Afternoon in Ashland

Ashland is so adorable! I’m glad that I had the opportunity to visit such a cute little town. Mal and I spent the afternoon wondering around and exploring the downtown area.

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So adorable.

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Murphy would have loved this dog bar! 😀

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Our first stop was Lithia Park that both Grandma and my father-in-law highly recommended. Even in the winter, the park was so beautiful. I can only imagine what it looks like in the summer.

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While walking in the park, Mal and I stumbled upon some bamboo. Cool! We definitely don’t have bamboo in Boston!

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Panda imitation.

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Handsome.

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We also saw the Shakespearian Theatre.

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Self-portrait.

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After visiting Lithia Park, we did a little window shopping around town.

I fell head over heals in love with a shop called, Prize. Basically, I was obsessed.

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Prize was totally my style. I loved everything! Too bad my suitcase is completely full– otherwise, I probably would have bought a ton of stuff!

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Mal and I worked up quite an appetite window shopping, so we took a friend’s recommendation to have lunch at The Black Sheep. The Black Sheep is an English pub and restaurant with a cozy, laid-back vibe.

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Mal and I sat under mistletoe. 😉

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To drink, I ordered a 10-ounce Black Velvet (Guinness + champagne). It was fantastic! The combo basically made a more bubbly Guinness. I might keep this concoction in mind for New Year’s Eve. 😉

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The 10-ounce half pint was the perfect amount for a mid-day drink.

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While I waited for my entree, I snacked on a piece of sourdough with a smear of butter.

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For lunch, I ordered the Beans on Toast, which was cannelloni beans mixed with a cheddar cheese sauce and spread on toasted sourdough. Omg, amazing. The dish sort of reminded me of macaroni and cheese with its thick and creamy cheddar sauce.

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Holy delicious. I ate almost the entire portion. Needless to say, I left feeling pretty stuffed. 😳

After lunch, Mal and I headed back to Medford to relax before an early dinner. Our flight to San Francisco departs at 6:00 AM, so we’re hitting the hay early. Let’s hope tomorrow goes smoothly!

See ya in a bit for dinner. I think we’re ordering take-out.

31 Comments

  1. That town looks so cute, it looks like you guys had a great time!

    I have never heard of a Black Velvet but that sounds like a great drink…. so do beans on toast!! What a perfect lunch 🙂

    I hope you don’t run into more travel headaches!!!

  2. Thanks for the tour! I haven’t been to Ashland since high school. I have a friend in town now from England who will be teaching there for the next 6 weeks. It’s certainly gotten spiffier since I went there for the Shakespearean Festival over 20 years ago! You’re not staying the night there, are you?

  3. so beautiful!
    that cute lil boutique looks right up my alley as well, super adorable!
    your lunch meals looks so great as well.
    have a great dinner tonight and good luck traveling tomorrow!
    jenna

  4. That is too funny about the Black Velvet, we have actually had the topic of Guinness mixed drinks come up a lot. My hubby, after possibly a drink or two, decided to mix Guinness & eggnog….. Guinnog. It actually wasn’t that bad. He did 3/4 Guinness to 1/4 Eggnog.

    We actually joked about the Guinness & Champagne! LOL

  5. I work for the company that publishes the YSL Style, Style, Style book! SO funny! That store looks great and so does the pub. Have a safe flight tomorrow!

  6. I was in Ashland in September and love it there. The Black Sheep is definitely the best place to go. We went several times in fact! They have a great traditional english drink which is called a Snakebite – half cider (like Strongbow), half lager, and about a shot of raspberry liquer. Mmm!!

  7. Hi Tina, bamboo actually grows wild in and around Boston and much of southern New England. I had bamboo growing in my yard when I lived in Newton. I see it every where!

  8. We actually do have bamboo in Boston. There is a little park/walkway with a fountain just before you go into Chinatown that has bamboo all over the place.

  9. Awwww. Some of my Dad’s family lives in Ashland, we went there every summer as a kid. I have such great memories of playing in Lithia park with my cousins.

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