16 ways to beat smoky cabin fever
Is this wildfire smoke driving you mad? Are your kids bouncing off the walls?
Though Southern Oregon is renowned for its outdoor activities — currently off-limits to most because of smoky, unhealthy air — it still has plenty of indoor options to beat cabin fever.
From jumping on trampolines and playing dodgeball at Rogue Air Park in Medford to taking a brewpub tour, activities abound for kids and adults alike. The following is a partial list.
Rogue Air Park
Here you'll find 20,000 square feet of wall-to-wall trampolines for dodgeball, open court jumping, tumbling, slam-dunking basketballs and literally bouncing off the walls. For trampoline jumpers under age 18, a parent or legal guardian must complete an electronic waiver. Waivers can be completed in advance via the park's website.
519 Medford Center, Medford
Rogue Rock Gym
Whether you're a beginning or an experienced rock climber, Rogue Rock's got a wall for you. It offers free-style, rope-free bouldering on 10-15-foot walls all the way to top roping (with fall-free harnesses) on 25- to 30-foot walls. Day passes are available for people who aren't members. Participants must fill out a liability waiver.
3001 Samike Drive, Medford
The RRRink ice skating arena
1349 Center Drive, Medford
Day passes are available for people who aren't members. Rogue Valley Family YMCA, 522 W. Sixth St., Medford, 541-772-6295, rvymca.org; Ashland Family YMCA, 540 YMCA Way, Ashland, 541-482-9622, www.ashlandymca.org
Ashland Tennis & Fitness Club
735 Jefferson Ave., Ashland
Normally a members-only club, the tennis, swimming and fitness facility offers day passes while the smoke persists. Visitors must sign liability waivers. To reserve a tennis court, call and ask for Chip Blackmon.
Rogue Valley Family Fun Center
1 Peninger Road, Central Point
Although the center is best known for its outdoor go-karts and miniature golf, it has an indoor arcade and the three-story Cactus Jack's Playhouse with slides, tunnels and climbing webs.
Kid Time Children's Museum
106 N. Central Ave., Medford
ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum
1500 E. Main St., Ashland
Smoke occasionally closes down the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's outdoor Allen Elizabethan Theatre, but the show goes on in the indoor Angus Bowmer and Thomas theaters at the OSF campus, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. Call 541-482-211 or see www.osfashland.org. Other local theaters include Camelot Theatre, 101 Talent Ave., Talent, 541-535-5250, www.camelottheatre.org; the Randall Theatre Company, 520 N. Fifth St., Jacksonville, and Front and Third Streets, Medford, 541-632-3258, www.randalltheatre.com; and the Craterian Theater at The Collier Center for the Performing Arts, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford, 541-779-3000, www.craterian.org.
Jackson County Library Services
Libraries in 15 Jackson County communities offer a range of activities, including talks and movie screenings, in addition to books. See jcls.org for locations, hours and event calendars.
A sampling of local watering holes includes Common Block Brewing Co., 315 E. Fifth St., Medford, 541-326-2277, www.commonblockbrewing.com; RAM Restaurant & Brewery, 165 Rossanley Drive, Medford, 458-9816, www.theram.com; BricktownE Brewing Co., 44 S. Central Ave., Medford, 541-973-2377, www.bricktownebeer.com; Caldera Brewing Co., 590 Clover Lane, Ashland, 541-482-4677, and Caldera Tap House, 31 Water St., Ashland, 541-482-7468, www.calderabrewing.com; Opposition Brewing Co., 545 Rossanley Drive, Medford, 541-210-855, www.oppositionbrewing.com; Portal Brewing Co., 100 E. Sixth St., Medford, 541-499-0804, portalbrewingco.com; Standing Stone Brewing Co., 101 Oak St., Ashland, 541-482-2448, www.standingstonebrewing.com; Walkabout Brewing Co., 921 Mason Way, Medford, 541-734-4677, www.brewerydb.com/brewery/vq7ekR
Beat the smoke-induced blues with caffeine at coffee shops that dot the Rogue Valley, including Mellelo Coffee Roasters, 229 W. Main St., Medford, 541-734-3271, mellelo.com; Starbucks, 150 N. Bartlett St., Medford, 541-608-4538, www.starbucks.com; Noble Coffee Roasting, 281 Fourth St., Ashland, 541-488-3288, noblecoffeeroasting.com; GoodBean, 165 S. Oregon St., Jacksonville, 541-899-8740, www.goodbean.com.
Half of the enjoyment of visiting a winery comes from rural vineyard scenery, but many local wineries and shops still have attractive indoor tasting rooms. For ideas, visit southernoregonwines.org, or try The Urban Cork, 330 N. Fir St., Medford, 541-500-8778, www.theurbancork.com; Del Rio Vineyards, 52 N. River Road, Gold Hill, 541-855-2062, www.delriovineyards.com; Paschal Winery and Vineyard, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent, 541-535-7957, www.paschalwinery.com; EdenVale Winery, 2310 Voorhies Road, Medford, 541-512-2955, www.edenvalleyorchards.com, Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane, Ashland, 541-552-4900, bellefiore.com.
Central Point Artisan Corridor
Rogue Creamery cheeses, 311 N. Front St., 541-665-1155, www.roguecreamery.com; Lillie Belle Farms handcrafted chocolates and treats, 211 N. Front St., 541-664-2815, www.lilliebellefarms.com; Ledger David Cellars wine, 245 N. Front St., 541-664-2218, ledgerdavid.com; Montgomery's Meats butcher shop and culinary creations, 175 N. First St., 530-938-0203, montgomerysmeatco.com; Central Point Perk coffee shop with breakfast and lunch, 117 E. Pine St., Central Point, 541-363-7375, www.centralpointperk.com
Rogue Valley Mall
1600 N. Riverside Ave., Medford
An indoor playground for small children is outside JCPenney. Adults can browse and walk in the largest indoor shopping complex between Eugene and Sacramento.