About Southern Oregon

Just a few miles from the Oregon-California border is the Rogue Valley, a lush region of forests and mountains, lakes and rivers, and unlimited recreational options. From w orld-class fishing and rafting on the Rogue, Klamath and Umpqua Rivers (to name just a few), to ribbons of hiking and biking trails, sports parks, and more, the Rogue Valley’s quality of life is second to none. Here, you’ll experience small-town friendliness and annual community events such as the Pear Blossom Festival , Medford Jazz Jubilee , and Art in Bloom . Dozens of award-winning wineries dot the verdant valleys, and nationally-known gourmet food producers—such as Harry & David and the Rogue Creamery —make their home here. Feed your soul with the Tony Award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, and the Britt Festival in historic Jacksonville. Crater Lake , North America’s deepest lake and Oregon’s only National Park, is just 80 miles from Medford. To all this, add dozens of museums, art galleries , theaters , antique malls, tax-free shopping, and a wonderful sunny climate, and you’ll see why the Rogue Valley is calling you home! Medford , along I-5 just north of Ashland, is the economic and service hub of the Rogue Valley. Made famous by Harry & David (now the nation’s largest gourmet-food mail-order producer), evidence of Medford’s agricultural heritage is everywhere, from acres of blooming pear blossoms to miles of vineyards. Tour Medford’s orchards and tasting rooms, and enjoy salad dressings, homegrown jams and jellies, award-winning wines, famous tortas, fresh vegetables, classic cheeses, and other specialty food items. World-class medical care enhances the quality of life here. Locally-owned Asante Health System is the region’s most comprehensive health care provider. Its flagship hospital, Rogue Valley Medical Center, plays a leading role in health care, and has been honored as one of the nation’s Top 100 Cardiovascular Hospitals three times.  Asante also operates Three Rivers Community Hospital (TRCH) in Grants Pass. In the heart of town is Providence Medford Medical Center , which originated in 1911 as Sacred Heart Hospital. This 168-bed acute and outpatient care facility features all-private rooms, a Level III trauma center, Providence Cancer Center, the Leila J. Eisenstein Breast Cancer Center, and Providence Regional Rehabilitation Services, the only inpatient rehab center in the Rogue Valley. Medford enjoys a variable climate with four distinct seasons, mild winters, warm summers, and low annual rainfall of about 18-20 inches. Summer temperatures range from nighttime lows in the 50s to daytime highs in the 90s (with several days in triple digits). Low humidity makes even the warmest summer days pleasant and lovely. Snowfall in the valley is uncommon (though snow recreation enthusiasts have just a short jaunt to any one of dozens of winter snow parks), and winter temperatures range from nighttime lows in the high 20s to daytime highs in the 60s. The charming town of Ashland is just a few minutes south of Medford, right along I-5. Ashland is set amid the foothills of the Siskiyou Mountains, and is a wonderful small town with charming neighborhoods, gorgeous parks, walking and biking trails, skiing at Mt. Ashland , and attractions like the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and ScienceWorks Hands-on Museum . Southern Oregon University , a four-year university with a liberal arts and sciences curriculum balanced by career-focused preparation, was founded here in the 1940s. SOU offers 100 areas of study and 34 majors. Historic Jacksonville is six miles west of Medford. Fueled by the frenzy of gold seekers in the 1850’s, this unique town has more than 100 historic buildings and was one the first National Landmark cities in the United States. Home of the Britt Festival , an outdoor music festival drawing nationally-known performers throughout the summer. Grants Pass is a classic river town, about 30 minutes northwest of Medford on I-5. Home of the legendary “Wild and Scenic” Rogue River, and ringed by forested mountains, the rich history and friendly small-town atmosphere enhance the abundant public art, parks, and galleries. Rogue Community College’s main campus is here.