You’re going where? Eugene, Oregon

  • Guapo, a Swainson's hawk, perches on a gloved palm of Kit Lacy, preparation executive during Cascades Raptor Center. Photo: Photo By Amanda Lucier For The Washington Post. / For The Washington Post



I forsaken into Eugenelandia – a genuine place, not one played on TV – and what did we see? Characters sporting Gore-Tex jackets or fleece vests interconnected with using pants, a essential uniform for a city nicknamed “Track Town, USA.” On their feet, they wore hiking boots, even if they didn’t have evident skeleton to trek adult Mount Pisgah, or sneakers, so they were prepared to fly on Pre’s Trail, a four-mile reverence to line star Steve Prefontaine. (Nike is a accepted code since of a ties to a city and University of Oregon. Eugenelandians usually wear it.) we beheld that gluten-, dairy- and egg-free baked products clearly grow on trees, and that a Willamette River appears to upsurge with qualification beer, pinot gris and locally roasted coffee. There were dogs and ducks (the mascot kind) on streets and in stores. we petted both.

In Eugenelandia, we detected a different enlightenment – counter/mainstream, group sports/outdoor adventures, vegan/carnivorous – that moves in mysteriously agreeable ways. we could stay in one line (a revisit to a Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and a worldly plate during King Estate Winery) or bend from side to side (dance category during Ballet Fantastique followed by canned splash and pinball during Blairally Vintage Arcade). Despite a abounding source material, Eugenelandia has not warranted a possess uncover – nonetheless – though Eugene has seemed in film. The many obvious crack in a oeuvre is National Lampoon’s “Animal House,” that was filmed here in 1977. we saw several of a film sites while walking around campus – in my Nikes.


Local Faves

Eugene Ale Trail

754 Olive St.


On a Eugene Ale Trail, perceptive imbibers acquire prizes for what comes naturally to them: celebration qualification brews and ciders. Collect a stamp from 8 out of 21 breweries and cideries along a route, and win a growler. Stop by a Brewers Union Local 180, in circuitously Oakridge, for a reward present – an English-style pint glass. Or revisit all a spots, including Viking Braggot Company (known for a honey-based beer) and Alesong Brewing Blending (recognized for a barrel-aged brews), and measure a china steel cup. Those with singular time or low metabolic rates should follow a Distillery Trail, that requires usually 3 proofs of attendance. No counterpart pressure: You don’t need to splash to play.

Ballet Fantastique

960 Oak St.


Even if we have some-more in common with a wooden nutcracker than a sugarplum fairy, we can still outing a light illusory – importance on tripping – during a drop-in doctrine during Ballet Fantastique. The veteran dance association invites amateurs to plié during a barre and change opposite a studio floor. During a 90-minute class, instructor Jessica Jaye Mackinson taught us to chassé, sauté, ronde de jambe and grand battement, a imagination French word for a three-sided kick. For a finale, we achieved a pas de bourrée, glissade and grand jete. While a other students bent for a audience, we picked adult a hypothetical roses thrown during my gym-socked feet.

Guidebook Musts

Mount Pisgah Arboretum

34901 Frank Parrish Rd.


At a 209-acre Mount Pisgah Arboretum, inlet runs prevalent on an deserted dairy plantation latticed with oaks, firs, level grasses and other Willamette Valley flora. Show your support for a internal foliage by picking a blackberries, a invasive-species kind, and hiking trails that squirm by 8 ecosystems. Exhibits in a wetlands, incense-cedar and ash backwoods areas explain a attractions from a belligerent (millipedes) adult (old-growth trees). And while tree-huggers are welcome, wildlife-kissers should be cautious. “Don’t lick a rough-skinned newts,” warned Aug Jackson, an interpretation coordinator. “They are poisonous.”

Cascades Raptor Center

32275 Fox Hollow Rd.


Spoiler alert: The sagas of a 41 residents during a Cascades Raptor Center all finish happily, though a resources that landed a birds during a rehab and preparation trickery . . . well, hang on to your hankie. Aeolus, a bald eagle, mislaid a wing tip to a energy line or fence. Anu and Dakini, white-tailed kite siblings, were orphaned after their nest tree was chopped down. Pip, a peregrine falcon, arrived during a on-site sanatorium with a fractured wing and compulsory dual mouth-to-beak resuscitations during surgery. Despite their severe starts, a birds of chase are now abounding in their new home and workplace, where they perform ambassadorial duties. “We perspective these birds as a feathered co-workers,” Education Director Kit Lacy said, before entering an enclosing to feed her officemate a rodent snack.


Local Faves

Off a Waffle

840 Willamette St.


At Off a Waffle, let your id – not your ego – sequence for you. Sure, we can play it protected with a Original, a plain Liege waffle done of brioche mix and Belgian pearl sugar. Better yet, embankment your stoicism for a Goat in a Headlights (chevre, avocado and dual sunny-side-up eggs), Get Figgy With It (figs, goat cheese, bacon, maple drizzle) or BBBMB, an amped-up chronicle of a BMB with 6 bacon strips instead of dual and twice a havarti. You also can build your possess Liege with such toppings as pig belly, churned cream and chocolate sauce. Feel giveaway to name it after your truest self.

Izakaya Meiji

345 Van Buren St.


Izakaya Meiji is a tiny bit country-western and a lot Eastern. The dining and celebration investiture is modeled after a Japanese gastropub though with a Nashville playlist and artfully neglected decor. (A server forked out a portrayal by a owner’s mom “of some dipsomaniac man she knew.”) Diners sequence tiny plates that prominence such Land of a Rising Sun specialties as shiokara (fermented squid guts), kushiyaki (explained as “skewered things”) and onigiri (nori-wrapped rice balls). With 100-plus bottles of whiskey and consequence on offer, a bartenders mostly scale a ladder to strech a higher-altitude booze. After 11 p.m., a menu switches over to a dim side; a Ramen Shop is now open for slurping.

Guidebook Musts

Sweet Life Patisserie

755 Monroe St.


A pointer frequently seen in a fritter cases during Sweet Life Patisserie: gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free. “Eugene is famous for a choice diets,” pronounced Catherine Reinhart, who runs a bakery with her sister, Cheryl. “We were forward of a bend on gluten-free.” The hyphenates don’t detract from a decadence. GED-free examples embody German chocolate cake with a coconut pecan filling, pumpkin cranberry walnut cupcakes and chai piquancy cheesecake. The pan-tolerant have copiousness of options, too, including whoopie pies with rotating cream interiors; a Josephine, a dolled-up Napoleon with vanilla custard and berry puree; and an eight-layer tiramisu cake that requires extra-long incisors to eat.

King Estate Winery

80854 Territorial Hwy.


Diners during King Estate Winery don’t have to ask where a booze came from; a answer is out a window. The country’s largest biodynamic vineyard non-stop a grill in 2006, portion French-accented Pacific Northwest cuisine in a hilltop dining room. You can start with a debate of a winemaking operation, that specializes in pinot gris, or a moody of 5 “library” wines during a tasting bar. The subsequent march – plain food for brunch, lunch or cooking – celebrates Oregon’s bounty. Much of a furnish comes from a estate’s garden and orchard, and a proteins accost from adjacent farms. Though salmon is always in fashion, a many renouned plate is a cheddar-bacon burger and fries, described in majestic terms as “truffled Burbank potato frites.”


Local Faves


128 E. Broadway


Passionflower non-stop as a floral mart 24 years ago though morphed into “a nature-based lifestyle store with a maximalist vibe,” pronounced owners Jewel Murphy. Tables brief over with velvet pumpkins pressed with dejected hazelnuts, hosiery lonesome in lemurs and earrings done of ukulele parts. A insane entomologist’s dilemma contains artistic butterflies and beetles in shadowboxes, and a salt lick offers flavored ipecac and pickled caramels by Jacobsen Salt Co., that harvests a vegetable from a Oregon coast. To respect a store’s origins, landscape your possess terrarium: You design, and a staff constructs.

Will Leather Goods

296 E. Fifth Ave.


Will Adler, of Will Leather Goods, entered a accessories (and handheld food) diversion in 1981, when he sole rainbow-hued string belts (and chili dogs) in Venice Beach, California. Eight stores later, including a Eugene outpost, that is housed in a 1940s boxcar, Adler is still offered a Gunner Belt though with a new buckle: a steel slider with his signature cow stamp. The internal engineer also stretched his collection to embody tender leather bags with plaid lining, waxed board totes, and carriers done of dawn weavings from Guadalajara, Mexico and selected quilts from India. The tip-to-tail association devises smaller equipment out of a leather scraps, such as toothpick holders, buttons and cow-shaped keychains with a Will of their own.

Guidebook Musts

5th Street Public Market

Corner of Fifth and High streets


Which came initial to a 5th Street Public Market, a chickens or a shops? Poultry preceded a two-level emporium, though visitors sentimental for a former ornithology plant can squeeze a curry duck sandwich during Provisions Market Hall or a ring with an egg-shaped opal during Newtwist. The sell core skews internal with such stores as Velvet Edge Boutique, a women’s wardrobe store run by a former University of Oregon highbrow and her singer daughter; Pendleton, a friendly basement of woolens; and Made in Oregon, that sells such state black as smiling raindrop magnets and Sasquatch T-shirts.


Local Faves

Excelsior Inn

754 E. 13th Ave.


Roll over, Beethoven – and Bach, Chopin and Puccini – and make room in a king-size bed. At a Excelsior Inn, all 14 bedrooms are named after a classical-music composer and underline a tiny tabernacle to that low-pitched genius: a bust and framed piece of song for “Aida” in a Verdi room, for instance. Owner Maurizio Paparo, who grew adult in Florence, sprinkles Old World pixie dirt around a inn, that occupies a former sorority house; a front yard garden; and a Italian restaurant, where guest accept a giveaway breakfast of eggs and vegetables from his five-acre farm. Twice a month, Paparo organizes a arrangement focusing on a food, booze and enlightenment of an Italian region. Guests can transport there around staircase.

Hyatt Place Eugene/Oakway Center

333 Oakway Rd.


Yes, a Hyatt Place Eugene/Oakway Center is a chain, though a new 130-room skill is not a member of a Could Be Anywhere Club. The owners are fourth-generation Eugeneans who are penetrating on internal art and nature. The open areas arrangement works by Marshall Roemen, who perceived a master of excellent humanities grade from a University of Oregon. The uncovered Sky Lounge contains seat done out of an aged ash tree that grew on a property, and pieces from Outdoor Elements, a store within bird-calling stretch of a hotel. In a morning, puncture into a giveaway breakfast play with Skinner’s Butte views.

Guidebook Musts

Inn during a 5th

205 E. Sixth Ave.


Inn during a 5th, a city’s usually four-star oppulance boutique property, sits plunk in a center of 5th Street Public Market, a bonus for overnighters. The French bistro Marche provides a room service, and guest can addition their acquire potion of booze with a bottle from Provisions Market Hall. Inside a hotel, courteous flourishes abound, such as private servant pantries (no ungainly face time with food smoothness people) and coolers with bags of ice on any building (no shrill humming machines). The hotel also embraces a Eugene-ness with suave representations of Swifty, a market’s former proprietor rooster; thesis bedrooms in shades of Rain, Pendleton and Ninkasi; and grate mantels assembled of repurposed beams from a final tenant, Nike.


Guidebook Musts

University of Oregon

1585 E. 13th Ave.


Acquaint yourself with a University of Oregon campus on a miles-long using debate with a tyro or researcher who can discuss about campus life and discoveries in, say, microbiology with equal authority. (Forgot your sneakers? Pick adult a span of UO-colored Nikes during a campus Duck Store.) Slow to a yield during a Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, that houses a permanent collection of considerable Asian art, and a Museum of Natural and Cultural History, a artifact-sitter for a world’s oldest boots and 14,500-year-old coprolites. (“Human poop, in archaeological terms,” pronounced Ann Craig, exhibitions director.) At a Knight Library, peruse a Ken Kesey Collection, a trove of manuscripts, jailhouse sketches, correspondences and journals: “May 16, Nothing else to do, so I’ll write.” Regain your Freshman 15 during Erb Memorial Union. Under one roof: homemade ice cream during Red Wagon Creamery, kombucha on daub during Townshend’s Tea Company, and cheesy pies and microbrews during Falling Sky Pizzeria and Public House.

Local Faves


West of a Washington-Jefferson Street Bridge and north of Eighth Avenue

A radical strain runs by Whiteaker,the site of Occupy Eugene protests. For example, Vanilla Jill’s Scoops and Soups Cafe boycotts sugarine and dairy with a Paleo ice cream flavors. With a veg-friendly toppings, Pizza Research Institute rejects meat. Blairally Vintage Arcade spurns a “Angry Birds” epoch with classical arcade games and pinball machines. The Whit also upholds a No Beverage Left Behind policy, with 3 breweries, wineries and distilleries each, and a Wandering Goat Coffee Co., a internal roaster. Several places offer live music, though usually a Eugene Whiteaker International Hostel provides beds and bands. The bill pile-up pad doubles as use space for a low-pitched owner.

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