Plan your trip to Eugene, Cascades & Coast.
Temperatures are dropping, and the moisture is upon us. In the Cascades, this means fluffy, white snow and exhilarating Oregon skiing and snowboarding. Hurrah! In Eugene and on the Oregon Coast, this means rainy day hikes and warm, cozy getaways. Ahhh...
Whale Watch & Storm Watch
On the Oregon Coast this is the peak season for winter whale watching, as spouting mammoth gray whales embark on their southern migration. Nature hobbyists and storm chasers also relish winter storm watching, with its huge thundering waves and dramatic skies. The Oregon Coast is known for its gusty winds and rolling fog banks.
'Tis the season for festive light displays! Turn out for a magical procession of huge lighted floats through Junction City, Veneta and Coburg. Eugene's bright spots include the Gilham neighborhood and McLean Blvd & Chambers. Book a limousine tour of lit-up local neighborhoods and area landmarks. Sam's Place also offers holiday tours around town.
On Highway 58, the Lowell Covered Bridge is magnificently illuminated with red and green lights which reflect off the smooth waters of Dexter Reservoir. Further along, Westfir's Office Covered Bridge, known for its dedicated pedestrian walkway, is also decked out in full holiday lights. Its annual bridge lighting is a festive holiday event. In Cottage Grove, the Village Green Resort lights up its many gardens in full Christmas regalia.
Since 1953, the Springfield Christmas Parade has been a favorite tradition and earned the reputation as the area's "oldest and coldest" parade often drawing a crowd of 10,000 people. In December, even if it is not chilly, experience "snow" falling at Eugene's Fifth Street Public Market every Friday and Saturday during dusk.
Warm Your Sweetie's Heart!
For Valentine's Day plan a scrumptious dinner and shop for a sparkling gift - be it bubbles or baubles.
The Willamette Valley offers an abundance of farm-to-fork restaurants dishing up local specialties that include Oregon truffles, Dungeness crab and an array of local artisan chocolates. Pair with regional wine or a craft brew for romantic perfection.
Artisan jewelers offer beautiful, unique pieces. Browse downtown boutiques, the Saturday Market or the local shopping malls.
Snuggle up in a mountain cabin along the river or in a beachfront hotel on the Oregon Coast. From pampering bed and breakfasts to tipis tucked in a forest glen, there are plenty of getaways.
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