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Explore Eugene

Hit List

You’re invited to experience as much or as little as you like while you’re with us. See what’s happening in and outside the hotel during your stay. Visit our Hit List for weekly happenings around 5th Street Public Market as well as special events you don’t want to miss.


Our Top Picks

Eugene is bursting with things to explore, sometimes it can be overwhelming to not know where to start. If you’re looking for something to see or do and need a recommendation, here are some of our staff’s top picks:

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art 
An art museum on UO Campus showcasing world-class art

Eugene’s Saturday Market 
An iconic open-air market and essential Eugene experience

Owen Rose Garden 
A colorful rose garden featuring a cherry tree older than the city itself

Broadway Metro
A boutique movie theater showing blockbusters and independent films

Spencer Butte 
The mountain south of Eugene with a breathtaking view at its summit

Other Local Dining Favorites

In addition to our fabulous partner restaurants, Gordon Tavern and Carlita’s, and the array of cafés and eateries at the 5th Street Public Market, Eugene offers a smattering of other delightful adventures for your taste buds. Here are a few popular go-tos for the locals:

Oakshire Brewing 
A local brewery with a seasonal rotation of delicious food trucks

Sweet Life Patisserie
The best place in Eugene to satisfy any sweet tooth

Osteria DOP
An italian experience with a curated menu and great wine pairings

Lion & Owl 
Exceptional brunch and dinner celebrating local, seasonal ingredients

Beppe & Gianni’s Trattoria
Eugene’s favorite family-style italian restaurant

Fresh and tasty thai cuisine alongside excellent cocktails

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Must-See Landmarks of Eugene

Willamette River

The Willamette River makes its start in the mountains east of Eugene and continues north through the valley that shares its name, all the way up to Portland where it joins the Columbia. Because Eugene surrounds the beginning of the river, the water is always clean and beautiful. Miles of city parks hug each riverbend so visitors can experience the river up close, surrounded by nature. Much of Eugene culture flows from the river; fishing, floating, kayaking and rafting are all enjoyed by locals during the warm, summer months. If plans ever take you on the water, always wear a lifejacket.
Distance: 0.3 mi | Drive: 1 min | Walk: 5 min

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Must-See Landmarks of Eugene

Hult Center

Just a couple of blocks down the street from the hotel, the Hult Center for the Performing Arts hosts events and performances ranging from traveling Broadway shows to community theater, concerts to live celebrity performances, local symphony and ballet companies to local bands. The variety of entertainment that is curated here is endless, and it’s all only a short walk away.
Distance: 0.3 mi | Drive: 2 min | Walk: 5 min

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Must-See Landmarks of Eugene

Matthew Knight Arena

Located on campus at the University of Oregon, this massive arena brings people together for home sports games and meets as well as large-scale, high production concerts. The energy in this arena is electric. Parking can be a challenge with events at Matt Knight, so walking to the arena or use of our complimentary shuttle service is encouraged.
Distance: 1.7 mi | Drive: 6 min | Walk: 28 min

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Must-See Landmarks of Eugene

University of Oregon

The University of Oregon campus is a beautiful location to wander. Between the stunning modern design of the new Hayward Field to the gorgeous architecture of the historic halls to the lush, green landscape, your eyes will be inundated with beauty. Campus also boasts several museums that are worth exploring, such as the Museum of Natural and Cultural History and the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. Self-guided tours are great, but setting up a tour to see the inside of some of these impressive buildings is definitely worth it.
Distance: 1 mi | Drive: 7 min | Walk: 20 min

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Must-See Landmarks of Eugene

Autzen Stadium

Home of the Oregon Ducks, this stadium seats 54,000 spectators for UO football games, big-name concerts and large community events. Across the river and through Alton Baker Park, the walk to Autzen is brief, but filled with Eugene beauty. If attending an event here, clear bags to hold belongings are required if you want to bring anything with you. You can leave your umbrella at the hotel though, because as the locals say, “It never rains at Autzen Stadium”.
Distance: 1 mi | Drive: 3 min | Walk: 20 min

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Must-See Landmarks of Eugene

Skinner Butte Park

Right in our backyard, this park stretches from the murmuring Willamette River to the top of Skinner Butte, the hill that stands in the middle of the city of Eugene. Take a complimentary cruiser bike for a spin down the paved South Bank Path, meander down to the Owen Rose Garden, or take a short hike up the trail to the vista point to see a beautiful view of Downtown and the surrounding area.
Distance: 0.5 mi | Drive: 3 min | Walk: 15 min

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Need More Inspiration?

Still looking for the perfect addition to your stay itinerary? The possibilities are endless, especially if you have a bit of time to play with. A day trip to the ruggedly majestic Oregon Coast is sure to take your breath away. A dip in the hot springs up the McKenzie River will melt your worries. Get inspired with a myriad of ideas found on our blog page.