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.

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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Rainy Day Hikes

Hiking in the rain is an invigorating Oregon experience. All you need are some good hiking boots for puddles, a steady step (it can be slippery on the trails), a water bottle (always) and a rain jacket with a hood. See our Adventure Checklist for more hiking tips. Once you are out in the rain, on a…

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On Stage For the Holidays

Get in the seasonal spirit with some festive entertainment! For theholidays go see traditional favorites like the Eugene Ballet's "The Nutcracker", or tap into merriment with spoofs like "O Christmas Tea: A British Comedy". Enhance your evening out with dinner or dessert (or both!) before the show, and a holiday lights tour after. From caroling choirs to contemporary plays, celebrate all your favorite things…

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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…