Americas Best Value Inn Eugene
1140 West 6th Avenue, Eugene, Oregon, 97402, United States
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cheap decent place to spend the night...
I'll consider suggestions about campgrounds as well as cheap motels.
I'll be in Eugene on the 5th and Cottage Grove on the 6th for a couple of concerts that my friend and I want to go see. I imagine we'll be going to sleep really late, so a humble place is just fine for us. ...but safe, and clean would be great!
By the way, is it true that in Oregon it is legal to crash with a tent on any rest-stop along the freeway?
...yes, we're 2 musician on a tight budget ;)
thank you so much!
Re: cheap decent place to spend the night...
Regarding highway rest-stops, no you cannot set up a tent. The regulations also say you are limited to 12 hours in any 24-hour period in a rest-stop.
In Eugene, I've only stayed in expensive places, but there are two Motel 6's, which you could check on-line. Or investigate the Oregon State Parks website for camping. There are also private campgrounds around that you could Google.
Be careful about the speed limit around Eugene, as the police are very assiduous about watching for and fining anyone over the speed limit. I got my only ticket ever in my life for driving 65mph in a 60mph zone. Good luck!
Travel Tips for Eugene
Having grown up in Eugene and...
Having grown up in Eugene and also having travelled quite a bit, I can say that Eugene (as well as the rest of Oregon) is one of the most beautiful, diverse, and unique places around.
Since I am an avid cyclist, I would suggest taking a ride along the great cycling path that borders the Willamette River. Hiking to the top of Spencer's Butte in South Eugene is a nice way to spend an afternoon. During the weekend there's the Saturday Market, where you can find all kinds of handmade goods. Sharing space with the Saturday Market is the Farmer's market where you can purchase organic produce from local farms.
Eugene is located only an hour drive from the Pacific coast and about an hour from the base of the cascade mountain range. Outdoor recreational activites are endless. Spending summers as a kid swimming in the Willamette river, riding bikes in and outside of town, seeing live music at one of the many venues, snowboarding in the winters, and being lazy in the summertime.
Over the course of 4 years at the U of O I became hopelessly attached to Oregon Football. The Oregon Ducks are one of the best teams in the PAC10 conference. OK, so they're not all that impressive this year, but they have 10 consecutive winning seasons under Coach Mike Belotti and are working on making this number 11.
Autzen Stadium is the loudest stadium in the PAC10, making it as much of a threat to visiting teams as the players are. With 67,000 screaming loyal fans, games at Autzen are way fun if you're a Duck Fan. I would say that you should definitely go to a game in Eugene if you're there during football season, but all the games are usually sold out before the season even starts.
The photo is actually of me and some friends at a Ducks game in Berkeley, CA...there were more Duck fans than Cal fans at that game.
The fruit stands along River...
The fruit stands along River Road in the summer. Take the exit to Florence and Santa Clara off I-5. Follow until you come to Santa Clara Exit take this exit. When you come to the first stoplight, turn right. You are now on River Road. Follow this out to the country. You will find such farms as Thistle Down and Harwoods. Harwoods give you the best deals, but Thistle Down has the most variety.
A Seafood Institution
Want your fish and chips in newspaper, Brit style? Well, probably won't happen here, but the quality and flavor will not let you down. Newman's is essentially a fish market, but a few years ago they opened up a walkup fish and chips window. And is it ever popular!! And they have covered outdoor seating so you won't get wet while dining.
Newman's is known as having the best and freshest fish in town having been in existence for many decades.
After enjoying your repast go inside and browse the fish counter. Everything is seasonal and the staff know fish. Ask them anything about fish and they know all about it.
Also, you can select from about 100 kinds of bulk cheeses, and they'll cut it for you right off the wheel.
Wines, pasta, salsa, sauces, and just about any little thing you might want to fancy up your meal, you can find on their shelves. Halibut and chips or salmon and chips. Take your pick. Piping hot right out of the fryer.
Another Exellent Thai Restaurant
Mekala's is perhaps the longest running and best known Thai restaurant in town. They are now located near the University in the Old Ford's Restaurant, formerly TheTree House on Franklin Blvd.
Mekala's offers a full range of Thai cuisine from soups, to currys to pastas. Service is good, presentation is OK. Probably need reservations on weekends and game days.
Originally, the building was Ford's Drive-in a long running restaurant by the U of O campus. They were known for their fabulous cheeseburgers featuring sharp Tillamook (Oregon's favorite) cheese. It was one of those drive-ins where you drive into a stall and order on an intercom and the food is delivered on a tray. Very 1960's. All that was missing was the rollerskates.
Then Ford's closed in the 70's and became the Treehouse Restaurant. Run by a local family it soon became very popular. One of their passions was dinner theatre. We had attended many productions featuring local artists doing show tunes and light comedy. Over time, the family cashed in and sold to Mekalas. I do think this location is charmed as no restaurant has failed to be a success here. Two favorite dishes are Peanut Curry Noodles and Tiger Cries. The former is a noodle dish with carrots, broccoli and your choice of chicken, or tofu. mixed with a peanut curry sauce. Tiger Cries is stir fried beef served as a salad with a very hot dressing. Indeed, it makes you cry.
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Address: 1140 West 6th Avenue, Eugene, Oregon, 97402, United States