Cottage Grove Treasures- The Historic District

As someone who used to work in Cottage Grove I am very familiar what this town has to offer. To this day it is still one of my favorite Daycation spots. When I go I usually like to hit up the Backstage Bakery for breakfast because they have “hands down” the best biscuits and gravy in Lane County. The Inhat Brothers definitely don’t mess around when it comes to creating a menu your grand’ma would’ve been proud of. You will find all of your favorite classics on there, including a great cup of coffee!

After breakfast, head over to one of my favorite vintage stores 5 Flying Monkeys, their prices and collection can’t be beat. They have a unique blend of antiques and funky thrift store items that will keep you busy for hours. Next door is the Crafty Mercantile an original shop for those of you who love creating your own arts and crafts at home. Not only do they have everything you need to stay busy in the studio, they also provide plenty of inspiration, and work space in the store. If you are a bookworm you are in luck Cottage Grove has 3 of the coolest bookstores in the area. Kalapuya Books is located next to the Backstage Bakery, Bookmine across the street also doubles as a jewelry store and plant shop. Not even a stones throw away is a friendly priced used bookstore called Books on Main.

For lunch I will usually go to Jack Sprats a great little cafe that I think is one of the true hidden gems in Cottage Grove, or Buster’s Main Street Cafe. They both have excellent Reuben sandwiches, and they are only about 2 blocks away from each other. After lunch I like to drive by a few of their famous covered bridges before heading home https://traveloregon.com/things-to-do/trip-ideas/scenic-drives/cottage-grove-covered-bridge-tour-route/

There are many other great places to visit in Cottage Grove, this is just a few of my personal favorites. Please visit the CG Chamber of Commerce to find out more information about all the great places it has to offer http://www.cgchamber.com/

So the next time you are planning a day trip, consider our neighbors to south and visit one of these hidden treasures!

 

The Historic District of downtown Cottage Grove is one of my favorite Daycations in Lane County

Posted on January 23, 2018 at 11:07 pm
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Southern Williamette Valley Wineries Tour

Eugene has gathered quite the reputation for being home to some of the best breweries in the world. However, I don’t hear anyone whining about our local wineries either. Wine Enthusiast Magazine awarded the Williamette Valley as the Wine Region of the Year in 2016. Known for it’s New World Pinot Noir, the Williamette Valley has been influencing wine drinkers everywhere to have an open mind to new ideas.

Here is a complete list of the wineries in Lane County that have helped the region earn the honor.

-Brigadoon Wine Company– 25167 Ferguson Rd, Junction City, OR  97448   http://www.brigadoonwineco.com

-Pfeiffer Winery– 25040 Jaeg Rd, Junction City, OR 97448  http://www.pfeifferwinery.com/

-Walnut Ridge Winery– 94739 Turnbow Ln, Junction City, OR 97448   http://www.walnutridgevineyard.com/

-High Pass Winery– 24757 Lavell Rd, Junction City, OR 97448 http://www.highpasswinery.com/

-Rain Song Vineyard– 92989 Templeton Rd, Cheshire, OR 97419 http://rainsongvineyard.com/

-Bennett Vineyards and Wine Company– 25974 OR-36, Cheshire, OR 97419    https://www.bennettvineyardsor.com/

-LaVelle Vineyards– 89697 Sheffler Rd, Elmira, OR 97437 http://www.lavellevineyards.com/

-Valhalla Winery23785 OR-126, Veneta, OR 97487 http://www.valhallawinery.com/

-Sarver Winery– 25600 Mayola Ln, Eugene, OR 97402 http://www.sarverwinery.com/

-Noble Estate Vineyard and Winery– 29210 Gimpl Hill Rd, Eugene, OR 97402        https://nobleestatewinery.com/

-Abbelone Vineyard85505 Christensen Rd, Eugene, OR 97405 http://abbelonewine.com/

-Sweet Cheeks Winery– 27007 Briggs Hill Rd, Eugene, OR 97405 http://sweetcheekswinery.com

-Silvan Ridge Winery– 27012 Briggs Hill Rd, Eugene, OR 97405  http://silvanridge.com/

-Iris Vineyards– 82110 Territorial Hwy, Eugene, OR 97405  https://www.irisvineyards.com/

-King Estate Winery– 80854 Territorial Hwy, Eugene, OR 97405  https://www.kingestate.com/

-Chateau Lorane– 27415 Siuslaw River Rd, Lorane, OR 97451  http://www.chateaulorane.com/

-Saginaw Vineyards– 80247 Delight Valley School Rd, Saginaw, OR 97424    https://www.saginawvineyard.com/

-Eugene Wine Cellars– 255 Madison St, Eugene, OR 97402    http://www.eugenewinecellars.com/index.html

-Territorial Vineyards and Wine Company– 907 W 3rd Ave, Eugene, OR 97401    http://territorialvineyards.com/

-Oregon Wine Labs– 488 Lincoln St, Eugene, OR 97401 http://www.oregonwinelab.com/

-Capitello Wines– 540 Charnelton St, Eugene, OR 97401  http://www.capitellowines.com/

-J. Scott Cellars– 520 Commercial St Unit G, Eugene, OR 97402  https://www.jscottcellars.com/

-Hayworth Estate Wines– 92075 Powerline Rd, Eugene, OR 97408    https://www.hayworthestatewines.com/

 

If you would like to plan a trip to one or several of these fine establishments please  visit http://www.southwillamettewineries.com/plan-your-trip/

or if you would like to be escorted about town so you don’t have to worry about designating a driver go to http://www.corkandbarreltours.com/

Leave your favorite Williamette Valley winery experience in the comments…

 

 

 

 

Posted on December 28, 2017 at 9:14 pm
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A Fairmount Date Night

For years I have been hearing how Beppe & Gianni’s Trattoria is the best Italian food in Eugene hands down. so when my fiance’ had a craving for lasagna I knew exactly where to take her. We went around 5:30pm on a Tuesday night and were seated almost immediately with no reservation. The restaurant itself appeared to be old craftsman style home that has been converted by an architect to accommodate the restaurant.

Our servers were very attentive serving complimentary bread with vinegar and oil. They possess an extensive wine list, however neither of us had a glass this particular night. For our appetizer we shared the Antipasto Della Casa, an assortment of cured meats, cheeses, and marinated vegetables. For our main course Erika chose the Lasagna (of course) which she described as rich and creamy filled with hamburger and Italian sausage. I went with Capelli D’Angelo Alla Mediteranea, which is angel hair pasta with sea scallops and shrimp! The sea food was very fresh and sauteed to perfection!

I can certainly see how they recieved an excellent reputation for being authentic. For a 2 person dinner I felt the price was reasonable as well, even with a hefty tip our meal came in under $70.  The only element that I didn’t find appealing was perhaps how loud it was inside the restaurant itself, but maybe that’s just the Italian way!

After dinner we scampered across the street to the new Sweet Life called Sweet Life Petite. It was everything you’d expect from Sweet Life except the lines were a lot shorter! After surveying the options we went with the strawberry cheesecake and shared a hot cocoa. The girls behind the counter were particularly sweet and cheery. I would recommend to anyone tired of waiting in line at their parent location to skip across town and head into the Sweet Life Petite location. Just be prepared to take your dessert with you during the winter months, because they only have outdoor seating. Which was fine with us, after a long day we were ready to cuddle on the couch and watch a movie!

What is your favorite date night location? I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments below…

Here are the links to places we visited;

https://www.beppeandgiannis.net/menu.html

http://sweetlifedesserts.com/blog/19th-street

Beppe & Gianni’s has won best Italian food in Eugene from several sources throughout the years.

Posted on December 22, 2017 at 8:50 pm
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The 5 Best Burgers in Eugene/Springfield

I was a little surprised when I saw the Best of Eugene Weekly article that  boasted the 3 best burgers in town, and none of my favorites made the list. So I decided to create my own list, I would love to hear about your favorite burger in the comment section below!

  1. The Meiji Burger– Under valued because of it’s size the Meiji Burger is my personal favorite. It is served on an English Muffin with Japanese pickles, lettuce, onion, and house-made fries. You can taste the quality of the ingredients they use, including the 100% Organic Grass-fed Angus beef! https://www.izakayameiji.com/#menu

My personal favorite the Meiji Burger!

2. The Chow Burger– They have their meat ground fresh everyday, and also bake their own buns. Not to mention they pay homage to the Simpsons with their original name “Moes”. They infuse their bacon with maple syrup, to make every burger a foodies’ delight. If you are a fan of the Artisan Burger you have to try this place! https://openmenu.com/restaurant/d52f5540-8a01-11e2-823b-00163eeae34c

The Chow Burger uses maple marinated bacon on their burger. You can even order a plate of bacon!

3) The Planktown Burger– I always get the Bacon Irish Cheddar Burger, it comes with an 8 oz patty with bacon, Irish cheddar, tomato, lettuce, pickled onion and creamy horseradish sauce. If you haven’t been to Planktown yet I would make plans to go tonight!  http://planktownbrewing.com/menu.html

Make sure you bring your appetite if you want to tackle the Planktown Burger

4. The Board Burger– Michael Autry the owner of Board Restaurant describes their burger as knee deep cattle beef, aged cheddar, arugula, red onion and chipotle bacon jam on a brioche. Be sure and save room for their potato wedge fries with the house made chipotle ketchup! http://www.boardrestaurant.com/menu/

The Board Burger won the Best Burger in Eugene last year from Yelp users

5. The Cornucopia Burger– This burger could have easily been higher on the list, most of you already know they boast the best burger in Eugene via the Eugene Weekly’s “Best of” readers poll. My favorite burger on their menu is the Jeros Bacon Cheese Burger with crisp bacon, your choice of cheese, red onions, and mayo it is a force to be reckoned with! Visit their menu to see the full list of their famous burgers https://www.cornucopiaeugene.com/menu/#award-winning-burgers-vurgers

The Cornucopia Burger won the “Best of” from the Eugene Weekly this year

To see who the other winners were in the Eugene Weekly Best of 2017 visit http://www.eugeneweekly.com/20161103/lead-story/best-eugene-readers-poll-2016-2017

Posted on December 8, 2017 at 7:25 pm
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20 Favorite Oregon Hikes

With so much beauty surrounding us sometimes its hard to know where to go when you want to go for a certain type of hike, here a few different hikes and what they are most known for.

Best Hike for KidsSweet Creek Falls Trail (Near Mapleton / Central Oregon Coast)

Best Waterfall Hike McKenzie River Trail (Central Oregon)

Best Historic HikeFort Stevens (Astoria, North Coast)

Best Oregon Coast HikeCape Perpetua (Yachats, Central Coast)

Best Hike in the MountainsSouth Sister (Central Oregon)

Best Multi-Day HikeThree Sisters Loop (Central Oregon)

Best Snowshoe HikeOdell Lake Overlook (Central Cascades)

Best Hike in the Portland Area HikeEagle Creek Trail (Columbia River Gorge)

Best Salem Area HikeSilver Falls State Park

Best Hike in the Eugene AreaTire Mountain (Oakridge, Central Cascades)

Best Hike in the Bend AreaSmith Rock State Park (Redmond, Central Oregon)

Best Hike in Eastern OregonSteens Mountain

Best Hike in Southern OregonOregon Caves (Cave Junctuion)

Best Challenge HikePacific Crest Trail from Ashland to Bridge of Gods in Hood River (Mt. Hood/The Gorge)

Best Day Hike on the PCTRosary Lakes (Crescent, Central Cascades)

Best Hike to ExploreTillamook Head, start at the trailhead located in Ecola State Park (North Oregon Coast)

Best Hike for Hot SpringsUmpqua Hot Springs (Southern Oregon)

Best Hike for BirdingZumwalt Prairie Reserves (Enterprise, Northeast Oregon)

Best Alter-abled HikeOregon Garden Resort (Williamette Valley)

For these and other great adventure ideas go to https://traveloregon.com/things-to-do/trip-ideas/

 

A view of the Three Sisters

Posted on November 30, 2017 at 2:43 am
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