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Eugene [1] (pop. ~140,000) is a city in Oregon at the southern end of the Willamette Valley that is best known for being the home of the University of Oregon.

Understand[edit]

Citizens of Eugene are environmentally aware people who love their coffee as well as their microbrew. Residents range from arch-conservative republicans to militant anarchists of the kind who were responsible for the WTO riots in Seattle. However, overall the population is typical Pacific Northwest, i.e., leaning toward a greater degree of social responsibility, respect for nature, and diminished consumerism. Eugene is home to the University of Oregon, aka "The Fighting Ducks." Eugene was the second home to the rock band The Grateful Dead, thus the reason some people see this city as a "Hippie Mecca." Saturday Market [2] has been continuously in operation since 1970, rain or shine and claims to be the oldest open-air market of its type in the United States.

Get in[edit]

By air[edit]

Eugene Airport (IATA: EUG), also known as Mahlon Sweet Field, handles flights from Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Phoenix. Major carriers include United Express, US Airways Express, Horizon Air and Skywest. It's a few miles out of town, and the public bus does not service it, so you'll have to hire a cab, shuttle, or rent a car.

By train[edit]

Amtrak serves Eugene with the Cascade service and operate daily between Eugene, Portland, Seattle and Vancouver B.C. These Euro-style cars are unique to the pacific northwest rail corridor. The Coast Startlight services Eugene and other West Coast cities on its route from Southern California to Seattle. Both trains accommodate wheelchairs and bicycles. Trains originating from California are notoriously unreliable, commonly several hours late. There is a northbound train that originates in Eugene, the "Cascades" train that is typically much more reliable.

By car[edit]

Travel time by destination and route. -Portland, OR (I5) 2 hours, -Seattle, WA (I5) 5 Hours, -Medford, OR (I5) 3 hours, -San Francisco, CA (I5) 9 hours, -Florence, OR (Hwy 126) 1 hour, -Bend, OR (Hwy 126) 3-4 Hours

By bus[edit]

Greyhound has a fully staffed bus station downtown, close to the Train station and to the LTD (Lane Transit District) local buses. Buses run north/south along I-5, and east. Local companies working in association with Greyhound and Amtrak run buses to coastal towns including Newport, Florence and Coos Bay.

Get around[edit]

  • Bike - Eugene has an excellent system of bike routes [3], and has bike friendly streets, and its bike paths allow you to ride along rivers, mountain trails and through covered bridges.
  • Bicycle rentals are available from RENT A BIKE [4] (541) 579-5552. They drop off and pick up their bicycles, and charge only $30 for 3 days, or $45 for 1 week.
  • Bus Lane Transit District (LTD) [5] 3500 East 17th Avenue (800) 735-2900. $1.50 one-way or $3 for an all-day pass. Buses tend to run every half-hour. Extended LTD bus routes run east and west into more rural sections of Lane County.
  • Taxi Eugene Hybrid Taxi Cabs, [6] (541) 357-TAXI(8294). All hybrid fleet. Rate Schedule: Flag Drop $3, Per mile $2. Accepts VISA, Mastercard, & American Express
  • Taxi Oregon Taxi, [7] (541) 434-TAXI. You will need to schedule a pickup unless arriving at the airport. Rate Schedule: Flag Drop $4.75, Per mile $2.25. Accepts VISA, Mastercard, & American Express

See[edit][add listing]

  • Oregon Ducks [8] — The teams representing the University of Oregon, competing in the Pacific-12 Conference, are Eugene's most famous contribution to the sports world. Ducks sports have benefited enormously from the financial support of Phil Knight, UO alum and head of Oregon-based sports equipment giant Nike. Currently, the highest-profile Oregon team is the football team, which rose to become a perennial national contender in the early 2000s and also (in)famous for its highly colorful and variable uniforms. Oregon also has am extremely rich tradition in track and field, with Hayward Field known for its enthusiastic fans; the city has become known as "Track Town USA" because of this. The main sporting venues (including Hayward Field) are all on campus. The football stadium, Autzen Stadium, is famous as one of the loudest and most intimidating venues in American sports. In 2011, the basketball teams moved to the new Matthew Knight Arena (nicknamed "Matt Arena"; named for Phil's son, who died in a scuba diving accident). Ducks baseball, revived in 2009 after nearly 30 years, plays at PK Park (not named for Knight), which is shared with the minor-league professional Eugene Emeralds.
  • Eugene Emeralds Baseball [9] Minor League Baseball team with games during the summer. (PK Park, 2735 Leo Harris Pkwy)
  • Eugene Generals Hockey [10] Minor league hockey team with games from October to February. (Lane Events Center / Fairgrounds - Ice Rink 796 W. 13th Avenue (541)682-3615)
  • Oregon Bach Festival [11], Held late June through mid-July. (Presented by the University or Oregon)
  • Hult Center for the Performing Arts [12] Large performing arts center. West 7th Avenue & Willamette St, (800) 735-2900
  • WOW Hall [13] Small concert hall featuring alternative performances. 291 W 8th Ave (541) 687-2746.‎ Ask about work trade opportunities between 3:00 and 6:00PM Monday through Friday--maybe you'll get to see the show for free!
  • Hayward Field One of the best-known historic track and field stadiums in the United States. Hayward Field has hosted three Olympic Trials, and a variety of National, NCAA, and Masters championships. University of Oregon
  • First [14] or Last Friday Artwalk [15]. Popular art walk in downtown with all the local galleries participating. Free
  • Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art [16] at the University of Oregon.
  • Museum of Natural and Cultural History [17] At the University of Oregon
  • Lord Leebrick Theatre Company, 540 Charnelton Street, (541) 465-1506, [18]. Community theater with a diverse schedule. See website for current shows and times. $8 - $30.  edit
  • Actors Cabaret of Eugene (ACE), 996 Willamette Street, (541) 683-4368, [19]. Office hours Tues - Sat, 11AM - 3PM. Local dinner theater in downtown. See website for current shows and times $16 - $40.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Oregon Wine Tours Sunshine Limo Service and Wine Tours: [20]

Local tour operator, specializing in Willamette Valley wine tours. A safe way to enjoy wine tasting in comfort and style.

  • Eugene Skydivers, Hobby Field - Creswell OR (Take I-5 to exit #182 (Creswell). Turn east at the stop sign. Take the first left (Emerald Parkway). Take the first left AWAY from the supermarket (Melton Road). Follow that road to the very end — about 1 mile. Look for the signs reading Eugene Skydivers.), (866) 461-DIVE, [21]. A local skydiving company with classes for all experience levels, from beginners to professionals. Located about 10 miles south of downtown Eugene. $17-$200.  edit

Hiking & Biking[edit]

Eugene is a great city for outdoors enthusiasts and cyclists alike. There are many well-maintained hiking trails, plus bike lanes are present on most major roads.

  • Spencer's Butte

A large butte south of downtown. Head south on Willamette St about 1.5 miles past the post office. The trail head is easy to miss but is on the top of a crest in the road on the left hand side. There is a large parking lot with signs and restrooms. Trail to the summit is about 2 miles each way with about 700 feet of climbing. Trail is well marked until about 1/4 of a mile from the summit which requires a small amount of rock scrambling.

  • Skinner's Butte

A small butte just north of downtown. Original site of Eugene Skinner's cabin after which the town is named. This butte offers an excellent view of Eugene, and the Cascade mountains to the east. This butte was also the site of a scene from the movie Animal House. To reach the butte, head north on Pearl St. until you pass the large retirement home on your left, turn left at the next street (in between 3rd St. and 2nd St., unmarked) and after 1/4 of a mile make a right (unmarked). To get there by foot, you can hike up a trail opposite the train station and next to a Victorian styled house. If the weather is nice, you can go rock climbing at the natural basalt columns on the butte, or hike on some trails near the peak.

  • Ridgeline trail [22]

Extensive set of hiking trails south of town. To find them, head south on Willamette St., one mile south of the post office, and shortly after 52nd street make a left at the trail head parking lot.

  • Running Trails

Eugene has several bark trails specifically for running. Amazon Trail is 1 mile long, and is located near South Eugene High School. Rexius Trail is 3.5 miles long and is on Amazon Parkway, just south of Amazon Trail. Pre's trail is ~4 miles long and is in Alton Baker park, just north of downtown off of Coburg Rd.

  • River Bank Trail

Paved bike path running along the north and south sides of the Willamette river. There are more pedestrian bridges in Eugene than there are vehicular bridges, you can see many of them from this trail. A good place to start the trail is Alton Baker Park, at 1820 Roosevelt Boulevard. You can sometimes rent bikes in the summer near the park's duck pond.

  • Eugene Area Parks [23]

This reference features a guide to Eugene and Springfield Area parks, displaying the greatest parks in the area with descriptions, interactive maps, images and 360˚ panoramas.

Events[edit]

  • Oregon Country Fair [24] (Second weekend in July)

One of the biggest "hippie" gatherings. Tons of great food, great hand made products sold by local vendors, and live music to be had.

  • Lane County Fair, Lane Events Center, 796 W. 13th Avenue (Just west of downtown), (541) 682-4292, [25]. An annual celebration held every August featuring food, music and other entertainment. $6-$9.  edit


  • Eugene Celebration [26] (Early Fall)

A multi-day community gathering, covering a city block of downtown. Features live music, street performers, vendors and a parade on the Sunday morning of the Celebration. Parade entrants represent the entire diverse Eugene community.

  • Clayfest [27] (October)

A three-day ceramics only show and sale featuring over 60 local artists. Clay Fest draws artists from all over Oregon. This is a great opportunity buy unique handmade pieces directly from the artists who make the work.

Learn[edit]

University of Oregon
  • University of Oregon, [28]
  • Lane Community College, [29]
  • Eugene Glass School, [30]
  • Lost Valley Educational Center, [31]
  • Wellsprings Friends School
  • At Center for Appropriate Transport learn about sustainable transport, cargo bikes, frame building, and bicycle repair. [32]
  • Northwest Christian University

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Valley River Center, 293 Valley River Center, [33]. Largest shopping center in the Eugene area with 2 main department stores, Macy's and JC Penney. The mall also has a Regal Cinemas and many smaller stores with apparel, sporting goods, books, electronics, food and accessories.
  • Gateway Mall, 3000 Gateway Street, Springfield, [34]. Although Gateway Mall is in Springfield, it is very close to a lot of Eugene's student housing. Stores include Sears, Target, Kohl's, and two movie theaters, The Cinemark 17 theater shows newer movies at regular price and the Movies 12 theater shows a little older movies for only $1.50. This is a great/inexpensive date idea if you live in the area. There are many smaller stores and beauty salons located within the mall.
  • Oakway Center 2350 Oakmont Way (541) 485-4711 [35] Upscale shopping center. Stores include Pottery Barn, Trader Joe's and many smaller stores and restaurants.
  • 5th St Public Market 5th and Pearl. Upscale Shopping center with mostly local stores and upscale dinning.
  • 13th Street College and artistic oriented shops. Highlights include the Bijou Arts Cinema and La Perla pizzeria. Start at 13th and Pearl and walk to 13th and Kincaid.
  • Saturday Market [36] and Farmers Market: 8th and Oak every Saturday April 2 through Nov. 12, rain or shine, 10AM - 5PM
  • REI, 306 Lawrence St (3rd and Lawrence) (Just north of downtown past the RR tracks), (541) 465-1800, [37]. 10AM- 9PM weekends 6PM. Offers sales and rental of outdoor gear. Can also offer advice on current conditions and sell needed parking passes. See website for classes that may be available.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

Budget[edit]

  • El Super Burrito, 2566 Willamette St. Very inexpensive and locally owned. El Super Burrito is the best burrito and taco you can get for your money in the city. $3-$8.  edit
  • Cafe Yumm!, Five locations across Eugene, [38]. Cafe Yumm!'s specialty is rice bowls with beans and salsa or other sauces. They also serve soup, salads, tempeh/tofu skewers, and sandwiches. $3-$8.  edit
  • Hawaiian Time, Two locations: Bailey hill and Coburg Rd., [39]. Serves quality pseudo-Hawaiian plate lunches and dinners with their "Special Sauce," along with a selection of Hawaiian beers. $5-$12.  edit
  • Mezza Luna Pizzeria, 933 Pearl St., [40]. Serves lunch and dinner, real NY style pizza, with a variety of meat and vegetarian choices, plus the option to create your own pizza from a large list of toppings. $3-$20.  edit
  • Off The Waffle, 2540 Willamette St. - (541)515-6926, [41]. Sunday-Thursday: 7a-7p, Friday-Saturday: 7a-11p. Serving authentic liege waffles with an amazing assortment of toppings, such as bacon, cardamom, garlic, fruit, and the list goes on and on. Also serves omelettes and they have some local microbrew on tap. The absolute best place for waffles in Eugene; nothing else even comes close. $3-$10.  edit
  • SeQuential, 86714 McVay Hwy, Eugene, OR 97405, [42]. Sunday-Friday: 6a-9p, Saturday-Sunday: 7a-9p. Serving fresh made sandwiches, coffee, bakery items, sweets, snacks, beer and much more. Visit our mini health food market and Cafe with drive-through window for coffee. We provide delicious and healthy food options on the go for omnivorous, herbivorous and diets of all kind. Come by to make a local, better and cleaner choice for your fuel. $3-$10.  edit
  • The Pantry and Pub, 1810 Chambers Street, +1-541-343-0485. 8am-10pm daily. Diner meets pub, and serves freshly-cooked burger standards. Excellent fries. Friendly service. Good vegetarian options. Lunch $10.  edit

Mid-range[edit]

  • Brail's, 1689 Willamette St, +1 (541) 343-1542. Breakfast  edit
  • Cafe Morocco 30 East Broadway (541-344-6948) a North African restaurant next door to the Sustainable Table and sharing the same management.
  • Cornucopia 295 W 17th Ave (541 485-2300) Fresh and local breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Eugene Coffee Company, 1840 Chambers Street (Across from Bi-Mart), +1-541-344-0002, [43]. 7am-6pm. Neighbourhood coffee shop, with a richly-populated events board. A few scones and sandwiches. Excellent milkshakes. Drive-through service. Linger-friendly chairs. Free wifi. coffee $2-4.  edit
  • Keystone Cafe, 395 W 5th Ave. - (541)342-2075, [44]. Serves breakfast and lunch. An organic twist on traditional and nontraditional breakfast foods. Serves organic foods, with many vegetarian and vegan meal options offered. Keystone Cafe is known for their plate-sized pancakes, and many local artists feature their work on the walls of this amazing restaurant. $8-$20.  edit
  • Marche Restaurant in the 5th Street Public Market (296 E 5th, 541-342-3612) Lunch or dinner
  • Morning Glory (450 Willamette St, 541-687-0709) Breakfast
  • Papa's Soul Food Kitchen BBQ Blair Blvd, 541-342-7500 [45] Eugene's soul food restaurant, sometimes offering live music.
  • The Sustainable Table, Inc 30 East Broadway (541) 344-6948 Offers a tasty menu with a strong emphasis on sustainable and organic ingredients and procedures, in an attractive downtown location.
  • Sweet Life 755 Monroe St (541-683-5696) World-class desserts, including vegan options.
  • Pizza Research Institute At 5th and Blair(541-343-1307) Innovative gourmet vegetarian/vegan pizza. Lunch and dinner
  • The 'Wich House (840 Willamette St.) Fresh ingredients, soup, salad, and 'wiches.

Splurge[edit]

  • Oregon Electric Station, 27 E. 5th Ave, 541-485-4444, [46]. 10:30AM - 10:30PM. A great place to get a steak. Dine in the romantic atmosphere of an historic railroad dining car. The main section of the Oregon Electric Station is the original depot built in 1912. $10 - $40.  edit
  • Bruno's Chef's Kitchen 3443 Hilyard St. Hidden behind the Dairy Mart 541-687-2433 [47] Price $25-$30 for a main course. A small, personal restaurant; Bruno changes the menu weekly, featuring local & seasonal ingredients.
  • Mazzi's, located in South Eugene off of East Amazon Rd, has the best Italian food in town. Prices are reasonable, considering the quality of the food; a typical dish is $12-18. Outstanding wine selection as well.
  • Lucky Noodle, located across from 5th St. Market. Asian cuisine with great atmosphere, delicious food and wine.
  • Red Agave, 454 Willamette St, 541-683-2206. Latin and Central American food. Great food with an intimate atmosphere. Consistently rated as one of Eugene's best restaurants. Appropriate dress is recommended $15-$50.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

Bars[edit]

Eugene's bar scene is centered around Broadway and Olive St (the "barmuda triangle") in downtown. Expect crowds every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, especially during the school year when college students fill the streets.

  • High Street Brewery & Cafe, 1243 High St, 345-4905. National and local micro brews.
  • Belly (30 E Broadway, 541-344-6948) Eclectic bar with lots of character and fantastic food. Beer, wine and mixed drinks.

A number of craft brew "taphouses" and local breweries specialize in Oregon micro-brews and small batch beers.

  • Eugene City Brewery / Rogue 844 Olive St (541) 345-4155 [48] Hours 12PM-10PM. Rogue Brewery Outpost for Eugene serving both good food and Locally brewed beer.
  • The Bier Stein 1591 Willamette St [49] The Bier Stein is a connoisseur beer store located in Eugene, Oregon home of the largest beer selection south of Portland and north of San Francisco.
  • 16 Tons Taphouse and Cafe Taphouse at 265 E 13th, Cafe at 2864 Willamette St [50] Bottle shop and cafe have over a dozen taps at one time, mostly small batch beer, local, national, or international, not available in bottle.
  • First National Taphouse 51 w. Broadway [51] The First National Taphouse has a wide range of local beer on tap, priced based on the amount remaining in each tap.
  • Ninkasi Brewing 272 Van Buren Street [52] Brewery with tasting room and outdoor patio.
  • Oakshire Brewing Public House 207 Madison St [53] Oaskshire Brewing Public House features several small batch and single barrel brews in addition to their permanent brews.
  • Falling Sky Brewing 1334 Oak Alley [54] Brewery with kitchen, connected to their home brewer supply shop.

Wineries[edit]

The wineries of the Willamette Valley pride themselves in offering a relaxing and inviting experience for guests from downtown Eugene tasting rooms to vast countryside vineyards.

  • Iris Vineyard Specializes in producing small quantities of quality, hand-crafted Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Chardonnay. Iris Hill has been dedicated to growing high quality fruit through sustainable viticultural practices.
  • King Estate The 1,033 acre certified organic Estate includes 250 acres of certified vineyards, grapevine grafting and propogation, nursery, orchards and garden. A visitor center and market place are open to the public.
  • The Oregon Wine Warehouse Tour Oregon's wine country in Downtown Eugene. Offering wine from over 150 Oregon wineries, wine tasting flights, food and more. Shipping is available nationwide.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • The Eugene Hotel, whose large sign is a prominent feature of Eugene's skyline, is actually a retirement community.

Budget[edit]

  • Shilo Inn Eugene (Eugene OR Hotel), 3350 Gateway Street, [55]. checkin: 3 PM; checkout: 11 PM. 143 different rooms and suites with high speed internet, a business center, free breakfast. $65.  edit
  • Courtesy Inn Eugene, 345 West 6th Ave, +1 888 259-8481, Fax: +1 541 342-6507, [58].
  • Downtown Motel, 361 West 7th Avenue, [59]. inexpensive, clean motel in the middle of downtown.  edit
  • Americas Best Value Inn, 1140 W. 6th Avenue, +1 541-343-0730, [60]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11AM. Lodging about a mile off the University of Oregon campus.  edit

Mid-range[edit]

  • Best Western New Oregon Motel 1655 Franklin Blvd (541) 683-3669‎ [61] Located near U of O campus. Hotel has heated indoor swimming pool, hot tub, saunas, basketball and racquetball court.
  • University Inn & Suites - Eugene, OR, 1857 Franklin Blvd, (541) 342-4804, [62]. Located near the University of Oregon.  edit

Splurge[edit]

  • Phoenix Inn Suites, 850 Franklin Blvd, Tel: +1 541 344-0001. [63]. All suite accommodations with complimentary breakfast buffet, high speed internet, and 24 hr. business center
  • Valley River Inn, 1000 Valley River Way, Reservations: +1 800 543-8266, Phone" +1 541 743-1000, [64]. A resort-style hotel and conference center, located along the quiet banks of the Willamette River. Open since 1973.
  • Hilton 66 East 6th Ave (541) 342-2000 [65] Standard Hilton quality located adjacent to Hult center and convention center in downtown.
  • Comfort Suites Eugene, 3060 East 25th Ave, Tel: +1 541 343-7000. [66]. Comfort Suites offers superb lodging in Eugene, OR, including daily complimentary breakfast, indoor pool and free high-speed wireless. Two miles from The University of Oregon.

Get out[edit]

  • Cascade Mountains 1-2 Hours by car.
  • Oregon Coast 1 hour. Cities include Florence,OR and Yachats, OR. Eat at Mo's in Florence, take a hike en route at Kentucky Falls and hit the Hobbit trail just north of Florence. Some of the largest coastal Sand Dunes are south of Florence with various tour companies and quad rentals available on the highway south of Florence.
  • Cape Perpetua Interpretive Nature Center (on coast north of Yachats)
  • McKenzie River 15 min - 3 hours. Take Hwy 126 east which runs along River corridor into mountains. Various waterfalls and fishing spots abound.
  • Rafting Guided or self guided rafting trips are available through Oregon River Sports [67] (541)334-0696, along the Mckenzie River or Alton Baker Park. Eight person raft is currently $95 dollars a day including all needed equipment. Hourly rental in the park is currently $10 and is a great way to spend an afternoon.
  • Mt. Pisgah Arboretum South Est of town at "LCC" exit on I5
  • McCredie Hot Springs on the right just past mile-marker 45 on highway 58.
  • Blair Lake and Meditation Pool (Wall Creek), take highway 58 to Oakridge, left on Union St, right on 1st, ten miles or so to a left turn on Forest Service Road 1934. Meditation Pool is on your left after about 3/4 mile (trailhead, about 1/3 mile walk to the pool), Blair lake is all the way at the top. Be sure to detour near the top when you see a road going off to the left marked by a trail marker (picture of two people hiking) for a spectacular view. Blair lake has campsites and hiking, Meditation Pool is a warm spring.
  • Willamette Pass [68] Popular skiing area 69 miles east of Eugene on Hwy 58. Summer activities include gondola rides to the summit, Mtn biking, disc golf and hiking. Shuttle service to Willamette Pass available every day they are open. Departs from Dick's Sporting Goods, located at the Delta Oaks Shopping Center in Eugene. Departs at 7:15AM and returns approximately at 5:45PM


Routes through Eugene
PortlandAlbany  N noframe S  CreswellMedford
FlorenceVeneta  W noframe E  SistersPrineville



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