Last week, K-Pants and I packed up his limo and headed south to Eugene, Oregon in the lovely Willamette (Will-AM-et) Valley.
Eugene has approximately five registered Republicans. It is also home to the Oregon Ducks. Phil Knight, the founder of Nike, recently built the Ducks basketball team an NBA-style arena where Elton John played.*
*In my family we are Oregon State fans, so that seems a little showy, don’t you think?
I lived in Eugene when I was little, and when my parents moved there from Humbolt County, California, Eugene seemed kind of conservative. Apparently people owned “work clothes.” But one of my earliest memories of Eugene was riding the bus to the fair with a topless lady. You be the judge.
In any case, it was time for me to get reacquainted with Eugene. And to get K-Pants some coffee.
After a quick stop at great-grandma Gigi’s on the way down for a chicken salad sandwich and a visit with her puppy, we arrived in Eugene, where–after a good night’s sleep–our friends Gretchen and Marisa rolled out the toddler shenanigan carpet. Here are four Eugene stops we recommend:
- Start your morning at The Daily Bagel. The bagels are soft and delicious. They are the size of a wall clock and a breakfast sandwich costs $3.50–half what it would at Noah’s.
- Pick up a plastic dump truck at Goodwill for $2.99. (That’s right, you’ve now had an egg sandwich and acquired a plastic vehicle for under what it costs to eat at Noah’s.)
- Hit kid swim at Tamarack Wellness Center. The pool is a delightful 92 degrees. You may have a therapy pool near you, but are there elephant-sized beach balls and ladies breast-feeding everywhere? No, there are not. It costs $16 for up to five people. Don’t be afraid of the drowning babies in the website photo. They won’t really make you do that.
- Relax at Perugino Coffee and enjoy an incredible chocolate-chip–oatmeal cookie. Oh. My. Goodness. Perugino can seem a little too mid-life-hipster-chic on a weekday afternoon, but there’s a great semi-private fishbowl table up front that is perfect for kidlets.
I know some of my readers have lived in or visited Eugene, so please add your own must-see and must-eat spots!