Staying in Jacksonville makes it easy for you to explore all Southern Oregon has to offer while enjoying the quite charm of a small town. Here is a sample itinerary of things we encourage our guests to experience. You might want to extend your stay, or come back again and again!
Day One – No-Stress Arrival Day
- Ease yourself into vacation mode by arriving at 4:00 pm for check-in to give you time to unwind after your trip and take a dip in the swimming pool or sit by the pond.
- Take a leisurely walk around town to soak in the ambiance as you make your way to dinner. Stop in at Bella Union, Thai House or La Fiesta Mexican for a casual dinner.
- Get a good night's sleep to prepare for a full day tomorrow – the insanely comfortable beds and the quiet of TouVelle House allow you to sleep long and soundly.
Day Two – Jacksonville Site Seeing & In-Town Wine Tasting
We are going to ease you into your vacation with some light exercise and an introduction to some of our wonderful wines. After breakfast, get your day started with a hike on the Woodland Trails – 20+ miles give you lots of options.
- To get the historical scoop on this National Historic Landmark town take a narrated tour. You can download the audio narration for four different tour options at www.jacksonvilleorgegon.org or rent headsets at the Jacksonville Visitors Center for walking tours. You also have the options of taking the Trolley tour during the summer or going on a guided Segway of Jacksonville tour that combines the nostalgia of history with the contemporary thrill of riding a Segway.
- After lunch check out the 6 wine tasting options right here in town. Well, Caprice Vineyards is a mile east of town, so start there, then come back into town for Quady North, South Stage Cellars, Umpqua Valley, then head out on South Stage Road just one mile to DanCin Vineyards. As the day turns into evening plan on a memorable dinner at Gogi's or Jacksonville Inn.
Day Three – Total Relaxation & a Britt Concert
On your third day it is time to slip deeper into vacation mode. Spend the morning poolside or lounging in the gardens.
- Plan your spa treatment for the afternoon. Angelica Day Spa is conveniently located just a couple of blocks away from TouVelle House for easy access and they offer a full range of services from massage to facials.
- Come on back to continue the relaxation by the pool, taking a sauna, or enjoying cocktails (BYOB) beside the pond where you can watch the world go by until it is ready to head up to the Britt hill for the evening's performance. Britt Festivals is the Pacific Northwest's premier outdoor summer performing arts festival. Each summer, Britt presents world-class artists in country, pop, folk, blues, jazz, bluegrass and classical music from June through September on the hillside estate of 19th century pioneer Peter Britt.
- You can take in a picnic dinner or purchase a variety of food and beverages on site so arrive early and enjoy the people watching and the beautiful hillside site. Concerts in this venue are truly a special experience because of the beautiful, natural setting and the intimate connection with the performers. Lie back and gaze at the stars while listening to your favorite music.
Day Four – Wine Tasting in the Applegate Valley
Now that you are relaxed and into your vacation mode, it is time to delve into the world of wine just outside our door – the Applegate Valley Wine Trail!
- Take a morning stroll through the historic Jacksonville cemetery
- Decide what type of picnic lunch you want to take on your wine tasting
- Ray's Market – quick and inexpensive, broad selection, pre-made and deli services
- Jacksonville Mercantile – unique, gourmet food items you can't find anywhere else
- You could also pick up sandwiches at Pony Espresso
- Head out to the Applegate Valley Wineries and see why this area is being called the next Napa Valley. With 18 wineries you can make this a full day, if not breaking it into two days, and if you would like to hire a private touring car we can help you with that information. For more information go to The Applegate Valley Wine Trail.
Day Five – Crater Lake
It is time for a day trip and this is truly a must see. It is a two hour drive but so worth it.
- Stop at Ray's grocery store to pick up some snacks and drinks for the trip.
- If you want to take the boat to Wizard Island your want to secure tickets in advance since seats are on a first-come first-accommodated basis. You can call 888-774-2728 to purchase tickets, and for more information go to http://www.nps.gov/crla/index.htm and www.craterlakelodges.com
- You can enjoy fantastic views of the lake and plan on having lunch at the lodge. Allow extra time if you are interested in hiking.
- Head back by 3:00 pm so you will have time for a dip in the pool or a sauna before dinner.
Day Six – Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Shopping in Ashland
Ashland's Oregon Shakespeare Festival is world famous. Founded in 1935, this Tony Award-winning regional theatre presents contemporary and Shakespearean plays in repertory in three unique theaters from mid-February through October. For the intrepid theater aficionados you can see 11 plays in six days! Check ahead for show times and availability.
Ashland also offers a wide range of shops and restaurants which you can easily spend the day exploring. Check out the historic railroad district as well as the downtown area. For an exceptional dinner we suggest the Peerless Restaurant.
Day Seven –Regional foods and Rogue Valley wine tasting
- Before you leave Jacksonville check out Gary West, a local award-winning producer of jerkies and fine meats and Jacksvonille Mercantile, purveyers of gourmet food products.
- Head on over to Central Point (3 miles) to experience truly exceptional local food products at Rogue Creamery & Lillie Belle Farms. We can't say enough good things about these folks. Give the TouVelle cheese a try!
- While in Eagle Point, visit the 1872 Butte Creek Mill where they are still making stone-ground flours, baking mixes and other culinary treats.
- Next, go south to tour the Rogue Valley wineries.
Day Eight – River Rafting or Mail Boat Tour
Now for a little adventure. You will have to drive over to Ashland or Grants Pass, but if you are looking for a little adventure on the water that will get your heart racing either a river rafting trip or the mail boat tour is just the ticket. Most trips are scheduled in late morning and early afternoon so they take up a good part of your day.
Day Nine – Day Trip to Oregon Caves
This is one of our favorite excursions to take family and friends. We love caves and Oregon Caves National Monument has a great cave system, but it also includes nice hiking trails in a remnant old-growth coniferous forest including a Douglas-fir tree with the widest known girth in Oregon, and a historic lodge with an old-fashioned diner with counter service. Tours are available from late March through early November.
- There's a Dairy Queen in Cave Junction for a frosty treat once you get to the highway.
- On the way back stop at Burlesque – a unique place where they make all kinds of furniture and home accessories out of redwood burls.
Day Ten (Winter) - Skiing on Mt. Ashland or Snowshoe Hike at Crater Lake
It is hard to choose between the downhill skiing at Mt. Ashland or a ranger-led snowshoe hike at Crater Lake. Both will give you a solid workout - snow shoeing is surprisingly much more difficult than it looks. Both options get you out into area of scenic beauty and lots of fresh air.
Day Ten (Summer) - Table Rock Hike
A nice, moderate hike that rewards you with incredible views of the Rogue Valley. Take a picnic lunch to enjoy while you are on top of the mesa. Jacksonville was originally named Table Rock City in recognition of the most distinctive local geological formation. It is just a 15 minute drive over to TouVelle State Park to get to the base of the table rocks. TouVelle State Park is named in Elizabeth TouVelle's honor as the land, formerly TouVelle owned orchards, was donated by her husband as a memorial.