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Enjoy a Eugene-Springfield Staycation

Published: June 22, 2020


Feeling a little stir-crazy but want to stay close to home? It's the perfect time to plan a "staycation" and enjoy a vacation nearby. Have some fun re-creating a holiday getaway right in your own community. Have you ever played tourist in your own hometown before? It's time to discover just how much fun it is to visit here! Here are four mini-breaks to enjoy this year.

Note: make sure to plan ahead and check current guidelines before you head out on your staycation. You'll find plenty of beautiful parks and trails, restaurants and hotels ready to welcome you to Eugene and Springfield  — make sure you're prepared by packing your mask and a sense of patience and kindness as we all continue to learn how to stay safe and navigate current health guidelines.

Make a Splash at Valley River Inn

A child holds her breath under water in a large swimming pool. Her mom is behind her wading in.
Valley River Inn pool by Turell Group


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. Now book the Inn's "Escape" package with a river-facing balcony room and enjoy meals in your room, or reserve a table in the restaurant overlooking the Willamette. Lounge in the outdoor pool under the sun. 

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.

Luxury at the Inn at the 5th

A luxury room with balcony and fireplace at the Inn at the 5th in Eugene.
Inn at 5th balcony room


Embrace a luxurious stay at Eugene's sophisticated downtown hotel, Inn at the 5th. Check into the urban experience with their "safe-cation", the same meticulous cleanliness, care and comfort with added reservation flexibility.

Book a spa appointment at Gervais, make a FaceTime private appointment for shopping at Freudian Slip, and feast on a Provisions dinner box with wine pairing right in your suite. 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 "Washed Hands Need to be Pampered", "At Least We've Got Chocolate" and "Wish We Were at a Parisian Bar".

If you are craving a dine-in restaurant atmosphere, Marche is open for limited reservations at socially distanced tables. And the Sushi Station and Thai Spice are as well! Wine tastes are pouring once again at J.Scott Cellars. So you can truly get out and about without going far.

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.

Cool Vibes at the Hyatt Place

Person reads beside the fire pit on the sky deck lounge at Hyatt Place in Eugene. There are string lights, tables and people in suits drinking on the ledge in the distance.
SkyDeck Lounge at Hyatt Place by Melanie Griffin


Start your vacation morning with a celery juice from Nekter Juice Bar. Treat yourself to spa services at Chikara Salon & Spa. Enjoy take out from Sabai Thai and end the day with a cocktail on the Hyatt's rooftop deck and Sky Bar under the stars (services on the Sky Deck are limited and subject to change so please call ahead).

The Hyatt is located at Oakway Center with its prime shopping and dining options—many offering online ordering and curbside pick up. Burch's Shoes is now open so you can indulge your shoe habit. And speaking of shoes, Eugene Running Company will even deliver shoes! Have an interest in diamonds to go? Skeie's Jewelers is offering curbside pick up. To make your shopping adventures even better, book the Hyatt Place's shopping hotel package and get a $100 gift card per night to apply at participating Oakway Center stores.

The Hyatt is also close to Alton Baker Park along the Willamette River. 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.

Family Comfort at the Hilton Garden in Springfield

Hilton Garden Inn Eugene-Springfield by David Bayles
Hilton Garden Inn Eugene-Springfield by David Bayles


Get away from the same four walls and enjoy a family staycation to the Gateway neighborhood of Springfield. It's just what everyone needs! Surrounded by many family-friendly restaurants, some re-opening for dine-in, you'll enjoy a break from home cooking. Plus with the Hilton Garden Inn's continuous squeaky clean experience, you can feel comfortable. Add in some shopping with curbside pick up at area stores.

The best thing is that Springfield is a gateway to plentiful outdoor activities, so with the Hilton Garden Inn as your basecamp, take the kids fishing, hiking, mountain biking and paddling. Close to both the Willamette and McKenzie Rivers, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy on-the-river excitement. How about a jet boat ride or a river rafting trip? If you need to gear up for an adventure, Cabela's is nearby. Your family will relish staying somewhere new and getting outside in nature!

Health & Fitness at the Even Hotel

EVEN Hotel Exterior
EVEN Hotel Exterior


The EVEN Hotel is pledged to health and fitness — so take advantage of their current staycation offer and book an active getaway for your family. Make reservations for their fitness center, take the kids to the indoor pool and enjoy a healthy grab 'n go breakfast. Then head out the door to Alton Baker Park, just a half a mile walk from the hotel. Stroll or ride bikes at the park and along the miles of the Ruth Bascom Riverbank Path System.

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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.