A busy university town, Eugene (home to the University of Oregon) is high energy, easily walkable and thoroughly enjoyable with the Willamette River running through it. Natural beauty, an abundance of outdoor activities, commitment to the arts, and easy lifestyle, make Eugene a haven for residents and tourists alike.
Inn at the 5th: This modern urban hotel is part of the exciting downtown 5th Street Public Market complex. Each room is unique, spacious, and equipped with many amenities including some with patios. With the perfect combination of friendly service and close proximity to dining and shopping, you’ll be glad it’s part of your vacation destination.
Secret Garden: At the transformed Inn, feel like a guest in the owner’s home. Relax in the living room, the manicured gardens and during breakfast in the dining room. The contemporary guestrooms are warm and cozy.
Play & Shop:
King Estate Winery: With panoramic views of the Lorane Valley, it’s an ideal place to have lunch and sample wines (just 30 minutes southwest of Eugene). Definitely try the house made charcuterie with the 2010 Backbone Pinot Noir.
There are numerous hiking and biking trails in and around Eugene. Along the banks of the Willamette, Alton Baker Park is the spot for activities and hanging out.
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art: Located on the University campus, the museum showcases historic and contemporary art (Chinese, Japanese, Korean and American), and offers educational programs.
5th Street Public Market: This urban oasis is a magnet for lovers of jewelry, fashion, home décor and everything culinary including hot restaurants (see Dine). Lots of outdoor seating and great people watching.
Glenwood: A local favorite at any time of the day, the food is healthy, portions hearty and the brioche French toast is to die for.
Marché: Open all day, this restaurant is one of the anchors in the 5th Street Public Market. As its name implies, the menu is created around ingredients right from the market. Nothing beats applewood smoked bacon with the farm breakfast.
Vintage: A lifelong dream since 2nd grade, the owners operate a casual eatery with dishes inspired by their passion and seasonal ingredients. The Saigon sub is a successful play on a traditional Banh Mi.
Route 5 NW Wine Bar: Named for the statewide highway, it’s also a tenant in the Public Market. Knowledgeable staff help lead you through wines from the Pacific Northwest. Informal atmosphere, delicious bar food and terrific wines.
Sushi Pure: Our dinner here was pure heaven. Everything is of the highest quality: the seafood, black rice and sake; the skills of the sushi chef and of course, the knives. The commitment, zeal and knowledge they have for sushi and the art of Japanese food in general is evident in every mouth-watering bite. Nothing matches this experience!
OTHER ESSENTIALS: Travel Oregon; Medford Chamber of Commerce; Rogue Valley Winegrowers Association; Jacksonville Visitors Center; Umpqua Valley Winegrowers; Eugene Visitor Center
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