O’Ryan’s Irish Pub and the Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant in Ashland Oregon

O’Ryan’s Irish Pub and the Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant in Ashland Oregon

There are two Pubs in downtown Ashland, one English and one Irish, that are competing for the “biggest dive bar” award. The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant is an English themed pub upstairs on the Plaza. O’Ryan’s Irish Pub is, you guessed it, the Irish pub/dive bar farther up Main Street with Oregon Lottery machines and two (2) pool tables.

O’RYAN’S IRISH PUB

This is probably the “go to” place in Ashland on St. Patrick’s Day. It’s the “DIVE BAR” downtown. Just like the name says, it’s an Irish Pub bar. It’s dark, dirty and smells like old beer. The pool tables and lottery machines give this place the feel of a basement game room. They have a good selection of beers on draft and a full bar, but I didn’t stay long enough to have a drink. If you like dive bars, you’ll like this place.

O'Ryan's Irish Pub

O’Ryan’s Irish Pub

O'Ryan's Irish Pub

O’Ryan’s Irish Pub

O'Ryan's Irish Pub

O’Ryan’s Irish Pub

O'Ryan's Irish Pub

O’Ryan’s Irish Pub


THE BLACK SHEEP Pub & Restaurant

Upstairs, behind the double red doors on the Plaza, is the Black Sheep, an English themed pub & restaurant, that is an “institution” in Ashland (and some of the patrons should probably be committed!). Above the Front Door and at the top of the stairs is a Union Jack. There are pictures, art, signs, photographs and tapestries decorating the brick  walls. It’s dark, dirty and smells like old beer. They have live music and entertainment (on a previous night they had a drag show), and a good selection of draft beers & ales on tap and a full bar. The also have a pretty traditional pub menu and are open for lunch & dinner and late night dining and drinking.

The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant

The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant

The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant

The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant

The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant

The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant

The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant

The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant

I went upstairs and sat at the bar alone for about 15 minutes without anyone smiling, saying hello, or even acknowledging that I might want to order a beverage. It was loud, and the small crowd was pretty much locals who knew each other. As you can see from this next pic, I might as well have been invisible. After waiting patiently, I got up, walked back down the stairs and went in search of a friendlier and more comfortable place to have a drink.

The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant

The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant

They have a rear entrance and street seating on Guanajuato Lane on the creek with a nice view of Ashland Creek Park.

The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant

The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant – rear entrance on Guanajuato Lane

The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant

The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant – street seating on Guanajuato Lane

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O’Ryan’s Pub – 137 E Main St, Ashland OR 97520 (541)482-8572

The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant – 51 N Main St, Ashland OR 97520 (541)482-6414

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Is it expensive to island hop in Hawaii? In a word: YES.

Q: Is it expensive to island hop? My fiance and I are coming to the big island for a work trip for 3 days and are looking to extend our trip a couple days. Is it expensive to fly from the big island to Maui? ~ Katie C., Huntington Beach, CA

A: Yes Katie, it is expensive to island hop in Hawaii.

Consider not only the cost in money (airfare, bag fees, transfers, tips, etc.), but in time. Inter-Island travel time is short, but you’ll lose a day at the airport, getting a rental car and checking in to a new hotel.

There’s so much to do on the The Big Island Hawaii:

Watch the sunrise/sunset from the top of Mauna Kea. You can go skiing if there’s snow (and then head for the beach afterwards).

Spend a whole day at Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park! Visit the Kīlauea Volcano. Try a tasting at the Volcano Winery, buy a bottle of wine and drive through the lava fields to where the molten lava spills into the ocean. Have dinner at Hawaii Volcano House Hotel and/or stay overnight with a view of the crater.

 Kilauea meets the sea. Volcanoes National Park - Big Island Hawaii (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Kilauea meets the sea. Volcanoes National Park – Big Island Hawaii (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Drive around the island and visit the green sand beaches at South Point in Kalae, the southern most point in the United States. There are lots of places to stop, eat and shop along the way.

Hike Akaka Falls State Park home of two majestic waterfalls and lush tropical gardens. Visit Rainbow Falls and see historic Hilo.

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Rainbow Falls – Hilo, Hawaii (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Snorkel Keauhou Bay and and other spots along the Kona coast, you might get to swim with endangered sea turtles.

Visit the Waipio Valley and “cowboy country”. Have a steak dinner. Go horseback riding. There are lots of places to visit, eat, shop, etc.

Snorkel Honaunau Bay and visit Pu’uhonua O Honaunau Park.

Take a snorkel cruise to the Captain Cook Monument or go whale/dolphin/manta ray watching. Go to a Luau w/dinner & entertainment.

A beautiful Waikoloa sunset on the Big Island of Hawaii (copyright 2010 Joshua Weisel)

A beautiful Waikoloa sunset on the Big Island of Hawaii (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Visit some of the other amazing Resort Hotels! Hilton Waikoloa Village, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu, etc. See Petroglyphs, tropical gardens, art, etc. for free.

These are just a few suggestions, there is so much to do and see on the Big Island Hawaii (you wouldn’t be able to do it all in three days if you weren’t working) that isn’t on this list. And of course, take time to just relax and DO NOTHING. Lay on the beach or by the pool and sip umbrella drinks, that’s an essential part of the Hawaiian experience.

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Travel Answers About Maui, Hawaii!

Q: On a Honeymoon, where are Secluded beaches on Maui?

A: If you take the Road to Hana

Road to Hana, Maui (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Road to Hana, Maui (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

you’ll come to Waianapanapa State Park and it’s black sand beaches and amazing polished lava rock shore.

Wai'anapanapa State Park - Maui, Hawaii (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Wai’anapanapa State Park – Maui, Hawaii (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Wai'anapanapa State Park - Maui, Hawaii (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Wai’anapanapa State Park – Maui, Hawaii (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Wai'anapanapa State Park - Maui, Hawaii (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Wai’anapanapa State Park – Maui, Hawaii (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

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Have lunch at the beautiful Travaasa Hana Hotel (which once was the original Hana-Maui Hotel and Ranch)

Hana-Maui Ranch, Hana, Maui, Hawaii (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Hana-Maui Ranch, Hana, Maui, Hawaii (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Be sure to stop at Hasegawa’s General Store before you visit the Seven Sacred Pools.

Hana Bay - Hana, Maui (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Hana Bay – Hana, Maui (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

If you’re feeling adventurous there’s a great day hike to Waimoku Falls across dried river beds and through tropical and bamboo forests.

Pipiwai Trail to Waimoku Falls (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Pipiwai Trail to Waimoku Falls (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

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Waimoku Falls - Hana, Maui (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Waimoku Falls – Hana, Maui (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Waimoku Falls - Hana, Maui (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Waimoku Falls – Hana, Maui (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Take the long road home on the Piilani highway around the southeast side of Maui and visit the Palapalo Ho’omau Church where Charles Lindbergh is buried before heading back to central or west Maui.

Magical Maui - Lahaina, Maui, HI

Magical Maui – Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

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Q: Reasonably priced, laid-back accommodations on Maui?

Lahaina Sunset - Maui, Hawaii (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Lahaina Sunset – Maui, Hawaii (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

A: I recommend the Makena Beach & Golf Resort in Wailea-Makena on Maui!

*****No resort fees! Free internet and parking!*****

From their website:

The Makena Beach & Golf Resort features over 330 sunshine filled days for uninterrupted fun in the sun! From kayaking and canoe paddling to beachfront yoga and ukulele lessons, Makena offers the best of Maui activities without ever having to leave the Wailea-Makena area.

Featuring: 2 pools and hot tub, 2,500 sq. ft. Fitness Center, Maluaka Beach offering a variety of water activities, six-court Makena Tennis Club, Outdoor Play Center featuring shuffle board, ping pong, miniature golf, croquet, bocce ball, badminton and volleyball!

Daily list of complimentary and discounted resort guest activities. Convenient to Maui Golf and Shopping. Full service Concierge desk offering a variety of Maui Activities.

*****

They have nice packages available! The Full Makena includes daily breakfast for two (and it’s a great breakfast) and the fifth night FREE. Airfare and rental car add ons available too.

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As a travel agent, I booked clients there and they only had great things to say and wonderful pictures to share.

Hana Maui Sunrise - Hana, Maui, Hawaii (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Hana Maui Sunrise – Hana, Maui, Hawaii (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

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26-APR-13: Wai’anapanapa State Park – Maui, Hawaii

Hana, Maui

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Wai’anapanapa State Park – Maui, Hawaii (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Waiʻanapanapa State Park is a 122-acre state park in Hana, Maui, Hawaii. It is located at the end of Waiʻanapanapa Road off Hana Highway, 53 miles east of Kahului.

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25-MAR-13: Kilauea meets the sea.

Kilauea meets the sea.  Volcanoes National Park – Big Island Hawaii

Bring a bottle of wine and watch the lava flow into the ocean at sunset!

 Kilauea meets the sea. Volcanoes National Park - Big Island Hawaii (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Volcanoes National Park – Big Island Hawaii (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Kīlauea is a shield volcano and the most active of the five volcanoes that form the islands of Hawaii.  Located along the southern shore of the island, at 300,000 to 600,000 years old, it is the current eruptive center of the Hawaiian-Emperor seamount chain.

The current Kīlauea eruption began on January 3, 1983, along the eastern rift zone. The vent produced vigorous lava fountains that quickly built up, sending lava flows down the volcano’s slope. In 1986, activity shifted down the rift to a new vent, named Kūpaʻianahā, where it took on a more effusive character. Kūpaʻianahā built up a low, broad volcanic shield, and lava tubes fed flows extending 7 miles to the sea.

In 1992, the eruption moved back to Puʻu ʻŌʻō, but continued in the same manner, covering nearly all of the 1983–86 lava flows and large areas of coastline. As of January 2011, the eruption has produced 1 cubic mile of lava, covered 48 square miles of land, added 509 acres of land, destroyed 213 structures, and resurfaced 9 miles of highway with lava as thick as 115 ft.

 

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