The days get shorter, the nights start to get colder, but fall in Southern Oregon still has plenty to offer!
Whether you like sampling cuisine, spending a day out on the farm, or preparing for your Thanksgiving calories with a run, we have compiled some autumn activities to take advantage of before cabin fever becomes a greater risk.
Please note that not all of these events will be best for a family. We will note which ones are more targeted for children.
Of course, the best way to get out and enjoy our area is without the constant discomfort of foot or ankle pain. Make sure to wear comfortable, well-fitting shoes that are appropriate for where you’ll be. And if you are attempting a turkey trot, pace yourself and warm up before you start (and we don’t mean by having a turkey leg!).
If you are having persistent pain, don’t wait until “a better time” to address it; you’re just putting a damper on the activities of now! Come see us; we can help.
Pumpkin Fest at Hanley Farm
Right at the end of October, before the spookiness of Halloween hits, families can have a day of autumnal fun at the historic Hanley Farm in Central Point. Their Pumpkin Fest will be held Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
If you’re looking for a traditional fall day on the farm, Hanley’s will have you covered. There will be hay rides, pumpkin painting, face painting (perhaps they practice on the pumpkins first), crafts, games, and more! The Hanley farmhouse will also be hosting tours for $3 per person.
Admission to the event itself is $1 per person, but children 2 years and younger are free. All proceeds benefit Henley Farm and the Southern Oregon Historical Society.
Ashland Culinary Festival
This Veteran’s Day weekend, November 8-11, the 12th annual Ashland Culinary Festival will fire up with four days of delicious dining.
Twelve local chefs will compete over the festival for the honor of “Top Chef,” using local items and a secret key ingredient. There will also be a “Junior Chef” competition where teams from local high school culinary programs get a chance to shine.
Still want more competition? The 3rd Annual Top Mixology contest will be held Friday, if you enjoy talented bartenders serving up drinks with plenty of bottle flips and tricks!
In addition to the competitions, there will be plenty of samplings and tastings from area artisans, restaurants, farms, wineries, and breweries. There will also be an exclusive five-course dinner and a wine tour.
You can receive $5 off a general adult ticket by purchasing online, or by bringing two non-perishable food items with you at the door. All items brought during the event will be given to Ashland Emergency Food Bank. The five-course dinner and wine tour are extra, but likely worth it if you want to indulge.
Applegate Valley Uncorked
A crisp autumn day is perfect for a wine tour, and the Applegate Valley Wine Trail knows this, too.
Applegate Valley Uncorked is a self-guided tour of 18 participating wineries. You have the freedom to start and stop your tour at whatever point along the trail you want. Each winery will host an appetizer paired with one of their signature wines, and will also happily share more about their history and craft.
The event opens at 11 a.m. and lasts until 4 p.m. (although many tasting rooms will stay open until 5). Tickets are $49 each and include a Wine Trail wine glass for your sampling. All wines during the event will also be 15% off!
Please plan on having a designated driver for your tour. Designated drivers do not have to buy tickets. While they of course won’t be provided any wine, they can sample the appetizers at each location.
Turkey Trot in Central Point
If you like having an active pre-Thanksgiving tradition, then you likely already know about the Turkey Trot. If not, it’s never too late for your first outing!
Our local trot is right on Thanksgiving morning, starting at 7:45 a.m.
Don’t worry if you’re not up for a full run (and really, if you have not been training, you shouldn’t push yourself to try it!). There is a 2-mile run/walk that takes off at 8:30 a.m. that you can take on at your preferred pace.
The main run, an 8-miler, starts 30 minutes earlier at 8 a.m. And before that, at 7:45 a.m., a short Turkey Dash is held for kids age 5 and under.
The 2- and 8-mile runs are a maximum $20 each for those who aren’t members of the Southern Oregon Runners Club, who so kindly organizes this event. The Turkey Dash is free, but everyone is asked to bring a canned food donation, if able.
Costumes are encouraged, and everyone who participates will receive a medal. Because really, anyone who gets up early on Thanksgiving morning to run deserves one.
Foot and Ankle Care All Year
Whatever you enjoy doing and whenever it happens, do not let foot or ankle problems inhibit your enjoyment. No matter how long you have been enduring a condition, there are often treatments that can help manage or eliminate it altogether!
Dr. Evan Merrill and Dr. Adam Gerber are accepting new patients and always happy to see you. Give our Medford office a call at (541) 776-3338 or fill out our online contact form to reach a member of our front desk.