Eugene, OR - While peak leaf viewing is coming over the next few weeks, fall in the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region offers much more to experience. With its 4,700 square miles, Lane County is sure to have something new for you to uncover. Travel Lane County's Things to Do page is great place to get inspired and start your planning, but we thought you might also like to see a few of our favorite fall activities.
Fall hiking, for people of all ages and abilities, are easily accessible and waterfalls are being renewed by recent rain storms. Check out 6 Hikes for Kids in Eugene, Cascades & Coast and learn where to get the entire family out for some fresh air and adventure.
Once you've built up your appetite, be sure to consider some comfort food. For many of us this includes soup, so we have some ideas for you in Soup: The Ultimate Comfort Food. If you're having a good meal, then a great beer or glass of wine is the perfect pairing. Our local breweries are creating tasty selections of fall classics that include Octoberfests, Porters, Stouts, Ales and so many more. Many great tasting locations are close by and you can learn more in Autumn's Craft Beers. With the grape harvest wrapping up, our award-winning South Willamette Valley Wineries offer opportunities to relax and taste some of the world's best vintages. You'll have a good chance to chat with the owner or winemaker and learn more about this year's harvest. Oregon's Wine Country in All Seasons offers suggestions for travelling through rolling foothills and viewing the bright yellow leaves of the changing vines as you head to nearby wineries. Eugene also offers a growing urban wine tasting scene providing residents and visitors an opportunity stroll through downtown and experience the bounty of the South Willamette Valley.
Staycations have helped sustain many of our local hospitality businesses throughout the COVID pandemic and many who took advantage of these getaways were able to experience what millions of visitors to the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region have experienced for years. A variety of quality lodging options, nearby attractions, great food and drink and outdoor recreation as far as the eye can see are only a short drive away. Our team has put together a variety of Road Trips that will jump start your planning and staff is available to offer additional ideas or answer your questions.
For those interested in the arts, we are definitely seeing an uptick in live events. Nearly 10,000 fans greeted Luke Combs at Matthew Knight Arena recently, the McDonald Theatre is offering a growing list of artists and venues like the Hult Center for the Performing Arts and the John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts are lining up a host of options for the fall. On the sports side of things we see Autzen Stadium filling with screaming Duck fans (tickets remain available) and soon the UO men's basketball and women's basketball teams will tip off the 2021-22 season. We appreciate our venue partners and their commitment to keeping fans and attendees safe with COVID protocols that include being vaccinated or showing a negative COVID test.
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