If you are not familiar, Ashland is a picturesque town of boutique shopping, all the craft beers, espresso drinks, gourmet eats and bookstores one might crave, and, of course, the nationally respected, Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF). Founded in 1935, OSF boasts a three-stage theater complex with an annual budget of $30 million-plus and a sizable company of resident actors and artisans. We’ll see two plays during our stay. Wednesday we will see a matinee of the popular classic by the company’s namesake, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. After free time to explore downtown and have dinner on your own, we attend the world premiere of The Copper Children, by Karen Zacarias. Inspired by true events involving an Irish “orphan train” in a mixed-race Arizona mining community. Set in 1904, the play explores the profound impact and provocative intersections of difference across race, religion and family.
We’ll stay at the Ashland Springs Hotel where a two-year restoration project transformed this historic landmark into a haven of taste and elegance reminiscent of the small European hotels. The beautifully restored hotel is on the National Register of Historic Places. Complimentary breakfast and afternoon tea are included with your stay. Just two blocks from the theater, various restaurants and boutique shopping, Ashland Springs is perfectly situated in the heart of Ashland.
In addition to lodging and two performances at OSF, our getaway includes lunch in Salem on the way south, breakfast and afternoon tea at the hotel, and a meal on the way home.
$539/$559 Members/General public (ppdo) +$175 Single Supplement
Includes transportation, lodging, four meals, two performances and snacks.
Bus leaves Olympia at 8:00 am; Lacey at 8:30 am
Approximate return: Thursday 6:00 pm
Activity level: Moderate