Hendrick's Park Rhododendron Garden is a beautiful park to visit, especially in the springtime when the rhodies, azaleas, and other flowers are in their prime. The park has large grassy areas for picnics and several secluded benches for reading or just enjoying the lovely scented flowers. There is also a view of downtown Eugene from the park.
A definite Eugene must! Get yourself a tie-dyed shirt, a hemp hat, incense, some beaded jewelry, pottery, and all kinds of other interesting goods. Save your appetite for the market and try one of Ritta's Burritos or any of the other great food stands. Let your 'inner child' loose and dance to the groovy tunes usually playing near the food stands. Also, the Farmer's Market across the street has fresh produce, plants, and flowers.
Hendricks Park is a great place to go running, walking, picknicking or whatever else you might do in a park. My favorite thing to do there, was practice my limited photography skills. I love photographing nature-especially flowers...check out my travelogue for more Hendricks Park photos.
It consists mainly of wooded areas, but it also has a beautiful rhododendron garden.
The website calls itself the "The original Saturday Market, the oldest weekly open air crafts festival in the U.S."
It's pretty cool. But I think they can smell my big city attitude now when I visit.
When I was a teenager growing up in the Eugene area I fit right in. I had long hair, walked with my head down, didn't dress very nicely. It was here in the Farmer's Market portion that me and my friend would come often and try to find the hottest peppers that we could stomach. We worked our way up from mild to searing hot with each visit.
The Market is a great place to find unique crafts, excellent food, and people who walk to the beat of a different drum.
The lesser visited Tuesday Market is on the same grounds and is primarly farm goods.
open from 10 am to 5 pm (morning is the best time)
Willamette Pass is a great ski area about an hour southeast of Eugene on HWY 58. It's not all that big, but it's cheap (about $25 for a day pass), close to Eugene, and has a SIX PERSON HIGH SPEED LIFT.
Since its not a particularly difficult Ski Area, it's a great place to take kids. There are a lot of easy runs for the kiddies and at the bunny slope, they have this great thing called the Magic Carpet-basically an escalator for skis and snowboards.
Check out these ducks...each one painted by a local artist and purchased at charity auction by local businesses. Each one has a unique and "punny" name. You can have a fun day tracking them all down.
This just in!!: Not all the ducks are still on display, we've learned. Some have been retired to the homes of the purchasers. However, some are still sitting in front of the establishments that bought them. Have fun snooping them out!! One was repainted for the Olympic Track and Field Trials and greeted visitors at the Eugene Airport.
I happen to visit it as soon as i stepped in Eugene, and decided to take a full view with all my luggages. It is very beautiful and original. Every Saturday it looks people just meet there to have a nice talk and see new or old things.
Unfortunately i could not take any pics, the one here is from http://www.eugenesaturdaymarket.org/, this website is really detailed, take a visit.
What I bought: a pillow for long plane flights, hyppie flower style, naturally ;)
The Hult Center For the Performing Arts is our main venue for music and stage productions. The "Hult" has an interesting history: It was built almost 25 years ago amid the unsual controversy that surrounds any public project in Eugene. At first, money was raised each summer from proceeds from a summer musical production staged at a local high school auditorium. Finally, with the help of the Hult family, a local lumber scion, enough money was raised that the city was able to finance it's construction.
Since then the Hult has survived despite perrenial budget woes. The layout of the Hult is also a bit interesting. Standing outside and looking up at the building the view suggests a forest of stately fir trees growing up a mountainside. However, driving by, no one can see this view as the street is one-way going away!! So to see the design one must work a bit and walk toward the building.
The lobby is immense and supported by huge wooden beams that have many cracks in them. However, engineers have assured the city that these are just natural "checks" in the wood and the lobby is structurally sound.
The Hult boasts two auditorii, one seats about 700 and the Soreng Theatre seats 2500. The inside of the Soreng has been described by one viewer as "like being inside an Easter Basket" as the walls and ceilings are made of large weavings of laminates.
The legend of Prefontaine still runs on in Eugene. This gutsy distance runner from the town of Coos Bay defied the odds with his brash style and attitude. After demolishing Oregon State high school records in nearly every distance running event he joined the University of Oregon team under the leadership of the legendary Bill Bowerman. After competing in the 1972 Munich Olympics Pre returned home and visited a bar in Eugene. Steve Prefontaine while driving intoxicated rounded a corner and slammed into a rock. Today you can see this rock with a plaque to the great runner as well as running shoes, trophies, and race numbers in this place that has become a shrine to his spirit and what might have been.
If you have any time to spend at the University of Oregon than I recommened a walking tour of the older buildings on the campus. Doing this you cannot but catch some of the newer buildings that will stand the test of time. My favorites are Deady Hall and Gilbert Hall - both built in the 1800's. Maps can be found all over campus to help you Navigate. Don't miss MacArthur court and be sure to walk in the cemetary to get there.
Every year toward the end of June all the black sheep gather at the Lane County Fairgrounds. And not only black sheep, but white sheep, goats, alpacas and even rabbits; anything that produces wool. Spinners, weavers, knitters, etc all gather to hone their woolen skills.
Dozens of animals are on display, conformation competition, herding displays, lessons in knitting, spinning, washing, dyeing and whatever else you can do with wool.
This year Mrs. B. decided she would attend and even take an all day class in yarn dyeing. She also threatened to come home with an Angora goat, but changed her mind since they seemed, at least to her, dirty. But she loved looking.
Wool affectionados from all over the US and perhaps the world make a point of attending this three day affair. It also takes place at the same time as the Oregon Bach Festival in Eugene so you can do two things in one weekend.
Born on January 25, 1951, Steve Prefontaine was raised in Coos Bay, Oregon by his father Raymond, a carpenter, and his mother Elfriede, a seamstress. He set records in track from the beginning of his running career at Marshfield High School and went on to run at the University of Oregon under noted track coach, Bill Bowerman.
Prefontaine was the first athlete to win four consecutive NCAA titles in the same event, the 5,000 meters. In 1972, he won a spot on the U.S. Olympic team, barely missing a medal to come in fourth in Munich. By the time of his death in May 1975, Prefontaine held the American record in every event from 2,000 to 10,000 meters.
In addition to his outstanding athletic performances, he was admired for his enthusiasm, determination, and charisma. He never lost a meet at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field, and thousands of loyal fans would gather and chant "Pre, Pre, Pre," as he competed. Prefontaine made the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine at the age of 19 and was known for the passion and confidence he brought to his sport. Not a tactical runner, Prefontaine ran hard from the start, at least partially relying on an extremely high threshold of pain.
He participated in the community as well, often volunteering at Roosevelt Junior High School and the Oregon State Prison where he eventually started a running club while corresponding with many of the inmates. Prefontaine was outspoken against what he saw as injustice and was well known for his stance against the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) for their allegedly shoddy treatment of amateur athletes.
On May 30, 1975, driving home from celebrating at a meet earlier that day, he was killed at the age of 24 after his MG convertible sports car hit a rock wall and overturned. One of the best and most controversial track athletes of the 1970s, his legacy continues with running trails, track meets, and memorials named in his honor. Two movies about his life have also been produced.
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This is a great hilltop garden just east of the University of Oregon Campus. Admission is free and hours are from 6 am to 11 pm. You can walk around the gardens on numerous trails looking at different native plants to the Southern Willamette Valley. In late spring you can watch many different flowers bloom all over the grounds.
Everytime I am in the Eugene, Oregon area I make a point to stop and enjoy King Estate winery and on this trip I not only enjoyed each and every wine I sampled, but I also had the pleasure of experiencing the restaurant with friends and family and wow!!!!!
I was there over the Christmas holidays and the decorations were incredible including a gingerbread creation of the winery (see photo).
I was also fortunate to share dinner with proprietors Ed and Jodee King along with other friends and family and we were treated to both wine and cuisine fit for a "King" (ok, I know it's a pun). The meal, the ambiance, the wines,,,,were all incredible.
The wine selections at King Estate are about as varied as you will find in Oregon.
King Estate is in its 22nd year of Oregon winemaking and produces Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and limited amounts of Chardonnay using organic & sustainable farming methods and includes 1,033 acres is certified organic and includes 470 acres of organic vineyards, as well as 30 acres of fruits, vegetables, and flowers. The Estate is crowned by the charming, European-style winery, where the winemaking process is also certified organic.
The Restaurant and Wine Bar at King Estate features wine tasting & winery tours as well as fine dining and the menu incorporates estate and locally grown organic ingredients that fully complement King Estate wines.
Be sure to check out the wine club as well as the events on their calendar if you plan to visit.
Much fun we had there, trying to play billiard while listen to Johnny Cash's "Hurt", some Bob Dyllon, Jimi Hendrix, and others. They have a big screen there. Had a few rounds of funny (and lousy) played Billiard, and glasses of soda. Enjoyed that place a lot. Nice, calm and laid back, not crowdy, not smokey, not sticky, just great staff & folks, like those elderly Cowboys that showed up.