Eugene Whiteaker Hostel

970 West 3rd, Eugene, Oregon, 97402, United States

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    A rat ran pass me and when I informed the staff, I was told that they tend to go indoors EVERYWHERE in Eugene when it rains. Only problem: It wasn't raining, nor was it the day before. The owner did not say one word to me at all while I stayed there. However, he seemed to flirt very heavily with the attractive women who stays there or works there. I suppose it can be a great place to stay if you are a somewhat attractive female - I've been told by other female guests that the owner will take them out for drinks and cover the entire tab. Being a male, I did NOT get such great accommodations.

    Unique Quality: There are no smoking signs up everywhere, which is great. But the place smells of marijuana throughout the hallways, back areas and common areas. The staff IS always intoxicated, and from time to time during my stay, I have seen the owner openly drink with the staff and the guest, and then scold the staff for drinking while working - I guess he needs to lead by example..

    Directions: Located in what is considered the Whiteaker Community - this means you will undoubtedly walk pass druggies or alcoholics of some sort. Plus, the staff at the hostel is constantly asking others for cigarettes, booze and what not.

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Forum Posts


by KLS

I notice that Eugene gets much more rain than Sacramento. Do you get much fog? Is the rain stormy rain, or is it usually overcast and steady rain?

Thank you!

Re: Weather

by nzkiwi

I live in Corvallis, north of Eugene, and the rain here is usually steady and wet and over cast but of course anyting is possible in the valley here so stormy does happen. We get the fog here because we are right on the river and wet lands and I would imagine the same in Eugene since they are on the river as well. It is not foggy for days and weeks..often in the morning and gone by the afternoon and usually only in the winters.The summers are hot and dry (usually).

Re: Weather

by Seabiscuit

Ask caffeine_induced... he's from Eugene....

Re: Re: Weather


Well, considering I live in London, England, I do get a great deal of rain throughout the year, normally in the form of drizzle, although heavy storms are not at all uncommon. I do not know Sacramento though, so I would not be able to tell whether I get more. As for the fog, never mind those dated Sherlock Holmes films… It is never that bad, really.


Sorry, I just had to reply. I could not possibly resist the temptation!

Re: Weather

by TashieKitten

I don't think Eugene gets the kind of deadly valley fog you get in Sacramento. And it does rain more in Eugene and it's a helluva lot more green in general. Fewer scorching hot days in Eugene as well. You can actually live without air conditioning.

Re: Weather

by ichibon

What brings people to Eugene: Summers are great, some rain, lots of green, can get very dry some years.
What drives them away: Winter as in constant rain, usually in the form of a damp mist, as was said, fog in the mornings and evenings, overcast skys. Black ice on the roads, some people can't take it, get depressed and leave. Other than that, its a great place to live. Devon

Travel Tips for Eugene

Go to the Saturday Market...

by tinakitty813

Go to the Saturday Market which is only on Saturdays and right downtown. Its an outdoor market open spring til Xmas and closed for the winter. Fantasic food booths, live music, local handcrafted arts, clothing, jewelry, and more. Adjacent to the Saturday Market is Eugene's Farmers Market feature vegetables, fruits, flowers, and more from local (and often organic) farmers. Check out the Saturday Market's website is:

Near Skinner's Butte is a large park that runs along the Willamette River. A wide bike path follows the river through the expansive park and beyond. This is a lovely walk or ride where you will see many people, trees, views of the river, and along the way is the Rose Garden. In the early summer it is bursting with roses. The green. Eugene is situated in a valley of green trees and vegetation. It is truely special and very enjoyable.

the country fair

by Christinaoreo

This "fair" is a bunch of drugged-up adults and is not safe for children. Although I would suggest everyone avoid this craptacular festival, adults can do as they like. Jus please keep children out and safe.

Coffee shops & cybercafes

by Maria250 about My Coffee

"My Coffee" is a cafe known for their organic coffees and loose leaf teas. "My Coffee" offers also a nice selection of soups & sandwiches as well. Although this cafe puts in competition with Starbucks, this cafe does not try to drag one in with specials and flashy interior.
Simple wood furniture and nice staff make this a great place for a quiet time and calm chat. Staff is not rushing customers but take time to serve'em. Staff is so very friendly like they were southerners! It's for sure another wonderful option to flee the rain!

Thai, Thai and More Thai

by birchy99 about The Ring of Fire!!!

The Ring of Fire, altough the sound of the name is a bit gosh, is one of the best restaurants in Eugene. It and it's comapanion restaurant Mikelas has a menu that will satisfy anyone wanting an Asian meal. We always order the Peanut Curry Noodles. It has noodles, carrots, broccoli and your choice of chicken, beef or tofu. Never fails to satisfy. Another favorite is the three wild mushroom dish. This is available seasonably and is absolutely luscious. The bar also features regional microbeers and exotic drinks.

Fresh Beer Here!!!

by birchy99 about The Steelhead Brewing Company

The Northwest US re-invented microbrewed beer. The Steelhead was one of the leaders back in those days. The brewery is right in the building behind a big glass wall and one can sit and watch the brewmistress stir the wort and fire up the pots.
A very popular eatery in Eugene, but mostly it's the beer that draws the crowds. The wait staff is always a bit funky and very busy. At least half a dozen tellys sit around the room broadcasting cable sports. However, the noise level makes it impossible to hear anything. The beer menu is steady and only changes a bit. The food menu is pretty ordinary, but then again it's the beer, stupid! On any visit one can see people leaving with a mini-keg tucked under their arm.
The Steelhead offers a sampler of their five on tap beers in small glasses. One time I joked with the waiter about wanting a sampler but in pints....without blinking an eye, he said, "That will be $25 up front, give us your car keys and we'll send you home in a cab!" Obviously he'd heard that one before. There are always five beers on tap. One constant is an India Pale Ale called Bombay Bomber. It has to be the best IPA going since the first keg was shipped to India by the Brits. The food menu is mostly burgers, sandwiches and some pastas and salads. I have to say it isn't the best food in town, but remember, it's the beer, buster!!
Located at the corner of Fifth and Pearl it has plenty of parking and one can almost always find seating. Summertimes you can sit outdoors and watch the cars, buses and trains go by.
The crowd is pretty eclectic, not just college kids. Many, many middle agers and children are allowed until later in the evening. And if you miss the Steelhead in Eugene, you can slack you thirst for Bombay Bomber in Irvine and Burlingame, California.

Price per person varies on how much you drink, so I've estimated the prices of food with one drink only.

In case you didn't know a Steelhead is an ocean going rainbow trout about the size of a salmon that migrates in and out of the Northwest Rivers and is a much sought after game fish.


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