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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.

Colorful Autumn Waterfalls

Explore your favorite waterfalls in the fall! Absent summer hikers and summer heat, hike untrodden paths through brilliantly colored leafy glens, old-growth evergreens and along mossy creek banks. Bring extra layers, and a warm hat and plan for a hot springs soak or a hot autumn drink at the…

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Top Things to do in Fall

It's a well-known local secret that fall is one of the best times in the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region. Bright red, orange and yellow leaves contrast against Oregon's signature evergreens, and crisp, cool and sometimes wet days are often matched with an equal number of clear, sunny skies. Students…

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Guide to Oregon's Brilliant Fall Leaves

Oregon is a great fall destination for enjoying changing leaf color. Autumn is cool and crisp, but still sparkles with many sunshine-filled days. The striking reds, oranges and yellows pop against a deep green backdrop of the evergreen Douglas fir (Oregon's state tree), giant sequoias and ponderosa…

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Where to Shop for Running Gear

Shopping for running shoes in TrackTown USA is high on the list of things to do when visiting Eugene, Oregon. After all this is where Nike's first waffle-soled running shoes were crafted on Bill Bowerman's waffle iron! The running stores in Eugene are also staffed with passionate runners themselves…

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You Can't Stop Pre — His Legacy Lives On

Eugene, Oregon, known as "TrackTown USA", is the frequent host to star-studded track events from the Olympic Trials to the NCAA Championships. Last year, Eugene even hosted the World Athletics Championships Oregon22 for its first time in the U.S.! But there is one legendary annual track meet that…

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Oregon Duck Football Watch Parties

When the University of Oregon Ducks have an away game, or when you don't have tickets to Autzen Stadium but still want to cheer on the team — catch the spirit at one of these popular and fun places for watching the Duck game. Across the country, you can also connect with other Oregon fans at…

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Guide to Eugene's Tasty Mushroom Scene

One of the local food thrills of the Pacific Northwest is mushroom foraging. The damp, rich soil around Eugene from the Willamette Valley and up into the Cascade Mountains is aptly suited for mushrooms, so much so that this area is known as a year-round mushrooming destination and a home to the…

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Road Trip: Willamette Valley

Explore the Willamette Valley AVA's south wine country with its uncrowded serenity, bountiful boutique wineries and natural beauty. Take three leisurely days to road trip the scenic countryside around Eugene, encompassing gentle rolling hills, grassy valleys, lush wetlands and coniferous forests. In…

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Best Waffles in Eugene

We don't need to "waffle" about waffles — we love them! So much that the U.S. even has a national Waffle Day proclaimed on August 24. This was established to commemorate the anniversary of the first waffle iron patent. Before we dive into the best places to get waffles in Eugene, here's a little…

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Splash Around Safely - Tips for Water Fun

Playing in the water can be the best part of summer — and Oregon's got plenty of the wet stuff! From lake shores to shady creeks, there are wonderful inviting places to cool off and feel good. But it's not fun if somebody gets hurt. So please take care of yourself and those around you with a few…

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Whale Watching at Sea Lion Caves
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