Memorial Day Weekend is fast approaching and lots of activities are coming to life in Ashland, Oregon. Here is a suggested itinerary for those visiting Ashland, Oregon during this year’s Memorial Day Weekend:

Friday Evening: Arrive in Ashland, Oregon. Plan to stay at the Oak Street Station B&B Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night (www.oakstreetstation.com). Walk a block to the heart of downtown and dine at Pasta Piatti (www,pastapiatti.com).

The trail up Lithia Park follows Ashland Creek
The trail up Lithia Park follows Ashland Creek

Saturday: After breakfast take a leisurely stroll up Lithia Park. When you return to town the Saturday Market will be happening on Oak Street. With live music, tasty snacks, and beautiful art you may find something to take home with you. Enjoy lunch at Hana Sushi on the creek. Explore town, window shop, taste wine. Walk to the University to check out the campus. Wine and dine at Martino’s. Catch one of the famous Oregon Shakespeare Plays after dinner. Sleep well….

Sunday: Wake up to birds chirping and the sun breaking over the Siskiyou Mountain Range. Walk one block to Indigo Creek Outfitters‘ River Center and spend the morning rafting on Southern Oregon’s beautiful Rogue River. Back by 12:30, grab lunch and a tasty craft beer at Standing Stone Brewery (www.standingstonebrewing.com). Catch an early Shakespeare Festival and make late dinner reservations at Lark’s. On your walk from the theater to the restaurant, stop by Bloomsbury Books, the absolute best book store anywhere.

Rogue River rafting with Indigo Creek Outfitters
Rogue River rafting with Indigo Creek Outfitters

Monday: Sleep in, enjoy a phenomenal breakfast courtesy of hosts John and Sue, and pack your bags. After an action-packed weekend in Ashland, Oregon it’s time to head home.

Ashland, Oregon: Memorial Day Weekend 2011

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