Snowy Winter Getaways
Spend a few days curled up in winter wonderland lodging, warming up with a steamy drink and a crackling fire. The Cascade Mountains offer a snowy playground perfect for snowshoeing, cross country skiing and snowmobiling. Even when there isn't snow yet, or if you choose lodging below the current snow line, the wintery feel of the upper elevations is enticing.
Visit maintained Sno-Parks with sledding hills, trek to icy waterfalls or enjoy skiing and snowboarding at a mountain ski resort. Here are some favorite wintertime destinations you'll want to explore this season.
Oakridge/WestfirOffice Covered Bridge in the Snow by Westfir Lodge
The communities of Oakridge and Westfir are often (but not always) just below the snowline. This makes overnight logistics easy, with the Willamette National Forest just a short drive away. Salt Creek Falls Sno-Park is just twenty miles south, with Gold Lake Sno-Park just five miles further. Also in the same vicinity is Waldo Lake Sno-Park, known for its snowmobiling trails. Willamette Pass is a popular destination for skiing, snowboarding and cross country skiing.
Great Base Camps
These clean and comfortable accommodations are conveniently located near services and recreation so that you can maximize your adventures while sleeping peacefully at night.
Comfy Like Home
This cozy lodge inspires lingering in your room with a good book or a stroll to the adjacent historic covered bridge.
McKenzie RiverLoloma Lodge
Even after last year's devastating wildfires, there is a special magic about the McKenzie River area. A collection of small communities are carved out along the majestic McKenzie River. The landscape along the highway has changed and you will drive past burned areas. Please be respectful as residents work to restore their properties and refrain from trespassing or photographing private property.
Snowshoe the McKenzie River Trail, which stretches for more than 20 miles alongside the river. Along the trail, you'll discover waterfalls and the hot springs-fed swimming pool at Belknap Hot Springs' rustic lodge. From here you are also close to the Hoodoo Ski area.
Classic Mountain Lodges
Charming, cozy quarters with in-house or nearby dining options, lodges are the classic home-away-from-home for kick-starting your adventures.
Escape to the mountains for quiet solitude in a charming cabin. Bring your books, journals, warm socks and your favorite companion.
Willamette Valley MetroDowntown Eugene in winter by Colin Morton
Sometimes it snows in the Eugene area. If your visit is during winter weather, stay in lodging perfect for snowy days. Hike or take the bus around downtown or stay indoors admiring the dazzling sparkle from warm, comfortable rooms. There are plenty of coffee shops serving up hot drinks, restaurants dishing up soups and stews, and distilleries pouring spirits. Poke around in a used book store, record store or antique shop. Show off your skill in an arcade or billiards parlor.
If the flakes aren't falling you can still enjoy snowy day trips to Oakridge or the McKenzie River.
Perfect Places To Be Snow-Bound
These are just of few of many great options in the Willamette Valley. With gracious lobbies, in-house dining, great views or in-room fireplaces, you can be comfortable here until the storm blows over.
- Campbell House Inn (Cozy Victorian house close to Skinner Park —for snow play— and close to shops and restaurants)
- Timbers Inn (Simple retro charm in the heart of downtown Eugene)
- The Gordon Hotel (Comforts in the heart of the Market District)
- Inn at the 5th (Elegance in the heart of the Market District)
- Graduate Eugene (Collegiate themed, comfortable, adjacent the Hult Center and in the heart of downtown Eugene)
- Valley River Inn (On the Willamette River, across from the mall's shops and restaurants)
- Hyatt Place Eugene (Tucked into Oakway Center with high end shops and restaurants)
- Excelsior Inn (Old Europe atmosphere close to the UO, shops and restaurants)
- Hayward Inn (A modern charmer, close to UO campus and Hayward Field)
- Hilton Garden Inn Eugene - Springfield (Right off Interstate 5, in Springfield's Gateway shopping district)
And as always, the weather from the coast to the mountains can change quickly, so no matter where you roam dress with warm layers and be prepared for unexpected rain, ice and snow. Travel protocols are also changing frequently, so before heading out check for any new travel alerts.