Here is a little list of places to visit that are Off The Beaten Path in Ashland. Ashland is famous as the home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, but here’s a list of fun interesting places that might not be in the usual tour books. You may have not heard of these wonderful gems because some places are just too new, while others just don’t need to advertise because they have a loyal local following already. I love to seek such places out & look high and low for little finds. Hopefully you will enjoy this list. By all means, if I left anyplace out, let me know and I’ll make sure to add it.
Bestow and Bloom My newest favorite addition to Ashland shopping is Bestow & Bloom. It’s a living store and is filled with exotic & gorgeous succulent plants of every variety. Though they mostly carry succulents, they do have a few other varieties of living goodies that will liven up & decorate any old dull space. It’s like walking into the Amazon with hanging plants everywhere you look. Bestow and Bloom is also the perfect place to find unique gifts! My favorite part about visiting this store is being greeted by their little shop dog who everyone seems to fall in love with! He comes to the door and says hello to everyone and is very sweet!
Ruby’sThis is one of the hottest spots in downtown Ashland and a local’s favorite. They have a great selection of wraps, burritos, awesome salads & every kind of smoothy you can think of. I’m addicted to their strawberry lemonade and their Steak & Egg Breakfast Burrito is one of the most amazing things I’ve ever had! There is usually a line, but it’s well worth the wait!
Posh Organics Is a fabulous new addition to downtown Ashland, a perfect place to buy all organic natural skin products or get a lovely facial to start your holiday right. I recently had the pleasure of getting a facial there and it was blissful. The aesthetician was extremely knowledgable about all their great products and helped me pick out a really delicious selection of lotions and potions.
Chozu Gardens is a must see while you’re visiting Ashland. Since our gorgeous little town sits on a bed of natural springs, if you like to soak in warm mineral baths, you will love this lovely little find of a place. Located in the Railroad District near downtown Ashland, visitors can enjoy a variety of Japanese sake’s or snacks while soaking in one of their amazing outdoor mineral hot tubs.
Ostras Tapas & Bottle Shop is the new hip place to eat in downtown Ashland. Chef Jordon is creative & isn’t afraid to take risks with his huge selection of Spanish Tapas. They offer a large selection of locally made wines at the winery prices.
Hiro Ramen My absolute favorite lunch spot in Ashland is Hiro Ramen. Having lived in Asia for almost 20 years, I grew very fond of a yummy piping hot bowl of noodles for lunch, no matter how warm it is outside. If you prefer something a bit less soupy, they also offer delicious rice bowls. My kids love the teriyaki rice bowl and they always have to have a side order of the gyoza, those lovely little stuffed fried dumplings that are to die for.
Schneider Museum of Art is located within the Southern Oregon University campus and is very easy to get too from downtown Ashland. They feature various artists works from a wide variety of mediums. It’s a fantastic little museum and it’s not to be missed if you’re an art lover.