About a month ago, Alex and I went back to visit Eugene, the town where we went to college (and met). It was our first trip back since graduation, and also our first visit without any homework or work to worry about it. We did all of the things we miss about Eugene, and even had time to try a few new spots. Being such a unique place, I can't believe I haven't written this post sooner. But better late than never, here is my guide to Eugene, Oregon.
Things to Do:
- Bike or walk along the Willamette. This activity is seasonal since it can be cold in the winter, but highly recommended for spring if your allergies allow it (the cottonwood plants will get ya).
- Visit the Saturday Market. With fresh produce, tasty food stands and quirky crafts for sale, this is a true Eugene treat.
- Check out the local public houses and breweries. My favorite is Hop Valley, but it's within walking distance from Oakshire and Ninkasi.- Stop by Zany Zoo. I recommend this for those visiting with kids, but my family of six adults had a blast here.
- Go wine tasting. The wineries always seemed out of the way from the area of Eugene we usually stuck to, but they're definitely worth a visit. Silvan Ridge is our favorite!
- Have a Beer at one of the campus bars. Reminisce of your own college days by people watching at local bars. I like Rennie's, but Taylor's is probably the best location to do this.
Where to Eat:
Sabai Cafe. Alex and I tried a lot of thai food spots before choosing this one as our favorite. Our decision was based on the delicious cocktails, sophisticated atmosphere and amazing dishes.
Noli Italian Cafe. Perfect for date night if you want Italian. Alex and I had Valentine's Day dinner here one year.
McMenamin's (North Bank Location). An Oregon classic with restaurants throughout the state. This location is usually a little quieter and has a view of the river.
Papa's Soul Food. Probably our favorite restaurant in Eugene. Save room for the AMAZING bread pudding.
Juanita's. The reviews may scare you away from this place, but my friends and I have never had problems. That being said, this place is recommended for adventurous eaters.
Agate Alley Bistro. This is one of the first local places I tried in Eugene, and it will always be special. It has a truely unique menu, and interesting cocktails.
Izakaya Meiji. I went here for the first time during my recent visit and was completely blown away. Everything was incredible.
Prince Puckler's. Skip Voodoo Donuts (but visit the Portland location) for this ice cream spot, and try the chai tea ice cream. And if you love chai lattes, find out where the best one in Eugene is here.
What to See:
Autzen. You're in the home of the Ducks (yes, capitalized), so you have to at least see the stadium.
At least one of the natural food stores. You can't leave Eugene without stepping inside a natural food store. I'd go to Sundance, Capella or Kiva.
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