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#LoveLane: Support Local

Published: November 17, 2020

 

One of the silver linings of this unusual time has been a renewed commitment to supporting local. Staying closer to home has reminded us that we can always play tourist in our own hometown; there are new restaurants with rebooted takeout menus to try, new trails to discover and opportunities to take a new perspective on our old favorites.

Shopping local online has become easier than ever too. Eugene, Fern Ridge area and Veneta have all created beautiful online stores for the crafty makers in their neighborhood. 

As we once again look toward spending more time close to home, here are some of our favorite ways to support our community and ourselves this season. Challenge yourself to take some time to slow down and enjoy all we have to feel grateful for in Oregon.

Order Take-Out or Delivery

Cherry Pie in a glass dish.

 

Many restaurants have adapted by offering different or expanded takeout and delivery options. Ordering take-out will help minimize the time spent in the kitchen so you can enjoy more stress-free time with family. 

Don't forget wine for the table. Many local wineries are offering curbside pickup or free local delivery. Or stop into Party Market & Wine for some rare finds from around the world, and you can ask for a custom recommendation for cheeses that will pair perfectly as well. For a full meal and an expertly paired bottle of wine, select a dinner box from Provisions and shop from their wine packages

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Spend Time Exploring 

Salt Creek Sno-Park in winter by Melanie Griffin

Oregonians know how fortunate we are to live somewhere so magical. Hiking trails and scenic drives right in our backyard are enchanting in every season. Breathe in the fresh air and find peace in quiet outdoor spaces as you slow down and recharge from this roller coaster year. Get cozy in a warm lodge near the snow or at a beach B&B to extend your exploration time. 

Making memories are just as important this year, so do it safely. Bring your mask and check current guidelines before heading out.

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Give the Gift of Oregon

Loloma Lodge Cozy Lodging

Travel has the ability to create a memory that will stay with you forever. One of the best gifts you can give your loved ones is something to look forward to.

If you're looking for ideas, here are a few: Book a room at the beachfront Driftwood Shores and enjoy their Beach Bonfire / S'mores package for a sweet and cozy stay. Take the kids horseback riding on the beach. Make a future reservation for some fun competition with some axe throwing. Send the essential worker in your life away on a relaxing weekend on the McKenzie River.

For more ideas, order a free Visitor Guide

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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.