Queer Ashland and Southern Oregon

Author: , November 4th, 2019

Central Point Sunset

In September, we drove up to Southern Oregon to visit some dear friends who live in Central Point – a little town just north of Medford. We spent a few days up there, and visited their town, a little bit of Medford, and the towns of Jacksonville and Ashland.

So we thought we’d share some of our favorite things about queer Ashland and Southern Oregon!

We’ll break it down below by food, shopping, and entertainment.

Eat It!

There are some great food choices here in the Ashland/Medford area. We only tried a few, but had a few stand-outs:

Lillie Belle Farms
Central Point
Best Chocolate

Lillie Belle Farms - Central Point

We liked this place as soon as we saw the purple building that hosues it. It’s filled with delectable chocolate offerings, including the chocolate covered mint oreos (I took home a small bag) and the hot pepper chocolate (take a bite and wait for it!). Everything we tried here was good, and they stack up favorably against chocolatiers in the big cities we’ve visited.

Lillie Belle Farms - Central Point

Rogue Creamery
Central Point
Cheese Curds!

Rogue Creamery - Central Point

Located right next to Lillie Belle is a fantastic creamery that sells one opf my favorite things in the whole world – cheese curds! These are the randomly-shaped pieces of cheese that are then pressed into bars or cheese, and they are fricking delicious! Pro-tip – pop one (or half a dozen) into your microwave for about seven seconts, then eat them quickly for a squeaky-melty treat. Best when eaten fresh.

 

Rogue Creamery - Central Point

Bella Union
Jacksonville
Best All-Around Restaurant

Bella Union - Jacksonville

The stand-out restaurant of our trip – we went there twice. The food was fantastic – my bread pudding dessert the second visit was one of the best I’ve had in ages. I wanted to lick the plate (actually, I might have LOL). But the star here is the absolutely gorgeous courtyard at the back of this place. Don’t come to Bella Union and sit inside.

Bella Union - Jacksonville

Buttercloud Bakery and Cafe
Medford
Best Breakfast (tie)

Buttercloud Bakery & Cafe - Medford

Oh my god, the decadence. This is one of our friends Nick and Kolby’s favorite breakfast places, and it’s easy to see why. The biscuits are world-famous, and so full of butter you might have a heart attack just breathing the wonderful buttery air.

Buttercloud Bakery & Cafe - Medford

Morning Glory
Ashland
Best Breakfast (tie)

Morning Glory Cafe

Another great breakfast option, this one on the south side of Ashland. It’s a bit out of town, but the food is great, and they have some of the biggest coffee cups we’ve ever seen.They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, made with fresh, organic ingredients. And those muffins… Hey Kolby!

Morning Glory Cafe

Morning Glory Cafe

Kaleidescope Pizza
Medford
Best Pizza

Kaleidoscope Pizza

If anyone asks you what the secret to a great pizza is, it’s the cheese. And this pizza place has the best cheese we’ve had since Pizzeria Aurora in Sorrento, Italy – tasty, stretch cheese that you just want to rub all over your body and… but I digress. No one should stop in Medford without a visit to this place, and the cheesy bread is absolutely divine, too, as Kolby (below) will attest to. Sorry I ate half the Hawaiian pizza…

Kaleidoscope Pizza

Ostras! Tapas & Bottleshop
Ashland
Best Tapas

Ostras! Tapas & Bottleshop

We only ate at one place in Ashland, and it was good but not fantastic. The tapas were tasty, but expensive for the portions offered. Then again, it’s in the hard of Ashland, right across from the square. And it’s really cool inside…

Ostras! Tapas & Bottleshop - Ashland

Ostras! Tapas & Bottleshop - Ashland

Buy It!

We found a few great shopping opportunities in the area, and we’ll share them with you below:

Carefree Buffalo
Jacksonville
Really cool knick-knacks

Carefree Buffalo

I love this store – so many cool little things, and such a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Carefree Buffalo

The Miners Bazaar
Jacksonville
Eclectic Cafe

The Miners' Bazaar - Jacksonville

We stopped into this eclectic cafe for a quick drink and found a strange mix of museum, cafe and shop, perfect for Jacksonville’s quirky spirit. Plus it’s the perfect place to sit in a rocking chair on the porch and watch the passersby. And check out this awesome fashion panel. Who says high fashion is only in Milan, London, Paris and new York City?

The Miners' Bazaar - Jacksonville

Lithia Artisan’s Market
Ashland
Great collection of local artists

Lithia Artisan's Market - Ashland

Along the edge of the Lithia Creek in downtown Ashland, there’s a great outdoor market on the weekends. We found all kinds of cool things here, from paintings to decorative outlet covers to animals made out of wool – the artist was creating a giraffe right before our eyes. It’s a fun outdoor market, and the perfect place to snag something cool to take back home. And while you’re there, check out the colorful mural that runs along part of the market.

Lithia Artisan's Market - Ashland Lithia Artisan's Market - Ashland

Lithia Artisan's Market - Ashland

Manzanita Home & Flowers
Ashland
Really cool kitchen stuff and the sexiest bunnies I’ve ever seen

Manzanita Home & Flowers

This is an awesome home store on Main Street with two of the sexiest bunnies you’ll find in Ashland.. and some really clever kitchen ware, among other things. I haven;t seen that good a “come hither” look since Elsa in the Lion King.

Manzanita Home & Flowers

Manzanita Home & Flowers

Renaissance Rose
Ashland
Great costume shop

Renaissance Rose

This is a simply awesome costume shop in the heart of Ashland that gets extra points for the pink fuzzy monster slippers, the steampunk helmet and goggles, and the rainbow stairs we found inside.

Renaissance Rose Renaissance Rose

Treehouse Secret World Vault
Ashland
My new favorite bookstore…

Treehouse Secret World Vault

This cute little bookstore/toy store reminded me of the favorite bookstore of my youth – te Haunted Book Shop – in Tucson Arizona. Like that one, this little store is full of fascinating things for kids, from the toadstool stool to the little doorways that reward the curious who dare to open them. A really cool shop for the kid in all of us.

 

Treehouse Secret World Vault

Treehouse Secret World Vault

Treehouse Secret World Vault

Treehouse Secret World Vault

See It!

There’s also a lot to see… we just scratched the surface in the few days we were there.

Bum Around Jacksonville

Jacksonville is just east of Medford, nestled against the hills of the Rogue Valley. It’s a cute, quirky town that reminded us of Nevada City, California. There’s lots of antique shopping and a number of galleries.

Plus it’s full of history:

Jacksonville

Jacksonville

Jacksonville

There’s even a ghost tour some evenings.

Walk up to Britt Gardens – it was once the home of one of the founding fathers of the city, and is now a beautiful outdoor concert venue. We were wandering around up there and ran into a family of deer. One of them as less than ten feet from me, and stood really still as if she hoped I wouldn’t see her.

Britt Gardens - Jacksonville

Britt Gardens - Jacksonville

Britt Gardens - Jacksonville

Britt Gardens - Jacksonville

Britt Gardens - Jacksonville

Picnic in Lithia Park

Ashland’s Lithia Park is a gorgeous creekside park with charming bridges and walkways and wide open grassy areas perfect for a picnic. So grab some cheese and crackers at the Rogue Creamery and some chocolates at Lillie Belle, and head down to the park in Ashland. We spent an hour laying on the grass, munching and talking about life and the universe. One of my favorite parts of the trip.

Lithia Park - Ashland

Lithia Park - Ashland

Lithia Park - Ashland

Lithia Park - Ashland

Lithia Park - Ashland

Lithia Park - Ashland

See a Shakespeare Play

Did you know that the Oregon Shakespeare Festival offers fifty percent discounts on same day play purchases? We saw a play – Alice in Wonderland – in the gorgeous outdoor Elizabethan Theatre. And while I can honestly say it was one of the worst plays I have seen in a long time, the experience itself was great.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival

 

There are so many things to do in the Ashland area, and we’ve only shared a few. We’ll be back again to find more the next time we visit Nick and Kolby. But we’ll leave you with this little gem from Jacksonville. Have fun exploring!

Jacksonville sign

McCall House Bed and Breakfast – Gay Friendly Ashland Bed & Breakfast

Author: , October 11th, 2019

McCall House Bed and Breakfast

The McCall House, a luxurious 1883 boutique inn and a landmark Italianate mansion in idyllic Ashland, Oregon. We are home to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and gateway to the Rogue Valley’s Wine Country, Crater Lake National Park, and so much more.

See the McCall House Bed and Breakfast Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Ashland, Oregon Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Arden Forest Inn – Ashland Gay Bed & Breakfast

Author: , September 18th, 2019

Arden Forest Inn - Ashland Gay Bed & Breakfast

Ashland’s best kept secret! Come see why our guests say, “the best keeps getting better.”

Upon your arrival, you’ll discover a unique and eclectic environment dominated by a collection of original art, curiosities, and an extensive library – all housed in an historic Ashland home. The folk Victorian farmhouse with adjoining carriage house, were both built in 1890 by one of Ashland’s founding families.

We offer tranquil, fully appointed rooms, gourmet breakfasts, free Wi-Fi, off street parking, guest kitchen with complimentary coffee, tea and treats. To add to your pleasure, we’ve created one of Ashland’s most spectacular gardens, with mountain views, enchanted green spaces, gazebo, expansive decking and a heated pool. We are conveniently located just 4 blocks from plaza and theaters.

See the Arden Forest Inn Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Ashland Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

 

Peerless Hotel – Ashland Gay Friendly Hotel

Author: , July 6th, 2019

Peerless Hotel

The Peerless Hotel in Ashland, oregon, has a storied history – originally built in 1900, it was known then as the Peerless Rooms. It has now been lovingly restored, and is on the National Register of Historic Places, as well as being featured in the bestselling book “1,000 Places To See Before You Die”.

Our Ashland hotel is conveniently located on Fourth Street, in the Historic Railroad and Gallery District, just three blocks form downtown and six blocks from the famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival. You can walk from here to many great restaurants, shops, boutiques and art galleries.

Our guests are pampered with Italian Frette bed linens, Lynova 5-Star towels, Pharmacopia natural and organic bodycare products, an in-room spa or clawfoot bathtub, and a gourmet two-course breakfast every morning during the mid and high seasons.

See the Peerless Hotel Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Ashland Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

 

Glynn House Inn – Gay Friendly Ashland, New Hampshire Inn

Author: , May 31st, 2019

Glynn House Inn - Gay Friendly Ashland, New Hampshire Inn

The romantic Glynn House Inn is situated in the heart of New Hampshire’s spectacular White Mountains and Lakes Region. The historic – circa 1895 – Inn is the perfect choice for romance, recreation and relaxation. You and your partner will experience elegant surroundings, delicious food, modern amenities, uncompromising service and genuine hospitality.

Guests can select from 12 spacious, tastefully decorated guest rooms that include queen size beds, private baths, romantic fireplaces, central air, DIRECTV, DVD players, WiFi, iPod radios, luxurious bathrobes & deluxe Eco-friendly amenities. Seven of the rooms are deluxe suites, which also offer bubbling double whirlpool tubs, some with separate sitting rooms.

See the Glynn House Inn Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

New Hampshire Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

 

Peerless Hotel – Ashland Gay Friendly Inn

Author: , December 21st, 2017

Peerless Hotel

The Peerless Hotel in Ashland, oregon, has a storied history – originally built in 1900, it was known then as the Peerless Rooms. It has now been lovingly restored, and is on the National Register of Historic Places, as well as being featured in the bestselling book “1,000 Places To See Before You Die”.

Our Ashland hotel is conveniently located on Fourth Street, in the Historic Railroad and Gallery District, just three blocks form downtown and six blocks from the famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival. You can walk from here to many great restaurants, shops, boutiques and art galleries.

Our guests are pampered with Italian Frette bed linens, Lynova 5-Star towels, Pharmacopia natural and organic bodycare products, an in-room spa or clawfoot bathtub, and a gourmet two-course breakfast every morning during the mid and high seasons.

We also offer complimentary WiFi internet access, as well as reserved guest parking. You will enjoy the quiet, private surroundings of our beautiful gardens, as well as hotel staff that prides itself on fantastic customer service.

Just a garden away from the Hotel, you’ll find the Peerless Restaurant and Bar – a lively, sophisticated neighborhood restaurant and wine/cocktail bar.

Enjoy the Peerless experience in our stylish dining room, our friendly and intimate bar, or dine alfresco in our enchanted garden. Our dinner menu features a wide variety of small plates, as well as steak, chops, pasta and seafood, capturing the flavors of the seasons and the essence of the Pacific Northwest.

If you’re coming to Ashland for the Shakespeare Festival or just passing through on the way to somewhere else, come stay with us at the Peerless Hotel.

See the Peerless Hotel Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Southern Oregon Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Glynn House Inn – White Mountains Gay Friendly Bed & Breakfast

Author: , September 17th, 2017

Glynn House Inn - White Mountains Gay Friendly Bed & Breakfast

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay:

The romantic Glynn House Inn is situated in the heart of New Hampshire’s spectacular White Mountains and Lakes Region. The historic – circa 1895 – Inn is the perfect choice for romance, recreation and relaxation. You and your partner will experience elegant surroundings, delicious food, modern amenities, uncompromising service and genuine hospitality.

Guests can select from 12 spacious, tastefully decorated guest rooms that include queen size beds, private baths, romantic fireplaces, central air, DIRECTV, DVD players, WiFi, iPod radios, luxurious bathrobes & deluxe Eco-friendly amenities.

Seven of the rooms are deluxe suites, which also offer bubbling double whirlpool tubs, some with separate sitting rooms. A stylish, extremely spacious, self-catering apartment is also available. Delicious multi-course gourmet breakfasts are served at separate tables in the Victorian dining room. A full gluten free breakfast menu is always available.

Venture away from the Inn and enjoy antiquing, art galleries, boating, fine dining, fishing, golf, hiking, historic sites, skiing, sleigh rides, snowmobiling, ‘tax free’ shopping or simply enjoy the delightful countryside. Bring your favorite four-footed canine and reserve one of five pet friendly rooms. View the Glynn House website for additional information about the Inn and local activities.

See the Glynn House Inn Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

White Mountains Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Featured Gay Accommodations: Arden Forest Inn, Ashland, Oregon

Author: , May 22nd, 2015

Arden Forest Inn

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Ashland’s best kept secret! Come see why our guests say, “the best keeps getting better.” Upon your arrival, you’ll discover a unique and eclectic environment dominated by a collection of original art, curiosities, and an extensive library – all housed in an historic Ashland home. The folk Victorian farmhouse with adjoining carriage house, were both built in 1890 by one of Ashland’s founding families.

See the Arden Forest Inn Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Southern Oregon

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Peerless Hotel, Ashland, Oregon

Author: , August 10th, 2013

Peerless Hotel, Ashland, OregonPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

In 1,000 Places To See Before You Die: Built in 1900 The Peerless Hotel has been lovingly restored and is now included in the National Register of Historic Places and is featured in the Best Selling Book “1,000 Places To See Before You Die”. The hotel is conveniently located on Fourth Street in Ashland’s Historic Railroad and Gallery District.

See the Peerless Hotel Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Southern, Oregon