Posted by Susan Liane, The Smuggler's Daughter on 12/2/2013
Southern Oregon is a lovely place with many nice things to do and see. Ashland is home to Southern Oregon University and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Medford is a bit larger town that is north of Ashland and has a few more chain stores and businesses that I'm accustomed to having around. Jacksonville is a tiny town that is west of Medford and home to a wonderful music festival - the Britt Festival. Between Ashland and Medford are two little towns, Talent and Phoenix. Talent is my personal favorite for its funky charm. Oregon's wine industry is thriving in this area and although I don't drink, I do think the vineyards make for nice scenery.
This place oozes good sewing vibes.
The fabulous Diane Ericson is here and has her art-to-wear pieces in the Ashland Art Center on Main Street. The Ashland Art Center is an non-profit with studio spaces and classes, in addition to the retail operation. Definitely worth stopping in.
Fasturn products are manufactured here and there is an adjacent quilting shop owned by the same folks. It is located off of Stage Road on the way out to Jacksonville - another great reason to drive out that way, but the darling little town of Jacksonville is reason enough.
The incredible Tilton sisters are nearby in Cave Junction, Oregon, and everyone considers them local.
Ashland especially seems to be brimming with the joy of creativity. I am just visiting but I have met people who have been involved in costuming, clothing design and of course, quilting, and they all seem happy to be here.
Look for Southern Oregon to evolve into even more of an arts/textile destination. All it needs is an inn or b&b that is oriented toward sewing retreats.