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6 FRESHEN UP ANY ROOM Peel and stick wallpaper makes it easy
8 RECIPE FOR SUCCESS
Legacy and innovation at RoxyAnn Winery
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BY LACEY FARBER PHOTOS BY LACEY FARBER
allpaper isn’t what it used to be. If you’ve ever had the unfortunate experience of painstakingly removing old wallpaper then you probably never want to see it again! I’m here to tell you that times have changed. Creating a fun feature for your walls or shelving is easier than ever, and the best part is, it’s not a permanent fixture.
Lacey Farber DNW Magazine recently caught up with Lacey Farber of Ponderosa and Plaid in Medford, Oregon. Lacey is a Lifestyle Blogger and Social Media Influencer, and she happily shared her peel-and-stick wallpaper adventure with us, including some awesome before and afters. You can find Lacey on Instagram @ponderosa_and_plaid where she shares fashion, home decor and awkward dance moves with over 20,000 highly engaged IG followers.
I was slightly apprehensive when picking out a print for my breakfast nook. I had heard horror stories from my mother, and even my mother’s mother. After I finally decided on the look I was going for, I set my expectations low as I placed the first strip onto my wall. It was crooked. Good thing I didn’t expect perfection! Lucky for me, I was able to pull the strip right back off the wall. A couple times adjusting and I got into the groove of things. I love how much lighter my kitchen feels and how much joy that little corner brings to me and my family. The problem now is, where do I stop? I’m hooked!
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Daisy, a sweet German shepherd who greeted us at the door, is curled up patiently in a bed in the far corner during the entire interview. I’m pretty sure she’s waiting for us to finish so she can show us around. My first impression of Chad helps me understand the story of this place. He is confident and thoughtful, and when I ask him what he wants people to know about RoxyAnn Winery, his face lights up. We talk about community and the importance of gathering together in a place that feels like home.
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“We kind of joke here that it’s like a ‘Cheers’ bar, where everybody knows your name. We aren’t pretentious. We’re in a 1918 barn with 100 year old floors,” Chad smiles. “Our goal is to make people feel welcome and experience wine on their own. We are here to guide and advise, but everyone is given the chance to enjoy and learn from their own experience.”
rom the moment you pull into the driveway of RoxyAnn Winery, you can feel it. There is history here. It’s unmistakable as you stand on the grass between the towering white barns. You’re surrounded by beauty from every direction. It’s hard to know where to explore first. Owner and General Manager Chad Day sits down with me in his small, unpretentious office in the back barn. Photos and framed memorabilia are stacked against the wall, waiting to be hung. A neat and functional desk stands in one corner, and
The 100-year-old Honor barn houses RoxyAnn Winery’s tasting room. It’s one of fifteen structures on the property that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The title comes from an “honor box”, a place where neighbors can still leave payments for orchard fruit. Although Chad’s description of the barn is technically correct, the beauty of the tasting room can’t be overstated. In place of animal stalls and a tack room, there is a gorgeous bar and dozens of tables for gathering, as well as a kitchen area. During the week, the tasting room is mainly filled with local neighbors. On the weekend, flocks of tourists pour in to soak up the atmosphere. It’s warm and inviting, and yet one can still sense the hard work and innovation it must have taken to build Hillcrest Orchard and RoxyAnn Winery. continued on 10
“We can trace our roots back to some of the early settlers in this valley, back to the late 1800’s,” says Chad. “The Parsons side of our family began purchasing land to graze cattle. They owned a ranch in Hilt, the end of the train line at the time. The family purchased land so they could bring their livestock up and over the Siskiyous to graze. Eventually they secured the land that is now Hillcrest Orchard and RoxyAnn Winery.” Although some of the property up north has been sold over the years, Chad’s family still owns a tree farm on Mt. Ashland, as well as grazing land at Howard Prairie. Three generations ago Chad’s greatgrandfather, Reginald Parsons, watered the 185 acres of pear and apple trees at the foot of Roxy Ann Peak from a horse drawn tank wagon. He also managed to keep the trees healthy and pay orchard employees during the Great Depression. In 1996 Chad’s father, Jack Day, along with his cousin Jud Parsons, were looking to diversify the crops and the property. They decided to plant 20 acres of vineyards. Eventually they were growing
more grapes than they could sell, so Jack jumped in to the winemaking business. Success was immediate, and today the winery shows no signs of slowing down. Fans of RoxyAnn Winery have a lot to look forward to. Today, Chad runs about 70 acres of grapes on the property, and this year there are plans to purchase approximately 60 tons of fruit from around the valley to make more wine. This hard working winery produces about 15,000 cases annually, and Chad hopes to double that in the next 15 years. He has also joined with a group of other regional wineries with a vision to put Southern Oregon on the map as a premier wine-growing region. Achieving that dream will take hard work and innovation, but these qualities are a legacy in Chad’s family. In 2020, Chad’s sister Crissie Olson is moving back to the Rogue Valley, bringing with her a background in finance and accounting. “We’re very much a family business,” says Chad. “Being family oriented is important to us. Some of our staff have been here for
14 or more years. That’s pretty special when you’re in the service industry.” After the interview we head outside. A gentle rain falls, something that happens often in Southern Oregon in late spring. The sun begins its slow drift in the western sky and Roxy Ann Peak glows golden behind the barns. It feels impossible to be stressed out here. It’s like Roxy Ann Bowen herself, a rough minded, progressive frontier woman from the 1800’s has stopped in after a long day to unwind and enjoy herself. Friendly chatter floats from the open doors of the tasting room, a testament to the gathering place Chad and his staff have created for their neighbors. Folks are gathered around tables inside, or cozied up on the patio sharing wine and easy conversation. I say goodbye to Chad and head towards the Honor Barn. I can see why people love to stop off here on their way home from work. RoxyAnn Winery invites you to breathe easy the moment you arrive, and that’s exactly what I intend to do next.
ROXYANN PEAK & PRESCOTT PARK BY JENN RANDLES
Longing for the outdoors and a few hours away from devices and chaos? Looking for more family time? If you’ve lived in Southern Oregon for any length of time, you’re probably familiar with Roxy Ann Peak. She can’t be missed as she rises 2200 feet above Medford and is seen from almost anywhere in the Rogue Valley. Start your morning with a brisk, yet moderate hike up the main road or one of the many clearly marked nature trails. Roxy Ann Peak boasts spectacular views of the Rogue Valley, including Mt. Mcloughlin, Mt. Ashland and the Tablerocks.
"We're very much a family business. Being family oriented is important to us. Some of our staff have been here for 14 or more years. That's pretty special when you're in the service industry."
Pack a picnic lunch with fun food and snacks, plenty of water and sunscreen, and a light jacket if necessary. Grab some disposable cameras and challenge the kids to see who can photograph the most wildflowers, deer and birds, and of course lots of selfies.
The great thing about this hike is it can be for all skill levels. And if you happen to catch a sunset while you’re there, you’ll understand why it’s a perfect way to end your day. For more information, visit the City of Medford’s website at www.ci.medford.or.us ■
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ith their own five-acre paradise at the south end of Ashland, just outside the city limits, Steve and Tracy Meister have created a mecca of beautiful architecture and complete relaxation. Warm earth tones derived from salvaged wood, carefully selected stone and fine details make the 4,700 square foot space feel cozy and inviting.
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Steve purchased the property over two decades ago and spent a dozen years slowly prepping the site. The couple married six years ago and began planning their custom home. Patient and deliberate in what they wanted, both confess lots of compromise and lots of home shows attended. They also welcomed design help from Krissy Milner, owner of Terra Firma Home in Medford, to complete their overall interior design.
Steve & Tracy Meister
“We liked rustic and comfortable but also an open, more urban feel. He liked lodge. I liked prairie. We just kept going to get where we wanted to be,” Tracy says. “We ended up with a Pacific Northwest contemporary style.”
Over the front door, a pendant style LED channel light hangs from 18-foot ceilings with wood planks overhead to add warmth. With open line of sight for most of the main level, a dining area features dark wood and white upholstered chairs for simplicity. Floor to ceiling windows surround the living area.
A home they fell in love with in Portland helped them decide on designer Troy Fowler. Overall modern and elegant, details were carefully chosen. For first impressions, an eight-foot high pivot door creates an elegant entryway. Reed glass embedded in the thick, dark colored wood provides privacy while adding light.
Adjacent to the dining area, a 12-by-6-foot wine cellar designed by the couple displays bottles horizontally on angled shelves to show off labels. Racks were created locally by Oak Street Tank and Steel of Ashland.
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Says Tracy, “We thought it’d be nice if the front one was slanted so you could see them all behind each other and to have them horizontal so the labels could show.” Large window areas into the cellar are flanked by elaborate stone masonry and beams to match those over the main living area, milled from reclaimed beams. Furnishing in the main living area is simplistic, leather and upholstery in browns and grays with some 93 windows throughout the home providing natural light. An open-air kitchen features stainless appliances, dark wood cabinets and darker stools surrounding a neartranslucent island of Quartzite. The piece, “Crystal,” is a slab of natural stone from Brazil. Steve’s favorite part of the kitchen is the four ovens – three regular and one steam. Carrying his love of cooking outdoors, he has a menagerie of grills, smokers and a round Evo cook surface that heats to 750 degrees. Nearby, a vanishing edge pool and accompanying spa, designed and installed by Perfection Pools of Southern Oregon, create a feeling of serenity. Along the barbecue area, an outdoor fireplace with custom masonry is one of three for the home, and their mantles are milled from a 100 year old oak tree.
to pursue the idea but use ceramic wood style tile in the place of real wood.” Almost another living quarters entirely, the downstairs provides two guest rooms down a long hallway adorned with photos from the Southern Oregon Historic Society. A pool room connects to the swim area via a four-panel receding door. A pool guest bathroom features a waterfall style piece of travertine in the shower and tiny metal divers for towel hooks. Behind a simple beige overstuffed couch, plans for a table and chairs, or bar area, gave way to a custom console table by a local artisan. Connecting the main level and the downstairs, a decorative concrete deck area is maintenance-free. “We could’ve done tiles or anything, but we wanted a simple look and it was something we wouldn’t have to maintain or replace,” says Steve. Minimalist aluminum railing preserves the view with a barely visible thin cable. Builder Sam Sarich says the couple’s willingness to trust contractors and mix materials – the home boasts a long list of wood from alder and fir to hickory and cedar – created a unique ambiance and made for a fun project for everyone involved.
Down the main hall, a master bed and bath are done in the same clean earth tones. His and her vanity areas compliment a large pedestal soaking tub beneath a picture window. The tub sits atop faux wood planking made of ceramic.
“I’ve been building for almost 35 years and there’s a saying that keeps coming up, ‘Stealth is wealth.’ When you can do things subtle like this, the accumulation of all the subtle things makes one great project,” Sam says.
“I had a vision of this beautiful tub elevated and sitting on a teak floor, but my practical husband and builder talked me out of it,” Tracy admits. “I shared my vision with Diane Shenk of Shenk Design and she encouraged me
“It takes a lot of people who are really good at what they do to create a custom home like this. A lot of clients come to me and say, ‘Hey I want a house.’ I ask what style and I get a blank stare. Not the Meisters. They had a plan!”
BY JENNA BENTON PHOTOS BY PHOTOGRAPHY BY LAHNA MARIE
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Mason "Storm" Faulconer & Jacob Terando take a break from the daily grind
f you’ve spent much time in downtown Medford, one thing is clear. We love our coffee. Whether it’s a big brand on the go, or a slow sip of third wave, coffee is part of our unique culture in Oregon. Some might say there is nothing new on the coffee frontier. Enter Forage Coffee Company. Settled on a corner next to Hawthorne park in Medford, this little shop is a new hot spot for coffee, connection and… plants? Yes, this is a coffee shop combined with a plant store, and the pairing really is as perfect as it sounds. Almost seven decades ago this was a Texaco gas station. Throughout the years, it became a place where people came to get their cars fixed, and then eventually it was just an abandoned eyesore. That’s when Bob and Susan Faulconer decided to reimagine the old building. Susan had always wanted to open a plant store, and the couple decided to also offer the space for a coffee shop to their son, Mason Faulconer, and their daughter and son-in-law, Jade and Jacob Terando.
"We want to be a place where our neighbors can gather, and we also want other creatives and entrepreneurs to know they don’t have to head north or south to feel inspired and valued.
They can come here."
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Co-Owner, Forage Coffee
“We thought it would be fun to join forces. As a family, we’ve always believed that you can do whatever you dream,” says Susan. “My husband is a jack of all trades. He drew up the plans, and the rest of us pitched in to make it happen.” Their inspiring space was indeed a creative team effort and a labor of love, and it shows. Jacob took on logistics, and Mason joined his dad during renovations. Mason also had a strong vision for the space, so Jade worked hard with him on the design, alongside Susan, to bring it to life. Forage Coffee Company is light and bright, with a mix of Scandinavian design and a touch of 70’s vibe. Lush plants are scattered throughout, all carefully potted and ready to be carried home and loved. Where there were once gas pumps, there are now patio tables surrounded by pops of colorful flowers. The old garage doors roll up on warm days, and seating areas are thoughtfully arranged over concrete floors, leaving plenty of room to wander around. On any given day you’ll find professionals, artists, moms with babies in tow, and retirees hanging out. There doesn’t seem to be one typical demographic, which suits this family just fine. “We worked hard to make our place really beautiful for Medford,” says Jacob. “We want to be a spot where our neighbors can gather, and we also want other creatives and entrepreneurs to know they don’t have to head north or south to feel inspired and valued. They can come here.” continued on 21
Jade Terando takes a sip of a freshly made latte
Sometimes Jade pops in to work the counter, but for the most part Jacob and Mason spend long days working the dream. As the family hits their stride and word about their little business spreads, Forage Coffee Company is also quickly becoming known for their food. Mason has taken on the vision for the pastries and cookies that are baked fresh every morning, and customers are gobbling them up. For now, Mason serves a limited amount of sweet and savory items, such as brown butter chocolate chip cookies, raspberry bran flake muffins, and sausage, fennel and goat cheese scones. “Once we’re more settled in and are able to hire some help, I would love to add specialty brunch items and expand our menu,” says Mason. “For now, we’re focusing on making all of our pastries from scratch and just offering really great coffee.” Jacob and Mason plan to rotate different roasters from around the nation to keep their coffee experience fresh and fun. At the counter, customers who order drip coffee have the option of choosing single origin or the featured blend. “If someone is interested in what they’re drinking, we’ll nerd out a little with them and help them understand more about the product they’re choosing,” says Mason. “We also offer a merch shelf so they can take it home with them.” “From the parking lot to the counter, it’s obvious what we’re about,” says Jacob with a smile. “I’m not going anywhere, I’m staying right here. I’m raising my family in Medford. We work 17 hour days right now because Southern Oregon is a place we love and we want everyone else to love it too.”
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olden light peeks through the trees at Mama Bee’s Farm, and birds are snacking from bird feeders in the trees outside my bedroom window, chattering and singing as the sun comes up. I throw my hair under a hat and traipse through the dewy fields to check on the ducks and chickens. A rooster crows from behind the fence, and our farm cat and dog circle around my feet. Everyone’s hungry, and I smile as I think about how different my life was before May of 2018 when we bought this old place. I remember the first time I flew in from Southern California to take a look. I rounded the bend and caught a glimpse of the overgrown shrubberies and sad exterior of the 100+ year old homestead and held my breath. The sun was shining, the flowers were in full bloom, and I knew in an instant I was home.
Brittni Doyle of Mama Bee's Farm
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Sometimes I think the seeds of Mama Bee’s Farm were planted when I was a girl. Even then I was an entrepreneur and had a heart for hospitality. My young mind envisioned a magical place where I could grow my own food and love people, a place where animals could live free and every tree had a swing or a hammock.
wine grapes, private sandy beaches on the Applegate River, or the English walnut trees that have stolen our hearts. It isn’t even the abundance of our favorite fly fishing spot, where we haul in feisty salmon and steelhead to the amazement of our Airbnb visitors. It’s more about the slow, steady beauty of the seasons. It’s the way our old farmhouse and converted tractor barn continue to help us unearth the beauty and history of this region, one project and one sunset at a time.
I was born here in Southern Oregon, and I feel a connection to this place. It isn’t just the acres of open pastures, 3 acres of
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I wave at Lynne and Rebecca, two friends who live worlds apart and have come together for their biannual girl’s trip. They’re laughing over steamy mugs of coffee out on the upper deck of our guest house. Somehow we always attract the best guests, and these two have been no exception. I head back to the house to start breakfast, thinking ahead to all the work I want to do in my studio today. We live in the original farmhouse on the property. Our guest home was built in the early 1900’s and originated as a tractor barn to the main house. Previous owners converted it to a fully functioning home back in the 1960's. This unique little structure features two bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs. The downstairs has hand stamped concrete floors, a full size kitchen and dining area, a variety of unique antiques, and even a cozy antique sofa. Shortly after we moved in, I converted the downstairs living room of the guest house and made it my studio. I’m a creative person, and my studio is crucial to the way my soul thrives and my mind works. Thankfully, the home is set up so that I can use that space as a studio and still open the rest of the guest house to visitors. When my husband and I first stepped foot on Mama Bee’s Farm, it was in desperate need of what we called “a big hug” and we opened our arms wide and got right to work. Today, we continue to live with our arms and hearts wide open as we welcome visitors in from all over the world to our little farm in the Northwest. We wouldn’t have it any other way.
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t’s not often you come across a company who values the history of a region as much as they value their customers. Located in Central Point, Rogue Jet Boat Adventures does exactly that. This locally owned family business is a must-do between mid-April through mid-September every year.
Emily and her husband Taylor Grimes are also passionate about safety. Their staff understands the nuances and the way the river can change from day to day. They are fully equipped with gear and expertise that is needed to offer a safe, fun experience. This isn’t your average barge boat excursion. Unlike the Middle Rogue near Grants Pass, the Upper Rogue is more shallow and technically tricky to navigate. Emily and Taylor’s small, agile boats are built locally at Rogue Jet Boatworks and are designed to run in much less river. Every seat on the boat is a good one. They run the section of the Upper Rogue River between Rattlesnake Rapids west of Eagle Point and the former Gold Rey dam site, just north of Gold Hill. This quiet section of the Rogue River requires precision and skill, and the boats are up for the challenge.
“We really want people to enjoy learning about the history of this place. It’s important to preserve it,” says co-owner Emily Grimes, whose children are 7th generation Southern Oregonians with 5 generations of the family growing up at the homestead under lower Table Rock. “The fact that you can take an amazing jet boat ride right beneath the Table Rocks while learning about the history and culture, and then you get to stop to play and explore at a private park is something really special.”
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Think you know Rogue Valley Manor?
What does living at Rogue Valley Manor mean? It means 668 acres’ worth of living space, diverse dining options, and an array of services and amenities so extensive you have to see it to believe it. Come see for yourself what makes Southern Oregon’s only true continuing care retirement community a cut above the rest.
1200 Mira Mar Ave., Medford, OR 97504 541-857-7214 • retirement.org/rvm
Rogue Valley Manor is a Pacific Retirement Services community and an equal housing opportunity.
June 30, 2019