For a small town, Ashland is filled with many great bookstores. On several occasions, I have had seasoned Ashland traveller arrive at the Bayberry Inn, drop off their bags and make a run for their favorite bookstore, The Book Exchange, in downtown Ashland. Located on Pioneer Street, just across main street from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, this is a great place to bring your old books and trade them in for new ones. They have books for every age and will even ship your books home for you!
Bloomsbury Books is another well visited bookstore in downtown Ashland, right at the bottom of Main Street. I love to browse through their recommendations and love how they are always willing to order a book for you if they don’t have what you’re looking for. They also have a lovely cafe with an outdoor patio called Bloomsbury Coffee House, where you can relax.
If you’re looking for anything and everything to do with William Shakespeare, Tudor Guild is a wonderful place to do some serious shopping. Located in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival plaza, near the box office, it’s filled with great gifts. You can find everything from clothing to books and stationary. This is a great place to buy a copy of the Illuminations, a guide to all the shows playing at OSF.
Travel Essentials on Main Street, is a great place to find interesting travel books as well as a large selection of well made, long lasting travel accessories. It’s one of my favorite shops to buy gifts as I’ve always been able to find interesting gifts for people who are hard to shop for. I’m planning a road trip on HWY 66 and this is where I’ll find books and maps. Who doesn’t need a new toothbrush holder?
Ashland Artisan Emporium is a wonderful place to browse for old books and funky gifts. Located on Ashland Street, a few miles away from downtown, it’s a consignment store that has a large used book section. It’s hit or miss, but I’ve seen beautiful coffee table books on art and even bought a book of National Geographic photos there. You have to be patient and rummage through isles of books, but happily, they are categorised for you.
Sharing books seems to be a big part of the B&B culture. I even have a men’s book group who rent the entire Inn every spring. Once the Oregon Shakespeare Festival announces their line-up of plays for the coming year, they choose a book based on one of the plays then spend the weekend discussing the book and watching the play. What a fantastic idea for a bookclub!