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Ways to Experience the Solar Eclipse

Published: August 03, 2017

 

Ways to Experience the Solar Eclipse

 
 

RAFT TRIPS TO WINE TASTINGS HEAD A GROWING LIST

 
     
 
 

 

 

Whitewater Rafting
Photo by A. Helfrich Outfitter

 
 

Eugene, OR — The August 21, 2017 solar eclipse is gaining plenty of attention from public officials, visitor bureaus and more as up to 1 million people descend on Oregon for this once in a lifetime experience. Area hotels are reporting few, if any rooms, remain for the days around August 21 and this means people will be staying in our region and looking for ways to get to the path of totality, approximately 40 miles north of Eugene, or accepting that 98 to 99 percent of total darkness is fine and looking for a nice spot within the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region to view the spectacular event. 

Many of us will hang in the backyard, go to nearby schoolyard or bike or walk to an open field to catch an unobstructed view of the eclipse. Others may want a little adventure or to be pampered, so we looked to our members and the community to see what's available.  "What better way to view an extraordinary natural event than to experience it on one of Oregon's most scenic natural waterways," commented Jonnie Helfrich of A. Helfrich Outfitter. “This will be our first daytime trip that will include rafting the rapids of the McKenzie River in near darkness.” 
The "Path of Totality Raft Trip" offers 23 rafters a chance to combine two amazing activities into a day of unforgettable fun.

Not much beats award-winning Oregon wine, but you'll need to act fast to take advantage of several area eclipse tasting parties. Sweet Cheeks has sold all available tickets for their event, but you can still enjoy a glass Pinot Noir and the sounds of gurgling water at Pfeiffer's Viewing Party. This event showcases Pfeiffer's spectacular water garden and treats you to breakfast burritos and Bloody Mary Shooters in the morning and a taco bar in the afternoon.  Plus, you won't have to worry about the city lights interfering with your eclipse viewing. The winery is opening early at 8:30 a.m. so that attendees may experience the eclipse from its beginning, around 9:03 a.m., to its peak at 10:17 a.m. and through completion at 11:37 a.m.  

The City of Eugene is the Skinner Butte Solar Eclipse Watch Party. Shuttles will be provided beginning at 8:30 a.m. to ferry folks to the top of Skinner's Butte where the City will provide interpretive talks and have glasses available for purchase. 

No matter where you experience the eclipse in Lane County, please be sure to hashtag your photos with #RealOregon. Travel Lane County uses your photos to show how visitors and locals are enjoying themselves throughout the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region. Check our homepage regularly and you may be surprised to see your photo! 

More fun experiences will be available throughout the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region, so be sure to check our events page to stay abreast of new opportunities. Our events calendar is free and open to the public, so if you have an event to share please submit it today!  

The State of Oregon's office of emergency management provides a comprehensive list of how you can be prepared for the eclipse and remember that both Eugene, Cascades & Coast visitor centers are selling eclipse glasses for only $2! 

Rafting Contact: Jonnie Helfrich, (541) 726-5039, Jonnie@Helfrich.com

 

Contact Us:
Andy Vobora, Vice-President of Stakeholder Relations, Travel Lane County
(541) 743-8770; (800) 547-5445; Andy@EugeneCascadesCoast.org

 

Stephen Hoshaw, Social Media/PR Manager, Travel Lane County
(541) 743-8760; (800) 547-5445; Stephen@EugeneCascadesCoast.org


Travel Lane County markets and promotes the Eugene, Cascades and Coast region as a destination for travel, conventions, sports, meetings and events. It serves as a private, nonprofit association dedicated to economic development through visitor spending, which pumped more than $672 million into Lane County, Oregon's economy in 2016. EugeneCascadesCoast.org.

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Author: Andy Vobora

Vice-President of Stakeholder Relations, Travel Lane County
541.743.8770; 800.547.5445

Andy@EugeneCascadesCoast.org

Travel Lane County markets and promotes the Eugene, Cascades and Coast region as a destination for travel, conventions, sports, meetings and events. It serves as a private, nonprofit association dedicated to economic development through visitor spending, which pumped more than $672 million into Lane County, Oregon's economy in 2016. EugeneCascadesCoast.org