Medford, Heart of the Rogue In the News
Medford, Heart of the Rogue In the News
Medford, Heart of the Rogue In the News
Medford, Heart of the Rogue In the News
In the News, Medford, Heart of the Rogue In the News


A preliminary study bolsters support for a massive convention center and high-rise hotel in downtown Medford to compete with Portland and Sacramento markets.

Over the past 75 years, Oregon has matured into a world-class wine producer. But not just the Willamette Valley, though it gets most of the attention. Southern Oregon, especially the Rogue Valley, also deserves consumer attention.

The city of Medford is the center of the Rogue Valley and a good home base for a visit. In addition to a variety of outdoor activities, Rogue Valley is home to nearly 40 wineries.

Ratcliff anticipates that in the near future, the Valley’s location on Interstate 5, the relatively reasonable property values and the recent expansions in the urban growth boundaries will open the door to the technology-centric industry wanting to call Southern Oregon home. 

Better signage with information about trail conditions, additional benches for rest stops and other upgrades, including accessible vehicle parking signage, will benefit people with mobility issues.

If you’re looking for a great get-away this summer, you don’t have to go too far South to find it. Now is the perfect time to make plans to visit The Rogue Valley. Medford really has everything, Ally talked to the owner of Dos Mariposas Vineyards & Lavender to find out more about this unique part of Oregon.

May is Oregon Wine Month, and there are lots of ways to celebrate in Southern Oregon.

Carole Skeeters-Stevens of Travel Medford joined Sunrise this morning to talk about Wine Month and ways you can get involved in the Rogue Valley.

Medford, Oregon, is known as the heart of the Rogue Valley, a cradle of lush farmland that produces world-famous pears, plus apples and grapes. Harry & David, the company that makes those luscious fruit-filled gift baskets, is based there. The area is also known for having a perfect climate for winemaking and has a thriving cheese industry, including award-winning varieties from Rogue Creamery. Medford also is family-friendly and affordable, making our list of the most affordable cities on the West Coast. 

Hey, Willamette Valley, prepare to make room on your Pinot Noir stage for Southern Oregon. They are ready for their close-up.

The Southern Oregon American Viticultural Area (AVA) encompasses Applegate Valley, Elkton Oregon, Red Hill Douglas County, Rogue Valley and Umpqua Valley. The AVA’s two million total acres stretch from south of Eugene to within wine-spitting distance of the California border.

A 2.5 million-acre swath of southern Oregon has been named the largest Dark Sky Sanctuary in the world.

The region, which on Monday was officially named the Oregon Outback International Dark Sky Sanctuary, comprises the southeastern half of Lake County, including Hart Mountain, Lake Abert and Summer Lake. Future plans include expanding the sanctuary to 11.4 million acres across Harney and Malheur counties.

A proposed downtown Medford hotel is yet another sign that more hotels are in the city’s future.

In the works are two hotels near Barnett Road, a third near the Medford airport and a fourth near Lithia Motors headquarters in the downtown that is proposed as a 123-room Element by Westin.

After four years of negotiations, the Medford Urban Renewal Agency and developer Western Hospitality LLC reached an agreement March 21 to move forward with the Element project, which could open in the downtown by 2027. 

Together, the four hotels would add 481 rooms to the current 2,636 rooms available at Medford hotels, representing an 18% increase.

Rogue Valley Zipline Adventures was named #1 by Oregon's 100 Best Fan-Favorite Destinations for 2023. This honor is consumer-generated through glowing reviews on Trip Advisor, Yelp and Google. 

Oregon’s Crater Lake is one of the most photogenic lakes in the United States. Crater Lake was ranked No. 9 in the country on the list on the most-Instragrammed U.S. lakes, put out by a website called FishinAquarium.comCrater Lake has been tagged on Instagram more than 425k times, according to the ranking.

The 2024 and 2025 CCC conference championship tournaments will be played at Lithia & Driveway Fields, with eight men’s teams and eight women’s teams competing for a title and the chance to advance to the NAIA National Championship Opening Round.

Travel Medford senior vice president T.J. Holmes and director of sports development Brad King were on board, along with the SOSC and Rogue Valley Timbers. In a normally slow time for tourism in Medford, Rosenthal said the group expects an economic impact of $200,000-plus on the area for hosting the tournaments on the second week in November.

Travel Medford and the Southern Oregon Sports Commission are hosting the American Cornhole Organization (ACO) Medford Major tournament Friday and Saturday, February 2-3. The ACO expects players from 14 states to the brand-new state-of-the-art facility. 

The ACO Medford Major runs Friday and Saturday with a $5,000 purse for eight world-ranking events.

Close to some of the most intriguing natural landmarks and wonders, like the Table Rocks, Medford is also home to one of the best peaks to hike for sunset—Roxy Ann. Cool off on a rafting or jetboat jamboree on the Rogue River. Medford is a launch pad for all kinds of outdoor adventures—from hiking and biking to wine-tasting (hey, that qualifies as adventure!). It’s also less than 60 minutes from Oregon’s only national park, Crater Lake, and some of the state’s most fabulous waterfalls.

Down near the California border, there’s a breathtaking stretch of Oregon where the wine is as good as anywhere else in the state. The Willamette Valley tends to get most of the credit, but if you’re after scenic terrain, superb wines, and charming small-town life, it’s best to head south. Southern Oregon is spoiled when it comes to good looks and winemaking prowess.

Crater Lake National Park, the sole national park in Oregon, is what brings many travelers to Medford and nearby Ashland, but these artsy communities also have plenty to offer queer visitors. There’s an abundance of stunning landscapes, from the sparkling Rogue River to mountains surrounded by lush forests. Plus, there is an abundance of great local cuisine and more than 100 wineries, where the rolling hills are draped with lush vineyards. Adventurers can enjoy rafting, ziplining, and hiking. And the region’s Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland brings in countless visitors each summer.

Crater Lake topped the list of the most beautiful national parks in the U.S., complied by travel blog Travel Lens, which scoured Google Reviews looking for the words “beautiful,” “stunning,” “breathtaking” and “gorgeous.”

Crater Lake is known for its famous blue-hued lake that fills an ancient volcanic caldera – the remains of Mount Mazama, which dramatically imploded more than 7,000 years ago. Rim Drive circumnavigates the lake, offering beautiful views from every angle. It makes for a scenic drive or bike ride.

Travel Medford has unveiled a new program designed to unlock the beauty and adventures of the Rogue Valley called, "The Rogue Valley Bucket List Passport". This program aims to showcase the many excursions, locations, attractions, events and many more things to do in the Rogue Valley. Inviting travelers to embark on an unforgettable journey through the captivating region. The Rogue Valley Bucket List Passport is entirely on your mobile device and completely free. The program rewards users for every location they visit. These points are a gateway to exciting prizes.

Autumn is right around the corner and what better way to embrace the spirit of fall than with a visit to wonderful Medford, Oregon? For first-time visitors to Medford, it's different from the typical tourist-heavy place you might expect. Oregon hotels in fall know how to tap into the nostalgia and warmth that the season brings, and those in Medford are no exception. 

Travel Medford, the official Destination Marketing Organization for the city of Medford, promotes the world-renowned wine country with the Rogue Valley Wine Passport, a program that aims to showcase the burgeoning wine region by driving guests to more than 20 of the area’s finest tasting rooms.

This article celebrates women-owned adventure businesses in Southern Oregon and the countless contributions they are making as entrepreneurs, role models, community leaders, mothers, and beyond. Check out these offerings and book with these expert and dedicated outdoors women.

Explore Oregon’s world-renowned wine country with the Rogue Valley Wine Passport, a program showcasing the burgeoning wine region by introducing guests to more than 20 of the area’s finest tasting rooms. Users can access their Wine Passport for free in a mobile-friendly way and collect points for every winery visited. Points can be redeemed for specialized Medford, OR branded prizes such as wine stoppers, tote bags and wine glasses. 

People on the Rogue Valley Farm Tour Sunday experienced something like a crash course on rotational grazing, bee pollen and goat tacos. At each of the 28 tour stops, visitors met farmers and ranchers, tasted artisanal food and wine, and learned at least one interesting fact.

There are plenty of stunning lakes across America, but none like you’ll find at Crater Lake National Park in OregonIts namesake lake is the deepest in the country, with an average depth of 1,943 feet, according to the park. In addition to being mind-bogglingly deep, Crater Lake boasts extremely clear water. It's famously blue and rarely freezes over, which makes the lake a spectacular sight year round, though visitors may want to plan for certain months in particular.

There are plenty of ways to relax in Southern Oregon. From wine tasting to festival hopping, you will not go hungry on your Southern Oregon holiday.

Many travelers might be surprised to learn Medford, Oregon, features one of the most diverse and exciting wine experiences in the world. Now, visitors can both enjoy the region and further immerse themselves in wine country with the Rogue Valley Wine Passport, a mobile program created by Travel Medford. This program allows wine lovers to easily enjoy and discover the region and its many wineries.

Travel Medford has a total of six Hermes Creative Awards, ranking in platinum and gold displayed near the front desk of the office. "We don't start out these projects thinking of awards," Holmes said. "We start out by making sure that we're promoting the community the right way and then all the effort and dedication that goes into it."

Rogue Valley is both the southernmost and highest-elevation AVA in Oregon. The region’s climate is uniquely impacted both by its proximity to the Pacific Ocean and its placement at the intersection of three mountain ranges: the Cascades, the Coast Range, and the Klamath Mountains. Due to the variable climates and soils throughout the region, you can find a wide range of warm-climate wines from grapes such as Merlot, Tempranillo, Malbec, and Syrah.

May is Oregon Wine Month and in Southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley, the celebration signals not only bud break in the vineyards but the start of a summer season filled with outdoor adventure, wine tasting, music and art.

Whether you’re a seasoned wine connoisseur or simply want to explore a new region while enjoying excellent add-on activities for the entire family, here are ten reasons why the Rogue Valley should be on your must-visit list.

Rogue Valley Wine Country in southern Oregon was recently named a top global wine destination by Wine Enthusiast and Forbes magazines. It is easy to see why with all the area has to offer. Winemakers and farmers love the microclimates and terroir that allow more than 70 different varietals to thrive in the valley. Discover four unique wine trails each with stunning scenery, miles of vineyards, and destination wineries you’ll want to spend the whole day at.

Those looking to make the most of what Oregon has to offer without the big crowds of Portland can find any number of cities to fit their interests and begin planning their perfect Oregon escape. Medford in Southern Oregon is often overlooked in favor of more coastal or central hotspots. With less rain than other Oregon cities, this city is situated in Rogue Valley and a perfect jumping point for natural landmarks, including Upper and Lower Table Rock. One of the most popular stops in the city is Roxy Ann Peak and the surrounding 1,700-acre Prescott Park.

Located in Medford’s Geneva-Minnesota Historic District, Lady Geneva Bed & Breakfast at Buhrman House is a five star experience. 

In the remote forests of southern Oregon, a dramatic caldera harbors the deepest lake in the United States. Cliff-encircled Crater Lake is what remains of a volcano, once taller than Mount Hood, that erupted here nearly eight thousand years ago. Today, Crater Lake is preserved in Oregon's only national park where the body of water is obviously the marquee attraction but far from the only one. Here’s how to get the most out of a trip to Crater Lake National Park, where the long trek to get here rewards you with views unlike anywhere else in the American West.

There are many factors to consider when choosing a location in which to live and  affordability is at the top of many people’s lists. Medford boasts a small-town feel that many people prefer but also has all the amenities that people need. It is a pretty place to live, as it boasts waterfalls, parks, and vineyards. 

Looking for a sweet spot to dink, shred, belay, paddle or sky-out? (If you’re a sports fan you’ll know these terms.) If so, then Medford is your Sportground™. With a dense concentration of traditional and non-traditional sports venues, endless opportunities for outdoor activities, and a thriving sports community, the call to adventure resounds in this land of mountains, lakes and rivers. What’s more, the region is charmed with a warmer climate with fewer crowds than many other metro areas in Oregon.

Come spring and summer, Oregon becomes a warm-weather wonderland that beckons travelers with promises of cooling evergreen forests, high deserts, rushing rivers, and rugged coastline blanketed in greens and bursts of flora. It is also home to one of the most diverse and rewarding destinations in the West: Medford, the accessible beating heart of southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley, where traffic is a memory in the rearview mirror and an international airport makes navigation a breeze.

America offers a lake vacation for every season and activity, and no matter where you live, even in the Southwest desert, chances are there's one near you. Satellite mapping has yet to yield a precise answer, but the best guess is that there are between three and four million lakes across the U.S., ranging from duck ponds to wonders like Oregon's Crater Lake.

Vacations take many forms and sometimes, it’s about getting out and seeing beautiful scenery. If that’s the aim, few things beat the pull of a brilliant blue body of water. Without question one of the most beautiful lakes in the country (perhaps even the world) is Southern Oregon's historic and halcyon Crater Lake!

Enjoy an unforgettable and adventurous travel experience in Medford with it's picturesque lakes, eventful theatersfood and pub crawlswine-tasting, fishingboating, camping and so much more. Medford, Oregon is a laid-back travel destination with plenty of things to do both within the city and outside it!

Del Rio Vineyard Estate, located at 52 N. River Road in Gold Hill, Oregon was awarded silver, gold and best of class distinctions for their submitted wines in the 2023 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (SFCWC). Del Rio Vineyard Estate entered wines from their Estate label, as well as their Rock Point and Jolee brands. All wines submitted were crafted by head winemaker Jean-Michel Jussiaume. 

If you’ve ever said, “I’d be happy living on nothing but chocolate, cheese, bread and wine,” then Artisan’s Corridor in Central Point, Oregon, is the ultimate location to shop for your sustenance. The four side-by-side businesses that make up the corridor in Rogue Valley — Rogue CreameryCoquette BakeryThe Rogue Grape and Lillie Belle Farms — will keep you full and happy.

General Manager Vince Domenzain, PGA of Stone Ridge Golf Club has been awarded the Patriot Award by the Pacific Northwest Section PGA. He's one of 12 top golf professionals recognized by their peers for outstanding performance in 2022.

Medford celebrates sports by rekindling the love of the game, however you define it, because we emphasize the joy in competition. The abundance of world-class natural and traditional venues in our backyard combined with being centrally located on the West Coast offers visitors access of all forms of play, all-year long.

Part of what makes the hot springs in Oregon stand out is the fact that several are completely undeveloped. Primitive pools set deep in the woods and only accessible by foot are just as common as developed hot spring resorts outfitted with geothermally heated cabins and accommodations featuring private soaking tubs. 

Any time of year is an excellent time to visit southern Oregon. While summertime features activities like golfhiking, biking, and river rafting, snowshoeing is the perfect winter activity for exploring various destinations just north of the California border. Also, with roughly 150 wineries in the region, wine tasting is a year-round must-do activity in southern Oregon.

The largest continuing care retirement community on the West Coast is in Medford, Oregon. Almost 1,000 residents over the age of 62 call the Rogue Valley Manor home, which is named after the original manor building that opened in 1961, Mineart tells Best Life."

Rogue Valley Manor represents the best of Southern Oregon's retirement lifestyle," he says. "Its 670-acre landscaped campus features parkstrailsgolf courses, two apartment towers, a wellness center, a memory care center, and 300 cottages overlooking the beautiful Rogue Valley."

Three Rogue Creamery cheeses are set to make a very stately appearance Thursday as the cheese course during the Biden White House's first state dinner.

"I'm especially excited that we are featuring American cheeses for our cheese course, including Rogue River Blue, the champion of the 2019 World Cheese Awards," Biden said.

Photo Credit Andrew Harnik

This stunning national park is set in a dormant volcano. With America’s deepest lake, miles of trails, and unmatched views, Oregon’s Crater Lake National Park is a natural wonder. Here’s how to visit.

Among the intricate classification systems and opaque labels are terms like organic, biodynamic, and natural. These words sound similar and are sometimes used interchangeably, but they aren’t synonymous. Craig Camp, general manager of Troon Vineyard in Oregon’s Rogue Valley is certified organic and biodynamic, and he explains the difference and certifications required for each title.

We initially thought it was a place we could stay when visiting Crater Lake National Park, but we soon realized Medford is the perfect basecamp for so many epic adventures. It’s known as the Heart of the Rogue Valley - and we had the best weekend trip in Medford!

Trees line the streets, and natural beauty awaits just outside of town. There are also several opportunities near Medford for thrill-seekers to find an adrenaline rushThe Craterian Theater, Southern Oregon Speedway, and Prescott Park are just a few of the well-known destinations in and around Medford. No matter your interests, there’s something in the area for you. These are the best things to do in Medford.

The portal into Wine Country Lane, at Travel Medford’s Heart of the Rogue Festival, was a tall white archway beckoning, like a secret garden, to see what was beyond.

Throughout its two day celebration, vendors from across the Rogue Valley came together to offer goods such as food, alcohol, clothing, paintings, holistic products, and many other handmade artisan crafts. Along with offering an enjoyable festival for locals, Heart of the Rogue was also a celebratory reception for participants of “Bikes N Brews” as well as the “Rogue Marathon.” The weather permitted a beautiful sunny day, perfect for cheese tasting, face painting, and enjoying the climate of downtown Medford.

Artisans, local musicians, runners, cyclists and beer and wine aficionados all will converge in downtown Medford this weekend for an event certain to have something for everyone. Festival-goers will be able to eat, drink and play lawn games at the festival’s Blossom Lounge within the park while enjoying concerts from the Danielle Kelly Soul Project and The Rogue Suspects Friday evening, and The Brothers Reed and Fogline Saturday afternoon.

Like most of the steelhead I’ve caught on the Rogue, I acknowledge that it wasn’t my great skill as a fly-fisher that got me that fish, it was the knowledge, skill and hard work of the best guide in the west, Jim Andras.

Spain’s native grape is gaining a reputation in fruit-forward reds from Southern Oregon. Jillian Dara tells the story of its recent growth within the Rogue Valley – and recommends five wineries now blazing a trail with Tempranillo.

Southern Oregon’s most important fundraiser for children’s health care broke its own record by raising $2.2 million in the Heart of the Rogue. Since its inception in 2015, the Oregon Wine Experience (OWE) has raised more than $10.4 million, benefiting Children’s Miracle Network and other health care programs. 

Rogue Creamery is another pioneer of Oregon cheese, founded nearly 90 years ago. Their organic farm in Grants Pass is a model for sustainable dairy farming. Its Rogue River Blue was named World Champion at the 2019 World Cheese Awards, a first for an American cheese. Shop at the dairy’s farm stand, their Cheese Shop in Central Point and other retail outlets.

Medford, in southwestern Oregon, makes the perfect hub for exploring the fertile Rogue and Applegate Valleys. The Rogue Valley Food Trail map is your guide to farm stores, U-pick orchards, lavender fields, artisan food producers, wineries and farmers’ markets.

One of Southern Oregon’s greatest attributes is its wide range of winemaking styles and grape varieties, thanks to a mild climate with ample sunshine and a diversity of soil types and elevations. Add in jaw-dropping scenic beauty as well as cultural attractions - Southern Oregon is quickly becoming a must-visit for any traveler.

Image courtesy of Mark Tomaras Photography, Wine Enthusiast

A perfect getaway to Southern Oregon, where winenature, and culinary delights abound - Medford is the beating heart of the valley.  I spent several days immersed in its undulating vineyards, ambling along the bustling Rogue River, and exploring its geological marvels. Between Medford's international airport and tranquil drivability, Medford is remarkably accessible from anywhere in the West or beyond. 

Medford is a host of many microbreweries, some new, some well-established, plus a slew of lively taphouses that will satisfy your wildest craft beer cravings, from sour to hazy and imperial IPA to chocolate stout.

It’s easy to fall under Southern Oregon's spell. From the rushing, Wild & Scenic Rogue River to the teeming arts and culture scene, Medford truly has it all.

A new fall festival is launching next month to spotlight the "Heart of the Rogue" in Medford this October 14 + 15.

Travel Medford says the festival will attract people downtown during an "immersive celebration ... of all the Rogue Valley has to offer through the community of artists, musicians, makers, growers and experience providers."

The “Know Your Role” campaign started by the Southern Oregon Sports Commission and Travel Medford celebrated the people making a difference in our community today. The campaign started in 2016 to address poor behavior toward sports officials by promoting a more positive message toward those who participate in youth sports. Last month, the campaign announced a new partnership with USA Softball - taking the campaign to a national level.

At Troon Vineyard, a boutique winery in Grants Pass, Ore., general manager Craig Camp used a bottle of wine as a prop as he talked me through the steps the winery takes to minimize its environmental footprint. From the color of the bottle, to the weight and cork - Troon has taken steps to be as eco-friendly and transparent as possible. 

The grapes aren't sourced from Westeros but the blends deserve a seat on the Iron Throne.

In honor of HBO's House of the Dragon premiere, Vintage Wine Estates and Warner Bros. Consumer Products have collaborated to debut three red wines. Each blend is as unique as each kingdom. The 2021 Pinot Noir was sourced from four areas in Oregon (Applegate Valley, Illinois Valley, Rogue Valley and Willamette Valley) and then aged in French oak barrels and stainless steel tanks.

Medford, Oregon is strengthening its elite tourism allure by swinging for the fences with a new, 140,000-square-foot sports complex. Located in the heart of the Rogue Valley, the aptly named and sponsored Rogue Credit Union Community Complex broke ground at Howard Memorial Sports Park on September 10, 2021, with a projected completion time frame for Autumn 2023. Known by the city as Rogue X for short, the $75.7 million state-of-the-art complex looks to improve quality of life in the community with its abundance of features.

Medford, Oregon, the heart of the state’s renowned Rogue Valley and a mecca of Oregonian wine-making, made an amazing trip. From one vineyard to the next, unique charisma has crafted incredible depth and character to the region and its wines. "I learned about remarkable diversity between vineyards despite close proximity, about geological features that change dramatically from one vineyard to another thanks to river flow, sunshine, shade, and wind currents, and how growth is impacted as a result."

That message of "You can be an athlete, a coach, a parent or an official, but you only get to be one — Know Your Role" was created by the SOSC in partnership with Travel Medford, with the goal of changing the trend of negative culture at local sporting events at the youth level. Now, it has been adopted nationally, spreading the message of positive sportsmanship and the love of the game.

In an agreement announced Tuesday morning, the SOSC, Travel Medford and USA Softball have formed an initial three-year partnership to push the Know Your Role campaign nationally. The effort is aimed at educating all parties involved in youth sports — athletes, coaches, parents and fans — about appropriate behavior directed toward officials and umpires.

Douglas Emhoff, American’s second gentleman, made his first-ever visit to Crater Lake National Park on Thursday and came away impressed.

“I woke up in [Washington] D.C. and here I am in paradise,” Emhoff, the husband of Vice President Kamala Harris, gee-whizzed before a joint appearance with National Park Service Director Chuck Sams and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown.

Photo Credit: Herald News

Medford, Oregon is the most convenient location to reach all the natural wonders of Oregon, since it has one of the largest airports in the area. Visit Oregon's only National Park - Crater Lake - and explore all the Heart of the Rogue has to offer!

Medford, Oregon has a new hotel with some island style. Compass Hotel by Margaritaville delivers the Jimmy Buffett experience of the brand’s other hotels to the west coast. The hotel offers complimentary breakfast and dining at its 5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar & Grill.

From legendary waterfalls to the world's best cheese - Medford is a mecca that has it all. The stunning hills of Southern Oregon offer you all sorts of ways to eat, drink and explore. Here’s just a sampling of ways to play!

The season of Oregon's Wine Experience is upon us, with a five-day celebration this year from August 17-21 held at Stage Pass for the first time. Master wine and sommeliers will  judge more than 100 different wineries, including Irvine & RobertsDel Rio and DANCIN, with exclusive cuvées and a traditional, open-pit salmon bake led by the Coquille Indian Tribe. The experience is not one to miss, and nothing less than beautifully rogue!

The spectacular Rogue River flows through canyons and serene pools, nationally recognized for its fishing, jet boating, swimming and rafting opportunities. Possibilities abound to see river otters, eagles and all different kinds of spectacular fish.

Southern Oregon offers something for everyone. Snow skiing on Mount Ashlandback- packing along the Pacific Crest Trail and rafting down the Rogue River are available for the outdoorsy set, while wine tasting is the preferred leisure activity of the connoisseur. Take in a performance at the world-renowned Shakespeare Festival, and visit Lithia Park to marvel at the picturesque trees, lakes and shrubs. Of course, every girls’ getaway involves shopping, and with no sales tax in the State, the retail experience is much more fun.

No matter what level rider you are, there’s ample mountain biking terrain that’s just right for you in Southern Oregon, from beginner pump and jump tracks for kids to steep, fast and technical routes for advanced riders.

Whether it’s fly-fishinghikingriver raftingmountain biking or simply strolling small towns on a brisk day and dining al fresco, southern Oregon is any traveler's outdoor playground.

If you like mountain biking on uncrowded trails in deep, dense forest or along pristine lakeshores, I have a secret spot to tell you about. A half-day’s drive — or one-hour flight — north of the Bay Area, Southern Oregon may be best known for its wine sceneRogue River raftingCrater Lake National Park and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. But the region’s extensive network of mountain bike and gravel bike trails in the Cascade and Siskiyou mountain ranges are simply out of this world.

Oregon’s Willamette Valley may get all the ink, but Southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley offers plenty of delightful sipping possibilities — and it’s just over the California border. So if you’re road tripping this summer, hitting Medford for a bit of Shakespeare, perhaps, or for the Britt Music and Arts Festival, you can go wine tasting, too, at nearly three dozen wineries in the beautiful Heart of the Rogue.

Nestled between the Siskiyou Mountains in the south and the Rogue River in the north, the Rogue Valley is a booming wine country, home to a variety of grapes from Pinot Noir to Chardonnay, as well as welcoming vineyards and innovative tasting rooms.

Spanning five regions, Southern Oregon has plenty to discover, from magnificent natural wonders like Crater Lake to the longstanding Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Oenophiles are also in for a treat, as the area lays claim to over 150 wineries.

The Vineyards at Stage Pass, a luxury wine-inspired community emerging in the outskirts of historic Jacksonville, is the new home of The Oregon Wine Experience public festival and the Oregon Wine Competition.

The Jackson County Expo,Sign Dude, Pepsi and Western Beverage would like to announce one ofAmericasmost successful standup comedians, Gabriel Iglesias, coming to the Heart of the Rogue.

Behind countless Rogue Valley youth swimming victories is a private pool and a coach with more than five decades of experience.

Teen swimmers in Southern Oregon compete under their high school banner, but they get their laps — and guidance — from Siouxha Tokman, a former Olympics swimmer.

Thousands of visitors and locals nominated and voted to nominate a river with fantastic outdoor adventureangling opportunities and wildlife wellness.

An island-inspired paradise - that’s what guests will experience at Medford's newest hotel. Jimmy Buffet and the Coquille Tribe, are bringing a brand new hotel experience to the Rogue Valley. Now, we’re getting an exclusive look at what’s in store, as we get closer to its opening day.

Food with less traveling and less processing is generally better for us. And the Rogue Valley Food System Network works to put local foods on local tables, connecting growers and consumers and all the people in between.

From a multimillion dollar expansion on the tarmac that will improve air tanker accommodations during wildfire season, to modernizing its runway lights, the Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport is looking to a host of state and federal programs to make the airport bigger and brighter.

Symphonic music, actors, visuals and the spoken word coalesce into a single dramatic performance, “America’s Journey.” The Grammy nominated work — performed across the United States — has become one of the most performed orchestral works of the past 15 years.

The City of Central Point and the Jackson County Expo are pleased to announce the 2022 Central Point Wild Rogue Pro Rodeo and PRCA Xtreme Bulls are coming this May 12th -14th.

Five hours from Sonoma there is a great opportunity to learn to fly-fish (improve your fly-fishing skills) while also enjoying fantastic theater at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) in Ashland.

As the climate and wildfire crisis worsens, the protection of rivers seems more important than ever. Water is arguably our most precious resource — especially during times of drought and fire.

This month we mark the second anniversary of COVID-19 closures in Oregon and across the United States. These 100 Best employers continued to show extraordinary leadership when it comes to maintaining a strong culture and happy workforce while facing challenges created by the pandemic.

This year, 13 Rogue Valley businesses won spots on Oregon Business magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon” list. Thousands of employees across the state answered survey questions, and the magazine assigned scores to businesses based on the answers.

The Rogue Valley is infamous for their intricate wine scene, with their topography allowing for several varietals of wine. With smooth production and delightful tannins, will Viognier become the varietal they are best known for?

While pinot noir tends to steal the show in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, there are a number of varieties coming out of the Southern Oregon AVA and its encompassing four appellations – Umpqua Valley, Rogue Valley, Red Hills Douglas County and Applegate Valley – that break this association.

It’s no secret that wine and cheese are a great match. The acidity, alcohol and structure of a wine can cut through cheese’s fat to uncork a greater depth of flavor. So, what happens when wine is an ingredient in cheese? A lot, as it turns out. In addition to its world champion cheese, Rogue River Blue, which is wrapped in Syrah grape leaves and soaked in pear liqueur, Rogue Creamery makes a cave-aged cow’s milk blue cheese. 

Meet the layered, dark, uplifting, flavorful, and interesting southern Oregon wines worth starting a conversation.

While the Willamette Valley may steal much of the limelight, Southern Oregon’s Umpqua Valley and Rogue Valley AVAs are attracting a lot of attention thanks to their diverse grape varieties – from Grüner Veltliner and Gewürztraminer to Rhône blends and Tempranillo.

Get exclusive access to award-winning wineries in Medford, from Sauvignon Blanc to Chardonnay.

No matter how you celebrate, the holiday season is all about giving. For many winemakers, the giving spirit remains alive and well all year long.

A lot of exceptional Oregon wines, created in small quantities by family-owned wineries, never make it out of the Northwest. There’s a simple solution, though, if you live in one of the many states with reciprocal interstate shipping laws: You can buy directly from the wineries or become a member of their clubs to get exclusive access.

With ocean beachesmountain peaks, lush forests, and fertile valleys, the Oregon landscape has many adorable towns that capture the spirit of a Hallmark Christmas movie. 

With memories of last year still fresh in people’s minds, the 2021 growing season was a tense one. “We were all just holding our breath all summer,” said Luisa Ponzi, director of winemaking and viticulture at Ponzi Vineyards. But in the end, the year was everything growers and winemakers could have hoped for.

In the warmer Southern Oregon region lies an oasis of beautiful wine, and scenery that will take your breath away.

You could spend your entire life in Oregon and never run out of new places to explore. The state is like a “Choose Your Own Adventure” book of endless possibilities. There are vineyardsdazzling citiesdense forestsmountains and deserts all within a few hours' drive.

Crater Lake with kids? Oregon’s only National Park is a place of wonder, awe, and inspiration. Even better? It’s really easy to do lots of great Crater Lake activities with kids, all around or close to those amazing, world-famous blue waters.

The Rogue Valley is Oregon's best kept secret: a beautifully untouched region full of world-class wine, Oregon's only national park - Crater Lake - and an endless amount of outdoor adventure.

In last year's Almeda fire, Talent-born and Ashland-bred Clea Arthur, and her partner Brian Denner, lost their craft winerytasting room, and a four-year inventory of wines – but not their home on a hill above the small town of Talent.

The following trails are some of the most beautiful and accessible ones out there; just be sure to call head to confirm the current status of the trail or park, and make sure it suits your individual needs.

It’s easy to fall in love with the Rogue Valley. This vibrant Southern Oregon locale has it all. It’s a mecca for outdoor recreationistsnirvana for wine enthusiastsparadise for foodies and a magnet for arts aficionados. And I could wax rhapsodic about the picturesque landscape.

Southern Oregon wine country is hyped as the next big spot, and for good reason. A quick jaunt around the vineyards and tasting rooms reveals a region with distinct personality and bountiful wild beauty. It’s home to Crater Lake, the state’s only national park, and the roaring Rogue River where you can spot adrenaline-fueled rafterskayakers and fly-fishing enthusiasts from near and far. 

Crater Lake is sunk into a collapsed volcano top, and at 1,943 feet it’s the deepest one in the U.S. The brilliant blue water glistens like a Ceylon sapphire, and it’s hard to imagine that such a serene setting was the result of a violent eruption, followed by hundreds of years of the caldera filling with rain and snow.

Three new incredible hotels are opening in Medford - an ideal home base to explore the vast diversity of things to do Southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley!

Our trip's finale held Medford and Ashland, pleasant and quiet cities in the state's southwest, where we all quickly decided held our favorite activities of the whole vacation.

Portland gets all the attention in Oregon — and while the City of Roses is absolutely worth a visit for its local foodie scene, eclectic shopping, and industrial riverfront vibes, the rest of the state has even more to offer.

Biannually, the Ashland Independent Film Festival (AIFF) hosts their most delectable and decidedly nerdy event that features local winemakers to an audience of avid art film supporters and wine-lovers.

So much to do. One place to do it all! Explore Oregon's best kept secret: The Rogue Valley.

Despite an intense heatwave, the region's winemakers are excited about the 2021 vintage.

The Rogue Valley International airport in Medford unveiled a new mural on Tuesday inside the concourse. The art piece is a full-scale version of Oregon's new Cultural Trust 20th anniversary license plate known as 'Celebrate Oregon!'

Explore the best places to retire in the U.S. based on number of retirees, weather, and access to healthcare and entertainment

Oregon has some of the most diverse geographies of any American state. Ocean beaches, high deserts, forested lakes or urban metropolis, there is a community somewhere in this State that will appeal to your heart - and your wallet - when you choose to retire. And remember: no matter where in the state you live, there's no sales tax. Enjoy that.

Formally recognized in 1991, Oregon’s Rogue Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA) is south of the Umpqua Valley AVA. Both are part of the larger Southern Oregon AVA.  

Over the last 60 years , Rogue Creamery blue cheeses have received international acclaim. The creamery has won over 100 international and national awards.

Several Southern Oregon wines were also Double Gold winners in this year, and two wineries in the Rogue Valley won Best of Show in the specialty and white wine categories

Crater Lake National Park is situated in Southwest Oregon and is one of the most beautiful national parks in the United States. A collapsed volcano has created America’s deepest lake, which has been named one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon.

It's easy to fall in love with the Rogue Valley. This vibrant Southern Oregon locale is a mecca for outdoor recreationists, nirvana for wine enthusiasts, paradise for foodies and a magnet for arts aficionados.

“Dedicated to Sustainability, Service and Creating the World’s Finest Handmade Cheese.” As mission statements go, that one is a pretty tall order.

But Central Point, Ore.-based Rogue Creamery is making good on that mission.

At first view, Crater Lake's sheer beauty may just take your breath away. Enjoy gorgeous hikes, drives, water views and adventure in Oregon.

Wild, scenic and jam-packed with natural beauty, the lower Rogue River is an ideal outdoors getaway in southwest Oregon.

The entirety of the Rogue River runs some 215 miles from its source near Crater Lake to the Pacific Ocean, though most outdoor adventurers may be more familiar with its final 84 miles – a stretch that’s officially protected as a “wild and scenic river,” cherished for both its ecological and recreational significance.

Ashland is known for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, but there are other hidden gems to discover in this delightful city. Ashland is nestled in a valley between the Cascade and Siskiyou mountain ranges in southeastern Oregon, a mere 15 miles from the California Border.

After flying its first commercial flight on April 28, Avelo will soon serve more than a dozen airports and their surrounding regions in the West.

Oregon is home to some of the most beautiful and unique landscapes in the USA. In this Pacific Northwest state you will not only find miles of rugged coastline, but also towering mountain peaks, beautiful agricultural valleys, and high desert plains.

Oregon is an incredible state to visit! Filled with the most dramatic Westcoast scenery, drives and parks; it’s the kind of state you can explore for years and not get bored.

There’s a lot to love about Oregon. From its breathtaking natural scenery to its quirky, avant-garde culture, there’s a little something for every type of traveler.

The National Park Service has an apt description for this lake the native inhabitants considered so sacred and awe-inspiring that a person would die just by looking at it: “deep water in a sleeping volcano.” And that’s exactly what this Star of The Show is at Crater Lake National Park – deep (the deepest lake in the U.S.), impossibly blue water within the remnants of a volcano that blew its top off some 7,700 years ago and has been sleeping since. The Traveler’s Checklist for this park will help you plan your trip and make the most out of your visit.

World traveler and writer Debbie Stone talks about her wine tasting, culinary, art, and outdoor adventures in Rogue Valley.

Southern Oregon covers a large geographic area, basically south of Eugene to the Oregon-California border. This article covers four major regions: the Rogue Valley, Umpqua Valley, Klamath Basin, and Oregon Outback.

Oregon’s Rogue Valley, an area that has low summer humidity even as average highs reach into the upper 80s, modest rainfall and little snow.

The four friends behind Oregon's A to Z Wireworks have hit on a winning formula. How do they manage to produce a Pinot Noir so affordable, widely available and consistently good, vintage after vintage?

Looking for award-winning wines that rival the Boudreaux region of France? Yeah, we've got that.

Well known for its serene natural beauty, the Rogue Valley is expanding its reputation as a popular vacation destination.

Zip lineswhitewater rafting, incredible wineriesmountain bikingpretty hikes and incredible vistas: Southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley is a hub for adventure and relaxation.  One of our favorite things to do in the Rogue Valley is take a zip line tour with Rogue Valley Zip Line. From the replica gold mining town, to the amazing views and thrilling zip lines, this is an adventure you won’t want to miss.

The more than 450 wines here were tasted by Tim Fish for the Oregon tasting report in the Dec. 30, 2020 issue of Wine Spectator magazine. For a full analysis of the latest releases, and a chart of recommended wines, you've come to the right place.

A wonderland of wineartisan food and outdoor recreation awaits travelers who visit Medford. Affectionately known as the “Heart of the Rogue,” the city remains a vinicultural oasis and a launch pad into extraordinary adventure.

When visitors call the Rogue Valley wine region the "new Napa", its proud winemakers say, "No, we're Southern Oregon." With a growing reputation for expressive wines, the Rogue Valley is producing a string of outstanding vintages and quietly attracting wine lovers.

Sink your teeth into the sweet fruit of Medford, Oregon. Known for its delectable pears, the city tempts travelers with this mouth-watering treat.

Looking for a short and sweet trail that makes you feel like you’re gong on an adventure? Mill Creek Falls is a moderately trafficked trail offering some of the prettiest scenery outside of a fairy tale.

Getting a taste of local flavors is a must when you go somewhere new, and many travelers are turning their attention to local brews and booze, adding craft breweries, wineries, and distilleries to their itineraries. Going to local distilleries gives visitors unique insight into how liquor is made (with processes steeped in tradition and history), and who doesn't love tasting their way through well-crafted spirits?

Local lavender farm in Oregon could boost the basin's agritourism, bringing people into the beautiful scenery and lifestyle of the valley.

Discover Southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley AVA, an area rich in culture and offering diversity in the wines produced in this region.  You will fall in love with the area and want to come back to discover more of its secrets.

Looking for a local pumpkin patch, corn maze, hayride and fun activities to do with the family in Oregon? We have you covered! Carve them, paint them, roast them, eat them, or spice them.

Medford is one of our top small cities in the United Sates. It lies in the state of Oregon and boasts of being one of the most popular tourist destinations in the USA.

I’m really excited to interview Melynda Cordes of The Hungry Hustle Walking Food Tour about Medford, Oregon. Melynda’s tips for the best things to do in Medford are awesome because she has lived in Medford for 20 years and now runs a food tour showing locals and visitors the best foodie options in the city.

There is more to wine country in Oregon than the Willamette Valley. Drive four hours south and experience the home to 88 vineyards, more than 70 varietals of grapes, and 53 tasting rooms in the gorgeous Rogue Valley. While Forbes Magazine has recommended the Rogue Valley wine region as a Top Global Wine Destination, wine has been grown since the 1850’s and the first winery opened in this valley in 1873.

Like most travel and wine writers during this time, my current mode of transportation and state of travel adventure has been via computer with virtual presentations. Recently, on an International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association webinar, my fellow members and I were introduced to the Rogue Valley wine region by Ashley Cates of Travel Medford and Rogue Valley Vintners.

Medford is one of America's "best-performing" small cities, according to annual rankings compiled by independent economic think tank the Milken Institute. The index ranks U.S. cities by job rates, wages and salaries, and technology growth.

Medford, Oregon is located in the heart of Rogue Valley where the climate resembles the desired Mediterranean climate. Known for its tasty pears and wine, Medford is a popular city in the Southern Oregon region.

As a proud, native photographer of Medford, Oregon I am so excited to showcase some of my favorite Southern Oregon photography locations from here in my own backyard!

If you’re traveling through the Medford Airport, you might have noticed a new addition to its lobby.

Travel Medford introduces a New Rogue Valley Welcome Center - Opening at the Medford Airport This Thursday.

Rogue Creamery, which took the top prize at the World Cheese Awards with its Rogue River Blue produced in Oregon, has seen sales and interest jump.

Forget the American love affair with Cheez Whiz, blocks of Velveeta and pasteurized processed cheese food slices. A cheese from the United States has been named the world's top cheese.

Medford is the economic center for residents in Southern Oregon and Northern California, with health care being the primary economic industry in the area.

When it comes to natural splendor, few places do it as exuberantly and with as much gusto as Oregon. Home to ancient forests, glacier-carved mountains, roaring rivers, tranquil lakes, and grassy plains, this idyllic Pacific Northwest state has a bit of everything. 

Medford, Oregon, is great destination for those who love the outdoors, yet it’s often overlooked by visitors to the state, overshadowed by  better-known places. With that in mind, we’re here today to share a list of suggestions of awesome things to do in and around Medford.

The Rogue Valley International – Medford Airport (MFR) saw more than 1 million passengers pass through its doors last year, and has again recorded its highest month of passenger traffic in history! That makes back to back historic record breaking months.

The heart of the Rogue Valley in Southern Oregon, Medford offers a rich selection of natural spaces and community flavor. From jet boat and paddlesport adventures on the Rogue River to enjoying the fruitful produce of the region, things to do in Medford span night and day and the different seasons. 

The Rogue Valley is the hidden treasure of Southern Oregon just waiting to be explored. It has so much to offer for a range of different traveling styles. There are so many things to do in Medford, Oregon. Being the heart of the Rogue Valley making it a convenient location to be based with attractions such as lakes, waterfalls, and great hiking just a short drive away.

Our health isn't the only thing endangered by the smoke—it's detrimental to our economy as well. For the last several years wildfire smoke has driven away valuable business from Jackson County.

The Rogue Valley AVA was established in 1991 and covers 1.14 million acres, 4,860 of which have vineyards

The best places to indulge in Medford and Ashland.

The Medford Airport saw record traffic in June as tourists pour into the valley.

Starting with only four acres of vineyards, today Irvine & Roberts Vineyards consists of 108 acres, with 25 acres under vine (and 25 more to come). They are currently making 6,000 cases per year with the ultimate goal of 15,000 cases.

Say ‘Cheese!’ And chocolate. Add in wine, beer and other local crafts, and you’ll see why March is a picture-perfect month in Southern Oregon.

What you need to know about the AVAs, wines, and producers that are propelling this up-and-coming wine region.

This town is wine country, but better: vineyards provide diversity without overwhelm. The natural surroundings are ideal for adventure, or just marveling out the window.

It's a bit of mystery. The entire Cascade Mountain range, which stretches from Lassen Peak in Shasta County up through British Columbia, is full of volcanoes, a landscape shaped by a violent geologic history.

The rugged, heavily forested Rogue Valley, surrounding the cities of Medford and Ashland in Southern Oregon, is very much a frontier wine region.

Growing conditions have long been vastly different in Southern and Northern Oregon. While Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays can be found in the Rogue Valley - an appellation established in 1991 that encompasses nearly 1.15 million acres in the inter-mountain valleys of southern Oregon.

There are breathtaking natural wonders and peculiar attractions that some locals don’t even know about, and there are even more interesting gems that have become a source of pride for the Beaver State, including the country’s deepest lake and largest independent book store, and the world’s smallest park.

A sojourn to Medford’s wineries is the best way to spend your free time this autumn. Whether you pack your bags for a weekend getaway, or plan a last minute day out, you will find a vibrant and unique setting at each Southern Oregon winery you visit.

Let’s go fishing! Not enough time? Think again. If you live in the Medford area, there are a number of places you can get to in less than an hour.

Southern Oregon is a naturalists’ playground. Its wild riversmountains and forests make for a fun, rustic vacation. And its wines, which have recently emerged on the national stage, offer surprising flavors.

In Southern Oregon, it’s entirely possible to sip your wine-tasting flight with your feet in a river. It’s also possible to go both antiquing and jet-boating before you’re even hungry for lunch. And it’s also possible to sum up this ruggedly beautiful wine-growing region in just one word: diverse.

It’s warm, it’s beautiful and there’s something to do for everyone. The southern Oregon coast is a spectacular destination, well worth the drive down U.S. 101.

Medford has placed in the top-20 for a list of the best-performing small cities in the country for advances in overall function.

Oregon is a state of wide geographic diversity. The Beaver State is home to ocean coast, lush valleys, skyscraping mountains and sweeping desert. Few other states, if any, can match that level of variety.

Oregon is often confused as being a misty gray place full of lush forestPinot vineyards, and affected hipsters. However - wine diversity defines the Valleys.

The crisp beauty of the winter outdoors in Southern Oregon is breathtaking. From running, biking, hiking and world-class wines, check out the best that Medford and the Rogue Valley have to offer.

Recently named as one of the top travel wine destinations in the world by Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Southern Oregon is home to 150 wineries where 70 varieties of grapes produce hand-crafted, award-winning wines each year. 

Oregon's Southernmost AVA a hot spot for world-class wine and tourism.

The winsome wines of southern Oregon are gathering acclaim far beyond the Cascades and Siskiyou's.

When is a tasting room more than a room in which to stand around and taste wine? When a winery moves beyond the concept of a “tasting room” and creates an “experience” instead.

Southern Oregon is loaded with worthwhile wineries to visit, not only crafting some of the greatest wines in the Northwest, but also creating some of the most idyllic locations to taste them. Comprised of three distinct AVAs (American Viticultural Area), the Southern Oregon wine region can take up as much time as you’re willing to give.

Even serious enophiles describe Oregon wines with one word: Willamette. And one grape: Pinot Noir. It’s understandable. The Pinots produced in places like McMinn­ville and Dundee are among the very best in the world

Each year, our editors traipse the globe in search of the world’s most exciting wine destinations. From the iconic Old World to surprising newcomers, the following list will shape your travel year to come.

These seven distinctive destinations each offer a winning combination of big city amenities and small town charm, just the ticket for a Northwest weekend getaway.

Medford was a hub of southern Oregon railroad transportation in one of the fastest-growing counties in the nation. In 1910, befitting the city’s status, a new brick depot was constructed. 

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