Oregon’s Eugene, Cascades and Coast region has plenty to discover in these crisp and chilly months! Have you explored downtown Eugene lately? The city is alive and in a festive mood this time of year. Holiday lights are hanging, seasonal events are popping around town and there are tons of artisan crafts and culinary opportunities to discover. And, what better way to do some winter urban exploring than with a Pinot Bingo card in hand to guide you along the way?
Visitors can start a weekend in Eugene with the famous Saturday Market. From mid-November through Christmas Eve this market moves indoors to the Lane Events Center and transforms into the Holiday Market. Those looking for one-of-a-kind artisan crafts have found their haven with this local delight. With a festive and relaxed atmosphere, this market fills up with nearly 200 booths of locally handcrafted gifts, international food, and live music.
After some holiday shopping, explore the South Willamette Wine Country and get earn Pinot Bingo stamps at Eugene’s Urban Wineries. Start with a trip to the Westside Warehouse District where J. Scott Cellars and Nobel Estate Urban Tasting Room neighbor each other. They pair very well together with a variety of local varietals and classic Willamette Valley Pinot Noir.
After picking up a few more Pinot Bingo stamps head over to Fifth Street Public Market. This charming cluster of restaurants, wine bars (Sweet Cheeks’ Fifth Street Public Market Tasting Room), and shops is located in the heart of downtown, connected to the Inn at the 5th and in close proximity to the Hult Center for the Preforming Arts. Make sure and check the performing arts schedule for the Hult Center – there are always plenty of holiday shows to catch!