Things to do in Medford and the Rogue Valley

Rogue Valley has quickly become one of my favorite places to get away to for a weekend. Not only are they quickly becoming a player in the wine category, but the Rogue Valley has a small town feel with a ton of outdoor recreation options!


!! September 2020 Oregon Fires !!

There have been an alarming number of wildfires sweeping through the state of Oregon. I have a bunch of friends that live there and have been experiencing the devastating effects the wildfires are having.


Here are a few reputable sites that you can donate to to help the state recover from the fires:


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Getting to Medford

The flight to Seattle is a quick one hour, ten minutes non stop on Delta! This post is a culmination of three trips I have taken in the last three years to visit friends that live down there! With each trip they have taken us to a few of their favorite places!


Here are some places I recommend visiting (please check their individual websites for current information regarding hours, and rules related to the virus)


Medford


In-N-Out: This In-N-Out used to be the one furthest north to Washington (it is now in Keizer area about 4 hours from Seattle). Every time we come to Medford we make sure to stop here so I can get my fix!


My order: Animal style fries, cheeseburger and water


Jefferson Spirits: Jefferson Spirits is a super cute gastropub located right in the downtown core of Medford. Though we didn't eat here, we enjoyed some really good cocktails in their upstairs space!


Pomodori Ristorante: We didn't eat at Pomodori, but we enjoyed some good wine! This is also located in downtown Medford and is right next door to Jefferson Spirits. Both spots are great to visit in one evening if you are looking to enjoy a night out.


BricktownE Brewing: As you all know, I definitely have to visit as many breweries in new cities as I can. We visited BricktownE last May when we were in town for our friend's wedding. It is a cool spot right downtown with some pretty good beer!


The Copper Plank: The Copper Plank was under a different name when we visited in May 2019, but even with the name change, it still remains a tap house. There are a bunch of beers on tap and it is a great place to hang out for a few hours!


Over Easy: This was a great breakfast spot! Though I don't normally eat breakfast during the week, on the weekends, breakfast is my favorite meal of the day! Over Easy has great dishes with unique ingredients, but somehow work together. Be sure to also try one of their many mimosa variations! I enjoyed the elderflower grapefruit mimosa and the corn, fennel, and mushroom omelette.


Beerworks: There is a spot similar to this place where I live that we love to visit, so I knew I would love this place. Beerworks has a bunch of Oregon beers on tap as well as a bunch of coolers where you can buy bottles of beer to go.


Dunbar Farms: If you like wine, you have to stop by Dunbar Farms. we happened to visit with friends on a night they had an outdoor concert. The grounds are beautiful as well! Be sure to check out their events page to see if there is something coming up.


Roxy Ann Peak: There are a few different trails at Roxy Ann depending on what kind of workout you are looking to get. We did a leisurely walk around the base of Roxy Ann. It was roughly 2.5 miles. There is also an intense trail with some elevation gain that will take you to the Roxy Ann Overlook.


Downtown Market Co.: If you love Bloody Mary's, you will love theirs. I got a spicy bloody mary when we visited Downtown Market Co. Their breakfast was also amazing. I've never had parmesan french toast until we got it here. You wouldn't think it works together, but it does! Their Huevos Rancheros were also delicious.


Wing mural: I love finding murals when I travel. Our friend's mentioned there was a new mural right next to Over Easy and I ended up snapping a few photos! Be sure to use the hashtag: #rjmoonart!


Jacksonville


Jacksonville Inn: The main street of Jacksonville, Oregon will take you back to the stagecoach era of the late 1800s. Jacksonville Inn has been around since 1861 and also has a restaurant on site. We went for a post wedding brunch and I really enjoyed it!


Mustard Seed Cafe: Mustard Seed Cafe is the cutest and smallest little restaurant. They have great comfort food style breakfasts!


Few shots of Jacksonville


Grants Pass


Rafting: There are so many outdoor activities in Southern Oregon. The summer weather also makes it very easy to be able to get outside almost every day. We got to raft Rogue River and though there weren't really many intense rapids, it was super fun! Start to finish took roughly 3.5 hours. There are several companies you can book through, but we booked through Orange Torpedo Trips.


Day Trip from the Rogue Valley area


Natural Bridge: A quick stop on the way to Crater Lake is the Natural Bridge. Natural bridge is where the water flows beneath natural rock formations. It is actually really cool to see and the walk to get to the natural bridge isn't far from the parking lot.


Crater Lake: If you have a few days in Southern Oregon, I highly recommend taking a trip out to Crater Lake. I recommend going early as the parking lots can fill up pretty quickly. There is a visitor center and various viewpoints along the rim, but there are also a bunch of hiking trails.


Those are all the places I would recommend you check out when visiting Southern Oregon! You will come to love it as much as I do.


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