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.

Eugene's Best Urban Hikes

These top three urban hikes feel remote yet are just minutes from downtown Eugene. Escape to the shady trails for "forest bathing", walk through wide open meadows and emerge at scenic lookouts to soak up breathtaking views. Below are our suggestions for maximizing your hiking experience. Spencer…

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A Winter Weekend on the Oregon Coast

The Oregon Coast is a magical place in the winter. A winter weekend on the coast might involve powerful ocean storms that make for a very dramatic show of high crashing waves best enjoyed from beside a warm fire with a glass of wine or warm, sunny days perfect for a tranquil hike through coastal…

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Want To Cut Your Own Tree For the Holiday?

Celebrate the holiday season by chopping down your own tree! This is a challenging yet rewarding day-trip that you can do with the whole family. Before heading out, purchase your tree cutting permit and map online or at the Eugene, Cascades & Coast Visitor Center in downtown Eugene. The permit…

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Top Eugene Toy Stores

It doesn't need to be giant like FAO Schwarz for an enchanting toyland shopping experience. In fact, the charm of smaller "mom and pop" toy shops in Eugene and Springfield can make for some pretty magical memories. If you are looking for a hard-to-find, collectable, or just much-desired and ideal…

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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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Road Trip: Cascade Mountains

Drive up into the Cascade Mountains on this beautiful and leisurely road trip. Want to breathe fresh mountain air? Hear birds chirp and water rush over mossy rocks? Sometimes you need three days in the mountains to reset. For a little forest bathing getaway, follow our suggested road trip with a…

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It’s Raining. What To Do With The Kids?

Eugene is an active outdoor town and most of the time we don’t notice a few sprinkles. But sometimes a downpour can get you down, especially when the kids are bouncing off the walls. Here are a few rainy-day destinations worth exploring: Malls are Not Just For Shopping For families seeking room to…

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Unique Shopping Destinations

Shopping can be more than just buying an item or two; it can be delightful browsing, filling your senses with colors, textures and aromas. Some boutiques focus on elaborate displays that spark the imagination, or some stores create a labyrinth-like experience where you wander from room-to-room…

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Best Wine Shops & Cellars

Delve deep into knowledgeably curated wine cellars and shop for international, national, regional and boutique wine selections. Locally-owned wine shops are a treasure trove of personal-assistance and informative shopping. Enjoy the wine cellar ambiance while choosing wine for your table, holiday…

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Guide to Dungeness Crab on the Oregon Coast

When you visit the Oregon Coast, enjoying a feast of Oregon's delicious Dungeness crabs is a must! Here is what you need to know all about eating or catching crab in Florence. Crab Dinners Dungeness crab specials pop to the top of menus at local restaurants through the winter and spring months when…

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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…