Eugene, Oregon feels like Portland, Oregon in miniature, but with a bit more tranquility. The Emerald City of Eugene has everything you’ll need for a Pacific Northwest getaway: the outdoors, fine arts, breweries, easy access to wineries, excellent food, and plenty to do.
Eugene makes for an excellent home base for getaways such as the beautiful Oregon coast and the mountains. Head west to the rugged Pacific coast, which makes for the perfect daytrip. If you prefer to ski or snowboard, head east to Willamette Pass to hit the slopes.
University of Oregon calls Eugene home, so you can check out a Ducks football game at Autzen Stadium or a track meet at historic Hayward field in Track Town USA or experience a variety of university related events. Take a stroll on the beautiful historic university campus and visit the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.
Although Eugene has grown into a sophisticated mid-sized city, its hippie roots still remain. The Saturday Market is a great place to check out the local art scene and tasty local food, and enjoy some people watching. The weekly open-air festival features local crafts, vendors, and live music.
Be sure to take the time and stroll along the Willamette River Walk. It’s just a stone’s throw from 5th Street Market, a magnet for upscale shops and tasty eateries. It’s also home to Inn at the 5th, a 4-star luxury boutique hotel. With plush beds, top-notch service, and unique rooms, you’ll feel right at home. Guests of Inn at the 5th can enjoy easy access to the Gervais Salon and Day Spa for a variety of luxurious treatments.
Be sure to check into the upcoming events at The Hult Center for the Preforming Arts. The Hult Center features world-class ballet, symphony, opera, Broadway-style theatre, and much more year-round.
Whether you’re looking to relax, adventure, or a little bit of both – Eugene is the place to be. With the moderate size of the city, you’ll be able to experience the beauty of the Pacific Northwest minus the hassles which are sometimes found in larger cities as this distinct region grows in popularity.
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