I've never been to Ashland, but I don't think it can beat the Utah
Shakespeare Festival. After all, USF won a Tony award for best regional theater.
Six plays in repertory. Three nightly greenshows in repertory. Play
orientations. Seminars discussing the plays seen the day before. Backstage
tours. Props seminars. Costumes seminars. Actors seminars. Lunches with
actors, designer, directors, etc. Repertory Magic (watch matinee to evening
scene changes). The New American Playwrights Project.
Shakespeare-in-the-[Utah] Schools Tour. Acting classes. Middle- and high
school Shakespeare competition. Wooden O Symposium (international scholars
presenting papers.) Plus Zions Canyon and Cedar Breaks. And if you want more
plays, Tuacahn in St. George is only 50 miles away. And Cedar City is 500 miles
closer to Salt Lake City than Ashland.
If you are a fan of theater, not only does the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in
Ashland, OR boast 5 or 6 of the Bard's plays, but they have a total of 5
theaters in which they also run 10-12 other plays, from classics to avante
garde. There is period music and dancing on the green before every performance
at the Elizabethan stage. Rush tickets are usually available. I highly
recommend it. Ashland is a sleepy community of 17,000, but between the theater
which dates to the 1930's, the college and proximity to Medford and a world
of outdoor activities year round, it is a magical place to spend a week or two.