Eugene travel guide

The Emerald City

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You're Going to Love Eugene

Eugene isn’t glamorous and it doesn’t brag about its attractions, but it’s actually one of America’s least known tourist gems. This relaxed, creative city of just 140,000 people will welcome and entertain everyone who visits.

Base yourself in the center of town and you’ll be able to walk to attractions like the Jordan Schnitzer Museum, Autzen Stadium, or Skinner Butte Park in fifteen minutes or less. Rent a car and you can be at some of the finest beaches on the west coast in under an hour, or drive into the mountains to hike, ski, snowboard, or climb in the beautiful Cascade Mountains.

Back in town, fill up on a steak at the Oregon Electric Station before hitting the Eugene Ale Trail and trying beers from superb local brewers like De Garde, Deschutes, and the Boneyard Beer Company.

Whether you want to spend your vacation in gorgeous scenery or you are looking for a charming, walkable city break destination, Eugene will be ideal.

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When to Visit Eugene

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Eugene, Oregon, is a fantastic summer destination and the city is at its best between July and October. That’s the best time to hit the beaches, cycle or hike in the Willamette River Valley, or tour the region’s wineries. Alternatively, fall is a beautiful time to visit, while between March and June the spring bloom is one of the most colorful in the United States. Winters tend to be wet and a little gloomy, but aren’t cold, so it’s also worth considering out of season breaks here.

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Where to Stay in Eugene

Visitors to Eugene have a wide choice of accommodation options, including hotels and B&Bs at almost every price range. The Valley River Inn is a good luxury option on the Willamette River, while Comfort Suites Eugene is a high-end Downtown hotel worth checking out. If you are staying close to the University, the University Inn & Suites is a mid-range choice, while Shilo Inn and the Whiteaker Garden Hostel provide cheaper, but still very comfortable lodging in convenient locations.

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Shopping Streets

Eugene has some excellent shopping malls and markets. For a conventional mall experience, head to the Oakway Center, where you’ll find major names like Old Navy and Trader Joe’s. The 5th Street Public Market (in the Market District) is the place to go for local stores. The prices are higher, but you can find unique pottery items, jewelry, and clothing at stores like Due Donne, Freudian Slip, and Outdoor Elements. The Valley River Center is a good out of town mall with stores lie J.C. Penney and Macy’s.

Groceries and Other

Eugene has its fair share of supermarkets, with stores like Target, Grocery Outlet, Walmart, and Winco represented. There are also more up-market options like Sundance and Capella where you’ll find organic fruit and vegetables and delicatessen counters. Grocery prices in Eugene tend to be slightly above average, but less than major cities like New York. For example, expect to pay $2.40 for 12 eggs and $12.50 for a good bottle of wine.

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Where to Eat in Eugene

Eugene has a diverse dining scene, with something for every food lover to enjoy. If you want an affordable and beautifully cooked Italian meal, Mazzi's is the place to head, while the best eatery in town for Mexican meals is Red Agave. The steaks at Oregon Electric Station will satisfy any carnivore, while at the other end of the scale, the Keystone Café is Eugene’s best vegetarian restaurant. You can also find cheap but delicious pizza restaurants like Mezza Luna and mouth-watering desserts at Off The Waffle.

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