Enjoy stylish new lodgings and restaurants after the curtain comes down
“So call the field to rest;
and let’s away,
To part the glories
of this happy day.”
When Octavius speaks those lines late in the evening ofNovember 3, the curtain will drop on Julius Caesar―and on theOregon Shakespeare Festival’s 2002 season, which won’t resume untilpreviews begin in late February 2003. But it’s the beginning of aspecial season in Ashland, when tourists are few and prices onlodging plummet to as little as half the high-season rate. It’swhen you can browse the shops and galleries unhurried, saunter intoyour favorite restaurant without a reservation, or slip-slide onthe town’s skating rink or ski slopes.
Shakespeare’s winter sabbatical leaves no void in localperforming arts. You can attend shows by the Artattack TheaterEnsemble (www.artattacktheater.com;541/282-9815), which stages classics and premieres new plays,or Oregon Cabaret Theatre’s annual holiday show (www.oregoncabaret.com;541/488-2902). For other ideas, go to Ashland Chamber ofCommerce’s website (see “New Lodging Choices”).