Welcome to Jacksonville, Oregon
Small-town ambiance effortlessly blends with music, wine, and a rich historical legacy.
Jacksonville is a historic small town with a vibrant cultural scene. Located just a few miles southwest of Central Point, the entire town is designated a National Historic Landmark and boasts excellent food, family-run wineries, and unique shops and museums. It's a quaint and sophisticated town with a fascinating historic legacy offset by Victorian-era architecture.
Beyond the city is the scenic Rogue Valley, featuring miles of hiking trails and wilderness. Jacksonville is also revered for its incredible music scene with live performances held year-round, including one of the Northwest's premier music festivals, The Britt Music & Arts Festival.
What to Love
- Several small-scale vineyards and wineries
- The rich and fascinating history
- Natural beauty of Rogue Valley
- Diverse shopping scene with 20+ independently-owned stores
People & Lifestyle
The high quality of life, moderate climate, and walkability make Jacksonville an idyllic place to live that reminds residents of what is so special about small-town America. With a combination of wineries, restaurants, independently-owned shops, and a vibrant cultural scene, it's easy to see what attracts people to this sophisticated city close to the beautiful Rogue Valley.
Jacksonville consistently ranks as one of the best places to live in the Medford area and one of the best overall suburbs. This friendly, welcoming environment makes it easy for people to befriend their neighbors as they stroll through town, stop in at local coffee shops, and shop at unique boutiques.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
From exciting shopping experiences to eclectic dining options touting a range of culinary delights, Jacksonville has plenty of options when it comes to entertainment, and most are family-run and independently-owned.
To start, there's the historic bed and breakfast, the Jacksonville Inn
, which is housed in one of Jacksonville's earliest permanent structures and continues to perpetuate the romantic vibes of that era. It's also home to the superb Jacksonville Inn Dinner House.
For something more casual, the Bella Union Restaurant & Saloon
is one of the best places for pizza in all of Rogue Valley. Apart from a restaurant, this catering and event space also keeps microbrews on tap and offers 30 varieties of wine. Speaking of wine, there are several great wineries and vineyards in Jacksonville, including the woman-owned wine shop, The Rogue Grape
, and top-rated DANCIN Vineyards
. Quady North Tasting Room
specializes in small-lot minimally-handled wines, and Valley View Winery
is officially Oregon's very first winery.
Shop for something handmade and unique at Terra Firma
, where you can purchase affordable specialty gifts created by local and global artisans. Farmhouse Treasures
sells everything from homemade fudge to items from their personal jewelry line.
Things to Do
Jacksonville's biggest event is the premier musical festival, The Britt
. But there are also plentiful opportunities to learn more about the historic town's legacy, like the Trolley Tours
, a narrated tour of Jacksonville's past. Experience a twist on the normal historical tour with the Jacksonville Haunted History Walking Tour
held June through September.
Get outside and stretch your legs by visiting Forest Park
, which is excellent for hiking and mountain biking. The Woodlands Trails System
offers 20+ miles of trails for hiking. The Applegate Lake is ideal for fishing, camping, biking, and swimming.
Wine connoisseurs love the Applegate Valley Wine Trail
, which pairs wine tasting with scenic beauty while navigating this beautiful region.
Try something different by visiting the English Lavender Farm
set in the heart of the Applegate Valley. This family-run farm allows visitors to pick their own lavender and even enjoy lavender lemonade and gelato.