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Top Things to Do This Winter

Published: November 01, 2019

 

Winter in Oregon brings a new crop of adventures to choose from: watching whales making their annual trek along our coastline; sipping a glass of Pinot with friends by the tasting room fire; cozying up in a mountain lodge after a day of snowshoeing in the Cascades.

You're likely to encounter a variety of different types of weather along the way, but luckily this region offers no shortage of things to do indoors and outdoors. Drizzly day in the Willamette Valley? Take the opportunity to explore exquisite art and museums, or head to wine country to take advantage of Cellar Season. Cool and clear in Florence? Fly a kite on the beach and warm up with the coast's best clam chowder. Snowing in the mountains? Bundle up and go hiking or snowshoeing. 

Kite Flying at South Jetty in Florence by Sally McAleer
Kite Flying at the South Jetty in Florence by Sally McAleer

 

Take note that the weather can also vary greatly from the coast to the mountains. You may get beautiful, sunshine-filled coastal days while it pours in the valley, or vice versa. So no matter where you wander, be prepared for a range of weather conditions. Pack layers, check road conditions at TripCheck.com, and call ahead to confirm business hours.

Here are our picks for the best of the winter: from holiday lights to cellar season, whale and storm watching to live music.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS

Holiday Lights at The Village Green by Hayley Radich
Holiday Lights at The Village Green by Hayley Radich

 

The region dresses up for the holidays with twinkling gardens, covered bridges and shopping centers. Attend a tree lighting, take a guided tour or watch a light parade. From Christmas choirs to holiday dining, the season is full of fun, family-friendly events.

Saturday Market's Holiday Market brings everything great about the Saturday Market inside, where it's nice and cozy! You'll find thousands… More Info
The oldest and coldest Christmas parade is in its 67th year and will follow the same parade route as in the past - 21st St and Olympic St,… More Info
Enjoy a formal afternoon tea in the historic Shelton McMurphey Johnson House, which will be decorated for the holiday season. Learn about… More Info
Eugene Ballet is once again bringing back everyone's favorite performance of the holiday season, The Nutcracker. Take a marvelous journey to… More Info
Come one, come all to the 24th Annual Victorian Christmas Open House at the Heceta Head Assistant Lighthouse Keeper's House. Enjoy the… More Info

Cellar Season in Oregon Wine Country

Benton-Lane Winery in Snow
Benton-Lane Winery in Snow
 

Wine tasting in winter has its own unique appeal. Imagine uncorking a bottle in a cozy tasting room, soaking up the slow pace of a lazy winter afternoon. Perhaps the winemaker stops by your table to chat, or you take the opportunity to tour the barrel room or sample a yet-to-be-released vintage. Days are shorter and tasting room hours are fewer, but the tasting experience itself can often be more personable, slower-paced and special.

TrackTown USA & Running Events

Eugene doesn't stop running just because it's cool and damp outside – after all, this is the TrackTown USA! Lace up your shoes and join a run, explore the chip trails or shop for running gear at one of the region's acclaimed running stores.

Choose your own adventure to get your blood pumping in the winter air! The 5K is very challenging, from mile 1.3 to mile 1.9, the course… More Info
Get in shape this holiday season while training for the Eugene Holiday Half & Hustle (5K and 10K)! The race will have six aid stations… More Info

Whale Watching & Storm Watching on the Oregon Coast

It's peak season for winter whale watching on the Oregon Coast, where spouting mammoth gray whales embark on their southern migration. It's also the season for storm watching, where huge thundering waves and dramatic skies are on display alongside the Oregon Coast's gusty winds and rolling fog banks. While beautiful, always practice beach safety by watching for sneaker waves and staying away from logs and driftwood. After a chilly ramble on the beach, enjoy a warm bowl of clam chowder at one of the many delicious seafood restaurants in Historic Old Town Florence. 

It's Whale Watch Week along the Oregon Coast! In winter approximately 20,000 gray whales travel south to the warm lagoons of Baja Mexico.… More Info
Experience three days of bluegrass, Americana and folk music at the 18th annual Florence Winter Music Festival, "The Coast's Best Music and… More Info

Play in the Snow

Sledding at Willamette Pass by Traci Williamson
Sledding at Willamette Pass by Traci Williamson

 

Try snowshoeing, skiing and snowboarding in the Cascade Mountains. Snowshoe waterfalls, sections of the Pacific Crest Trail, around lakes and through majestic snowy forests. Downhill ski, snowboard and cross-country ski at Willamette Pass Resort. And when you're ready to warm up, take advantage of the Cascade Mountain's natural hot springs.

Food & Drink

Rye Restaurant Cocktails by Melanie Griffin
Rye Restaurant Cocktails by Melanie Griffin

 

Explore a world of tastes this winter: with artisan spirits or one of the Willamette Valley's farm-to-fork restaurants dishing up local specialties like Oregon truffles, Dungeness crab and an array of local artisan chocolates. Pair with regional wine or a craft brew for the ultimate local foodie experience.

The 15th annual Oregon Truffle Festival invites truffle lovers from around the world to appreciate, learn about and explore truffles from in… More Info
Creswell Bakery by Eugene, Cascades & Coast
Explore regional beverage and food trails showcasing local farms, artisan industries and locavore dining.… More Info
Matthew Knight Arena Sunset by Gregory Burns
UO Women's Basketball games are drawing huge crowds.… More Info

Arts, Music & Entertainment

It's always warm and bright indoors with the region's many great museums, art galleries, movie theaters and performing arts. Discover Eugene's nightlife with live music, DJs and karaoke. Show your ticket from select theaters at participating businesses for dining and shopping discounts. Roll dice at a local casino or use your smarts to escape a room and your brawn to throw an axe.

Years before he toured the world as a platinum selling, boundary-breaking artist, Mat Kearney grew up in Eugene, Oregon. Kearney will return… More Info
All ages are invited to Mac's Restaurant & Nightclub every Sunday evening for trivia rounds. Prizes will be awarded to top teams. Mac's… More Info
Eugene singer-songwriter Jesse Meade and special guests play every Tuesday night at Cornucopia downtown. Meade performs his own… More Info
Experience the grit and daring of North America’s gay rodeo circuit at the exhibit "Photographs from the Gay Rodeo." Blake Little’s… More Info
"Art of the Athlete: Art and Social Practice" displays the works of 36 University of Oregon students and student athletes who created… More Info

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Author: Taj Barnhart Morgan

Taj Barnhart Morgan is the Web Content Manager 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.