One of the first things that people will tell you about Eugene is how much it rains there. The second is always how green it is - any connection? It does rain a lot here but it's mostly concentrated between late October and April. This is when you can go for a two week stretch without ever seeing the sun. If you don't care about the rain then visit anytime as it never slows Eugeneians down. If it is sun you crave then I recommened visiting in September or Early October as a short trip to the coast will yield the best weather on the beach.
Fondest memory: Not for the faint of heart or the normal people. My best friend and I would do something called "sewer running" during the summer. Actually just big drainage pipes for the wetlands we would go up them until natural light was no longer visible. For you normal people go to Hendricks Park under my must see tips.
May the gods and goddesses bless you on all of your travels. Remember to be thankful for all that you have and do something good for someone every day.
Pueda a los dioses y diosas le bendicen en todos sus viajes. Recuerde de estar agradecido para todo que usted tiene y hace algo bueno para alguien cada día.
Possa os deuses e deusas abençoam-no em todas seuas viagens. Lembre-se de ser agradecido para todo que tem e faz algo bom para alguém todos os dias.
(note I live in Eugene)
Visit the Parks and Gardens:
Owen Rose Garden
Hendricks Park Rhododendron Garden
Mt. Pisgah Arboretium
The Ground Of The University Of Oregon
Fondest memory: Very Friendly people. Light traffic.
Favorite thing: I came out to Eugene to visit one of my outstanding former students, a fellow named James. He moved out there from Detroit to work, and is now attending attending grad school. It's a very attractive campus - I can understand why so many people want to stay.
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.
Fondest memory: 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.
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.
Fondest memory: The green. Eugene is situated in a valley of green trees and vegetation. It is truely special and very enjoyable.
Check out the people! Although not very ethnically diverse (about 90% white with a small hispanic community) it is filled with unique people. There is no such thing as too liberal in Eugene for: clothes, hair, music, politics, eating habits, living situations, transportation options, and spirituality. There is also a good sized gay and lesbian community here. Want to get to know Eugene better? Check the Eugene Weekly, our free weekly newspaper:
Fondest memory: The Eugene Celebration parade - excellent people watching!
Visit the 5th Street Public Market where there is an abundance of shops and enticing odors wafting from the Metropol Bakery as well as a variety of excellent restaurants.
Fondest memory: The city was named after an early pioneer named Eugene Skinner and the butte that you see off in the distance, behind the white building is named after him. It is possible to climb the butte in order to afford the view shown in the following picture. While I like this view, Skinner Butte park, which is bordered by the Willamette River, is my favorite feature of Eugene. Miles of bike paths make it a great place to walk, roller blade or bicycle leisurely or for exercise.
Well, if you're going to be in Eugene, you may as well try to see a show at the concert center. It's quite modern, and the shows (concerts, opera, plays, etc.) are pretty darn good.
Fondest memory: The people are very friendly for the most part, very liberal. People don't think twice about helping you find your way or giving advice on where to eat.
Favorite thing: This place is almost too green. This is the view of a park in Eugene before the cops violently pull you down from the tree. Eugene is full of lush, beautiful parks.
Favorite thing: Downtown Eugene is a great place to have a nice dinner or drink a cup of Joe. Eugenians pride themselves in consumption of organic products. You´ll even find some interesting art in weird places.
Favorite thing: Oregon athletics is a dominant force. Visiting renowned Autzen Stadium and the historic Macaurthur Court is a must!
Favorite thing: Hike Spencer's Butte atleast once.. You get a great view of all of Eugene and beyond...It's especially nice at Sunset.