Heading to Southern Oregon? Here's Where to Eat, Stay, and Play in Jacksonville, Oregon.
Southern Oregon is full of charming small towns, where life moves at a gentler pace.
There are no large urban cities, no towering skyscrapers, no major traffic.
In this warmer part of Oregon where quaint towns pepper the Rogue Valley and surrounding hillsides, Jacksonville, Oregon is one of my favorites to visit.
Once drawn here by the prospect of gold, visitors now flock here for good food, wine, and world class live music.
During the two years my husband and I lived in Southern Oregon, we would frequently visit Jacksonville. It had - and still does to this day have - some of the cutest shops, restaurants, and country inns in the area.
Recently, I had the chance to revisit Jacksonville as part of a Travel Oregon press trip. It's nice to see that no matter how it has grown, the heart of Jacksonville, Oregon is still the same.
Where to Stay in Jacksonville, Oregon: McCully House
Jacksonville, Oregon is full of charming hotels, country inns, and bed and breakfasts.
Located right in the heart of downtown Jacksonville, the McCully House Inn is within walking distance from the town's best restaurants, shops, bars, and the Britt Festival.
With just five guest bedrooms and two luxury suites, the McCully House Inn offers much more privacy than most bed & breakfasts I have stayed in – which I greatly appreciated.
There are sweet sitting areas in hallways and near entrances, and the Deja Vu Bistro and Wine Bar in the first floor of the main house.
I stayed in the Library Suite - aptly named because of the sweet library nook off of the main bedroom.
Oh how I loved this cute suite! The king size bed was so comfortable and I wish I had been able to stay more than one night to take advantage of the library and fireplace, as well as the large bathroom with jetted tub.
Each guest room in the McCully House Inn also includes a coffee maker, refrigerator, large flat screen television, free bottled water (free!) and Aveda bath products.
As an added bonus: guests also receive a $10 certificate to one of five local restaurants, all within walking distance, for breakfast each day.
What to Do in Jacksonville, Oregon: Britt Festival
One of the main attractions in Jacksonville, Oregon is the annual Britt Music & Art Festival.
Since 1963, the Britt Music & Art Festival has drawn audiences from all over the world to Jacksonville's outdoor ampitheatre. The season runs from about June through the end of September (the 2017 season is now over).
We had the pleasure of attending one of the last concerts of the season: the John Butler Trio. Musical performances include bluegrass, country, pop, and the Britt Orchestra. In 2017, performances included The Decemberists, Rick Springfield, Goo Goo Dolls, Huey Lewis, Collective Soul, and Michael Franti.
There are a few different food vendor options as well as local beer and wine pours at Britt Fest. The food here was one of the most pleasant surprises of this trip!
At Britt Fest, I enjoyed the most delicious fish tacos from Back Porch Bar & Grill. The local eatery is one of a handful that also has a regular outpost at the Britt Music & Art Festival.
The fish was fresh and tender, with delicious veggies, cooked up to tasty near perfection. I LOVED these fish tacos! This dinner and a show was one of two meals we enjoyed during this trip to Jacksonville, Oregon.
Where to Eat in Jacksonville, Oregon: Jacksonville Inn
The morning after the Britt Fest, we met up for breakfast at the Jacksonville Inn, located right on the town's main street: California Street.
With an old time saloon ambience, the Jacksonville Inn is a historic bed and breakfast that offers travelers a more upscale dining option in town.
Jacksonville Inn offers a fine dining menu for lunch and dinner, including fresh local seafood, prime rib, and hazelnut stuffed chicken. They also boast of a 2,000 bottle wine list, which I'll have to check out more on our next visit!
We enjoyed items from their delicious breakfast and brunch menu. The salmon eggs benedict were flavorful and satisfying, and I love that they offer tables a starter of fresh sweet scones to start off the meal.
There are many more restaurants, coffee shops, and bars to try in Jacksonville. One of our favorites when we lived in Southern Oregon was Bella Union - an always bustling, large family-friendly restaurant with tasty pizzas, pastas, sandwiches, and more.
Visit Jacksonville, Oregon
There is so much more to explore in and around Jacksonville, Oregon. Soon, I'll share some of the amazing wine tasting experiences you can enjoy nearby.
In the meantime, if you're looking to visit Southern Oregon, be sure to book at least a day or two in Jacksonville. I think you'll fall in love with this charming town!
For more information, visit the Jacksonville, Oregon website.
Have you been to Jacksonville, Oregon or any other Southern Oregon towns? Where would you like to explore in this part of the state?
My hotel stay, Britt Festival tickets, and meals were complimentary as part of a #TrailsToFeast press trip with Travel Oregon. All opinions and photos are, as always, my own.