This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Ashland. To help you make friends with Ashland before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Ashland is a town bursting with college students, hippies, and art of every sort, and at least enough backpackers to support a couple Ashland hostels. Visit the always-lively Southern Oregon University, or stroll through beautiful Lithia Park. Downtown Ashland boasts plenty of unique restaurants and shopping, including outdoor bazaars.
Ashland has many artistic and liberal residents, so there is always an art show, a play, or a demonstration going on. Ashland is most famous for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, in which top dramatic actors perform Shakespearean and other classic works. Next to the Festival area is the 93-acre Lithia Park, complete with duck ponds, playground, tennis courts, and an outdoor stage where public performances often take place. Snowy Mt. Ashland, historic Jacksonville, and another bustling city by the name of Medford are all just a short drive away. Bus service is available to commute to most of these places on weekdays, so they're easy to reach from your hostel. For a slightly longer drive, the Oregon coast or Northern California can be an enjoyable part of this memorable experience.
While there are only a couple hostels in Ashland, the few that are in existence reflect the life and culture of Ashland. The general population of Ashland believes in self-expression and working together, and hostel owners have similar beliefs. A great advantage of the structure of Ashland is that the hostels are just a short walk away from downtown, where all the action takes place.
Written by local enthusiast for Ashland hostelsJessica Lippe