Why is arts-centered Ashland so appealing to visitors? It was designed that way. Ashland’s founders figured out quickly in the 1850s that this tiny southern Oregon settlement, on the emigrant trail and sheltered by the picturesque Siskiyou and Cascade mountains, could prosper not as a boom-and-bust gold town but one that supplied people prospecting for […]
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There is no better place in America to combine bold wines and the boisterous Bard than in Ashland. So far south in Oregon, Ashland feels as much norther California as it does Southern Oregon. Climate doesn’t strictly respect state boarders, but the climate for wine growing in Southern Oregon does have its boundaries.
“Our Wine Garden is about more than enjoying sustainably grown local wines,” says Becky Neuman, owner of—and creative director for—Lithia Springs Resort. “Our property’s mission is to preserve nature and share its abundance with our guests, and this new offering will certainly be an experience of true relaxation.” The wineries involved with the wine garden […]
At the Grand Cru Gala, four winemakers featured a pairing for the four dinner courses provided by Chef Franco Console of the Neuman Hotel Group. Tables were presented with an array of cheeses and jams served family-style while we enjoyed the first two courses, including roasted beets over a candied lemon and charcoal chèvre.
In Southern Oregon, the weather is balmy, the landscape lush, and the cities alive with activity. Local foods abound, the wine culture is booming, and art and theatre are around every corner. Ashland, home to the world-famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival, is the cultural epicenter of this region. A beautiful small college town with great dining, […]
Some friends and I had just enjoyed (mostly) the Steve Martin play “Picasso at the Lapine Agile” at the Cabaret Theater in Ashland. The matinee ended at 3 p.m., and the butternut squash/carrot soup tasted great, but didn’t stick. I’d seen where Luna Cafe inside Ashland Hills Inn had begun serving Sunday evening jazz from […]
In less than two decades Doug and Becky Neuman have transformed Southern Oregon’s hospitality scene. It all started as a real estate investment when they purchased the dilapidated Mark Antony hotel (later named: Ashland Springs Hotel) in late 1998 and “brought it back to its glory.” Their passion for Oregon led them to expand investments […]
Writing about my hometown might offer a skewed perspective: the places I recommend are brighter in my mind because they were the settings for teenage first dates and declarations of independence. But in recent years, the town where I grew up has exceeded my own nostalgic expectations with inventive cuisine and even better almond croissants. […]
San Francisco Chronicle: Pair of hospitality mavens a force in Ashland’s growing dining, lodging landscape
While Jamie North and Becky Neuman are not as well known as the Danish prince, flawed kings and star-crossed Italian teenagers who tend to be the focus in this Shakespeare-centric town, they are leading characters in the story that is lodging and dining in Ashland. And, possibly, the story’s heroes.
In Ashland, nature and culture are in league for an exhilarating getaway. In this gorgeous, friendly Southern Oregon hotspot, you can explore historic parks and scenic bike routes, dine on farm-fresh bounty and wrap up your day rejuvenating at the city’s renowned spas. Here are six ways to build an Ashland vacation that satisfies all […]