One good museum in Ashland is the Schneider Museum of Art , located on the campus of the Southern Oregon University. The top-notch facility maintains a permanent collection of visual arts, and also presents an array of fluctuating exhibits and programs, including hands-on workshops, for the general public and academics.

Science lovers—and parents—may enjoy the Science Works Hands-On Museumon Main Street . There are some 100 fun, interactive exhibits and activities that encourage guests to learn more about various scientific principles. Some examples include the “bubble-ology room,” the “pedal power railroad,” the “hall of illusions,” the “shadow wall,” and “Einstein’s art studio.”

And if you’re not with the kids, treat yourself at the Ashland Spring Spa & Boutique, also on Main Street , the Phoenix on Siskiyou Boulevard , or The Blue Giraffe on Water Street . All three day spas offer massages, skin care, and various body treatment delights.

Also popular in Ashland are the numerous vineyards. Four good bets are Ashland Vineyards, Paschal, Rouge Valley Wine Center , and Weisinger’s. Tour the beautiful vineyards, take in the scenic surroundings, and, of course, sample the products, which include Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

One of the great things about Ashland is the large number of galleries. It's like a city-wide art museum. They have art of just about every imaginable style (and quality...you may need to pick a choose a bit). Some favorites include Love Revolution on Main Street, Gathering Glass Studio in the Railroad district(live glassblowing demonstrations, classes and glass gallery),  Davis & Cline  (high end, high quality, fantastic master glass artists exhibited) and Hanson Howard Gallery  just off the downtown Plaza (eclectic contemporary) They're worth strolling around.