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Tis the Season for Jacksonville, OR

Jacksonville, Oregon is a historic town found right in the center of Oregon’s wine country. It’s about a 20 minute drive to get there from my apartment in Central Point. It has always been a favorite stop for my Mom and I when looking for something fun to do on a Saturday afternoon, or when we’d have family visiting from far away, anxious to go sight-seeing.

Jacksonville, Oregon is a historic town found right in the center of Oregon’s wine country. It’s about a 20 minute drive to get there from my apartment in Central Point. It has always been a favorite stop for my Mom and I when looking for something fun to do on a Saturday afternoon, or when we’d have family visiting from far away, anxious to go sight-seeing.

Stepping into Jacksonville is like stepping back in time: trolleys give tours of the area, long-time buildings are still present, and locals dressed up Victorian-style parade around the town, creating an authentic and elegant atmosphere. Men wear top hats and ladies carry parasols. Local harvest can be sampled at many of the restaurants and cafes, and good wine can be purchased.

Besides being a perfect place for history buffs, it is an amazing area to go shopping in (especially for gifts around the holidays!) and enjoy a tasty brunch or fancy dinner. The Good Bean coffee shop is a must-stop, as they not only offer both Oregon AND Heart song Chai, but they’ve got killer jalapeño Swiss bagels. Jazushi offers some of the best sushi in the area, and live jazz music on Saturday nights. And the infamous Jacksonville Inn is the place to make a reservation at if you are interested in spending big bucks on a 4-star dinner! It’s known for being a restaurant that a few of our last presidents have all dined at.

If you’re low on cash, I’d still recommend a stop in Jacksonville for the ambiance and the heartwarming feeling you’ll get just walking down the streets. You can see the people, the decor, the beautiful seasonal colors and outdoor art all for free, and take as many lomo pictures as your cameras will hold (but seriously, the jalapeño bagels are only $1.75! don’t leave without trying one). During December they also have a big Christmas tree-lighting ceremony. This is the place I long for during these autumn months as there is nothing like it that so merrily welcomes in Kris Kringle and gets me ready for the season.

Oh! And stop by Scheffel’s Toys and let the child in you come out and play!

written by strangelilgirl

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