Trip Ideas

Oregon Wine Country in All Seasons

When is the best time to visit Oregon Wine Country? Each season brings something new: the golden vines of fall slowly fade into cozy tasting rooms during Cellar Season, while spring wildflowers eventually turn to summer concerts and picnics. Here's our guide to each season on the South Willamette…

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Guide to Florence's Best Beaches

Let's go fly a kite — or build a sand castle! Oregon's wide open beaches are the perfect places for kite flying and constructing sand art. In fact, there is a perfect beach for just about every summer adventure. Here are some helpful tips on what you need for a fun-filled day with the family near…

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Cottage Grove Area Waterfalls

The must-see highlights of the Cottage Grove area aren't only the covered bridges and the wineries, they're also the several waterfalls. I took two trips to visit most of them; each trip including three different waterfalls. To make the trips shorter, you can hike to just one or two at a time…

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Classic Americana Road Trip

Take a fun Oregon road trip to get a flavor of some classic Americana. In this itinerary, you'll taste wine in a bright red barn, see a pro rodeo, travel to the town that inspired "The Simpsons," go axe throwing (yes, you read that right) and keep heading west to the beautiful Oregon Coast. So pack…

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Discover Nearby Wilderness Wonders

On September 3, 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Wilderness Act, a landmark conservation bill that protects nearly 110 million acres from coast to coast. The Wilderness Act defined “wilderness” as areas where the earth and its communities of life are left unchanged by people…

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A Three-Day Weekend on the Coast

Revitalize your soul on the beaches of the Pacific. Put your feet in the sand. Feel the ocean wind in your hair. Whether it's winter weather with fog, rain and thundering waves or summer weather with brilliant blue skies and sea, warm sunlight and salty air; a trip to the coast will be memorable…

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Five Easy Hikes to Do With Kids

Hiking with kids can be unpredictable. A strong start might turn into a painfully slow finish, dissolving into mud, muck and tears. A path that's family friendly – gentle terrain, interesting sights and flexible trail segments so you can shorten or lengthen your hike depending on the prevailing mood…

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The Farmers Markets Are Open

Eugene's long and bountiful outdoor market season is back! Farmers markets are a great place to shop for fresh veggies, fruit, eggs and grass-fed meats. In April and May, the markets start to open with early root vegetables, onions, spring greens, and preserved fruits and berries. By June there are…

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Favorite Mexican Restaurants

Mexican cuisine is wonderful comfort food, reminding me of being with family, holding celebrations, or enjoying the company of friends. Eugene - Springfield offers many restaurants – seriously, so many – for great Mexican food. There are some national and regional chains, Americanized spots and…

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Explore Our Communities

Whale Watching at Sea Lion Caves
: Melanie Ryan Griffin

Visit the Eugene, Cascades & Coast Visitor Center in downtown Eugene. Find information on things to do and see in Lane County, purchase park passes and locally-made gifts and souvenirs, and…