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The hottest new third wave coffee shop in downtown Medford has finally arrived! Limestone coffee owner describes himself as a ‘coffee head and equipment junkie’ which explains why each and every cup of coffee is made fresh to order. Not kidding! The awesome staff grounds the beans, pulls the shots, and mixes up your favorite flavors right on the spot. You’ll never have to worry about stale coffee sitting in their hoppers overnight. So, if you’re a coffee lover, caffeine junkie, or just looking for a sweet new coffee joint to relax at, Limestone has everything you’ve been looking for. Finally, downtown Medford has a full-service coffee shop to be proud of. 

www.limestonecoffee.com

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The second annual Vintage Fair at Barnstormer Farm in Medford was perfectly chic and shabby. Everything about this event screams retro gold. Comprised of vendors from around the state and Northern California, the vintage fair is one for the books. Follow our host Danielle as she rummages through refurbished gems and one of a kind treasures. Everyone can agree this is truly a uniquely rogue experience.

Hiking Roxy Ann Peak will reveal new sights of the Rogue Valley you haven’t been exposed to yet. You can walk, run, or even bike up the mountain. It’s fun for every fitness level, depending on how you pace yourself. If you’re looking for some sight seeing go on a sunny day of course! If you’re looking to get in a good workout, go whenever!

The climb up the mountain surrounds you with natural beauty. Tall trees, secluded trails, and areas to stop and enjoy the view. If you pack a lunch you can find picnic tables to sit down at and relax. This is a popular hiking spot in Medford, but the trail is so long and offers many different routes, so you won’t run into too many people. You should be aware of the bikers though. They fly down those trails! Of course they are kind and courteous to their walking counterparts.

Walking up and taking time to goof off will take about an hour to get to the top. It’s well worth the trip and viewing all the beautiful fall colors on the way up is an added bonus!

Famously Good

We pulled this list from our Foursquare page because it’s just that awesome. Here in the Rogue Valley we have some noteworthy, famously good venues that are worth visiting. Whether you’re passing through our area or a local, you will love this list.

1. Lillie Bell Farms

Winners of the Good Food Awards for 2012 and 2013. These handcrafted chocolates are worth splurging on! 

2. Rogue Creamery

They’ve won just about every national and international cheese award there is to win. This famously good cheese company also hosts the Oregon Cheese Festival every spring.

3. Oregon Shakespeare Festival

This Tony Award winning festival is seriously good and has made the small town of Ashland famous. Every play features world class actors who deliver amazing performances throughout the season.

4. Britt Festivals

World famous singers come to perform every summer season during the Britt Festivals in Jacksonville. There is no place like it! Watching your favorite artists perform under the stars is truly amazing.

5. Noble Coffee Roasting

Winner of the Good Food Award in 2012 for their Colombia Finca San Luis blend. Any coffee you try from here is amazing, however if you love mochas, their mocha is probably the best in the valley.


6. Case Coffee

Winner of the Good Food Award in 2013 for their Kenya – Nyeri Gaturiri Co-Op-Peaberry blend.

7. Harry & David Country Store

World famous for their seasonal gift baskets, locally famous for their pear production and Moose Munch. You can take a tour of the production area or check out the Country Store.

8. Kriselle Cellars

They took home Silver for their 2011 Sauvignon Blanc and Bronze for their 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon in the Oregon Wine Awards competition.

9. RoxyAnn Winery

RoxyAnn was awarded a Gold medal for their 2010 Viognier and a Bronze medal for their 2009 Tempranillo in the Oregon Wine Awards competition.

10. Del Rio Vineyards

Took home Gold for their 2010 Syrah, 2011 Pinot Noir, and 2010 Merlot; Silver for their 2011 Viognier and 2011 Pinot Gris; and Bronze for their 2010 Claret in the Oregon Wine Awards competition.

11. Valley View Winery

Took home Gold for their 2008 Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc; Silver for their 2011 Viognier; and Bronze for their 2008 Anna Maria Cabernet Sauvignon in the Oregon Wine Awards competition.

12. Cliff Creek Cellars

Took home Silver for their 2007 Syrah and for their 2007 Claret in the Oregon Wine Awards competition.

13. Edenvale Winery

Took home Gold for their 2006 Edenvale Reserve Dolcetto in the Oregon Wine Awards competition.

Oh’s Osaka

Oh’s Osaka is downtown Medford’s very own teppanyaki style Japanese restaurant. The food is magically prepared before your very eyes! Mr. Oh himself cooks up a mean teriyaki chicken dinner served with rice, veggies, and of course a few jokes. Did I mention there is a fire show? Yes, FIRE! The chefs tend to light things on fire periodically throughout their cooking show. It’s pretty awesome. They like to joke around with you and toss food around, hoping to catch you off guard, but it’s just part of the show and all in good fun. If you see them poor a bottle of Fireball whisky on your chicken, don’t worry it’s really teriyaki sauce inside a whisky bottle. Those tricky chefs!

If you’re a sushi lover, order the Mr. Oh’s roll. It’s definitely their fanciest roll on the menu and chock-full of deliciousness and topped with yummy spicy mayo. Other mentionable rolls include the Oregon roll and if you want to feel like you’re a regular order the Jason roll, it’s not on the menu, you just have to ask for it. Sneaky!

Oh’s serves up some pretty tasty drinks too. If you’re in the mood for a hefty serving of alcohol try the Osaka Bomb. You must have designated driver though after this tank of a drink. It’s mixed with about seven different kinds of alcohol and is colored a lovely majestic blue inside a giant bowl cup. Most people can only handle one. If you’re not up for the bombin’ oska try a mai tai or a martini, both are just as favorable and tasty. They offer draft beers and sake of course.

This restaurant is great for family get-togethers, birthdays, parties, just for fun, when you’re hungry, or if you really like to watch fire!

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Eat Local Week is a unique celebration held annually in Medford and the Rogue Valley that celebrates everything local! Join our host Danielle as she sits down for a Spanish Harvest Dinner at Elements Tapas Bar & Lounge, checks out the local farmers market, and cooks a homemade meal with all local ingredients. Here in the Rogue Valley you can find local food in almost every corner, from the Medford and Ashland Food Co-ops to the weekly farmers markets, and in almost every local restaurant in the valley you can find locally grown ingredients. Southern Oregon grown and Southern Oregon made. 

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The Southern Oregon Speedway is home to the Rogue Valley’s very own speed racers. Our host Danielle got in the inside deets on everything speedway. All summer long you can find local racers showing off their mad skills tearing up the dirt track while their families cheer them on. Prizes and trophies are handed out after every race that highlights the best racers in each heat. This is an event where all ages gather to share appreciation for the track and to support local community who love to speed! Check it out for yourself.

www.sospeedway.com

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Barnstormer Vintage Fair

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The second annual Vintage Fair at Barnstormer Farm in Medford was perfectly chic and shabby. Everything about this event screams retro gold. Comprised of vendors from around the state and Northern California, the vintage fair is one for the books. This year the fair was held on the second weekend in September on the outskirts of Medford; a perfect way to end the summer season. We even got our video team out there to shoot a Uniquely Rogue episode. When you have a unique event and you know it’s great, you just have to share it with everyone! So stay tuned for that episode this fall.

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Exploring the vintage fair I found every knickknack-ey thing one could find. From decorated mason jars to refurbished dressers, decorative hand-made signs found in every corner, and one of kind treasures that would have looked perfect in every empty space of my house. It was hard to pass up all of the vintage finds, but alas I came to my senses and decided I couldn’t buy everything. My shopping partner scored a cool reused tin bucket made for chilling beer on a hot summer day, really perfect for anyone living in Oregon who loves having outdoor parties. And I scored a sweet old fashioned, spiced up and colored purple picture frame.

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Not only were the decorative pieces great to look at, the vendors were very passionate about their craft and willing to dish about their great finds. These vendors spend a lot of time searching for these special gems and rejuvenating them into the shiny new life they deserve. Turning one’s outdated “junk” into an updated modern one of a kind beauty is really a skill and these vendors have what it takes to make things shine!

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The event organizer was smart to include local food, wine and coffee vendors into the mix. It was a hot day and enjoying a strawberry snow cone to cool off was just perfect. She also accepted canned food for a discount on entrance, which was donated to the Table Rock Food Pantry and there was a raffle to benefit Hope Equestrian Therapy Riding. All in all, this local event brought local flavor and sweet local vibes for every vintage lover and benefited a good cause too. I’d say this event is a winner!

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Southern Oregon produces some of the best summers. Hiking, rafting, wine tasting, concerts, plays, wakeboarding, boating, camping, farmer’s markets, festivals, good food - well you get the idea, we’re awesome. Check out our summer recap, although it may make you miss summer even more!

RoxyAnn Winery

Nestled in the hills of Medford, RoxyAnn Winery has secured a comfortable space where anyone will feel at ease. Offering a wide variety of wines, you will definitely find something you love and can’t leave without! I visited the tasting room and had a wonderful experience. The staff is friendly and very knowledgeable, which is what you need when sampling wines. My friend and I tried the wine flight, which featured five different wines – all fantastic and all for only $5!

2010 RoxyAnn Viognier – Sweet and smooth. Offering  a creamy texture with flavor notes of floral scents, pear, melon, and apricot. We loved this wine so much we couldn’t wait for the next tasting!

2011 Frank Family Chardonnay – The flavorful wine offers aromas of apricot, apple, and pineapple, accompanied by notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, and hazelnut. Mmm!

2009 RoxyAnn Merlot – I’m not a huge red wine fan, however this wine surely changed my mind! I loved the richness of this wine and the aromas of blackberry and mocha. A seriously good merlot grown here in the valley.

2009 RoxyAnn Claret – Another great red wine made here. It has flavors of ripe cherry, blackberry pie filling, mocha, chocolate raspberry truffle, and sweet vanilla oak. Sounds quite delicious doesn’t it? Well, it was!

2009 RoxyAnn Syrah – This tasty red wine is full of blackberry, cherry, and white pepper. The tasting notes says it has a “lingering finish”… And it did, I loved every sip!

We also had the chance to sample their pear wine. As a dessert wine, you’ll love this wine made from fruit grown here in Oregon and it’s great with some Rogue Creamery bleu cheese. If you’re interested in sampling some wine for yourself, check them out! The tasting room is open Monday through Thursday from 12pm – 7pm, Friday 11am – 9pm, and Saturday and Sunday 11am – 7pm. The tasting room is located inside a barn where you’ll find all of their wines on display and ready for drinking.

Located at 3285 Hillcrest Road

http://www.roxyann.com/  

Habanero’s Mexican Restaurant

Great food, great margaritas, great atmosphere! Habanero’s is located in the heart of downtown Medford. They offer a menu full of flavor and spice. Mmmmhhhmm. Whether you’re in the mood for a light lunch or you’re ready to grub down on a full plate of the freshest, grilled fish tacos with a side of rice and beans, a heaping bowl full of crispy chips accompanied with delicious salsa, and a strawberry mango margarita. Basically you have a lot of great things to choose from.

If the weather is warm, sitting outside is the ideal choice. The patio is shaded with big, table top umbrellas that sit alongside Front Street. You’ll definitely get the downtown feeling dining here watching all activity in the area. Inside dining offers just as much appeal. Decorated with bright colors, in a cabana like setting, you’ll feel right at home.

A few fares really stand out on the menu. We recommend trying the fajitas. They come with beans, rice, guacamole, sour cream, and basically all the fixin’s you’d expect for a good fajita plate. Fish tacos! You can’t go wrong with these delicious treats. Served fresh and grilled with a ranch chipotle ranch dressing, these are made for some serious eating. On the appetizer menu you will find flautas. Don’t worry though, it’s really enough food for an entire meal. Crispy flour tortillas stuffed with yummy chicken and a side of pico de gallo will really warm up your taste buds. The appetizer menu offers the best quesadillas you’ll find in the valley! You won’t find a quesadilla that tastes like these ones. Served with guacamole, sour cream, and fresh salsa; it’s hard to quit eating.

You need to check this restaurant out for yourself. Local, fresh, and seriously delicious; Habanero’s will not disappoint. 

http://habanerosmedford.com/

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Our host Jared experienced exceptional wine first-hand at this year’s World of Wine Festival. Southern Oregon’s premier wine event is held in Jacksonville, Oregon which features everything local. Local food, local business, and most importantly, locally grown wine right here in Southern Oregon. This year’s event featured world class judges who hold a master’s of wine title, which is pretty impressive! Sensory classes and a Riedel Wine Glass seminar were offered to teach you a thing or two about drinking your favorite Oregon wines, followed by a grand tasting event where everyone had the chance to party the night away. Next year’s events are already scheduled, so mark it in your calendar!

http://worldofwinefestival.com/

Last Summer Hurrah

Basically there are a million things going on this weekend and it just so happens to be the last officially (full) weekend of summer. I’m sure we’ve all had an amazing summer here in Southern Oregon. We have plenty of things to keep us busy outdoors and not to mention all the festivities throughout the season will keep you on your feet, but come on! Let’s go out with a bang!

What you’ll find going on this weekend… Prepare yourself, this is a long list :)

FRIDAY

Eat Local Week in the Rogue Valley kicks off on Friday. Locally speaking, we’re awesome which is why this event is in its 8th consecutive year. Celebrating local foods, local vendors, and local food artisans is a great way to put the focus on these fantastical farming foodie extraordinaires! Check out their special events here: http://bit.ly/eatlocalrogue

Join the 9th Annual River Artwalk in Shady Cove. This Artwalk features both local artists and the grandest artist there ever was – Mother Nature! Enjoy a lovely stroll with art along the Rogue River and be happy. http://bit.ly/riverartwalk

Southern Oregon Home Show – You can check this event out at the Expo. Sit on some cool demonstrations and featured exhibits. http://bit.ly/sooregonhomeshow

Shaby chic and funky junk go hand-in-hand right? Well find out for yourself at the Barnstormer Vintage Fair in Medford. Last year’s event was crazy fun, so this year is rumored to be even better. http://bit.ly/barnstormervintage

Talent Art & Music Festival will feature some wine, some art, and some food duh! The event is held at various locations in the downtown area so visit their website for all the deets! http://bit.ly/talentmusicfoodfest

It’s always a Fiasco Friday at Fiasco Winery in Jacksonville. Chef Jesse incorporates fresh and local ingredients into every meal. And how appropriate for Eat Local Week! Dinner starts at 5:30, get there early to sample wine and chit chat amongst your friends. http://bit.ly/fiascofriday

Ma Mosa’s Farm to Table Dinner is going to be epic. Featuring locally sourced food and special ingredients, this dinner is all about living rogue! This event is part of the Eat Local Week Celebration. Make your reservations today, puh-lease! 541.479.0236

Paschal Winery in Talent will host an Art Opening. So when after you’ve checked out the Talent Art & Music Festival head over to Paschal and enjoy food, locally made wine, and live music. How delightful! http://bit.ly/paschalevents

Winemaker Dinners always a delicious idea. Weisinger Family Winery in Ashland will host an evening full of locally sourced goodness prepared into fabulous meal by Chef Doug Todd. Reservations are required, so get on it! 541.488.5989 or wine@weisingers.com

Roxy Ann Winery in Medford will host TC & the Reactions this Friday evening at 6pm. Gather your friends so you can share a bottle of vino and munch on some yummy appetizers, while enjoying the views and melodies of summer.

In need of a Lovebite? Well the band Lovebite will be playing at Grizzly Peak Winery in Ashland at 6:30pm. Sounds like a date! Give them a call for ticket info 541.482.5700

SATURDAY

If you want to cheer on the little buckaroos at the Expo this weekend; stop by for the Southern Oregon Junior Rodeo. This is a great event for family! Rodeo goers can enjoy the show from 8am – 5pm on Saturday.

Tomato Lovers, this is YOUR weekend! The Great Tomato Tasting is a special event hosted at the Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market in both Medford and Ashland. As a part of Eat Local Week, you will find an assortment of delicious tomatoes for the taking from 8:30am – 1:30pm.

In need of some bike safety guidance? The City of Central Point is hosting a Bike Safety Fair from 11am – 1pm to give you some tips and tricks on proper safety techniques! http://bit.ly/cpbikesafety

Terra Firma of Jacksonville is getting in on Eat Local Week by hosting a cheese tasting of Rogue Creamery cheeses. Mmmm! Yum! Nom nom nom. Join them from 12pm – 2pm if you want to try some award winning cheese made right here in the Rogue Valley!

Stop by the Medford Co-op to celebrate their 2 year anniversary! Enjoy local tastings, music, and unique booths. http://bit.ly/eatlocalrogue

Hanley Farm knows how to throw a party. Stop by for Live Music at The Farm with the Bear Creek Band. Grab a cold beer, chow down on the fresh farm food, and sit back and relax why don’t ya! Purchase your ticket here: http://bit.ly/roguesaturdaynights

Rockin’ At the Ridge Summer Concerts have been great this summer! Jam to Flipside this weekend at Agate Ridge Vineyard in Eagle Point around 6pm. You can even bring your own picnic if you’d like. However, it’s mandatory to drink the wine… hehe. http://bit.ly/rockinridge

Get your swing on at Paschal Winery in Talent. Band Du Pays will join the winery and teach you a few moves to jazz up your Saturday night. http://bit.ly/paschalevents

SUNDAY

If you’re in Jacksonville visit the Farmers Market. It’s a great way to support your local farmers and stock up on some freshest produce around! Check it out from 10am – 3pm at the courthouse.

Take a tour of farms in the Applegate Valley on the Farm Flavor Tour hosted by Eat Local Week around 2pm. Enjoy some local history, taste food from the farm, and taste wild wines. Mmm! http://bit.ly/eatlocalrogue

Caprice Vineyards in Central Point hosts ‘Music Under The Arbor’ now through October. That sounds very Southern Oregonian Wine Lover-ey indeed! Sip on wine, nibble on cheese, and enjoy the sweet sounds from 2pm – 5pm.

Interested in learning about the farming industry in America? Bellvue Grange in Ashland will be hosting a film showing of ‘American Meat: A Leave It, Better Story’ at 4 pm in conjunction with Eat Local Week. Enjoy complimentary snacks and discussion afterwards. http://bit.ly/eatlocalrogue

Silver Spring Farm will be hosting a benefit concert for The Maslow Project. Music Under The Sky will feature food from Figgy’s Food Truck and wine and beer from Del Rio Vineyards. This is a great event to attend! All proceeds benefit the homeless youth in the valley. http://www.maslowproject.org/

Enjoy a Sunday Serenade at Paschal Winery in Talent from 4pm – 6pm. End your weekend in style with a glass of wine and some light food, oh and music! http://bit.ly/paschalevents

Obviously you have your pick of a few things for this weekend. I told you it was a long list! Enjoy these last days of summer, because soon they will be gone!