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Ashland, Ore.: Shakespeare & Beyond

Toast the Bard with a local wine or a melted-chocolate drink in this artsy home of the Oregon Shakespearean Festival.

Imported? Domestic? Liquid Assets in Ashland, Oregon has both.
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Imported? Domestic? Liquid Assets in Ashland, Oregon, has both.

Area code is 541, unless noted.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival
15 S. Pioneer St., (800) 219-8161, Oregon Chocolate Festival March 7–9. Tastings, speakers, workshops, and chefs' demos. 212 E. Main St., (888) 795-4545, Ashland Independent Film Festival April 3–7. A cinematic marathon with screenings at the Varsity Theatre. 488-3823, A Taste of Ashland April 26 and 27. Gourmet foodies present their delicacies in galleries around town. 488-8430,

Enoteca by EdenVale
A wine library that showcases southern Oregon offerings. 17 N. Main St., 482-3377, Liquid Assets More than 20 vintages by the glass in a classy wine bar and restaurant. 96 N. Main St., 482-9463, Southern Oregon Wine Tours Guided four-hour odysseys among the area’s 40-plus wineries and 140 vineyards (includes lunch). 482-9852, Or design a self-guided wine tour using a map of the region’s producers.

Morning Glory Open seven days a week, this dining spot offers a breakfast menu with the usual suspects plus tempting dishes such as an Alaskan red crab omelet or a coconut almond waffle with lemon butter. For lunch, choose from a selection that includes a grilled lamb burger and an organic golden beet salad. 1149 Siskiyou Blvd., 488-8636, New Sammy’s Cowboy Bistro The renowned little restaurant halfway between Ashland and Talent has doubled its capacity and kept its quality. 2210 S. Pacific Hwy., 535-2779. The Peerless Restaurant & Bar Perfection is a garden table and chef Stefan Pena’s affordable small plates. 265 Fourth St., 488-6067, Standing Stone Brewing Company A former auto garage turned high-tech brewpub and eatery. 101 Oak St., 482-2448,

Ashland Creek Inn
Ten unique suites overlook gardens and Ashland Creek. 70 Water St., 482-3315, Ashland Springs Hotel A nine-story 1925 tower with 75 luxurious rooms. 212 E. Main St., (888) 795-4545,

Photography by Robbie McClaren

This article was first published in March 2010 and updated in February 2014. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.