Medford Oregon is located just under 120 miles east of the Pacific Ocean and just under 30 miles north of the California border. It is the largest city in southern Oregon, offering year-round attractions, great festivals and special events, and exciting outdoor activities amidst the beautiful scenery of the Rogue Valley. It was founded in the 1880s when the site was chosen as a station for the new railroad.
The mild climate of the valley makes it excellent for viticulture, and there are many vineyards, wineries, and tasting rooms in the immediate area, including several sites right in Medford OR itself. This region's climate lends itself particularly well to Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Rhone varietals. Microbreweries are numerous in the Pacific Northwest (especially in Portland), and you will find these in this city as well. In addition to wine tours, a tour of the Harry & David plant is a must. This is one of the best food factory tours, and you'll be able to taste some of the company's signature treats. Tours cost only a few dollars and come with a coupon off a purchase. There are free chocolates at the end of the tour.
Harry & David is known for its locally grown pears, and the region is famous for its pear orchards. The annual Pear Blossom Run in April is part of a day-long festival celebrating the blossoming of the trees. If you're looking for music festivals, then head to the Rogue Valley in October for the Medford Jazz Festival, the longest running jazz festival in southern Oregon and northern California.
The Britt Festivals occur throughout the summer in venues throughout the area, including the Britt Pavilion in the suburb of Jacksonville, the Lithia Motors Amphitheatre in the suburb of Central Point near the airport, and the Music Recital Hall in Ashland (about fifteen miles to the south). Within the city and all of these neighboring communities, you will also find a number of art galleries.
You can get in some good outdoor activity without ever leaving the metropolitan area, as Medford Oregon is home to a number of golf courses. Perhaps the best is the 28-hole course at the Centennial Golf Club, located a couple miles south of city center.
While Medford is a sophisticated metropolitan city, it is surrounded by some of the most magnificent wilderness in the United States. Crater Lake National Park, with its majestic caldera, surrounds the city from the east to the north. To the south is the northern tip of Klamath National Forest that extends far into California. To the west is Rogue River - Siskiyou National Forest that covers the Siskiyou and Cascade Mountains. Medford is a hub for excursions into this wilderness, which can be sampled in day trips. There is white water rafting and kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, and fishing. If you come in the winter, there is skiing at Mt. Ashland and the area is great for snowshoeing and cross country skiing.
Medford Oregon is served by the Rogue Valley Airport that is located three miles north of the city center. Four airlines fly into the facility with flights from Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Portland, Seattle, Denver, San Francisco, and other cities. The city is also easily reached by car, as major Interstate 5 runs right through its middle. There are a variety of hotels in all categories, motels, and charming bed and breakfast inns. If you venture outside the city into the mountains and forests, you will find luxurious resorts, rustic cabins, and numerous camping opportunities.