The Mail Tribune is now taking votes online for the “Reader’s Choice Awards”. One of the categories is “Best River Rafting Guide”. For your vote to be eligible you must fill out 80% of the categories. Below is the full ballot that shows who we voted for and to provide a guide if you get stuck. To cast your vote visit the website here.

Dining and Entertainment

Best Burger: Big Al’s
Best Pizza: Creekside Pizzaria
Best Steak: Omar’s
Best Seafood: Omar’s
Best Japanese Food: Hana Sushi
Best Vietnamese Food: Golden Wok
Best Chinese Food: Golden Dynasty
Best Korean Food: Lee’s Cuisine
Best Thai Food: Thai Pepper
Best Italian Food: Pasta Piatti
Best Mexican Food: La Casa del Pueblo
Best Bakery: Apple Cellar
Best Deli: Ashland Food Co-op
Best Breakfast Restaurant: Morning Glory
Best New Restaurant: The Playwright
Best Dessert Place: Larry’s Cakes
Best Coffee Place: Noble Coffee
Best Venue for Live Music: Alex’s
Best Live Theater: Cabaret
Best Movie this Year: Kadoma
Best Bar, Pub, or Lounge: The Playwright
Best Local Wine: Roxy Ann
Best Loca Microbrew: Mogli, Caldera Brewing

People and Groups

Best Civic Organization: Ashland Food Project
Favorite Teacher: Not sure…
Favorite Retail Sales Staff: Rogue Valley Runners
Favorite Wait Staff: Morning Glory
Favorite Local Newspaper / Columnist: Zach Urness, Daily Courier
Favorite Local TV Personality: Kevin Lollis
Favorite Local Radio Personality: Staff at JPR
Favorite Realtor: Chris Hale
Favorite Insurance Agent Robert Buckmister, All State
Favorite Hair Stylist: Heather Tacy
Favorite Bar Tender: Austin, Louie’s
Best Contractor: Ben Marincus
Best Photographer: Jeff Wishard, Active Images Photography
Best Financial Advisor: Susan Brassel
Best Medical Office: Medford Medical Clinic
Best Attorney: Joe Charter
Best River Rafting Guide: Indigo Creek Outfitters
Best Landscape Service: Ashland Landscapes

Activities and Places

Best Family Entertainment: Rogue River Rafting
Best Lake: Emigrant
Best Campground: Emigrant Lake
Best Hiking Trail: White Rabbit
Best Fishing Area: Rogue River, the Holy Waters
Best Scenic Drive: Crater Lake Highway
Best Golf Course: Oak Knoll
Best Retirement Residence: Rogue Valley Manor
Best Gym: Ashland’s YMCA
Best Spa: Blue Giraffe


Best place to buy a new vehicle: Butler Ford
Nest place to buy a used vehicle: Butler Ford
Best place to buy furniture: Ashland Recyled Furniture
Best place to buy outdoor furniture/grills: Ashland’s Ace Hardware
Best place to buy clothing: Ashland’s Outdoor Store
Best place to buy tires: Les Schwab
Best cell phone service: ATT
Best selection of movie rentals: DJ’s Video Store
Best auto service: McClure’s
Best home improvement store: Ashland’s Ace Hardware
Best gardening / landscaping store: Ashland Green Houses
Best grocery store: Shop N Kart
Best banking institution: Wells Fargo
Best place to buy jewelry: Gold and Gems
Best shoe store: Village Shoes
Best real estate office: Full Circle
Best place to buy a motorcycle / ATV: Motorcycle Superstore