Inn at the 5th Staff Picks

Discover exciting area attractions and outdoor excursions, explore Eugene’s sports, arts and music scene, or plan ahead for upcoming cultural events. Our Staff Picks blog will help you make the most of your stay in Eugene, Oregon.

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    Eugene to Boise

    September 21

    Did you know Boise, Idaho was just a 7.5-hour drive from Eugene?
    We’ve been embracing road trips lately and exploring a lot of places that can easily allow for social distancing and outdoor recreation. This route has become an absolute favorite of ours – especially since it’s bookended by our two properties – Inn at the 5th in Eugene and Inn at 500 Capitol in Boise.

    Here’s what we recommend along the way, whether you’re in the mood to meander and break up the drive, or just stop for the basics.

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    Birds of a Feather

    July 06

    Have you ever seen a raptor in the wild? And no, we’re not talking about those sneaky dinosaurs from the Jurassic Park movies. If not, you’re in for a real treat because Eugene is home to the Cascades Raptor Center, a thriving wildlife hospital and permanent habitat for eagles, owls, hawks, and other raptors, or birds of prey.

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    University of Oregon Basketball: Go Ducks!

    March 02

    After a thrilling season of NCAA men’s basketball in which the University of Oregon Ducks have won all 15 home games, including a surprise victory over Oregon State in the last week of February, the Ducks are now tied with the UCLA Bruins for the top spot in the Pac-12 Conference.

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    The Oregon Asian Celebration

    February 03

    One of the most exciting and dynamic festivals in the Pacific Northwest, the Oregon Asian Celebration is a breathtaking tribute to Asian and Asian-American cultures right here in Eugene.

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    The Oregon Truffle Festival

    January 06

    Savored the world over as a culinary delicacy, truffles are a type of mushroom that grows underground and is most often associated with Europe. But did you know that the American Pacific Northwest is also widely acclaimed for the abundance and quality of its truffle production?

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    Celebrate the Holidays in Eugene

    December 02

    Throughout the month of December, there are plenty of events and activities in and around Eugene to get you in the holiday spirit. Here are a few of our favorites:

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    The Fascinating Natural History of the Pacific Northwest

    November 04

    A region of extraordinary rustic beauty, the Pacific Northwest has long been a refuge for those who seek a deep connection to nature.

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    Eugene's Spookiest October Celebrations

    October 07

    Ask anyone who’s visited the Inn at the 5th during Octobers past, and they’ll tell you that we take our Halloween fun seriously. From the spooky decorations, to the costumed staff, to the in-house trick-or-treating for kids, there’s no better spot in all of Eugene for travelers with little ones in tow.

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    Exploring the Mount Pisgah Arboretum

    September 02

    Just a quick 15-minute drive from the Inn at the 5th, Mount Pisgah Arboretum has provided us city dwellers with a grand sanctuary of natural splendor for over four decades.

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    The Extraordinary Pinot Grigio of King Estate Winery

    August 05

    Are you a fan of Pinot Grigio (a.k.a., Pinot Gris)? If you enjoy the white wine variant of Pinot noir as much as we do—or you’ve not yet had the pleasure of imbibing this sumptuous palate pleaser—we highly recommend a trip to the King Estate Winery, located a scenic half-hour’s drive from our hotel.

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    Into the Wild at the Cascades Raptor Center

    July 01

    Majestic, beautiful, and graceful creatures of the air, raptors are birds of prey such as eagles, falcons, hawks, kites, ospreys, and owls. At the Cascades Raptor Center, located just 15 minutes by car from our hotel, you can observe these astonishing animals up close in one of the Pacific Northwest’s most comprehensive collections of indigenous raptor species.

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    The Hult Center for the Performing Arts: Bringing the World's Best to the Pacific Northwest

    June 03

    Eugene’s greatest asset is its vibrant artistic sensibility. Whatever your true love may be—whether folk music, landscape painting, aerial circus, poetry, or modern dance—you’re almost guaranteed to find a community of like-minded enthusiasts in our dynamic city. 

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    The Owen Rose Garden

    May 06

    One of the great botanical treasures of Oregon, Eugene’s Owen Rose Garden encompasses eight-and-a-half breathtaking acres along the Willamette River. Shortly after the land was donated to the city in 1951, the Eugene Rose Society provided the original 750 rose bushes.

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    Marché Restaurant: Eugene’s Gustatory Gem

    April 01

    For a long while, it seemed as though the food scene in Eugene would never quite catch up to the culinary powerhouse of Portland. In recent years, however, Eugene has continually proven its fine-dining bona fides as more and more of our restaurants garner praise for their superior service and world-class cuisines.

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    Discover the City’s Most Delicious Eats on the Taste Eugene Foodie Tour

    March 04

    With its reputation as Oregon’s hippest up-and-coming city (sorry, Portland), Eugene is fast becoming one of the Pacific Northwest’s great centers of culture. That’s true not only of the arts community, but also the vibrant and varied food scene, which covers the gamut from trendy food trucks, to mom-and-pop cafés, to delicious gourmet dining.

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    Let Your Imagination Soar at the Oregon Air and Space Museum

    February 04

    In December 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright made history when they took to the air for a sustained flight just a few miles south of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Now, little more than a century later, air and space travel have advanced to a degree the Wright Brothers could barely have dreamt of. 

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    The Eugene Science Center: A Place for Kids and Families

    January 07

    The Eugene Science Center, formerly known as The Science Factory, has changed names and locations quite a few times during its nearly six-decade existence. Since its inception, however, the center has been animated by the drive to teach kids about the thrilling world of science in a fun, interactive environment.

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    The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

    December 03

    Built in 1933 to showcase the Murray Warner Collection of Oriental Art, which numbered around 3700 unique pieces, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art is now home to over 13,000 works from Japan, China, Korea, South & Southeast Asia, Europe, Russia, the Islamic World, and North & South America.

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