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Eugene is the second-largest city in Oregon and its nickname is “The World's Greatest City of the Arts and Outdoors”. If you like either art or the outdoors, there is no better place to be!
This is the city where Nike was born, so naturally jogging is a very popular sport here, and hippies abound thanks to the wealth of art and natural beauty. Eugene is a college town. The most notable in the city is the University of Oregon, home of the Ducks. The University of Oregon is definitely worth a visit, because it has plenty of museums, libraries, and vibrant people (often on or near the campus you'll find a protest or awareness gathering of some kind). Some of the best restaurants and stores in the city, both chain and local, border the university campus.
Eugene is a very environmentally conscious city. As such, it is very bicycle-friendly and the public transportation (both buses and trains) is always available, making it easy for people staying in Eugene hostels to get around town. Eugene is home to some of Oregon’s greatest art, which can be viewed in a variety of art galleries. Eugene is well-known to be a rainy city (don't forget your wet weather gear!), but that does not prevent this city from being lively all day and all night. On the bright side, the rain contributes to the beautiful green spaces and flora found throughout the city and surrounding areas.
Eugene’s hostels fit the city's mindset perfectly. Many residents of Eugene embrace the values of hostels; they support working together and low-impact living. The hostels in Eugene are comfortable enough for one night, or for an extended stay if you decide to try to explore the entire city.
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Eugene Whiteaker Hostel
"If you're travelling to Eugene, plan to stay at the Eugene Whiteaker Hostel. The house is beautiful, comfortable, and within walking and biking distance to everywhere! The staff is amazing! The environment is warm, friendly, and inviting. Everyone feels welcome. Book in advance and enjoy the experience!" … "Really Wonderful - We so enjoyed our stay here! It was clean, comfortable, and welcoming! Walking distance to many nifty places...
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I had a great time in Eugene. I went to brush something off my shoulder and it turned out to be the floor.
Eugene has more nightlife than anyone could possibly need -- the center of gravity for partying on a Friday and Saturday night is the pub district, at the intersection of West Broadway and Olive street, stretching a few blocks in any direction. This is a pedestrian-friendly area with a wide variety of pubs -- from cozy Jamesons' to upscale Davis' and Adam's Place; to belly-dancing at Cafe Moroc and Argentine Tango at The Tango Center (an all-ages place); live music at Cozmic Pizza, McDonald's Theatre, John Henry's, The Hult Center, The Shedd, and The WOW Hall; to DJ music in the underground Diablo's; from card-playing at Full House to pool with a real community feeling at Lucky's. There are a bunch more -- all these places are pleasantly packed. Most have food. Most covers are good value. There's a wide range of ages and types of people, possibly because Oregon's main University is here. It is quite easy to get lost in the friendly nightlife here.
I can't wait to move there!
You can't find a bad bottle of Pinot Noir in this little town called Eugene. I will return!
Thank you, Eugene, for being a somnolent, provincial, and boring place! I managed to get a degree in philosophy at University of Oregon, even though I have struggled with academics all my life. I don't know what I would do without the mind-enhancing experience of U of O. If Eugene had been a lively, interesting place, I never would have graduated. Eugene is the perfect college town, because the climate is oppressive, and most of the people are oblivious.
I love the bus system. For $2.50 you can get a day pass and go far. They also have a free bus between Eugene and Springfield (the EmX ).
How could anyone not like Eugene?
I've lived in Eugene since '94 and have never seen the variety of cliques here (and I've lived on all borders up, down, and sideway with a few in-between). The hippy crap is old (I'm not just talking just the old hippies either) and if the extremists want to brag about the beauty everywhere (and it is beautiful once you're up in the trees). They need to clean-up the downtown and tell the loafers to go out east. It's a cool place, nevertheless, because of its laid-back style with people on the friendly-snobby side, but there is definitely worse out there.
I've been in Eugene since 1994. And, yes, we have hippies, snobs, cliques, crazies, and the pseudo-rich, but it's like Jerry Garcia and John Waters had a love child and named it Eugene. The scenery is magnificent and there are a million amazing hiking trails and swimming spots. Yes, everything closes up early. Yes, you will be panhandled. And, yes, there are some really stinky people here. But it's the same wherever you go. I''m always happy to travel the world and see new things, but I'm always happy to come home to Eugene.
Eugene rocks! I've lived here for over twenty years. Yes, there are beggers, but geez, where is the compassion people? Don't let a couple of bad apples ruin your appreciation for a wonderful town.
A little on the cliquey side, yet one year for grad school is hard to get settled. Ambrosia is nice. It looks good in hindsight compared to the coast -- good place for plays. It's an elderly perspective.
Yeah, the "what's yours is mine" hippies and beggers do get on your nerves. A great percentage of the community lives in a bubble, too -- unaware that there's another world out there. Longer duration here allows you to see it's rather provincial in Eugene. Many folks I ran into weren't as sophisticated or cultured as I would have preferred or expected, sad to say. Obvious amenities not always found anywhere else -- Eugene does have its accessible and lush nature, plus the great tracks for bicycling.
I moved to Eugene from Kansas in '99. It was an eye-opening experience. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves the outdoors.
If you are planning on moving to Eugene as a musician or are planning to move your band here do yourself a big favor and bypass Eugene. You will get nowhere as everyone here plays for free. That is if you can even get anyone to let you play. Bypass Eugene and you will never regret it.
Eugene does have beautiful scenery and it definitely is easy living here, but let me tell you something: this town is sooo anti-business and anti-cange, not to mention very racist. People here do not know how to deal with people of different ethnicities. No matter how liberal people say they are here, it's all BS, there isnothing wrong with the hippies here but the aura of negativity in Eugene just sucks, and it will always be that way.
I've lived in Eugene all my life and I wouldn't have it any other way. If I started out living somewhere else, then I would probably end up living here later on in my life. My favorite things to do here are going to the Saturday Market, going to the poetry slams at Morning Glory every last thursday of the month, the county fair (which is sadly only once a year), going to shows and walking downtown and through the parks at night.
First off, it ain't Corvallis. It is not about urban options either. Yew-jean is that sweet spot in between. It drives partiers batty 'cause there's nowhere to drink and the clubs are minimal save a few drinkeries. Eugene's biggest strength is the outdoors. If you run or cycle this is a great place to be. Ridgeline trail goes up along spencers butte (a great day hike) and runs across Fox Hollow and over to Dillard. Great running but muddy. And of course all the famed bark chip running trails. Cycling galore. Too much to put here. But be prepared for the beggars that gets old.
— dirty dog
Eugene's a nice town. Yes, it reeks of patchouli and wool socks in Birkenstocks but, without that olifactory stimulii, it wouldn't BE Eugene. If you don't like hippies, you're in the wrong town.
— Phil O. Syben
I just returned from a road trip to Eugene and I had a blast. The people are very cool. The environment is accessible and friendly. Found several spots to check out people from all backgrounds. My fav was a hole in wall spot called "Happy Times" - the hippie element is rich, the pool tables are free, and if you're out of town just strike up a conversation and you'll get free drinks and friendly chat. Also, a decent riverside bike path that goes for 20 or so miles.
Eugene is one of prettiest towns left in Oregon. Without the hippie atmosphere, Eugene would be just another city dependent on logging, it's the hippies that make Eugene different and love it or hate it, they bring in a portion of small buisnesses.
I've lived in Eugene for 7 years. It's a fun city, big enough to have lots to do. If you visit, check out the Weekly (www.eugeneweekly.com) to get info on what's happening, because there are lots of clubs and shows all the time. Two of my favorites are Cafe Paradiso and Cozmic Pizza. Both have live music, open mic nights, etc. I am in a group that puts on a belly dance show the third Friday of each month (www.medge.org) at Cozmic Pizza. Also, while you're here you MUST be sure to get to Sweet Life Bakery and/or Metropole at the 5th Street, and from April to November be sure to check out the Saturday Market, outdoors on the Park blocks downtown. Tons of food, entertainment, stuff to buy, and tie-dye underwear.
Eugene rocks. It's awesome. I'm a climber and outdor nut and having so many options so close is really cool. Smith Rock and the Callahans, Three Sisters, and Mt. Hood. Rock on hard Eugene.
— crazy climber dude
I'm 16, and I've lived in Eugene 15 years. Not that hippie-ish... but generally liberal. But it's pretty diverse. I've nevergone to the Eugene Celebration, but I hear it's pretty cool.
Dead! Couldn't find any stores open after 5:30! And if you work till 6:00 where do you shop? Really small town feel. Nothing happening! Sad to say.
— Ann from Kent, UK
I spent an idyllic summer in Eugene, in 1998. I would have stayed if I had found work. What people are calling "hippyness" are values I cherish: respect for the Earth that supports us, and our fellow human beings. At the same time, Eugene has a strong rural conservative component, making for an interesting mix. You might see a guy in a pickup with a gun rack right next to the one in the bike lane, pulling his child in the Oregon-made Burley bike trailer. I'll see you there for the Eugene Celebration, September 18-20!
I came here recently as one of the last hippies left in a right wing town in California, it was like I could breathe again! It is truly impressive! Eugene rocks!!! Lots of towns and states could take lessons on how to preserve beauty from Eugene. I really hope it maintains its hippie status.
I defy anyone to find a prettier state than Oregon. Give me hippies any day! I would hug a tree too if I was constantly surrounded by the beauty and splendor of Oregon.
Eugene is a quaint, little, laid back university town, where you find neighborhoods of cute, pretty, rose adorned, cottage bungalow homes, many parks and surrounding mountain views from any point in the city. Eugene is quite liberal and does have a hippy element to it. Yet, there, you can also find trendy cafes and areas too. Eugene is great for nature and outdoor sports enthusiasts with its Pacific Northwest terrain and closeby Florence Beach, which is an hour away. There, you find Oregon Dunes National Park, where you see cliffs made of sand - quite an impressive sight. (By the way, Oregon's beaches are all public and appreciated for their unspoiled beauty.) And Eugene has often been voted as one of the best towns for bicyclists because it has great bike paths in most, if not all of its parks and throughout the city, making it super biker friendly. And finally, Eugene has a nice mild climate even in winter, although it has a long rainy season...But summers in Eugene are perfect...!
Yes, Eugene is DEFINITELY hippy-ish. I've lived here for about 18 years now. Also lots of extremist environmentalists (AKA tree-huggers) and beggars. Expect to be approached several times by panhandlers while anywhere near downtown. Eugene is nice and there's lots of various outdoor activities nearby as well as several small theater venues and the Hult Center for large-scale musical and theater performances.
It is not that freaking hippy-ish!! Eugene is a great town. Go Ducks =)
Eugene is a great city, filled with personality. The hippy-ness gets to me a little sometimes, but other than that, I have a wonderful time in Eugene.
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