Gerry Frank's picks: For fine-dining in Ashland try Coquina or Amuse




When I think of Southern Oregon, good cheese and good wine come to mind…

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12 places to see fall color in Oregon



Oregon is known as an evergreen state, full of that iconic Douglas-fir and all its coniferous brethren. Evergreens are so prevalent here, that you should feel free to excuse yourself if seeing the fall colors isn't usually at the top of your autumn to-do list. While most abundant in urban areas, deciduous trees make up about 10 percent of Oregon's 30 million acres of forest, accordingto data from the U.S. Forest Service. That includes huge stands of oak and red alder, significant populations of maple and the coniferous western larch, and stray patches of aspen, ash and cottonwood. If you time a fall vacation for late-September to mid-October, and you know where to go (a few ideas are below), you can witness a spectacular showing of color bursting forth from our otherwise-evergreen forests. You can always settle for the sights of the cities – where fall color is as abundant as pumpkin-flavored lattes – but consider an adventure into Oregon's other autumnal settings: sprawling forests that offer more scenic diversity than you ever knew.

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Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Green Show is a win-win for audiences and performers




No tickets required. No money required. No age limit. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Green Show is a dream come true for audiences.

On a greyish-white stage on the Bricks, the space between the open-air Allen Elizabethan Theatre and the indoor Angus Bowmer Theatre in Ashland, the Green Show runs before each summertime Elizabethan Theatre show, weather and forest fires permitting. Depending on who's scheduled, the 45-minute performance might set the mood for Elizabethan or Bowmer Theatre plays, or simply provide high-quality local, regional, national or international entertainment for anyone who's in town.

Oregon's urban fall color season beginning, with spectacular foliage into November


By Terry Richard

The eyes will soon be delighted with the arrival of Oregon's urban fall color season.

With most of the state's forests made up of evergreen trees, Oregon's showiest fall color is often found in non-native deciduous trees that have been planted in parks, arboretums, on college campuses, in formal gardens, along streets and in neighborhood yards.
By all means, venture out of the cities to see the native fall color, especially the cottonwoods of the river valleys, but keep an I peeled in the cities, too.

The Oregon Department of Forestry sends along this list of places to see spectacular fall color in Oregon: