This video takes us about 20 miles north of the California-Oregon border to Ashland, which has more smarts and style than your average town of 21,000.
I showed up on a Monday, when all the Shakespearean stages were dark. But plenty of musicians were out, working the sidewalk or playing the open-mic night at Oberon's Tavern or serenading the upstairs diners at Martino's Restaurant.
The last bit of the video comes from a nature walk along the narrow, roaring Rogue River Gorge, about 70 miles north of Ashland along Oregon Route 62. (Other stretches of the river, near the town of Gold Hill north of Medford, are popular spots for rafting outfitters.)