Whether you're buying a home, selling your home or relocating to Southern Oregon, the following information may prove helpful. To me, the true beginning of the Southern Oregon Experience begins South of Roseburg or North of the California/Oregon Border.
A native Oregonian myself, my travels have only made me appreciate the jewel that is the Rogue Valley. Traveling through?
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The SOUTHERN OREGON area is quite unique, with its flowing Rivers, Mountains and Forests, streams, lakes and so much more! Not only is there beauty all around, but so much to do and enjoy! Each community is unique!
Traveling from the Mid-Oregon Territory and down the I-5, as you pass Roseburg, you venture into the Southern Oregon Experience and the Rogue Valley Region.
Small townships spot the I-5, from Sunny Valley & Wolf Creek with their farms and rural charm and further past Hugo, then Merlin & Colonial Valley. These smaller communities enjoy historic bridges (Wolf Creek), Rogue River Rafting Adventures (Merlin) & upscale rural communities (Colonial Valley).
GRANTS PASS is the next largest town traveling South. Home to Dutch Brothers coffee founders, you will see coffee stands dotting the drive by landscape. Grants Pass is the County seat of Josephine County and is known for it's climate. Four gentle seasons, with occasional snow and hot spells. The Rogue River runs through the town and provides recreational activities such as fishing and rafting, which it is famous for. Riverside Park is the host of the annual carnival during the Memorial Day weekend, with small town parade and many activities.
The OREGON CAVES, a national monument, awaits you as you travel through Josephine County, west through the small rural communities of Selma, Kerby & Cave Junction. The Caves were discovered by my great-great grandfather, Elijah Davidson, or rather by his dog Bruno! Stop by as you travel further west to the Pacific Ocean for a day trip or weekend get-a-way.
Just past Grants Pass as you travel the I-5 is the town of ROGUE RIVER with its annual Rooster Crow parade and festival! A charming town where everyone knows just about everyone else. There is a wonderful campground where campers of all kinds can enjoy a respite along the Rogue River. GOLD HILL and WHITE CITY are next, each with river frontage and unique rural environments.
APPLEGATE WINE COUNTRY Like Wine? Take the road less traveled from Grants Pass, and follow the Applegate River through the Rogue Valley Wine Country via North Applegate Road. There are no less than 8 wineries along the route, each with unique varietals and ambiance. Some have terrific views, others the venue is the highlight! The drive is spectacular as you wind your way through to Jacksonville.
JACKSONVILLE, OR is Loaded with Vintage charm, great restaurants and is the home of the BRITT FESTIVAL, an annual music festival which features musicians from all over. Perfect for a day away from it all, Jacksonville has several great eateries including the Schoolhaus Brewhaus, a German restaurant located in an old schoolhouse! Downtown Jacksonville invites you to stay at the Jacksonville Inn, or it's adorable B&B's. Bella Union isa dining experience you won't want to miss!
MEDFORD, OR is the next stop whether traveling the back roads from Jacksonville or directly from the I-5. The 4th largest metropolitan area in Oregon with over 218k population, Medford is the Jackson County Seat of Government. It is home to the Craterian Theater, which hosts musicals, plays and concerts. Prescott Park has trails and includes Roxy Ann Peak, with views from its summit. Wineries dot the outskirts of town. Northwest, in the city of Central Point, Crater Rock Museum exhibits gems and fossils. Nearby, Don Jones Memorial Park has a monument honoring generations of fallen soldiers.
ASHLAND, OR is oh so close to the California border. With a population of just over 20k, this small community is charming and has much to be proud of. It boasts natural beauty in it's mountainous terrain, lakes, hiking trails local ski Resort, Mount Ashland Ski Resort. It is the home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the Southern Oregon University. Lithia Park, dinner theatres and a wide array of restaurants and shops await you!