Stay at a Bed and Breakfast Ashland Oregon, hike the hills and marvel at the spring flowers
The early spring flowers are blooming on the valley floor. They look so delicate and sweet. In reality they are hardy perennials.
Picture here is Purple-eyed Grass. At the Chanticleer Inn Bed and Breakfast in Ashland Oregon, the related Blue-eyed Grass is abound in the south facing flower beds.
Introducing Southern Oregon Lavender Loop!
At the Southern Oregon Visitors Association symposium last week I met a few “Lavender Ladies”. They offered up a huge serving plate of homemade lavender shortbread dipped in chocolate. Of course many of us had to sample; and just to make sure that what we were tasting wasn’t a fluke, go back for seconds — err o.k. thirds.
In recent years, nestled among the wineries, some lavender farms have cropped up in the Applegate Valley. I can barely wait until the mid-summer when the lavender is blooming and the lavender farms, gardens and nurseries are open to the public. What a lovely way space out the wine tasting, by walking through lavender fields!
July 12–14, 2013 the Southern Oregon Lavender Loop will put on a festival in Jacksonville. For more information, on the festival, please go the Oregon Lavender Destinations website. For specific information about the individual lavender farms, and a map of the Applegate go to the Southern Oregon Lavender Loop’s poster page. For more ideas on day trips throughout the Rogue Valley…
Sunny and Bright on Mt Ashland
Yesterday, was a perfect day for frolicking in the snow on Mt Ashland. Locals and visitors alike were out on the mountain downhill/Nordic skiing, boarding and snowshoeing, taking in the sunshine and the views of the Siskiyou and Cascades.
The best kept secret in southern Oregon, if it’s not raining, we have sunshine! Now that might seem like a dumb thing to say, especially if you’re from California. But in places further north starting, say Eugene, no rain can still mean a gray sunless dreary day — for what seems like months on end. But not here in the Rouge Valley!
Mt. Shasta Nordic Ski Weekend
Southern Oregon Nordic Ski Club is hosting its “annual” ski weekend at Mt. Shasta.
Save the weekend of January 11–13, 2013. Edgar & Karen are planning the somewhat annual Mt. Shasta Nordic Ski Weekend with details to come.
The traditional Mt. Shasta weekend can be a full 3-day outing or a one-day event. Your choice, with the big “wine and cheese” after ski gathering and dinner on Saturday January 12th.
While past Mt. Shasta events have been postponed or canceled because of too much snow, or too little snow, we are planning, or at least wishing, for a Mama Bear amount of snow this season.
Check with Edgar & Karen Hee 541 734‑4872, for information and details.
Southern Oregon Nordic Ski Holiday Party!
December 22nd, 10AM, at Lake of the Woods
Bring your skis or snowshoes; and come ready to play! All levels welcome.
Meet at Lake of the Woods Resort Marina at 10:00 a.m.
- Beginner lesson by Michael Dawkins
- Novice ski outing by Stefanie Ferrara
- Snowshoe outing by Marian Crumme
- Intermediate outing by Ron Gardner
After a day of skiing, meet up at the Marina between 2:00–3:00 p.m. The club will provide the pizza’s from the Marina grill. Fresh baked cookies from home would be welcome.
There will be a ski related/white elephant gift exchange if you want to participate. This event is hosted by Stefanie and she can be reached at 541–890-2979.
Carpool options from Ashland and Medford, details to follow. The Grants Pass Nordic Club will be joining us.