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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. The area is defined by its unique climate and soils, which creates a seven month European-like growing season. Learn more… or book a wine tour…
Crater Lake National Park
With more than 200 days of sunshine per year, a Southern Oregon fall getaway is the answer to the rainy doldrums. Visit in September and plan a day to Crater Lake National Park. Saturdays, September 17 and 24, Crater Lake hosts two car-free days with the popular Ride The Rim – Ride, Run, Walk event. Registration is free and weather is typically picture-perfect during this event.
Harry & David, Harvest Fair, BrewFest & BBQ
September in Medford and the Rogue Valley also hosts a variety of other popular events including A Taste of Harry & David, September 3 and 4 at the Harry & David Country Village. If you’re a foodie, this event is for you. Since 1934, Harry & David has become America’s premier choice for gourmet gifts. The event features artisan foods, award-winning wines, live music, the “perfect Pairing: Chef Challenge” and the “Chopped Chef Challenge” where local chefs battle to produce the best dish from the same ingredients.
If you love BBQ and brews, you’ll want to plan your visit to Medford, September 16-18, when Southern Oregon Harvest Fair & BrewFest and Battle of the Bones will be at the Jackson County Expo. Family-fun events, local foods and a beer garden with over 60 award-winning microbrews from around the Pacific Northwest will be on tap. Plus, Battle of the Bones is a BBQ competition not to be missed. You can nibble on samples of mouth-watering chicken wings, brisket and chili.
October awakens the beauty of fall color in Southern Oregon, with plenty of warm days and sunshine still available to enjoy. Stunning days are at your disposal while you hike the Table Rocks or explore the outdoors, take a wine tour or experience some of the Rogue Valley’s famous and historic sites; including the award-winning Rogue Creamery, Lillie Belle Farms’ luscious truffles, or quaint shopping in historic Jacksonville. To learn more and plan your getaway, head over to Travel Medford.