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 more ideas on day trips throughout the Rogue Valley…
Ashland Farmer’s Market Starts 3/12
“Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market” opening day is March 12! For the valley’s best locally grown produce, flowers, and plants, as well as ready-made specialty foods, cheese, meats, baked goods, wine and hand-made arts and crafts.
Every Tuesday starting 8:30-1:30 at the National Guard Armory out on 1420 E. Main. Not to be confused with the Historic Armory in the Railroad District!
Ashland restaurants and eateries offer week-long specials for 2013 pre-Preview Week.
Showcasing Ashland’s culinary expertise from February 3rd through February 9th, locals and visitors alike can partake in discounted dinners and special offerings from 10 restaurants and eateries throughout Ashland.
Also everyone gets a chance to win a night out in Ashland — go here to download the drawing’s entry form. Multiple winners will be selected
Prizes include: $50 gift certificates from each of these participating restaurants – Alex’s Plaza Restaurant & Bar, Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant, Larks Home Kitchen Cuisine, Milagros Fresh Mexican, Pasta Piatti, Sesame Asian Kitchen, Smithfields Restaurant & Bar, The Great American Pizza Company, Umi Sushi, and Yogurt Hut.
For Saturday afternoon fun, Medford Brewery Tours
My friend Will, of Indigo Creek Outfitter fame, has brewed up a great afternoon outing this winter … Medford Brewery Tours!
Beer lovers who are visiting Ashland should check out this tour.
Every Saturday leaving from Ashland at 1pm, visit at least 3 breweries. On tap for the tour are: Opposition Beer, Bricktowne, Portal, Southern Oregon, and Walkabout brewing companies.
While on the Medford Brewery Tours, meet the brewers, taste their brew craft, and nibble snacks at Bricktowne Brewing Company along the way.
For more information go to Indigo Creek Outfitter’s website …
One of my new favorites: Tot Restaurant!
At 310 Oak St. (walking distance from the Chanticleer Inn) check out their menu and the website: www.totrestaurant.com
Opened June ’12, one of the newest places in town. I’ve been there twice, each time it was a delight. Wonderful food and great service.
They call themselves “Southeast Asian BBQ”, but it’s more that BBQ. Soups, rice bowls and sandwiches are available — all very well prepared with great mix of flavors! Worth going back and back, and back.
For more restaurant selections go to Ellen’s favorite eatery list.
“Roam the Rogue” a Spring Passport Tour
You’re invited to join a self-guided tour of the Upper Rogue Valley Vintners on Saturday, May 26th from 10am to 5pm for a Passport Winery Tour!
Come visit the Upper Rogue wine makers as each of the Upper Rogue Valley winemakers introduce their newest wines and share their creative inspiration while pairing delicious appetizers.
For more details and a list of the wineries, go to the Roam the Rogue website.
Tour the beautiful Applegate Valley, taste the wines from 20 wineries, paired with appetizers for a little over $2 per winery!
On May 20th tour ALL the Applegate Valley Wineries, sip their best wines, get a barrel tasting at each, pay no tasting fees, get a commemorative wineglass AND get specially paired appetizers to boot!
A not to be missed wine tasting opportunity! Here is what the Applegate Valley wineries will be serving you.
Mornings are a little different at the Chanticleer Inn. This season we start serving Noble Coffee in a new way. In the past, we only brewed organic shade-grown coffee, that has not changed! The difference is Noble Coffee roasts their beans locally (just a few blocks away) and delivers them fresh to the inn.
This spring, I attended “Coffee 101” seminar by Jared, owner of Noble Coffee Roasting, in which I learned much about the chemistry of coffee and recommended processes to brew a better cup of joe. After some experimentation, purchase of some equipment, and rave reviews from my springtime guests, Noble Coffee will be the “usual” at the Chanticleer Inn.