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.

A Relaxing McKenzie River Retreat

This is hibernation time — when cold weather promotes relaxing indoors. Indulge in your favorite warm drinks, cuddling up by the fireplace and taking an afternoon nap. Grab your comfortable flannels, wools socks and a parka and head into the Cascade Mountains for a cozy getaway. How to Relax in…

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Oakridge in Spring

As the snow starts to melt in the Cascades, springtime in Oakridge is invigorating with its lush greenery, rushing creeks and frisky wildlife. This is your destination for amazing birding, fishing and waterfalls! While the towns of Oakridge and Westfir are likely to be snow-free, be prepared for…

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Road Trip: Florence

Driving out to Florence for a springtime getaway is an Oregon tradition. As the days get longer, it's a chance to take in fresh ocean air, feel the cold sand on your feet and relax with only the sound of the ocean waves to keep you company. While you'll want to be sure to pack plenty of layers…

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Plan a Spring Break Road Trip

You've got a week off, a car, some gas money and hopefully good spring weather. It's time to go exploring! Remember before hitting the open road to check off our adventure checklist so that you'll be ready for whatever spring weather rolls in and whatever fabulous adventures you encounter. Here are…

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Road Trip: McKenzie River

As the snow melts and winter withdraws further up the mountainsides, scouting the McKenzie River for emerging wildlife and wildflowers makes an enticing road trip. Flush with a veneer of damp green across the slopes, Highway 126 winds north, paralleling the rushing springtime river. Fishing…

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Road Trip: Creswell and Cottage Grove

Escape into a delightful, undiscovered world of Willamette Valley farms, small towns and waterfall hikes. Start your trip on Highway 99 paralleling the Interstate 5 just south of Eugene. You will arrive shortly in the charming communities of Creswell and Cottage Grove and encounter alpacas, movie…

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Guide to Top Sports Bars

From the Oregon Coast to the Cascades there are many sports bars with HD mega-screens, beer on tap and traditional pub food. Find the best place to settle in and watch the big game and cheer on your team. The region is known for its enthusiastic sports fans, so be prepared for a festive bar…

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A Bakery Road Trip

Indulge in the comforting smell of freshly baked bread along this bakery loop in the Willamette Valley. While gluten-friendly/free options may occasionally arise, this is a tour indulging in wheat. Eugene With so many amazing bakeries here... you might never leave the city limits, but to be a total…

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Candy, Flowers & Romantic Gifts

Sweets for the sweet? Gift your loved one with a box of chocolate, a bag of candy or a bouquet of flowers. For those with a sweet tooth, there are some wonderful chocolatiers or candy vendors to visit. Here are a few inspirations for a classically romantic gift. Euphoria Chocolate Company Eugene's…

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Most Romantic Lodging

From the solitude of evergreen forests to the charm of valley vineyards, to the beauty of pristine sandy beaches, discover some very special places to stay. The Eugene, Cascades & Coast region offers unique lodging that is just right for making romantic memories. Curl up in a rustic cabin, luxuriate…

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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…