Medford, Oregon: Heart of the Rogue Valley

After a short time in Bend, Oregon, we headed south past Crater Lake and on to Medford, Oregon. Medford is the heart of the Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon and is the largest city in the Rogue Valley, followed by Ashland and Grants Pass.  Whether you love hiking, rafting, fishing, golf or wine and theater, you’ll find something to do in the Rogue Valley!

Over 200 days of sunshine abound among breathtaking terrain, making it ideal for outdoor lovers to golf, hike, jet boat, kayak, zipline and more!

Play in Medford

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Wineries

Named as one of the top 10 wine travel destinations in the world by Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Southern Oregon is a great place to plan a wine tour. There are organized tours, or you can build your own itinerary using the resources available at Travel Medford.

Roxy Ann Winery, Medford

We visited RoxyAnn Winery once learning it was dog-friendly. In addition to orchards and a tasting room, they also have an Airbnb on site! When I visited, they were setting up for a wedding – what a great spot for a celebration!

Roxy Ann Winery, Medford

If beer is more your jam, grab your growlers and check out the Medford Ale Trail! 

Artisan Corridor

Medford’s Artisan Corridor is technically in Central Point, but just 10 minutes from downtown Medford. At this small area, you’ll find Lillie Belle Chocolates, Rogue Creamery and Ledger David Cellars. I sampled lavender chocolate at Lillie Belle and had a grilled cheese sandwich at Rogue Creamery. I was bummed that I couldn’t stock up on their famous Blue Cheese, but I was headed out on a river trip the following day, and I knew the cheese wouldn’t keep. The samples were delicious, though!

Rogue CreameryArtisan Corridor - Central Point, Oregon

Rogue CreameryArtisan Corridor - Central Point, Oregon

Harry & David Factory Tour

Medford is home to Harry & David, which happens to be the largest employer in the Rogue Valley. That lush soil and temperate climate that’s great for wine is also great for pears! There is a Harry & David store in town, where you can join a factory tour for just $5. I was able to grab the last tour on a Friday (they don’t run on weekends.) It was pretty fun to see all the gift baskets being assembled, and we got to see how MooseMunch is made. (Hint: giant blocks of butter!) Harry & David ships over 1 million gift baskets and 2.5 million Towers of Treats each year! They were really ramping up for the holiday season, with major hiring events and advertising. I was ready to apply, just for the employee discount and free fruit!

After the tour, I used the $5 coupon from the tour to stock up on snacks for an upcoming girl’s weekend! Click here to shop Harrry & David’s collection at Amazon.com!

Harry & David Store in Medford

Bear Creek Park

Bear Creek Park in Medford was our first stop for some outdoor time. The park has a great playground and nice trails that follow the creek through a residential neighborhood.

Bear Creek Park, Medford

Hawthorn Park

Hawthorn Park is another Medford park we visiting during our stay. The park has a splash pad, and two fenced in dog areas, one for small dogs and one for large dogs!

Crater Lake National Park

You can’t be this close and not make a special trip to see Crater Lake National Park. Just over an hour’s drive from Medford, this National Park is a must-see on any Southern Oregon road trip itinerary. Unfortunately, I visited on the heels of some major wildfires, so the rim drive was closed and visibility severely compromised, but I got just enough of a taste to know I need to return and stay at the Crater Lake lodge so I can witness sunset and the night skies!

Crater Lake National Park

Rogue River

A visit to the Rogue River Valley isn’t complete without a spin on the river that gave the valley it’s name. There are plenty of options, from jet boat day trips to multi-day whitewater trips. A 4-day float trip with OARS is what originally brought me to the area. We had cold and rain for almost the entire time (mid-September), which can be challenging and frustrating when you are putting up and taking down a wet tent every day, putting on wet wool clothes every morning, but hey! That’s why outdoor folks like me spend so much money on gear – we may as well use it every once in a while! And a rainy day on the river still beats a sunny day in the office! (Click here to see my backcountry gear list)

Rogue River Rain

We had several cool bear sightings.

And the sun came out (or at least the rain stopped) on the last day!

Eat in Medford

In our travels, I’ve found that breweries are usually the most dog-friendly places to grab a bite. And Oregon has lots of breweries! All of the places I’ve listed here are dog-friendly!

Wild River Brewing

Wild River Brewing‘s 5 Southern Oregon restaurants feature famous pizzas & award-winning handcrafted beers. The Medford location was just 5 minutes from my hotel and offered a dog-friendly patio and great service.

Wild River Brewing, Medford, OR

Paisan’s Pizzeria

Paisan’s is a small family Italian place on a corner just a block from Main St. They have a few tables outside, but it is counter service, so you do have to go indoors at some point to place your order and pay. (They also add 0.35 for any credit card transaction, fyi) Paisan’s sells pizza by the slice, which is pretty awesome because what solo traveler needs to eat a whole pizza?!

Harriman Springs Resort & Marina

Harriman’s is technically in Klamath Falls, but chances are you will include some other towns in your Southern Oregon road trip and Harriman’s is a great dog-friendly place to stop for a meal. The place was cleared out as we just missed all the fire-jumpers who were staying here.

Harriman's Resort - Klamath Falls

Buttercloud Bakery

Buttercloud Bakery also has  dog-friendly patio, but it was jam packed when we visited, so I grabbed a scone to go. Judging by the popularity of this place, and my tasty scone, it’s worth checking out when you visit Medford.

In N Out Burger

I finally got to try this West Coast institution after seeing it on social media for years! The location near the mall has outdoor seating, so you can bring your furry friend along.

Stay in Medford

Rogue Regency Hotel

Bailey and I spent two nights at the Rogue Regency Hotel, which is pet-friendly and has no pet fees! I think that’s a first for us on this trip! The hotel offers budget-friendly rooms near the Rogue Valley Mall. There are two on-site restaurants, as well as an indoor pool.

Courtyard marriott

I also spent 1 night at the Marriott Courtyard in Medford upon returning from my whitewater rafting trip. It is not pet-friendly, but Bailey was still at the kennel and I had Marriott points to use! This was my first Courtyard Hotel in a long time, and I was pleasantly surprised at how comfortable the room was. I also took advantage of the laundry room to wash out all my soaking wet clothes after a wet week on the river!

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Travel Medford covered my lodging for two nights at the Rogue Regency. These are solely my personal opinions and I was not financially compensated for this post.

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Mövenpick Zürich-Regensdorf Hotel

I spent my last night in Switzerland at the Mövenpick Hotel Zürich Regensdorf. Regensdorf is a suburb of Zurich, so it’s not in the heart of downtown, but the public transportation is really thorough in Switzerland, and the hotel is less than 6km from both the airport and Zürich’s city center. I’ll be honest, this was my 14th hotel in 16 days, so I didn’t leave and explore Zürich at all. Sorry, not sorry! This is why I shouldn’t stay in nice hotels – I become a caterpillar in a cocoon and I don’t want to leave! So, sightseeing in Zürich will have to wait for another visit! (I know, I’m the worst traveler ever!)

Mövenpick Hotels

When I landed in Switzerland, I saw the Mövenpick name everywhere. On ice cream cartons. I assumed I was confused about my hotel name and decided I’d figure it out later. But actually, Mövenpick is first and foremost a food brand, dating back to the original Mövenpick restaurant started in 1948 in Zürich.

Passionately Swiss is the tagline for Mövenpick hotels. With over 80 hotels around the world, Mövenpick has mastered the art of Swiss hospitality on a grand scale.

Mövenpick Hotel Guest Rooms

My room was very comfortable and just what I needed after a hectic day of travel. I loved all the quaint guesthouses I stayed in throughout my visit, but sometimes you want the consistent quality and service of a hotel chain. Being my first Mövenpick experience, I had no idea what to expect, but was so relieved to open the door to this oasis. (So relieved I kicked off my shoes before snapping any photos, oops!)

For an additional 15CHF, Mövenpick offers “Sleep Individually Different” rooms. In addition to an adjustable firmness mattress, these rooms include sleeping masks, ear plugs, lavender pads and blackout stickers for electronic devices. A pillow menu is also available to guests, with 7 options ranging from a neck roll to a horse hair flat pillow.

A media hub in the room allows you to connect your electronics to the room’s audio system, or the television.

And eco-friendly bath products were a nice touch!

Mövenpick Hotel Restaurants

I enjoyed a leisurely Italian dinner at the Trattoria Ciao restaurant in the hotel. My dinner took a bit longer than expected, and the waiter kindly brought me a plate of antipasti to enjoy while i waited. Finally used to Switzerland dining prices, I was surprised at the reasonable prices of the wine list. (My glass of Pinot Grigio was under 6 CHF) My pesto & shrimp pasta dish was delicious, and I topped it off with a scoop of Mövenpick ice cream; coconut, of course!

Dinner at Ciao - Mövenpick Hotel - Zürich Regensdorf

The breakfast buffet (included in the room charge) had many options and was my first hot breakfast since landing in Swizterland! After 15 days of granola, croissants and cold cuts, a hot egg dish was just what I wanted! (Of course, I still had a croissant, too!)

The hotel also has the Mövenpick Hotel restaurant, Swing Swing Lounge and room service for various dining options.

Mövenpick Hotel Amenities

As a business hotel, you will find all of the expected amenities such as free wireless, a business center and an airport shuttle, which is always a plus in my book.

The hotel adjoins the Migros-Fitnesspark, which is available to hotel guests for an additional 25CHF fee. I did leave my room briefly to go for a swim, and enjoyed the outdoor sun deck adjoining the indoor/outdoor pool. I made a mental note of the swim aerobics schedule, but promptly forgot all about it until it was too late! (Mental notes don’t do me any good, ever. I carry Post-It notes everywhere. Except the pool.)

Mövenpick Hotel Location

The hotel is located about 10 minutes walk from the Regensdorf-Watt railway station, which is served by the S6 line to Zurich or Baden, running every 30 minutes. I had a bit of frustration at the train station, as I was told there would be signs directing me to the hotel. There are several exits at the station, so I was really turned around and frankly, just tired from all of the travel I’d been doing. I eventually found a ticket office and asked for directions, which turned out to be super simple. I was later told at the hotel that the sign in the station had been removed. So, save yourself the frustation and just ask for help!

I am so glad I got to experience a Mövenpick hotel on this trip. It’s definitely a brand I will look for again on future international travels. At around 200 CHF, this hotel is a great value and won’t break the bank as many Swiss hotels might!

Have you stayed at aMövenpick hotel? Where?

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I was a guest of Mövenpick Hotel Zürich Regensdorf. These are solely my personal opinions and I was not financially compensated for this post.

 

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