Southern Oregon is an outdoor paradise boasting four mild seasons for hiking, biking, camping, fishing, snow skiing, rafting, water sports, and more. The area has wonderful cultural opportunities, more than 30 local wineries, and many excellent restaurants.
Medford is the regional medical center with a large retirement population and four local hospitals.
The Rogue Valley is located on Interstate 5, approximately 30 miles north the Oregon-California border. We are situated within 2 hours from the Redwoods and Oregon Coast to the West and Crater Lake to the North. Portland is a 5 hour drive and San Francisco is 6 hours by car. The Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport (MFR) has multiple daily non-stop flights to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland, Denver, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, Las Vegas and more.
Southern Oregon has a lovely climate. We enjoy long summers, with warm days and cool nights. Fall arrives in October as trees burst with color. Winter brings snow in the mountains, but very rarely on the valley floor. Spring arrives in April with blooming flowers, chirping birds and the start of a long gardening season
The Rogue River offers world-class fishing, rafting, and kayaking, while local mountain lakes are a great place to hike and camp. There’s skiing, snowboarding, snow-shoeing and other winter recreation opportunities within a 45-minute drive.
The community is casual and friendly, without the hectic pace, traffic jams, or daily stresses of city life. There are a number of excellent public and private schools. One local high school has won the Oregonian Cup for overall school excellence in academics, activities, athletics and sportsmanship the last five consecutive years.
A popular tourist destination, the Rogue Valley draws world-class entertainment throughout the year. Ashland’s world-famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival and summer concerts at Jacksonville’s Britt Music Festival are two of the most popular destinations.
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