Wine Enthusiast magazine unveiled its annual list of top wine travel destinations and perhaps turned some heads with a non-traditional collection of international locations. Gone are many of the familiar destinations that typically make such top 10 lists.
Instead, the magazine / website offers its readership new places to consider and lists Ashland and Southern Oregon among the top 10 for 2016.
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Oregon's Wild & Scenic Rivers provide a beautiful and thrilling rafting experience for any skill level. Few places in America present outdoor enthusiasts more excitement and variety than beautiful Southern Oregon.
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Whitewater rafting on Oregon's Wild & Scenic Rivers offers breathtaking scenery, abundant forests and waterfalls, and a full range of mild to expert trips. The area is rich in Western history with old cabins, mines, and long-deserted Indian settlements dotting many runs.
"When it comes to river rafting, there’s nothing like Southern Oregon,” says Pete Wallstrom, owner of Momentum River Expeditions. “In the spring, one of the craziest rides is on the Illinois River. In the summer, we have the Rogue River. It’s everything people imagine a wilderness trip would be.”
Then there’s the Upper Klamath River, another of Pete’s favorites. “It’s one of the best stretches of summer whitewater in the country,” he says. “It’s a little less well known and that's the reason we go there.”
Lonesome Duck Ranch as an ideal place for fly fishing and bird watching along the tranquil Williamson River. It's located 25 miles north of Klamath Falls and 39 scenic miles from the crater’s rim inside Crater Lake National Park. Two comfortable, fully equipped guest houses await you.
Here's a chance to soar through the trees. All you need is a harness, a helmet and a spirit of adventure smack in the middle of a forest canopy.
“We have views to the mountains, to Klamath Lake – plus we are in these amazing giant trees that just take your breath away.”
Climb into a big, soft bed. Pull the blanket up to your neck and snuggle in for the night. And just before you doze off, remind yourself how great it is to sleep in the forest. This is what happens when you stay at the Union Creek Resort, the roadside lodge near Crater Lake National Park.
Southern Oregon is home to world-class fishing and rafting rivers, mountains for skiing, biking and hiking, and green valleys that produce award-winning wines. It's also home to North America's deepest lake and Oregon's only National Park, Crater Lake, which graces the back of Oregon's state quarter.
From the valley to the high desert, wildlife and nightlife share space. Southern Oregon is home to a pair of well-known attractions - the Britt Music Festival and Ashland's Oregon Shakespeare Festival - and to dozens of museums, art galleries, theaters, antique malls and tax-free shopping.
A ribbon of National Scenic Byways await, just a short drive from the California border. Follow the Redwood Highway to Grants Pass and the legendary Rogue and Umpqua rivers, where you'll find river adventures, jetboating, rafting, fishing and much more.
Discover Crater Lake National Park on the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway and experience the mountain lakes and world-class birding of the Klamath Basin and Oregon's Outback region.
History buffs will recognize the region as the site of Oregon's 19th-century gold rush, an era preserved within the boundaries of Jacksonville, a National Historic Landmark town.