Ashland: Oregon's Own European Charm

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Spring Flings, Theater/Theatre


As Sunset Magazine Says of Ashland:

Spring time in Ashland: In April the air is warm, the days are longer, the sunsets are brighter and the hills are lush and green. This is our favorite time to visit our southern neighbors. The crowds of summer have not yet arrived and it is lovely to sit outside, day or evening, and the entertainment is wonderful as always.

TAP Rating: TAP Deluxe


Highlights include:

  • Carousel Museum
  • Ashland Springs Hotel
  • All Night Strut Play
  • Crater Rock Museum
  • Shakespeare in Love Play
  • Caesar (Optional Play)
  • Dogs for the Deaf

Day 1 – Monday April 24th – Home to Ashland
Our first stop is the Albany Historic Carousel & Museum… Opened in 2006, the museum houses the world’s largest public collection of Dentzel carousel pieces. The largest piece in the collection is the mechanism which holds the carousel itself, one of the last to be created by Gustav Dentzel in 1909. Treasures from four generations of the Dentzel family can be viewed. Next it’s beautiful Seven Feathers Casino for lunch and play-time! Our home for the next two nights is the Ashland Springs Hotel. This Elegantly restored European style hotel is on the National Register of Historic Places and is in the heart of downtown Ashland. We’ll be greeted with a welcome reception and have time to relax before we head next door to the Oregon Cabaret Theatre. Its uniquely inviting ambience and consistently high-quality productions have earned it a nationwide reputation for excellence, voted one of the best cabaret theatres in the country. Get ready for the musical All Night Strut… A celebration of the 1930’s and 40’s filled with jazz, blues, bebop, and American songbook standards. Weaving together the work of legendary songwriters such as Hoagy Carmichael, Frank Loesser, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Cab Calloway, and the Gershwins, the story moves through time and place to highlight a slick slice of yesteryear and capture a beloved American era. Ashland Springs (D)

Day 2 – Tuesday April 25th Ashland – Local Touring
Good morning… We have something new and unique this morning, the Crater Rock Museum. It houses the finest displays of rocks, minerals, and gems on the West Coast. Exhibits include a collection of world-class minerals, collection of petrified woods, fossils, Native American artifacts, and much more! We’ll head back to Ashland where a wonderful lunch awaits in Ashland Springs Grand Ballroom. We’ll make our way to the Angus Bowmer Theatre where we’ll see Shakespeare in Love. The play follows a playwright and his muse Poor Will. He’s overdue with his new play, a half-baked mess called Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate’s Daughter—and he’s having a colossal case of writer’s block. His patrons want a comedy, but he hungers for something more. Then he meets Viola, a smart beauty who loves his work and ignites his creative flame. But Viola has a secret, and Romeo is turning out to be anything but a laugh fest. Christopher Liam Moore directs this adaptation of the Academy Award– winning screenplay, a witty, romantic feast with music. Your evening is free to explore the wonders of Ashland, and as Sunset magazine says of Ashland, “The town itself is the major attraction”. Visit 100 acre Lithia Park, an easy walk from our hotel. Explore the shops and eateries, enjoy a day spa, or just relax at the hotel. We have an optional play at OSF tonight; so please let us know if you would like to go to Julius Caesar when you book this tour!  War hero Julius Caesar is a marked man. Adoring commoners want to make him king, but those higher up the Roman political ladder worry and scheme. On a stormy night full of alarming sights and ominous portents, Brutus and Cassius reach an unthinkable conclusion: Caesar must die so the Republic can live. Yet death doesn’t stop Caesar, whose influence and ghost live on, tormenting his assassins and threatening the republican ideal they murdered him for. Shakespeare’s political thriller shows what happens to powerbrokers—honorable and not— when their motives and means lead to unexpected consequences they cannot control. Ashland Springs (B, L)

Day 3 – Wednesday April 26th – Ashland to Home
We’ll head home today but the fun isn’t over. First stop is the headquarters for “Dogs for the Deaf”, a non-profit, “for impact” organization, founded in 1977 by the late Roy G. Kabat. Roy worked with exotic and domestic animals for movies and television and had a small traveling circus. After retiring to the Applegate Valley in southern Oregon, he was contacted by the American Humane Association and their headquarters in Denver, Colorado. A deaf woman in Minnesota had a dog that trained itself to let her know when things were going on. As she lost more and more hearing, the dog alerted her to more and more things. After her dog died, the woman realized how much she had come to depend on the dog and began a search for someone to train a new dog for her. The American Humane Association began some experimental work trying to train dogs to help people who were deaf, and they wanted Roy’s advice. After spending two weeks in Denver, Roy came back to Oregon and began Dogs for the Deaf. We’ll stop in Roseburg for a wonderful lunch at the Brix before making our way home from this great little tour! (B, L)

Pre & post night accommodations available upon request​

Departure Date: Tour Status: Price Per Person (U.S. Dollars):
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April 24, 2017 Available Scheduled$848$1,018Call

Arrival Instructions

Arrive to Tualatin, OR by 8:00 AM via Portland,OR (PDX)


Departure Instructions

Depart from Ashland, OR after 2:30 PM via Portland, OR (PDX)


Payment Policy

Deposit: $ 100.00 per person due at time of booking - final payment due 60 days prior to departure


Cancellation Policy

Fully refundable if cancelled 60 days prior to departure; non-refundable after final payment is due

- Round trip motor coach transportation

- Personal services from your Tour Director

- 2 nights at the Ashland Springs Hotel

- 2 expanded continental breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner  at the dinner show

- All attractions, welcome reception & late night snacks

- Optional play - Julius Caesar

  - All  gratuities 

Itinerary

Day 1 – Monday April 24th – Home to Ashland
Our first stop is the Albany Historic Carousel & Museum… Opened in 2006, the museum houses the world’s largest public collection of Dentzel carousel pieces. The largest piece in the collection is the mechanism which holds the carousel itself, one of the last to be created by Gustav Dentzel in 1909. Treasures from four generations of the Dentzel family can be viewed. Next it’s beautiful Seven Feathers Casino for lunch and play-time! Our home for the next two nights is the Ashland Springs Hotel. This Elegantly restored European style hotel is on the National Register of Historic Places and is in the heart of downtown Ashland. We’ll be greeted with a welcome reception and have time to relax before we head next door to the Oregon Cabaret Theatre. Its uniquely inviting ambience and consistently high-quality productions have earned it a nationwide reputation for excellence, voted one of the best cabaret theatres in the country. Get ready for the musical All Night Strut… A celebration of the 1930’s and 40’s filled with jazz, blues, bebop, and American songbook standards. Weaving together the work of legendary songwriters such as Hoagy Carmichael, Frank Loesser, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Cab Calloway, and the Gershwins, the story moves through time and place to highlight a slick slice of yesteryear and capture a beloved American era. Ashland Springs (D)

Day 2 – Tuesday April 25th Ashland – Local Touring
Good morning… We have something new and unique this morning, the Crater Rock Museum. It houses the finest displays of rocks, minerals, and gems on the West Coast. Exhibits include a collection of world-class minerals, collection of petrified woods, fossils, Native American artifacts, and much more! We’ll head back to Ashland where a wonderful lunch awaits in Ashland Springs Grand Ballroom. We’ll make our way to the Angus Bowmer Theatre where we’ll see Shakespeare in Love. The play follows a playwright and his muse Poor Will. He’s overdue with his new play, a half-baked mess called Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate’s Daughter—and he’s having a colossal case of writer’s block. His patrons want a comedy, but he hungers for something more. Then he meets Viola, a smart beauty who loves his work and ignites his creative flame. But Viola has a secret, and Romeo is turning out to be anything but a laugh fest. Christopher Liam Moore directs this adaptation of the Academy Award– winning screenplay, a witty, romantic feast with music. Your evening is free to explore the wonders of Ashland, and as Sunset magazine says of Ashland, “The town itself is the major attraction”. Visit 100 acre Lithia Park, an easy walk from our hotel. Explore the shops and eateries, enjoy a day spa, or just relax at the hotel. We have an optional play at OSF tonight; so please let us know if you would like to go to Julius Caesar when you book this tour!  War hero Julius Caesar is a marked man. Adoring commoners want to make him king, but those higher up the Roman political ladder worry and scheme. On a stormy night full of alarming sights and ominous portents, Brutus and Cassius reach an unthinkable conclusion: Caesar must die so the Republic can live. Yet death doesn’t stop Caesar, whose influence and ghost live on, tormenting his assassins and threatening the republican ideal they murdered him for. Shakespeare’s political thriller shows what happens to powerbrokers—honorable and not— when their motives and means lead to unexpected consequences they cannot control. Ashland Springs (B, L)

Day 3 – Wednesday April 26th – Ashland to Home
We’ll head home today but the fun isn’t over. First stop is the headquarters for “Dogs for the Deaf”, a non-profit, “for impact” organization, founded in 1977 by the late Roy G. Kabat. Roy worked with exotic and domestic animals for movies and television and had a small traveling circus. After retiring to the Applegate Valley in southern Oregon, he was contacted by the American Humane Association and their headquarters in Denver, Colorado. A deaf woman in Minnesota had a dog that trained itself to let her know when things were going on. As she lost more and more hearing, the dog alerted her to more and more things. After her dog died, the woman realized how much she had come to depend on the dog and began a search for someone to train a new dog for her. The American Humane Association began some experimental work trying to train dogs to help people who were deaf, and they wanted Roy’s advice. After spending two weeks in Denver, Roy came back to Oregon and began Dogs for the Deaf. We’ll stop in Roseburg for a wonderful lunch at the Brix before making our way home from this great little tour! (B, L)

Pre & post night accommodations available upon request​

Pricing & Availability

Inclusions

- Round trip motor coach transportation

- Personal services from your Tour Director

- 2 nights at the Ashland Springs Hotel

- 2 expanded continental breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner  at the dinner show

- All attractions, welcome reception & late night snacks

- Optional play - Julius Caesar

  - All  gratuities 



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