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Things to do in Ashland

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Theatre
“OSF is a favorite to visitors and tourists alike. Check out their website for current events. The Green Show runs daily during the season. This is a free event that families love - different shows each day.”
  • 91 locals recommend
Park
“Designed by the same person who created Golden Gate Park - this park has something for everyone. Quiet paths, a playground, a year-round creek and summertime concerts in the bandshell.”
  • 83 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Great organic food store 1 block away. They have a hot deli that serves breakfast, lunch and dinners.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This beautifully decorated New-American bar and restaurant is located on the second level of one of the downtown Ashland historic buildings. Their menu is excellent for both cocktails and food. If you choose to sit on the balcony, you get the view of Bear Creek and all the bustle of locals and tourists below. Our go-to when we are in Ashland!”
  • 17 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Delicious Pizza, sandwhiches tacos and more. House brewed brew, eco friendly design throughout building. Farm to table food. A local favorite. Great kids menu and toys to play with while waiting and enjoying the ambiance.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Indie Cinema
“Art house movie theater showing independent movies, foreign films & documentaries on 4 screens. Old yet restored. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Bar
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“We're spoiled in that we raise much of our own food, love to cook and have friends that do the same... so our standards are high when it comes to paying for restaurant meals, especially expensive ones. Smithfields is my current favorite restaurant in Ashland. It's pricey, "meat-centric" and man, do they know how to prepare animal protein! They also do collard greens well, worthy of any soul-food cook. Most meat is locally sourced, another plus. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“This is right around the counter from our units. Local hang out with great food!”
  • 18 locals recommend
Dessert Shop
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“The best spot on the plaza for a coffee or an ice cream cone (they make their own icecream, omg, yum, try the salted caramel). Also their baked goods are magical.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Delicious breakfast and brunch location. Local favorite with assorted pastries and lots of healthy breakfast options.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“With the best sushi in town and outdoor heated seating along the creek, this is a hidden jem for fancy dining.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“ I love the way they do their potatoes! This is my favorite breakfast spot. The atmosphere is great and they use rice oil instead of canola.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Performing Arts Venue
“Fun cabaret theatre right downtown Ashland. A great way to mix up your theatre experience while in town.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Bar
“Our personal favorite for a great meal or a drink. Wonderful food with exceptional service.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Fabulous restaurant. Excellent food and service with indoor and patio seating. Close to OSF.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Bar
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“Huge selection of homegrown beers; best IPA around and decent food to boot!”
  • 7 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“This beautifully decorated New-American bar and restaurant is located on the second level of one of the downtown Ashland historic buildings. Their menu is excellent for both cocktails and food. If you choose to sit on the balcony, you get the view of Bear Creek and all the bustle of locals and tourists below. Our go-to when we are in Ashland!”
  • 17 locals recommend
Brewery
“Delicious Pizza, sandwhiches tacos and more. House brewed brew, eco friendly design throughout building. Farm to table food. A local favorite. Great kids menu and toys to play with while waiting and enjoying the ambiance.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Bar
“We're spoiled in that we raise much of our own food, love to cook and have friends that do the same... so our standards are high when it comes to paying for restaurant meals, especially expensive ones. Smithfields is my current favorite restaurant in Ashland. It's pricey, "meat-centric" and man, do they know how to prepare animal protein! They also do collard greens well, worthy of any soul-food cook. Most meat is locally sourced, another plus. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“This is right around the counter from our units. Local hang out with great food!”
  • 18 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Delicious breakfast and brunch location. Local favorite with assorted pastries and lots of healthy breakfast options.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Restaurant
“With the best sushi in town and outdoor heated seating along the creek, this is a hidden jem for fancy dining.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“ I love the way they do their potatoes! This is my favorite breakfast spot. The atmosphere is great and they use rice oil instead of canola.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Bar
“Our personal favorite for a great meal or a drink. Wonderful food with exceptional service.”
  • 5 locals recommend

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