Fall at Shady Grove Farm – Bed and Breakfast and Vacation Rental

Here at Shady Grove Farm in Talent, and in the Rogue Valley in general, the trees are turning vibrant colors, the air is cool, and the beautiful sunny days make the daytime temperatures quite comfortable.

The farm is alive with geese and ducks who seem to have settled in at the ponds, at least for a while. Now that the heat is gone the horses are feeling spunky and watching them run through the pasture with an occasional buck and spin is sheer delight.

The valley is also alive with activities. Fall is the perfect time to visit. The Shakespeare Festival goes until early November, but other theaters host outstanding plays throughout the year. And as always, there is an abundance of outdoor as well as indoor activities. As for culture, I thought I might miss all the offerings of the city I once lived near. Not so given the abundance of theater, music, lectures, art galleries, wineries, etc. close by.

Speaking of wineries and winetasting, the Rogue Valley is becoming known as a significant wine producing region. Many of the wineries go all out for the holidays, decorating tasting rooms and offering appetizers and music. (More about area wineries next month.)
As for outdoor activities, there is still great hiking, mountain biking, etc., and one of my favorites – strolling through Lithia Park in Ashland. A beautiful hike is just down the road from the farm – up Wagner Creek towards Wagner Butte. Mount Ashland usually opens for skiing later in November or early December. There have been improvements made at the mountain this summer, such as contouring the bunny hill to make it more beginner friendly.

Also in November, Ashland opens its outdoor skating rink near the Plaza. The holiday tree lighting ceremony isn’t to be missed if at all possible, which happens the day after Thanksgiving. With hundreds in attendance, Ashland hosts a parade, and afterwards, to many hoots and hollers, turns on all the lights on downtown buildings in unison along with the tree. As if that’s not enough, there are live performances on a stage set up on or near the Plaza. The atmosphere is simply magical. There are parades and lighting ceremonies in other nearby towns as well, historic Jacksonville’s in early December being another favorite.