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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Theatre
“World renowned....try to catch a show in the outdoor theater for a new experience! They provide blankets and sell hot chocolate and mulled wine on the chilly evenings! ”
  • 88 locals recommend
Park
“I love Ashland! It's a 40 minute or so drive South on I-5. Lithia Park is amazing to hike, eat, drink, sight see, shop...ski Mt. Ashland in the winter or Ice Skate! Mountain bike in the summer. Shakespeare Theater is top notch!”
  • 78 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Since 1971, the Ashland Food Co-op has been helping people feed their families on a budget. As a member of National Co+op Grocers (NCG), we’ve leveraged our collective buying power to offer lower prices on healthy, organic food and pass even more savings on to you.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Amazing summer lineup of outdoor musical entertainment. Bring your own picnic (sometimes also a wine bottle) and spread your blanket on the lawn for an enjoyable evening of socializing with new friends. ”
  • 48 locals recommend
Indie Movie Theatre
“Art house movie theater showing independent movies, foreign films & documentaries on 4 screens. Old yet restored. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This beautifully decorated New-American bar and restaurant is located on the second level of one of the downtown Ashland historic buildings. Their menu is excellent for both cocktails and food. If you choose to sit on the balcony, you get the view of Bear Creek and all the bustle of locals and tourists below. Our go-to when we are in Ashland!”
  • 16 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Oh yeah you’ve got to go here for the best breakfast spot around but get there early unless you don’t mind a wait. Very creative food options, good strong coffee and a casual laid back atmosphere. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Fun hip joint with super good breakfast burritos. A favorite hangout for after mountain bike rides! ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Great local restaurant and brewery. They Make fantastic beers right on sight. The Brewery is build in, above, and around the restaurant. Good food, Great Beer!”
  • 22 locals recommend
Dessert Shop
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“The best spot on the plaza for a coffee or an ice cream cone (they make their own icecream, omg, yum, try the salted caramel). Also their baked goods are magical.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Bar
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“We're spoiled in that we raise much of our own food, love to cook and have friends that do the same... so our standards are high when it comes to paying for restaurant meals, especially expensive ones. Smithfields is my current favorite restaurant in Ashland. It's pricey, "meat-centric" and man, do they know how to prepare animal protein! They also do collard greens well, worthy of any soul-food cook. Most meat is locally sourced, another plus. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Performing Arts Venue
“Plan ahead, this theater has been 'found'. As well it should, great musicals, delightful talent”
  • 18 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“With the best sushi in town and outdoor heated seating along the creek, this is a hidden jem for fancy dining.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
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“Huge selection of homegrown beers; best IPA around and decent food to boot!”
  • 7 locals recommend
Nature
“A Great local ski area in winter for downhill and cross country skiing. Great place to hike the rest of the year.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“ I love the way they do their potatoes! This is my favorite breakfast spot. The atmosphere is great and they use rice oil instead of canola.”
  • 9 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“This beautifully decorated New-American bar and restaurant is located on the second level of one of the downtown Ashland historic buildings. Their menu is excellent for both cocktails and food. If you choose to sit on the balcony, you get the view of Bear Creek and all the bustle of locals and tourists below. Our go-to when we are in Ashland!”
  • 16 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Oh yeah you’ve got to go here for the best breakfast spot around but get there early unless you don’t mind a wait. Very creative food options, good strong coffee and a casual laid back atmosphere. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Fun hip joint with super good breakfast burritos. A favorite hangout for after mountain bike rides! ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Brewery
“Great local restaurant and brewery. They Make fantastic beers right on sight. The Brewery is build in, above, and around the restaurant. Good food, Great Beer!”
  • 22 locals recommend
Bar
“We're spoiled in that we raise much of our own food, love to cook and have friends that do the same... so our standards are high when it comes to paying for restaurant meals, especially expensive ones. Smithfields is my current favorite restaurant in Ashland. It's pricey, "meat-centric" and man, do they know how to prepare animal protein! They also do collard greens well, worthy of any soul-food cook. Most meat is locally sourced, another plus. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Restaurant
“With the best sushi in town and outdoor heated seating along the creek, this is a hidden jem for fancy dining.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“Huge selection of homegrown beers; best IPA around and decent food to boot!”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“ I love the way they do their potatoes! This is my favorite breakfast spot. The atmosphere is great and they use rice oil instead of canola.”
  • 9 locals recommend

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