Trip Ideas

Taj Morgan, Director of Content Strategy
Taj Barnhart Morgan

Taj Barnhart Morgan is the Director of Content Strategy for Travel Lane County. A journalism graduate from the University of Oregon, Taj has two decades of special event management and hospitality marketing experience in San Diego, CA and Maui, HI. Passionate about mothering, and back to her Oregon roots, she is discovering the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region all over again through the eyes of her daughter.

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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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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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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Family Friendly Bike Paths

From trailers to training wheels to "Watch me, Mom!", where are the best bike paths to ride with your kids? We've listed our favorite flat and fairly traffic-free routes around Eugene - Springfield. Ruth Bascom Riverbank Path System - Eugene Also known as the Willamette River Trail, this paved bike…

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Things to Do with Mom on Mother's Day

Looking for a little Mother's Day inspiration? Here is a list of five special things you can do in and around Eugene with your mom. 1. Take a train tour Relax by the window for an easy, scenic sightseeing trip across Oregon to a nearby community. Enjoy the time together to talk. Even a short trip up…

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Rhododendrons in Full Bloom at Hendricks Park

Roam the twelve-acre rhododendron garden in Hendricks Park at the height of the season between April and May (blooms may span February to June). Towering Rhododendron plants, surrounded by walls of Douglas-fir trees show off dazzling displays of color in the springtime sun. Just minutes away from…

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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…