Eugene Travel Guide

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Eugene Highlights

  • Pro
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     In Lane County you have everything - beaches, forests, glaciers, volcanoes, roaring rivers. 

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     Politically Self-righteous, Wet & Rainy, Sleepy 

  • In a nutshell
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     the best place to get away from frentic metropolitan madness 

Eugene Things to Do

  • Be impressed, be VERY impressed

    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...

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  • Trip through Willamette Valley farmlands

    A 139-mile drive along two-lane paved highways through Willamette Valley farmlands and Coast Range mountains. From Eugene, the route takes travelers through the western Willamette Valley and over the crumpled ridges of the Coast Range to Mapleton, then follows the Siuslaw river into Florence. En route, it passes 100-year-old farms, covered bridges,...

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  • Billiard place with great music & clips

    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,...

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  • Mt. Pisgah Arboretum and Botanical...

    The Mount Pisgah Arboretum and Botanical Garden has always been a very sacred place in my heart. No wonder why I feel so home at the Park when my tribes of Faeries have begun to throw their infamous Faerieworlds festival on said location. My first visit to Mt. Pisgah was back in 1993 when I first moved to Eugene, Oregon. My friend Danae, who lived...

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  • Go back to College...for the afternoon!

    I took a free tour of the campus. See their website for times. This was really great. Our tour guide spent almost the entire 90 minute tour walking backwards! as she showed us around the impeccable campus. Especially great to take on a gorgeous day.The tour leads people throughout the majority of the campus and through various buildings. We even...

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  • Grab your tie-dye and hitch your VW...

    A bit of a walk from the Downtown is the Lane County Historical Society & Museum. There are permanent as well as rotating exhibitions. I just happened to catch "Tie Dye and Tofu: How Mainstream Eugene became a Counterculture Haven". One of the few places where you can see the old Oregon wagons and then jump into a Volkswagon "Summer of Love" van...

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Eugene Restaurants

  • Dining Next to the River Wild

    I am sad to announce that this historic icon of the McKenzie Valley no longer exists as it fell victim to fire this year. How sad!!Not only can you have a fine meal at the Holiday Farm Resort but you can be akin to a bit of history and perhaps rub elbows with a celeb or two. The original resort or inn dates from the turn of the century when there...

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  • Seafood served fast

    Long John Silver's specializes in batter-dipped fish, chicken and shrimp, along with fries, cole slaw and hushpuppies. The chain serves nearly four million customers each week. And their2-piece Alaskan Pollock Combo did taste good.

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  • Subway

    U.S.A. sandwich components: The following are the standard formulas for sandwiches, salads and wraps served at Subway® restaurants. The customer can alter this formula by choosing different vegetables, condiments and breads. Standard vegetables include iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, green peppers, olives and pickles.

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  • A convenient place to "rinse"...

    This is the main bar in the Hilton Hotel & Conference complex.Even though I was not staying in the hotel, I was made very welcome. The barman was especially helpful with area advice.So meet, greet and "rinse" a few Oregon Pinot Noirs down the hatch. You'll meet locals and tourists at this very social gathering spot! Business casual.

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  • All aboard for Whiskey and Beer

    A local institution with lots of bric-a-brac of Eugene railroad and Nike-wearing runners' glories past. The best selection of spirits in town- especially their vast wall of single-malt whiskeys.Friendly service at the bar, too. Casual.

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  • Whether Day or Night...

    This is local Eugene at its best. A really terrific experience. Situated in a Spanish Mission style building designed by the U of O's first Dean of Architecture.I watched a Woody Allen Film and have not laughed so hard in a long time.***Make sure to buy a T-shirt and support this local treasure*** Casual.

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Eugene Transportation

  • Public Transportation

    A transportation information clearing site that promotes the use of existing mass transportation options and provides a forum for casual usage ride share matches. Our goals are: to reduce the number of single operated vehicles on the road, to reduce gas consumption, air pollution and traffic congestion by offering information access to affordable,...

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  • Eugene Airport

    Eugene Airport , also known as Mahlon Sweet Field, is owned and operated by the City of Eugene. It is the fifth-largest airport in the Pacific Northwest, providing commercial air service to a six-county region in mid-Oregon. The airport also has an expanded air cargo facility to serve the growing air cargo demands of the region, and one Fixed Base...

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  • Eugene to LAX

    The Eugene Airport is a delight, built on a human scale. It is about a 25 minute cab ride from the center of town (figure around $30).I flew Allegiant Air from Eugene to LAX (2 hours) and it was great. Saved me 23 hours on a train ride!http://www.allegiantair.com/***WARNING: the price Allegiant initially quotes you will almost double by the time...

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  • Eugene Government Offices

    Again, one more option to flee the rain, get your car parked at the postal office, hang out in your truck, write post cards until your permanent wet hair gets dry. And most of all keep smiling. Btw, this Eugene Postal Office is the most structered and cleanest one I have ever seen. Friendly clerks too.

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  • Live my life in Walmart fashion, says A....

    And really, if you think about it from the point of view of the customer, you do want a wide assortment of good quality merchandise, the lowest possible prices, guaranteed satisfaction with what you buy, friendly, knowledgeable service, convenient hours, free parking, a pleasant shopping experience. In fact, that is one gets there at Walmart. And...

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  • Organic Wine & "green" production

    King Estate began in 1991 on a 600 acre parcel near southwest of Eugene near Lorane, Oregon. It is now over 1,033 acres with elevations ranging from 800 to 1,100 feet and is the areas largest certified organic estate.The magnificent winery, which reflects the architectural tradition of a French chateau, encompasses approximately 110,000 square feet...

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Eugene Local Customs

  • Where were the tie dyes...?

    I had been forewarned by many that Eugene was the "crunchiest" place on earth. More than one person told me to pack those proverbial tie dies for a blast back to the Summer of 68.What I found were highly motivated students, dressed in their Duck Store best, darting to-and-fro mulit-million dollar buildings focused on their GPA and future careers!...

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  • It's not just a game but (almost) a...

    Wow...school spirit is very high at U of O. These are students who love their football- especially during a winning season.I have yet to see if Ivy League schools show that kind of enthusiasm for their home teams.Make sure to book far ahead for game weekend as the hotels, motels and even B & B's can sell-out completely.

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  • Eugene History Lesson

    A fellow by the name of Eugene Skinner filed a land claim at the foot of Skinner's Butte which is now the center of Eugene in 1846. He built a cabin and in 1847 moved his family into it. His wife, Mary Cook Skinner was the first non-native American woman to live in Lane County. Skinner was born in New York State in 1809 and died in Eugene in...

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Eugene Warnings and Dangers

  • U of O Art Museum closed for expansion

    The University of Oregon Museum of Art is closed for an expansion project that will double the area of the museum by winter of 2004. The Museum when open has an amazing collection of art from Japan, China, and Southeast Asia as well as travelling exhibits. It was easy for me to spend a half of a day here before - soon I'll have to book a full day.

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  • Beware the dishonest taxi driver...

    Upon arriving at the Amtrak Station, I approached a driver if I might share a cab with the person ahead of me. He took me past my hotel (when I mentioned to him he just ignored me) and dropped the lady off a medium distance away. He then re-started the meter and brought me back to my hotel which probably coasted about 20% more than it should have....

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  • Poison Oak will leave you itching.

    If you are hiking on Mt. Pisgah, Spencers Butte, or Skinners Butte watch out for this plant and stay clear! Rhus Diversiloba is the latin name for Poison Oak which is common in California, Western Oregon, and Western Washington. This plant if touched will result in a delayed onset of itchiness, redness, and vesicles on your skin. I manged to get...

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Eugene What to Pack

  • Dress for comfort

    Best to wear rubber-soled shoes since this is a very walkable town.Dressing in layers in moderate layers is recommended. Essential to have a rain hat or hooded parka.Overall, Fall type weather. rarely cold and no humidity- perfect!

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  • Rain gear

    After many trips to Eugene, I would say that rain gear is not necessary for summer trips. Eugene seems to have a drought every summer. But in the winter, you'd better bring rubber boots if you intend to do any walking at all. Not only are there puddles and pools everywhere, but the ground is very very muddy.

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  • T-shirts in summer and winter

    not many, just depending on how long you stay t-shirts and jeans and sandals are fine in summer, in winter too just very few heavy clothes in case of a sudden ``freezing``. ``Hippie-style`` not disregarded! Watever you think you might need. Eugene is also equipped with natural medicine stores.

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Eugene Off The Beaten Path

  • Spectacular loop drive shows off Oregon

    Take a day and soak in the glorious forested mountains just outside Eugene. Take Hwy-58 east to Westfir (stop and enjoy the covered bridge there) then Aufderheide National Scenic Byway goes over the mountains to Hwy-126 which takes you back into Eugene. Along the way stop and enjoy the river, many easy hiking trails with parking dot the road,...

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  • Do yourself a "Faber"...

    It is surprising that so little attention is paid to honoring the locations used to shoot the mega-hit, "National Lampoon's Animal House". Perhaps it speaks to the fact that U of O students are not a heavily Greek bunch and are goal-directed and focused on their future careers.Please refer to the web address attached for an excellent guide to the...

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  • Pre's Rock

    Pre's Rock is a shrine dedicated to Steve Prefontaine, one of America's greatest runners who died at just 24 years old. Even at this young age, he held eight American track records at every standard distance from 2,000 Meters to 10,000 Meters and 2 Miles to 6 Miles. He ran in the 5,000 meters at the 1972 Olympic Game, finishing fourth, and was...

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Eugene Sports & Outdoors

  • Home of the American Running Gods

    Hayward field was the original University of Oregon all purpose sports field. After the completion of Autzen Stadium for football Hayward Field was used exclusively for Track and Field events. Eugene is one of the few towns in America where Track and Field events are a major draw. You can also feel the spirit of numerous distance running legends...

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  • Fishing in Oregon

    This is my Nephew. He just turned two but he already knows how to say "Fish on!" This is a good sign that he will grow up a proper Oregon boy. Fishing in Oregon is great. I have caught such a wide variety in Oregon that it is amazing. From the standard Rainbow Trout, to Kokanee, Coho Salmon, Crappie, Small Mouth Bass, and Dolly Vardens.If you plan...

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  • DUCK FOOTBALL!!!

    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...

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  • Blessed Be!

    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...

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  • Green, Green, Green

    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.

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  • The University of Oregon Campus

    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.

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