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Best Coffee Shop for a Date Bestie: Limestone (Medford)  Hon. Mention: Rogue Roasters (Grants Pass) Best Coffee This was a category with divided loyalties, and a four-way tie! Besties: Dutch Bros. Limestone Case Coffee Roasters Rogue Roasters   Best Drive-up Coffee Stand  Bestie: Dutch Bros.  Hon. Mention: Human Bean  More

Best Cocktail Bar Bestie: Jefferson Spirits Hon. Mention: Immortal Spirits    Best Bartender Besties (tie): Kalea McKenna (Jefferson Spirits) Alli McGonagle:(Jefferson Spirits) Best Cider Bestie: Gold Rush Hon. Mention: Outlaw    Best Local Winery  Bestie (tie) Del Rio Vineyards Dancin Vineyards Hon. Mention: Red Lily Roxy Ann   Best Dive

Best Brewery The most popular category in all of the voting showed a virtually tie, with the Medford-based Walkabout Brewing Co. edging out the relatively new Weekend Beer Co. by just six votes for “Bestie” brewery.  Bestie: Walkabout Brewing Co. (Medford)  Hon. Mention: Weekend Beer Co. (Grants Pass)   Best

Best New Restaurant Bestie: Tap & Vine (Medford)  Hon. Mention: Bird & Rye (Ashland)    Best Chef Bestie: Neil Clooney (Bird & Rye) Best Outdoor Seating Bestie: Walkabout Brewing Co.  Hon. Mention: Weekend Beer Co. (Grants Pass)   Best CSA or farm stand Bestie: Fry Family Farm  Hon. Mention: Barking

Southern Oregon’s array of live theater venues spans from cozily intimate to nationally renowned, and to celebrate the 2020 season the Messenger spotlights three local actors who have made the Rogue Valley stages their home. Grants Pass actor, Steve Chroninger, deciding to peel free from his high school math nerd

  February is Ashland Culinary Month and “Restaurant Week” kicks off the foodie celebration February 3 – 9 with a slice of local flavors. There are multiple establishments involved in this six-day celebration, and for 2020, tradition and tapas set the tone.  The Rogue Valley Messenger had a chance to

Shopping online for the holidays may be convenient, but let’s face it, the intimacy factor is missing. Why not bundle up and head downtown to check out the lights before popping into your area’s local shops to mingle in the spirit of Kris Kringle? We’ve put together a sampler of

Ashland is known for its many desirable features. The the picturesque hill and mountain views surrounding the Valley; the beautiful parks; the lively and unmistakable downtown center.  Then there’s SOU and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival bringing creative minds and tourism to the city every year. Ashland, for all intents and

A walk through one of southern Oregon’s historic pioneer cemeteries is like touring an outdoor museum. Before electricity, airplanes or internet there were trading posts, steam boats and covered wagons enabling early settlers to trek westward where some lived, died and were buried under Oregon soil. The Linkville Pioneer Cemetery

In their inaugural season, Rogue Community College Ospreys has stormed into their first women’s volleyball season with a rocking 18-1 record. And, the powerhouse that is Lady Raiders volleyball boasts an impressive 17-3 overall record so far this season, hearkening memories of last season where Southern Oregon was first in