Jacksonville's Magnolia Inn
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Jacksonville's Magnolia Inn is located in the heart of historic Jacksonville, Oregon. Guests at the elegant accommodation will enjoy views of the oldest church in Oregon, the former Jackson County Courthouse, and other historic buildings. During the summer, ride the trolley for a tour of vintage homes and businesses. Take a stroll through the quaint village, and enjoy the amenities Jacksonville offers, including award winning dining, unique shops, hiking, spectacular fall foliage, and more. During the winter, Magnolia Inn is the perfect place to stay stay while enjoying "Victorian Christmas in Historic Jacksonville", and nearby skiing at the Mount Ashland Ski Resort. In February, come join us for the fabulous Chinese New Year celebration. All summer long you can visit many of the over 60 wineries located nearby in the Rogue and Applegate Valley's.
Magnolia Inn is walking distance from the renowned Britt Festival, which draws music lovers from near and far to enjoy world class performances at this unique and prestigious outdoor music venue. The Inn is just minutes from Ashland where visitors can attend the famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival, visit Southern Oregon University, enjoy nearby mountains, or the gardens at Ashland's Lithia Park. The nearby famous Rogue River offers the excitement of both whitewater and scenic rafting, trophy steelhead and salmon fishing and other river activities. Hellgate Canyon jet boat tours are a short drive away, in nearby Grants Pass. Crater Lake National Park is a must-see, and is just over an hours drive through scenic forests.
Magnolia Inn, located in the heart of historic Jacksonville, featured in Sunset magazine and awarded AAA's prestigious triple diamond rating, is the favorite of visitors, corporate travelers and locals alike.
Its many amenities include:
- Nine beautifully appointed vintage-style rooms each with their own private bathroom
- Phone, Cable TV/VCR, Complimentary high-speed and wireless internet access
- Continental breakfast with tempting fresh pastries from local bakeries, yogurt, juice, fresh fruit, oatmeal, toast, gourmet coffee and teas
- Separate guest kitchen / dining on second level
- Outdoor veranda overlooking lush landscaping
- Complimentary nationwide long-distance calling
- One handicap accessible downstairs room
- One "pet friendly" room
- Just a few blocks away from shops and fine dining
- Whole house reservations available. (Weddings, Family Reunions, Funerals, Travel Groups)
- AAA/government/corporate discounts (exceptions apply)
The Sitting Room
Located downstairs next to the foyer, this cozy parlor offers guests a quiet place to read, write or visit. Comfortable antique wing back chairs, a love seat and great views outside allow guests to relax and unwind. Enjoy a glass of wine, the daily newspaper or take advantage of our "book exchange" upstairs - but make yourselves at home!
The bright and cozy kitchen and dining area is centrally located upstairs. The charming French country decor, conversation-friendly floor plan and smell of fresh brewed "Peet's" coffee is the perfect way to start your day! Our Continental Breakfast is served every morning from 7:30-10:00. There is additional seating on the adjoining veranda, or take your breakfast and coffee back to your room.
This room is also ideal for card and board games, birthday celebrations and late night munchies. A selection of popcorn's, fresh apples and snacks are always on hand. Kitchen amenities - microwave, refrigerator, dishes, wine glasses, ice buckets, room trays, etc. are all for your conveniance.
This grand porch off the second floor extends the width of the house. Just off the upstairs kitchen, it's the perfect place to enjoy your morning coffee and paper. There is plenty of table space to map out your plans for the day.
Take in the views of the lush green lawns, beautiful gardens, yard decor and our cherished old Magnolia tree. Comfortable furniture, pretty outdoor fabrics, accessories and ceiling fans gives this veranda the look and feel of a southern plantation.
This porch encourages "Sitting for a spell", it's a favorite gathering place for guests at the end of the day to enjoy a glass of wine, hot cider, good company and the sunset.
All of our rooms have premium mattresses and bedding, central air and heat, cable television, VCR, alarm clock, iron/boards, telephone, and free wireless internet.
Each room has a private spacious bathroom that includes a hairdryer, full length mirror, and full bath amenities.
From your hosts, Robert and Susan Roos. We both extend our warmest greetings to you. We trust you will enjoy a relaxing and comfortable stay with us!
In 2006, we were vacationing from our home in Orange County, California, with the goal of exploring as much of Oregon as two weeks would allow. Some close friends from the Portland area told us of the charming town of Jacksonville, and that it was a “must visit”. Not only were we to visit this town we’d never heard of, but we were also to stay at Jacksonville’s Magnolia Inn. We’re certainly glad we did! The Inn captured our hearts the very first time we saw it! The small friendly town of Jacksonville confirmed our warm fuzzy feelings of a bygone era.
Both of our lengthy careers have been in the hospitality industry at the corporate level. In 2007, we decided to start a new career by leaving our current jobs, purchasing Jacksonville’s Magnolia Inn, and moving to Jacksonville. With our past experience we knew we could create a vacation spot with the feelings of comfort and hospitality that we have always appreciated.
In January 2008, we began our own extensive remodeling that has transformed our Inn. We want our Inn to reflect elegance, comfort, and above all—put you first!
This non-profit organization, is the Pacific Northwest's premier outdoor summer performing arts festival. Britt presents dozens of summer concerts, featuring world-class artists in classical music, jazz, blues, folk, bluegrass, world, pop and country music. Britt's performance venue is a naturally formed amphitheater set among majestic ponderosa pines and native madrones on the beautiful hillside estate of 19th century photographer Peter Britt. Tens of thousands of music lovers travel from all over the West to enjoy Britt's world-class performances, spectacular scenery and casual, relaxing atmosphere. The Britt Amphitheater is walking distance from the Magnolia Inn, and we can provide complimentary "Britt chairs" for lawn seating.
Visit www.brittfest.org for scheduling and tickets.
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival
OSF is nationally renowned and is among the oldest and largest professional non-profit theatres in the nation. Each year OSF presents an eight-and-a-half-month season of eleven plays in three theatres plus numerous ancillary activities, and undertakes an extensive theatre education program. Operating on a budget exceeding $26 million, OSF presents more than 780 performances annually with attendance of approximately 400,000. The OSF performs in nearby Ashland, a picturesque 25 minute drive from Jacksonville.
Visit www.osfashland.org for performances and tickets.
Jacksonville is the heart of the Southern Oregon Wine Area
There are several wine tasting rooms in Jacksonville itself, representing wines from various areas of the Southern Oregon wine country. Jacksonville also serves as the "Gateway to the Applegate Wine Trail". Award winning premium wineries, such as Fiasco Winery, Troon Vineyards and Red Lily Vineyards are but a few of the outstanding venues you can visit as close as 10 minutes from Jacksonville.
To find out more about the local wines, visit applegatewinetrail.com.
Crater Lake National Park is a mere 1.5 hour drive from Jacksonville, it gives you the opportunity to experience one of Americas most beautiful natural wonders. The drive to Crater Lake is spectacular, and offers several stopping points on the way to experience a variety of sights. It makes a perfect 1/2 day trip.
The nearby Rogue River, is a paradise for all kinds of water activities. A 20 minute drive can put you on the river where you can try your luck for trophy Steelhead or King & Coho Salmon. There are numerous guide services available in the area, and Robert, here, at the Magnolia Inn can get you set up with the best available. There are also rafting services available with guides for some exhilarating white water fun, or rent your own with shuttle service for less technical water. One of the more popular experiences on the Rogue River is going on a Hells Gate Jet Boat ride. This breathtaking, "fun for the whole family" experience has various trips, and many include lunch or dinner.
Outdoor activities such as hiking, road and mountain biking, and geo-cache treks are but a few of the popular outdoor activities in and around Jacksonville. There are miles of well marked trails that leave and return in Jacksonville. The nearby Upper and Lower Table Rocks are popular destinations for hikers and are only minutes from town. Once a sanctuary for Takelma Indians, today these cliff-edged mesas near Medford are a haven for hikers and endangered wildflowers. Views from the cliffs extend across the Rogue River to the Siskiyous and the Cascades as well as Mt McLaughlin. Bicycles can be rented a couple blocks from the Magnolia Inn, as can the renting of the fun filled Segways.
Jacksonville and the surrounding area is filled with pioneer history. The Jacksonville Historic Cemetery (www.friendsjvillecemetery.org)is a “must visit, and you can spend hours wandering amongst the old growth trees and ancient markers. Beside the fact that the whole town of Jacksonville is listed on the National Historic Register, there are several other historical points of interest throughout the Rogue Valley. There is a large concentration of covered bridges (www.oregon.com/covered_bridges) in southern Oregon, and two are in our neighborhood. The Rogue Valley also boasts being the home to the Butte Creek Mill (buttecreekmill.com), the last water-powered grist mill, still commercially operating, this side of the Mississippi. The artisan Rogue Creamery, (www.roguecreamery.com) has been in operation since the 1930's and has recently garnered numerous awards including "World's Best Blue Cheese" at the World Cheese Awards in London.
Oregon Caves National Monument (oregoncaves.com) is a located a little over an hours drive from Jacksonville through the Applegate Valley. This spectacular venture is well worth the time. The Monument is open year-round, although snow sometimes blocks the road to the park. Cave tours are offered from mid-spring (mid-April) to late fall (early November), and the visitor center is open when the cave is open for tours. The schedule varies from season to season, but tours generally start no earlier than 9 a.m. and no later than 6p.m.
The Rogue Valley ZipLine Adventure is one of the Valley's newest and most exciting ways to spend an adventurous afternoon. This thrilling "Rogue Valley ZipLine Adventure" will take you high above the Rogue Valley as you soar through over 2700 feet of Zip on their "five Zipline" course. After viewing the amazing scenery & visible landmarks from above the tree tops (Crater Lake Rim, Mt. McLaughlin, Mt. Thielson, Table Rocks…) you will take your 5th and final ZIP on the longest ZIPLINE the Pacific North West has to offer (1300+ feet).
Visit www.rvzipline.com for more information and reservations, or see our "packages" tab for a "Zip, Dip, & Sip" full day's multi-faceted adventure.
The History of Jacksonville, Oregon
The Early Years
After gold was first discovered in the Oregon territory's Rich Gulch in 1851, miners from far and wide flocked to the Rogue Valley to seek their fortune. Within months, thousands were scouring the hills, hoping to stake a claim. And before long, the bustling mining camp that emerged along the gold-lined creek beds was transformed into a town named "Jacksonville", and quickly became the largest town in Oregon.
Fortunately, Peter Britt (Oregon's first photographer) arrived by oxen cart in 1852. After briefly trying his hand at gold mining and operating a pack train, Britt returned to his passion for photography. He subsequently captured the flavor of Jacksonville's early history with pictures of people, architecture, events and natural settings that reflected the unusual lives and colorful legends of the day.
Meanwhile, gold rush fever brought prosperity very quickly to Jacksonville, and by the winter of 1852, saloons and gambling halls were springing up to coax gold from the hands of eager prospectors. Makeshift shops, supply stores, a bank, and a variety of enterprising businesses suddenly began to appear on the scene.
City in Transition
During the early boom years, Jacksonville became the hub of commerce in Southern Oregon and the county seat of government. However, in 1884, when the railroad decided to choose the new town of Medford as the primary link between north and south - thereby bypassing Jacksonville entirely - many residents and businesses moved away. On the positive side, a few wealthy, local merchants built lavish mansions, and the new County Court House (now the site of the Jacksonville Museum of Southern Oregon History) was completed. By the 1890s, agriculture had replaced mining as the primary industry in the Rogue Valley.
For the next 50 years, Jacksonville remained relatively unchanged as surrounding communities continued to grow. The county seat was moved to Medford in 1927, while the years of the Great Depression and World War II left a serious economic impact on the community.
Preservation Efforts Commence
Demonstrating great resilience and a new recognition of Jacksonville's valuable heritage, residents and local merchants began to actively preserve the town's 19th century character and charm. Photo archives, writings and artifacts that document the community's history were carefully resurrected and assembled into exhibits and collections.
In 1966, the entire town of Jacksonville was designated a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of Interior. In addition, more than 80 individual buildings are included in the National Register of Historic Places.
Downtown Jacksonville currently offers a tantalizing assortment of businesses, some hidden along the side streets among the houses and trees. A selection of galleries, bookstores, clothing boutiques, gift and antique shops entice visitors and residents alike with high quality merchandise. Intimate restaurants and coffee houses feed appetites of persuasions ranging from Thai to Mexican, Italian and fine California cuisine.
Wherever they wander through Jacksonville's inviting streets, people can savor the beautiful natural settings and historic landmarks that are woven into the scenic landscape that characterizes Jacksonville today.
Jacksonville is perfectly situated to not only visit for a day or two, but to serve as a home base while enjoying the numerous and varied activities that await you in both the Rogue and Applegate Valleys.
Location and Directions
Site of the renowned Britt Festival that draws thousands of music lovers each summer, Jacksonville is set in the scenic Rogue Valley less than 30 minutes from Ashland and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Architecturally restored to reflect its Gold Rush-era boom days (thanks to the documentation of photographer Peter Britt), this charming town is home to the Magnolia Inn, an inviting inn with a bed and breakfast flavor. Centrally located across the street from the Jacksonville Museum, the 9-bedroom Magnolia Inn is just a 2 block walk from the downtown's numerous buildings on the National Historic Registry and various Restaurants and quaint shops.
Jacksonville is located just over the California and Oregon border of I-5. Jacksonville is an 11 hour drive north from Los Angeles and 5 hour drive north from San Francisco and Sacramento. There are direct, 2 hour, flights from LAX and other major cities. Portland is located just 4 1/2 hours north on I-5, while Seattle is 7 hours north of Jacksonville.
To reach Jacksonville from the South
- Ttake I-5 over the CA/OR border and exit at Exit 24 and turn left
- Turn right on Hwy 99 and proceed to South Stage Road
- Turn left on South Stage and follow the signs to Jacksonville
- After entering Jacksonville, turn right at the first stop (be careful - oncoming traffic does not stop), and proceed 2 blocks
- We will be on your left, across from the Museum
To reach Jacksonville from the North
- Exit I-5 South at Exit 30 (Crater Lake Hwy)
- Turn right and proceed to the end - a "T"
- Turn left on Hanley Road and continue into Jacksonville, where the street name changes to 5th Street
- We are on the right, one block past "Ray's Supermarket"
You may also reach Jacksonville from the Northern California / Southern Oregon Coast by taking US-199 to Grants Pass where it merges with 1-5 South, and continue south to the Medford area.
Directions from Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport
3650 Biddle Road, Medford. OR 97504
- Start out going Northwest on Terminal Loop Rd toward Historic Biddle Rd
- Turn leftto stay on Terminal Loop Rd
- Turn right to stay on Terminal Loop Rd
- Turn left onto Biddle Rd
- Turn left onto Hilton Rd
- Turn slight right onto Crater Lake HWY/OR-62 W.
- Stay straight to go onto OR-238 W/Jacksonville HWY
- Continue to follow OR-238 W
- Turn left onto Hanley Rd/OR-238
- Turn right onto Jacksonville HWY/OR-238.
- End at 245 N 5th St Jacksonville, OR 97530-9258
- Estimated Time: 13 minutes Distance: 7.50 miles