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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.

Top Things to Do in Winter

From the snowy Cascades to storm-swept coastal beaches, winter brings a new twist on fun things to do across the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region — and with outdoor recreation as a natural, regional focal point, there are plenty of accessible adventures. Winter in Oregon is a fantastic time of year…

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Main Street in Cottage Grove

Stroll the historic stretch of Main Street through downtown Cottage Grove. Start at the Chamber of Commerce's visitor information center and meander all the way to Centennial Covered Bridge, a charming covered footbridge built from the salvaged wood of former historic covered bridges. Along the way…

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5 Fantastic Holiday Light Displays

'Tis the season for festive light displays! Many family traditions include touring local neighborhoods adorned with thousands of twinkly lights for the holidays, enjoying the towering lighted trees at malls or city squares or making a pilgrimage to see a lighted covered bridge or spectacularly…

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25 Great Gift Experiences for the Holidays

Feel like we all have too much stuff? How about investing in the things that really bring lasting memories — like time together and finding new adventures. Here are some more regional ideas for gift giving "experiences" to fill your heart, not your house. 1. Stretch with Goats You've heard of the…

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Holiday Gift Guide — Oregon Style

Shop local, shop Oregon! Along with exquisite artisan gifts from the Holiday Market, local products from Made In Oregon and fan gear from The Duck Store, discover local, Oregon-made gifts and souvenirs and share a little bit of Oregon with your family and friends! Some of these are perfect stocking…

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Best Winter Waterfalls

Sure, they're easy to visit in the summer – but intrepid road trippers who bundle up and visit waterfalls in the winter reap the rich rewards of fewer people, more parking and truly unique natural beauty. Skip the warm-weather crowds, pack your jacket and our adventure checklist and check out these…

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Movies Filmed Here — What to Watch Tonight

Do you know the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region is in quite a few movies? Our small historic towns, lush valley, sweeping coastline and beautiful mountains have drawn film crews from across the country for decades. Discover places you know, or have visited, in Hollywood blockbusters, independent…

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Four Ways to Shop Small This Holiday

Make your shopping extra-meaningful this holiday season with intentional strategies to give back to the Eugene, Cascades & Coast community with every dollar you spend. Here are four ways to check off the gift list and double down on caring for the community. Not only will these thoughtful gifts…

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Where to Holiday Shop in Eugene

Whether you want to "shop small" or hit the mall, a shopping trip to the Eugene - Springfield area is easy and fun! Most shopping destinations are near hotels, and with Eugene's network of bike paths and public transportation, it is easy to get around town. Downtown Eugene & The Market District…

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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…