Eugene, Oregon, makes it easy to experience everything on your list within walking distance downtown or a short car trip to embrace the outdoors. There are always new things to explore in this relaxed urban hub that is quintessentially Oregon.
Come to taste world-class wine, but stay in Eugene for the perfect homebase to taste the region’s wines at your own speed. Follow the South Willamette Wine Trail to a variety of gorgeous wineries just outside Eugene, with stellar views and wines that made the region famous. Within the city, you’ll find urban tasting rooms in walkable clusters to experience more wine with less travel. Expand your palate and your exploration of the city and head toward 5th Street where you will find Oregon Wine Lab, Capitello Winery, Pfeiffer Winery and J. Scott Cellars.
Eugene Ale Trail
If you would rather say “cheers” with craft beers, the Eugene Ale Trail features over 20 breweries that make amazing beers like it’s going out of style. Alesong Brewing and Blending has made a new home in 5th Street Market with a tasting room that features their patient and artistic approach to beer. In the nearby Whitaker neighborhood you’ll find Ninkasi’s Better Living Room, a restaurant and gathering space to celebrate beer next door to the brewery itself.
From foraged mushrooms to fresh fish straight from the McKenzie River, the South Willamette Valley Food Trail will guide you through the tastes of Oregon. Tour Willamette Valley farms to meet growers and producers, then head to local eateries for farm-to-fork dishes. Find French-inspired food at Marché, vegan and vegetarian options at Morning Glory Cafe, and satisfy your sweet tooth at Noisette Pastry Kitchen.
Art & Culture
No matter what you come for, you’ll find art and culture waiting for you here. Stroll through Eugene’s downtown and see more than 20 murals by local and international artists, brought here by the 20x21EUG Mural Project. See them on a Saturday before you head for the Saturday Market, bustling with local artisans and creators alongside live music, food carts and a locally grown farmer’s market. Venture on to the University of Oregon campus and discover the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, featuring historic and contemporary works alongside rotating exhibits.
Escape city life at the spacious Central Coast, just a short trip away from Eugene. Take advantage of the LinkLane bus route if you want to leave your car behind. Enjoy the fresh coastal air and feel grounded with your feet in the sand. There is more than enough coastline here, so spread out and take it all in. Don’t miss Heceta Head Lighthouse and Cape Perpetua for stunning views, and warm up with a bowl of chowder in historic Florence to cap off your adventure.
If you’re seeking forest renewal, head into the Cascades east of Eugene. The expansive network of trails here features gorgeous views, vibrant forests and plenty of options for quiet and less crowded trails. See iconic, popular waterfalls like Sahalie and Koosah up the McKenzie, or head for Spirit, Moon and Pinard Falls outside of Oakridge-Westfir for a less traveled adventure. Soak away the day in rustic Terwilliger Hot Springs or head to Belknap Hot Springs Resort for a more polished experience.
Plan your Eugene getaway today.