Hotel at a Glance: Hotel Eugene-Springfield
Located right off the I-5 Springfield exit, Hotel Eugene-Springfield is perched conveniently close to the towns in its name as well as the McKenzie River National Recreation Area. The hotel's large rooms and suites are equipped with flat-screen TVs and cozy seating areas; king suites have kitchenettes with full-size refrigerators. In the morning, guests can fuel up on a free continental breakfast before heading out to explore the area.
- Go swimming in the hotel's seasonal outdoor pool.
- Pet friendly: For a small fee, up to two dogs or cats can stay in your room.
- Good for college visits: The University of Oregon is just 5 miles away.
Springfield, Oregon: Fishing and White-Water Rafting near the University of Oregon
Located directly east of Eugene and about 50 miles east of the Pacific, the town of Springfield is a gateway to the Willamette Valley wine region and the McKenzie River National Recreation Area. Locals and out-of-towners flock to the McKenzie River for world-class fly-fishing, and the Willamette River rapids makes it a popular white-water rafting destination. You can also explore the region on bike or by foot—the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway stretches 132 miles north of Eugene toward Portland, meandering past lush riverbanks, country parks, and u-pick farms. The landscape is speckled with vineyards and wineries that produce some of the best pinot noir in the Pacific Northwest.
The neighboring city of Eugene draws much of its youthful vibe from the University of Oregon, the filming location for the iconic comedy National Lampoon’s Animal House. Founded in 1872, the campus hosts several notable cultural institutions, including the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, where visitors can see thrones from Beijing’s Forbidden City. The college's Museum of Natural and Cultural History displays animal specimens, Native American artifacts, and fossils of ancient TV antennas from throughout the Pacific Northwest. The nearby Hult Center for the Performing Arts anchors the town's strong arts presence outside of campus.