This family-friendly hotel is located just a few miles from downtown Springfield and downtown Eugene. You’re also a short drive from the wineries Oregon’s Willamette Valley, which was named the country’s 3rd-best wine destination by TripAdvisor in 2012. Other nearby attractions include the University of Oregon, and the McKenzie River, where you can go kayaking and fishing, or bike the surrounding mountain trails.
Distance to University of Oregon: 6 miles
Made-from-scratch: Food at the hotel restaurant, Elmer’s, includes wild salmon and chips, and chicken-fried steak.
Make a splash: In the outdoor swimming pool
Adventures in Wine Country: South Willamette Valley is home to scenic country wineries, where you can sample the region’s award-winning pinot noirs
Morning treats: Coffee is available in the lobby, and there’s also a complimentary breakfast
Puppy perk: Dogs are welcome for a nominal free
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, Oregon, 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 also 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.