6 unique things to do in Grants Pass, Oregon and why it’s easily one of the most charming cities to visit in Southern Oregon.
As little as two years ago, Grants Pass wasn’t known for its bustling downtown. If you lived in Josephine County, where the city is located, you would have one of the lowest property taxes in Oregon.
However, with a very low property tax in Grants Pass and no sales tax in Oregon, there was little to give to local services, such as the sheriff and fire departments. Crime rates rose. There was a meth problem on the outskirts of the city, a drug that continues to haunt many cities around Oregon.
But this city’s story became a much happier one.
These are the best things to do in Ashland, Oregon to get a good overview of the city and all it has to offer.
I think I’ve already raved enough about Ashland on this blog that you guys should know how much I’ve enjoyed my time there. It is a one-of-a kind place and easily a favorite city of mine in Oregon.
I’ve only visited Ashland twice, so I’m by no means an expert on the place, but I did want to share with you my top 7 things to do in Ashland, Oregon with the time that I’ve spent there.
Let’s dive into Ashland!
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With the stress of the US election and its results still ringing in our ears, I think we could all use a post that reminds us of the beauty that still exists in America. Last month, I visited the southern parts of the Oregon coast for a short trip, only to find some of the most striking and ethereal spots in the state – and that’s saying something!
I started my journey in the small seaside town of Brookings and continued all the way up to Cape Blanco, before cutting back to the Eugene area after my trip. The drive took two days in total and there were a lot of gems along the way.
The Best Time to Visit Ashland, Oregon? The fall. This is why.
Although the city is stunning at anytime of the year, I personally think the best time to visit Ashland, Oregon is in the fall.
I visited the city for the first time last summer when I went to my first Oregon Shakespeare Festival production. This year, I had a chance to visit again in the early fall and I fell even more in love with Oregon’s cultural capital.
One aspect that Oregon does well is fall foliage and although Ashland is almost to the California border, it still has beautiful mild seasons and colorful leaves in the fall.
This time I didn’t have full days of trying to fit in as much as possible like I did last summer, but a more relaxed and local experience that sat well with me.
I still managed to get to another Oregon Shakespeare Festival play to my excitement and I squeezed in a pint at Caldera Brewing, but, other than that, I had a lot of new experiences that further endeared me to the city.
The best things to do in Jacksonville, Oregon to explore the best of pioneer gold rush history in Southern Oregon.
Travel and history so often go hand in hand. It’s one of the aspects I enjoy most about a new place, learning about the events and the people that came before I was standing there myself. I remember the many field trips I would go on around the Bay Area in California, to learn about the California Gold Rush or the lifestyles of the early Mexican immigrants.
When I visited Europe, I was in awe for a whole summer to see monuments and pieces of art that I had only seen in the pictures of my history books.
In Australia, I would go to spots like Cockatoo Island to learn about convict history, or Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park for the rich Aboriginal heritage.
In New Zealand, I would spend all afternoon in Wellington at Te Papa to educate myself on Maori culture, and the struggles and strides they’ve made in the last 176 years since the Treaty of Waitangi.
What is Portland, Oregon like to live in? This was my honest first-hand experience with the Pacific Northwest City.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” // Martin Luther King Jr.
I’ve gone back and forth about whether I wanted to write about the last year and a half I lived in Portland, Oregon.
It seems to be a city that is loved by many and disliked by none. There seems to be countless reasons to live in Portland, yet no one talks about the downsides.
Well, here I am to talk about the not so pleasant aspects of Portland – I honestly found it to be a city that constantly made me depressed and negative on a regular basis.
I’m generally a positive person. I try to focus on the good aspects in life and shake off the bad. I tried my best to adhere to that positive mentality while I lived in Portland. However, there was an underlying nature to the city that I could not get on board with.
A Guide to the best Southern Oregon wineries to visit around the Applegate valley, including wine tasting options Ashland, Medford, Grants Pass, and Jacksonville.
Unless you’re involved in the Oregon wine scene, you probably won’t know much about the vast amount of Southern Oregon wineries that are open for wine tasting.
When you think of Oregon wines, most people will immediately cling to the idea of rich and earthy Pinot Noirs like what you’d find in the Willamette Valley. And although you’ll still find plenty of those in southern Oregon, there are even more varietals down south than you could begin to imagine.
Southern Oregon has 6 AVAs (American Viticultural Areas), or in plain English, 6 distinct grape-growing regions. These regions actually have some of the most diverse growing conditions in the world.
A simple definition of “terroir” is how a region’s climate, soils, and overall environmental factors effect the taste of the wine. Southern Oregon has more terroirs than most wine growing regions in the world. In addition, it was named as one of the top 10 global wine destinations by Wine Enthusiast magazine in 2016.
Being in Portland in winter doesn’t have to mean holing up at home watching the rain outside. There is plenty to keep you busy in this city, even in the colder months!
It’s my first true winter living in a colder climate.
I grew up in California, where it generally never dips below 40 or 50 degrees in winter. When I made a visit to NYC for New Year’s Eve a few years back, that was probably the coldest weather I experienced, but that was just for a week.
Melbourne was potentially the coldest place in winter from my time abroad, mainly due to the intense wind, but I’ve never before experienced freezing temperatures as I do here in Portland in winter.
When I look back on 2015 it is with fondness for how far I’ve come since I rung in the New Year at a little bar in Wellington, New Zealand. At that time, I had no idea what this year would bring, how many firsts I would have, and the amount of change I would experience throughout the year.
2015 was a year of change in more ways than one. I changed my career, or I shall say, started my career from a bar manager to a full time writer and freelancer. I also realized how much I had changed while I was abroad for two years after coming home finally in March.
Although, it feels like America has changed for the worse in terms of gun violence and general political snarkyness, I know that I’ve simply changed as a person after leaving this country for awhile and experiencing the different versions of other cultures and governments.
It wasn’t exactly my first impression of Seattle, since I had been to the city 8 years previously to look at colleges – wow, I feel old! However, it truly felt like I was seeing it for the first time when I went for a visit this month. I looked at travel so much differently back then, and at that time I had only spent one day in the city, en route to Puget Sound University for an overnight dorm stay.