Visit in spring to see the festival season getting underway and the trees in full, glorious blossom. The crowds of summer won’t have built up and the weather warms up around April and May, making this a great time to go. Fishing and golf fans might want to wait for the summer heat to arrive in June, but winter is also a fine time to visit, particularly if you plan to head up to Mount Ashland. For better flight deals and accommodation prices, try March to May.
Sports fans will not want to miss out on the area’s fine golf courses, while in the winter the hills around Medford are fabulous skiing country. Base yourself in the town and take the short journey to resorts like Mount Ashland where a range of different slopes are on offer.
Culture lovers are also in luck, with the town hosting a fantastic annual Shakespeare Festival and numerous folk and blues music festivals as well. There is also a lively carnival-style event held in April that sees the whole community participating.
Located in southern Oregon’s beautiful Rogue Valley, Medford is big enough to offer cultural events and plenty of historical attractions but small enough to be welcoming and easy to navigate.
For history buffs, the city offers a number of walking tours around what used to be an anarchic frontier town. Take the haunted brothels and opium dens tour to find out what life was like when the town was taking shape. Take a short trip to the Canyonville Settlement and see demonstrations of blacksmithing at nearby Hanley Farm.
The area around Medford is also blessed with outstandingly beautiful scenery. Visit Applegate Lake to swim, fish and enjoy water sports like water-skiing and jet skiing. Ride the miniature trains at the family-friendly Medford Railway Park or hike the scenic Natural Bridge Loop, before heading to the city centre for some hearty Oregon cooking.
The Rogue Valley is prime agricultural country, and Medford is famous across America for its succulent fruit. Try delicious juices, cakes and preserves at the many local markets, explore some high class seafood restaurants and sample the many local microbreweries.
Medford has an excellent bus network which stretches quite a distance into the countryside, and downtown is not large, making walking a great option. You don’t need to rent a car, but having your own transport will make accessing sites of natural beauty, lakes and ski slopes much easier. There are also several scenic bike paths, so renting a bike is an enticing idea.
The bus takes about 25 minutes to travel from Rogue Valley International – Medford Airport (MFR) to the town centre, and is easily the cheapest ground transportation option. However, if you need to be dropped off at the doors of your hotel, dedicated shuttle buses may well be available, and taxis can be booked with ease. The major car rental firms are also present at the airport.