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A Metro Experience Getaway

Published: April 09, 2022


Escape to the excitement and pizazz of a metro environment bustling with shopping, entertainment, great restaurants, and lots to see and do! Eugene-Springfield's urban centers offer performing arts, high-end shopping and the latest culinary attractions balanced with quiet, sunny courtyards; downtown yoga studios; and comfortable hotel lobbies for relaxing.

Luxury at the Inn at the 5th

Embrace a luxurious stay at Eugene's sophisticated downtown hotel, Inn at the 5th. Follow along with Marissa (A Blonde Vintage) to learn how to make Inn at the 5th home base for a South Willamette Wine excursion.

Book a pampering spa appointment at Gervais downstairs, shop at the many boutiques at 5th Street Public Market, and sample a wide array of cuisine at the market eateries. If your getaway is a surprise for your loved one, order an online themed package from Provisions to set the mood. Their creative collections include "At Least We've Got Chocolate" and "Wish We Were at a Parisian Bar". The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts with its calendar of diverse performing arts offers nearby broadway shows, jazz performances and musicians from around the world.

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Discover the Arts at The Gordon Hotel

Canning jar chandelier in the Gordon Hotel Lobby

Photo: Courtesy of The Gordon Hotel

Check into the new Gordon Hotel in downtown Eugene. The most recent hotel addition in the Market District is dedicated to the arts with fantastic art pieces throughout the property. There is even an "art bar" for guests eager to try something new. While some hotel floors, amenities and services are still in the process of opening, the hotel already offers an upscale urban vibe. Walk to great dining, wine bars and shops (including the Nike Store) within the immediate vicinity.

Want to ramble? From the Market District, enjoy a stroll through downtown on a self-guided mural tour or hike to Skinner Butte Park for a picnic by the river. Soak up the vibrancy of downtown with its color, beauty and buzz. The Hult Center for the Performing Arts is just a few blocks away.

Wake up on the right side of the bed with a restful night's sleep and the promise of a delicious breakfast. Enjoy a $20 gift card each… More Info

Cool Vibes at the Hyatt Place

SkyDeck Lounge at Hyatt Place

Photo: Melanie Griffin

Start your vacation morning with a celery juice from Nekter Juice Bar. Treat yourself to spa services at Chikara Salon & Spa. Enjoy dinner at P.F. Chang's and end the day with a cocktail on the Hyatt Place rooftop deck and bar under the stars (services on the SkyDeck are limited and subject to change so please call ahead). The Hyatt is located at Oakway Center with boutique shops and high-end favorites like Pottery Barn, Nordstrom Rack, White House Black Market and more. From diamonds to running shoes, you'll find it here!

Plus, Oakway Center's beautiful courtyard is ringed with more fine dining and casual eateries. If you must leave this sanctuary, it is just minutes from Autzen Stadium, Alton Baker Park and downtown Eugene.

Health & Fitness at the EVEN HOTEL

The EVEN HOTEL is pledged to health and fitness — so take advantage of their central location and book an active getaway for you and your partner. Make reservations for their fitness center, take a dip in the indoor pool and enjoy a healthy grab 'n go breakfast. Then head out the door to Alton Baker Park along the Willamette River, just a half a mile walk from the hotel. Stroll down to the water's edge and watch ducks and geese. Visit the Peace Park and explore the interpretive signage and art installations around the park—so good for mental health! Then ride bikes along the miles of the Ruth Bascom Riverbank Path System and get your blood pumping. 

Make a Splash at Valley River Inn

Soak in the indoor hot tub at Valley River Inn.

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Valley River Inn is a beloved Eugene property on the banks of the Willamette River. Many landmark celebrations have been honored with a bubbly brunch or elegant dinner at the hotel's Sweet Waters restaurant. When the pool opens in May, lounge outside in the sun or soak in the indoor hot tub. Bring your bicycles or borrow the guest bikes provided by Valley River Inn and ride the 12 miles of paved path encircling the riverfront. Stop for a cold craft beer on the patio at McMenamins North Bank and watch the world stroll or roll past. Even though the Valley River Inn is immediately adjacent Valley River Center shopping and great dining, and close to all the urban attractions, the inn itself feels removed from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Try Something New at Tru Hotel

The game lounge at Tru by Hilton.

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Staying at Tru by Hilton is a chance to break out of old routines with exciting new adventures. Tru's Glenwood location is perfect for take out pizza from Roaring Rapids, and for accessing the trails along the Willamette River. After hiking the nearby riverfront paths, head into Springfield along Main Street for excellent food and shopping. Along with a change of scenery, toss axes at targets or book a private escape room challenge at one of the local activity hubs.

Comfort at the Hilton Garden in Springfield

Get away from the same four walls and enjoy a couples trip to the Gateway neighborhood of Springfield. With nearby shopping, plenty of restaurants including a craft brewery, and easy interstate access, a stay at the Hilton Garden Inn is the total immersive metro experience.


Author: 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.