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Eugene, Oregon

Updated on November 13, 2014

Gotta Love It

Do you ever feel like going back to the 60's? Well you can do that in Eugene. Sort of. Of course, there is more to this Northwest city than that, but it is part of what makes it so charming.

Do you wonder about the raindrop photo? Well...it rains almost the whole Winter and into the Spring, but it is usually a light rain and most locals don't bother with umbrellas. Everything stays really green!

I lived there for 20 years and I miss it. Here are my favorite things about Eugene.

In a Nutshell

If you are a fan of organic and natural foods, you will find as you look at product labels that many of them are produced in the Eugene area. This is a bicycle friendly community with many green areas and bike and walking paths, numerous large and small natural food stores, excellent restaurants and a burdgeoning arts scene as well as a hot-bed of holistic and alternative healing.

It is the home of the University of Oregon, an excellent institution with dedicated and talented faculty, which gives it that college community/academic feel.

About an hour's drive to the west is the Pacific Ocean and an hour to the east are the Cascade Mountains and some great winter skiing. On the way to the Cascades you follow along the McKenzie River which offers fabulous rafting, fishing, waterfalls and hot springs.

Located in a valley between 2 mountain ranges, the climate is moderate and though it rains all winter and into the spring, camelias and magnolia trees bloom in the winter and daffodils, forsythia and other "spring" flowers start to emerge as early as February. True spring is a profusion of azaleas, rhododendrons and ginestra. The air hangs heavy with scent.

Filmed in Eugene

National Lampoon's Animal House (Full Screen Double Secret Probation Edition)
National Lampoon's Animal House (Full Screen Double Secret Probation Edition)

Yes, the all-time great college movie with John Belushi and friends was filmed in Eugene and nearby Cottage Grove. I wish I had been there when it was happening, but I just missed it. This is a classic and you can see parts of the UO campus in Eugene and the downtown of nearby Cottage Grove in the film.

 
Prefontaine
Prefontaine

If you are a fan of running, you will enjoy this film about the famous runner, Steve Prefontaine. It includes scenes about the then-track coach Bill Bowerman and his development of the Nike running shoe. Eugene has been known as the track capitol of the world. The city is full of running trails and the university has a world-class track where incredible track meets take place every year. My ex-husband produced this movie!

 

Where to Eat

For a choice of casual daytime meals and snacks try the 5th Street Market and, on the weekends in the summer, the Saturday Market. Check out the links below for more of the best.

A Handy Area Atlas

Eugene Springfield, Oregon: Street Atlas- GMJ
Eugene Springfield, Oregon: Street Atlas- GMJ

Take a good map with you on your visit to assist in navigating the area. Springfield is Eugene's very close neighbor: they blend into each other. I know, you have the internet and GPS, but there's nothing like a good, 'ol map in hand. Study it before you go.

 

Some of Eugene's Many Spiritual Services - A Good reason--on its own--to visit Eugene

Take the opportunity while in Eugene to visit one of the resident astrologers, body workers, natural intuitives or other spritiual practitioners.

From Isha Lerner

Inner Child Cards: A Fairy-Tale Tarot
Inner Child Cards: A Fairy-Tale Tarot

I believe this was the first deck Isha put together. The interpretation of the stories as archetypal is so very interesting and eye-opening.

 

Very Popular Book by Kay Porter

Isha Lerner's Tarot or Oracle Cards

All of Isha's cards are delightful and full of insight. Choose the deck you feel most drawn to. Whichever you chose, you will be happy. They are all beautifully illustrated and full of color and the insights and stories which accompany each card are interesting and profoundly helpful.

Visit her website--listed above--for a full description and to make purchases, as well.

Power of Flowers
Power of Flowers

Flowers offer so much to us. This deck is a beautiful reminder of the power within us all.

 

Eugene: An Interesting Place to Visit/A Great Place to Live

If you plan to visit Eugene, I know you will enjoy your stay. Immerse yourself in the laid-back lifestyle. If you go in the summer you can be assured of nice days. In the spring, it may rain a bit, but the blooming flowers are fantastic. Check out my lens on the Oregon Coast, which is only an hour's drive west, and "Insider's Oregon" about the McKenzie River Drive, which begins in Eugene and heads east.

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Do you have connections to Oregon? Do you live in Eugene? Have you ever visited? Add any comments here.

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      LiquidGranite1 6 years ago

      I like the charm of this city.

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      Linda Hoxie 7 years ago from Idaho

      Great lens, my husband lived in Eugene long ago and really loved it! Thanks for being part of the Exploring Oregon Group. I have just updated our group and wanted to invite all the lensmasters to see our new facelift! 5* to a great Squidoo Lensmaster!

      Linda

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      JCSeattle 7 years ago

      Nice work! I lived there for 2 years. It was hard for a kid from AZ to get use to the weather the first year, but I loved it by my second year.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I like Eugene so much that I bought a piece of property there and plan to relocate my daughter and myself before she starts school (she just turned three). Saturday Market is so much fun that I want to have a booth there! I'm gathering my plans together and as soon as the real estate market turns around, I'm out of here (Las Vegas) and moving there!

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      Linda Hoxie 9 years ago from Idaho

      You've done an incredible job with this lens, I commend you! Eugene is beautiful! My husband lived there long ago. I would like to invite you to join my group called "Exploring Oregon", I am inviting lens' of quality and yours is one! You can look at the group there, and if you would like. :-) Thanks for sharing about Eugene, you did a wonderful job! Linda

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      Food_Junkie 9 years ago

      I understand while you love Eugene. Check out my Lens to see how the food scene is going.

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      Dennis_Pease 10 years ago

      Hi njg,

      Great Lens, I bet you miss Eugene. I live in Florence and I'm a Real Estate Broker with RE/MAX Integrity in Eugene. This is just such beautiful country. I drive Hwy 126 about 3 days a week and I am always amazed at the beauty.

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Hi, we have a hotel in Eugene Oregon if you can plase add our hotel on your site. www.eugeneuniversityinn.com

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      AngelaHarms 10 years ago

      Heya! I met Hazel Courtman at the Country Fair tonight, and it was amazing. I looked her up online and found this lens. Cool, huh?