Ashland is a cute college town and arts community anchored by Southern Oregon State University and a renowned annual Shakespeare festival. Located at the base of the convergence of the Cascade and Siskiyou Mountains, Ashland's cultural, culinary and outdoor experiences are unmatched. Nowhere else do so many individual experiences – from performing, visual, and culinary arts, to education, wellness, and outdoor recreation – combine to create something so inspiring.
Phoenix is a friendly and vivacious small town just south of Medford and north of Talent. A strong urban renewal effort is enhancing the community and improving the face of Phoenix with new business and residential development, as well as open space. The small-town feel of Talent brings families and community together. From artisan workshops to family farms and The Harvest Festival, Talent is a haven for those who desire community, business support and small town arts. The city hosts many events throughout the year encouraging community participation and beautification.