Whether you’re just visiting or consider yourself a local Oregonian, new and exciting things are always happening in the southwestern part of the state. 

Historic Jacksonville, OR, located in the heart of The Rogue Valley, was one of the many settlements formed from the gold rush in the 1860s. Built around the tumbling waters of Jackson Creek, where gold deposits were first discovered in 1851, Jacksonville has since become a precious element of Southern Oregon for many reasons beyond its natural minerals.

The city’s motto is “Always a good time,” so let’s take a look at some of the best things to do in Jacksonville, Oregon, to enjoy your visit to this historically rich destination.

Things to Do in Jacksonville, Oregon

Jacksonville may be a small community, but it has big city amenities when it comes to high-quality restaurants, shops, and other local attractions. Here’s a taste of some of the best things to do in Jacksonville, OR!

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Exploring Jacksonville is like stepping back in time. The area was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1962, which includes more than 100 buildings preserved from its heyday as a 19th-century mining town. The classic brick commercial district contains excellent examples of Greek and Gothic Revival, which was popular during that time. Jacksonville is also home to the oldest brick Italianate-style home in the state, now Bybee’s Historic Inn.

Britt Gardens

This natural area features picturesque hiking trails, beautiful plants and flowers, maintained green spaces, a performance garden that regularly hosts huge community events and concerts with national headliners, and is registered as a National Historic Place in Jacksonville, OR. Stop by for a quick hike, then head a few blocks into town to warm up with a meal or cup of coffee at Good Bean Cafe.

DANCIN Vineyards

DANCIN Vineyards is an internationally recognized wine producer located in our backyard. It’s one of the best wineries to visit in The Rogue Valley and has been recognized by Oregon Magazine for three years as Oregon’s Very Best Winery (in 2017, 2018, and 2019). Whether you’re an avid wine drinker or starting out as a sommelier, DANCIN is a great place to spend an afternoon tasting different varietals of wine, sampling their Italian-inspired menu, or just sitting back and enjoying the stunning views. 

Reformed Pilates

If you want to experience fun-filled and upbeat Pilates classes for all levels, visit Reformed Pilates in Jacksonville. The studio offers a wide variety of classes to choose from, starting from just $15 per session. Some of the most popular options include Group Mat, Mom & Me, Prenatal, and Endurance. 


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Shopping in Jacksonville, OR

Despite a small local population, Jacksonville draws visitors from all over Jackson County and the larger city of Medford, just five miles away. With unique shops and boutiques featuring local wares, handmade goods, and antiques, there’s something for everyone to discover.

Farmhouse Treasures

Farmhouse Treasures is a local landmark and a great spot to find gifts for everyone on your list. Shop here for antiques, furniture, home decór, jewelry, clothing, and more. The inventory changes regularly due to rotating vendors, so see what’s new when you’re next in town. Also, you can’t leave without trying their homemade fudge! This sweet treat makes a great holiday or housewarming gift and draws people from neighboring counties.

Rebel Heart Books

Rebel Heart Books, located on California Street, is an independent bookstore that joined Jacksonville in 2017. Known for being “eclectic, intentional, and lovingly curated,” Rebel Heart Books believes in categorizing its volumes without genre labels, so each customer has a chance to discover something new, rather than stick to their comfort zone. Of course, creative and knowledgeable staff are always eager to share their favorites if you’re looking for a good recommendation.


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Restaurants in Jacksonville, OR

One of the best things to do in Jacksonville is dine with friends and family in beautiful, historic spaces. While staying true to its rich history, Jacksonville’s restaurants have modernized with the times, showcasing various ingredients, flavors, and origins. Featuring styles of food from all over the world, this city has a surprisingly comprehensive food scene that consistently delights and inspires.

Cowhorn Kitchen + Wine

For an intimate dining experience in the heart of Jacksonville, we invite you to visit Cowhorn Kitchen + Wine. Specializing in seasonal menus with locally sourced ingredients, this restaurant is quickly becoming a local hotspot. Cowhorn Vineyard & Garden produces top-quality wines, and now you can enjoy them at the restaurant. Some of their standout menu items include the Masami Ranch New York Steak and Garganelli Pasta with locally foraged and cultivated mushrooms. 

C St. Bistro

C St Bistro is a French-inspired establishment just off the beaten path in downtown Jacksonville. They source ingredients from the best local ingredients available. Situated in the heart of Southern Oregon’s wine country, they offer the area’s best wines and brews in a fun, family-style setting. Choose from an eclectic mix of European, Asian, and American cuisine blended with the freshest local fare. 

Backporch BBQ

If you’re looking for delicious, Southern-Oregon-style BBQ, Backporch BBQ is a beloved establishment. This family-owned, casual eatery is the perfect place to hang out with friends. There’s plenty of patio and porch seating, or you can ask for your meal to be wrapped to go.

The Restaurant at Jacksonville Inn

In a redbrick building dating from 1861, Jacksonville Inn features a fantastic restaurant you just have to try. The chefs are dedicated to curating dining experiences that showcase freshness, organic ingredients, and a profound connection to the abundant tastes of Southern Oregon. Embark on an extraordinary exploration through thoughtfully sourced, artisanal menus complemented by exquisite wines and handcrafted cocktails. 

Stay, Explore, and Thrive at The Vineyards at Stage Pass

There are so many historic places to visit and fun-filled things to do in Jacksonville that it’s impossible to explore and see everything in one day. Plan a weekend, stay for a month, or move to The Vineyards at Stage Pass, and you’ll still be constantly amazed by all that’s happening here.

If you’d love to call this corner of the world your home, reach out to the team at Stage Pass. With beautiful homesites overlooking The Rogue Valley and just minutes away from Jacksonville, OR, this could be the ideal place to start your next chapter.

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