Riverfront Hotel Overlooking Willamette with Fine-Dining Restaurant
Flowing through the heart of Eugene, Oregon’s Willamette River occupies a central place in both the town's landscape and culture. The Valley River Inn enjoys a front-row seat to this beloved river, which is lined with lush parks line on its banks. The resort-style hotel sits next to a 12-mile paved biking trail that snakes along the shoreline. It also puts you in close proximity to visiting the University of Oregon, less than three from the Autzen Stadium for the Ducks’ football games and less than five miles from Matthew Knight Arena for its basketball games.
Inside the onsite SweetWaters on the River restaurant, wall-to-wall picture windows unveil panoramic views of the water below. To accompany the restaurant's seafood, bartenders pour organic vodkas, local microbrews, and several regional wines from nearby wineries, which flourish in the river valley's mild climate. In deluxe rooms upstairs, couples can sip on a bottle of Oregon wine while overlooking the landscaped courtyard on a private balcony. The following morning, the onsite RiverWalk Bakery bakes scones, muffins, and breads, accompanied by specialty espresso drinks brewed with Starbucks coffee.
Eugene, Oregon: Campus Arts Scene and River Adventure
The Willamette River itself is also a major draw. Bikers and hikers can explore the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway year-round. The bikeway stretches 132 miles north of Eugene toward Portland, meandering past lush riverbanks and numerous vineyards.