Locally owned and created by Kerri Franklin, Escape Ashland offers one-of-a kind escape games that have been well received by both tourists and locals since 2017. Kerri's family first discovered escape rooms when searching for something to do in Brussels on a day museums were closed. Since that experience, escape games became their go-to activity whenever visiting a new town. Her two sons, Alex and Aidan, and husband Jeff have escaped from Alcatraz, a pirate ship, a haunted cabin, a stranded gondola, an Egyptian tomb, an art museum and more–-all with help from the game hosts, of course! The Franklin family felt that the experience brought them closer together and taught them something new about one another and their hope was to bring that same experience to Ashland. Hosting families--in particular multi-generational groups with grandparents and grandkids--has been their greatest joy.
Escape Ashland has been fortunate to have the support of talented carpenters, electrical wizards and Oregon Shakespeare Festival artisans in the construction of its escape games. In order to sustain the underlying narrative that also supports an immersive and consistent experience, the props and elements are carefully selected. The goal has been to create realistic and yet playful environments while upping their game in terms of the technological surprises as their players become more and more sophisticated.
Escape Ashland can accommodate larger groups by offering team competitions. Teachers and other chaperones find this an attractive complement to OSF trips as the interactive process with a single goal (and without the support of technology) that creates lasting bonds and memories. We also host company celebrations and have been proud to host work groups from Harry & David, Rogue Credit Union, Asante, La Clinica and more.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to Escape Ashland for your fundraising event--we love giving back to the community who has supported us along this journey. And please check out our blog for updated news and events.
Kerri is a Northern California native who moved with her family to Ashland area in 2003 for the fine education, the arts and outdoors. She and her teen sons play escape games whenever possible.
Mattie, a Portland native, graduated from SOU with degrees in theatre and musical theatre. When she's not delighting guests at the Ramblin' Rogue or acting as stagehand at The Scottish Play, she can be seen locally at the Oregon Cabaret Theater and the Collaborative Theatre Project. She will be attending Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts in January and then will launch her stage career in New York.
Kyle hails from Sacramento and has been acting for almost 16 years. Locals to Ashland were delighted by his work at Southern Oregon University in shows like Peter and the Starcatcher, Elektra, and Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric play. You also may have seen him in Romeo & Juliet at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2018. Patrons of the Ramblin' Rogue Saloon are delighted by Kyle's witty old west persona--come visit the saloon and tell him your woes! He can also be found working as a superstitious stagehand at The Scottish Play.
Taiga is a recent Ashland High School graduate who will be off to the University of Alaska Fairbanks this fall. She enjoyed the stage during her time at AHS, dancing and singing in Sweeney Todd, Hair, to name a few. Taiga loves hosting at the Ramblin' Rogue Saloon, channeling her old west ancestors. In her free time, she soars over Ashland and Alaska, piloting her Citabria or 152 Cessna.
Ella is a 2020 graduate of Ashland High School and is taking a gap year next year before attending Willamette University in Salem Oregon! She was the President of Drama Club at Ashland High and performed in Urinetown, Hair, Sweeney Todd, Crazy for You, and many more on the Mountain Avenue Stage. Ella loves using improv to help guests solve the Ramblin’ Rogue Saloon, and she hopes to see you there soon!
“Just did the Scottish Play escape room with Escape Ashland and was blown away. The clues were both diabolical and ingenious. We had a blast and made it out with 7 minutes to spare. Loved it!”
Review of: Escape Ashland - The Ramblin' Rogue Saloon
“Team of 7, some of who have played over 45 rooms across 5 states, had a grand ole' time in the Ramblin Rogue Saloon. It's a new favorite for my adult daughter (over 35 rooms under her belt). Well-conceived decor and theme, engaging story and mystery, unique special props, clever puzzles, lots of fun to be had. This was the best escape room of the six we played in the area. Highly recommend to all. Be sure to tell the bartender any of your woes.”
“My mom has been wanting to try an escape room so she booked "The Scottish Play" for us to do during the Thanksgiving weekend. Both my parents had a hard time at first grasping what was needed to "escape" but my fiance and I were able to help them to complete the tasks before the time expired. Maddy did a great job helping us when we did need some clues to move on. The room is beautifully designed and had great special effects! I would definitely recommend it if you are visiting Ashland! It's perfect for the Shakespeare Festival community.”
“I have done 7 or 8 escape rooms now and this is definitely one of the most enjoyable and most well done. The design and attention to detail in creating the setting are really impressive. It has an authentic saloon / old western feel, but at the same time they used modern day technology in really creative and surprising ways. I also liked that while It took teamwork and critical thinking - and we did get a few clues from our bartender - there was nothing that in hind site couldn't have been figured out by even the youngest in our group. I highly recommend this - a really good time for a small group or family.”
“Absolutely amazing! I've never done an escape room before so I went in not knowing what to expect. I was happily surprised that it was more fun then I could've imagined. It's very immersive and our host was a joy to have in the room with us. She was hilarious and helpful and made the experience more life-like. I usually hate doing things on a timer, but searching for the clues and deciphering the riddles with friends made the urgency feel comical. Highly recommend for all ages! We're in our mid-twenties and had an awesome time! It's kid-friendly too and families would have a blast here.”
“The escape adventure was fun and engaging for our party of 7 (with two teenagers). The host had the perfect balance of helpful, friendly, and patient. I will absolutely try our their other games.”
“Had a great time at The Ramblin' Rogue! The host was awesome and we loved that he was so interactive and was a part of the game (right down to the accent) rather than just being a bystander giving us hints. It was actually challenging and at times I did feel stuck not knowing what the heck we were even working toward. Amazing attention to details and we were truly surprised by all the hidden features!”
“We did this as a team activity splitting our large group into two teams. There was a free scavenger hunt for the team not participating at the time too. They worked with us on price which was awesome, but it was the experience that was top-notch. Our team felt like they were actually somewhere else and that was mostly because the actor playing the bartender was so good. The team absolutely loved it and even set a record time! Without a doubt an incredible experience!”
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