Nestled among rolling hillsides lies the pristine town of Jacksonville - a National Historic Landmark. Be charmed year round by the quaint brick and wooden buildings which house an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants and lodging. Home to the Britt Music Festivals and gateway to the Applegate Wine Trail and more, Jacksonville is sure to be on your Southern Oregon must-see list.
Founded in 1851, this gold rush town is filled with more than 100 historic buildings and a main street right out a western movie (it has even been in a few).The town's pioneer charm is a wonderful backdrop to extraordinary culinary and lodging experiences. An extensive woodland trails system is accessible by bicycle or on foot and walking maps are available from the Visitors Center in the old railroad station downtown.
Britt Festivals is the Pacific Northwest's premier outdoor summer performing arts festival, presenting dozens of summer concerts, featuring world-class artists, in classical music, jazz, blues, folk, bluegrass, world, pop and country music. Enjoy music under the stars in a naturally formed amphitheater set among majestic ponderosa pines and native madrones on the beautiful hillside estate of 19th century photographer Peter Britt.
If you follow Highway 238 from Jacksonville to Grants Pass, you'll discover some of Oregon's most pastoral scenery in the Applegate Valley. Visit Applegate Lake and enjoy a picnic stop at McKee Bridge, one of Oregon's historic covered bridges. The valley is also home to a number of increasingly high profile award-winning family-owned wineries. The Applegate Valley Wine Trail now includes 17 wineries among pastoral mountains, creeks and rivers.