Located between the Siskiyou Mountains and the Cascades, the City of Ashland is a cultural and recreational mecca in southern Oregon. Home to the acclaimed Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the largest classic repertory theater in the country, Ashland boasts excellent and varied theater throughout much of the year. The city of 21,000 was named in John Villani's book The 100 Best Small Art Towns in America, as one of the Countries top 10 towns in which to buy art. The Britt Music Festival in nearby Jacksonville offers live music each summer. Crater Lake National Park is 2 hours away. Mt Ashland offers winter activities like downhill and cross country skiing. The city's 19-acre Lithia Park, in the center of town, is home to one of the most varied collections of trees and shrubs of any park in Oregon (landscape design by John McLaren, who also designed San Francisco's Golden Gate State Park). Miles of hiking trails are accessible from downtown Ashland. In the summer, the park's band shell hosts varied events including concerts and ballets. A hands-on Science museum, Science Works, is located less than 2 miles from the Ashland airport. Vineyards also dot the countryside. Ashland is known for its tasteful commercial development, including a dearth of neon and billboards. Historic neighborhoods are home to numerous Tudors and Victorians, making walking the neighborhoods pleasant. Ashland has a strong identity as a tourist destination, and is located roughly halfway between San Francisco and Seattle. Options abound for great restaurants. Enjoy Ashland, Oregon.