREN

(besides watching Shakespeare)

Say Ashland, and the word Shakespeare leaps to mind. But veteran visitors of the charming Southern Oregon town find other words - shoe shopping, Class III rapids, pinot noir and tuna tartar - also are part of the Ashland lexicon.
Many plan the six-hour pilgrimage from Northern California to the mecca of summer theater as a weekend getaway. In a three-day trip you can cram in four shows, maybe catch a free lecture, and eat extremely well.

But if you've got a little longer, or have had your fill of theater, there's lots more to discover. (That said, it would be a small tragedy to visit Ashland and not see a single play.)

So, here are suggestions for a midsummer's dream vacation.
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