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Road Trip: Creswell and Cottage Grove

Published: January 04, 2020

 

Escape the four walls you've been staring at for the past several months with a staycation to Creswell and Cottage Grove. Just a twenty-minute drive south from Eugene leads to this delightful, undiscovered world of Willamette Valley farms, small towns and waterfall hikes in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. Start your trip on Highway 99 paralleling the Interstate 5. You will arrive shortly in the charming communities of Creswell and Cottage Grove and encounter alpacas, movie landmarks and outdoor murals along the way.

Note: make sure to plan ahead and check current guidelines before you head out on your staycation. 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.

Creswell Bakery by Eugene, Cascades & Coast
 

Here are a few highlights you'll want to put on your list of things to do in Creswell and Cottage Grove:

  • Take out from Creswell Bakery. All road trips in this direction must include a stop at Creswell Bakery (ask any local and we're betting they'll say the same). Expect awesome breakfast treats, sandwiches and meat pies baked with farm-to-table devotion. 
  • Golf at Emerald Valley Golf & Resort. Swing your club where the University of Oregon golf teams practice! Emerald Valley's beautiful 18-hole course is close to town but feels miles away. Students get discounted rates.
  • Creswell Clay Target Sports. Spend a day trying out clay target games at the region's premier shotgun club. Single-day memberships are available.
  • Try local wine and beer with the locals. Kick up your heels at Saginaw Vineyard – besides wine tasting, Friday nights in the red barn feature live music and artisan pizza. Dine-in at Axe & Fiddle on Main Street in Cottage Grove — seating is limited, so make advanced reservations. 
  • Take a movie buffs tour. Cottage Grove's charming look first caught Hollywood's attention in 1926 when Buster Keaton filmed "The General" here. Today, pay tribute to movie classics like "Animal House" and "Stand By Me" with visits to filming locations around town. 
  • Ride the Row River Trail. Part of the Covered Bridges Scenic Bikeway, this bike path encircles Dorena Reservoir and passes several of Cottage Grove's historic covered bridges.
  • Waterfall hikes. Drive up into the hills to discover a cluster of waterfalls

Where to Stay

The Village Green gardens by Colin Morton
The Village Green gardens by Colin Morton

 

Both Creswell and Cottage Grove make a good base camp to exploring this area. See if you can find a spot at Baker Bay Campground, or check into the Village Green and enjoy acres of peaceful gardens.

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.