Our trip to Eugene
This past weekend, Ted and took an overnight trip down to Eugene! I’d heard excellent things about their food scene, so we wanted to see (err, taste) this for ourselves.
Our verdict? Yes. The food, and the trip, rocked.
We left for our trip on Saturday after lunch. In Salem, we stopped for coffee at Archive Coffee & Bar after a quick Yelp consultation, and we were pleased with the place. They put my macchiato in a fancy glass and everything!
Another hour down I-5, and we reached our hotel – The Inn at the 5th. We knew we picked the right place when we were offered a free glass of wine as we checked in! Yes please!
After we finished our wine, we headed out to explore! We headed to a yarn shop I read about before our trip, but unfortunately, I didn’t have a good experience. The people working weren’t very friendly to Ted and I, and the yarn selection was only okay, so I left without buying anything. I was pretty disappointed.
The disappointment didn’t last long, however, as we passed Falling Sky Brewery and decided to check out their beers. We each ordered a set of 6 tasters – Ted ordered all IPAs and pale ales, and I ordered a random assortment, including a summer ale, an irish red, a porter, and a lager. The lager was my favorite. Also, the weather was perfect, in the 70s and just the right amount of sun to sit outside!
After finishing up our beers, we made a pit stop to grab a donut at Voodoo Donut (there wasn’t a line!), and then we headed up to Hop Valley Brewing for a small half pint. We didn’t drink more because the tasters at Falling Sky made us a bit tipsy! We ended up back at our hotel and relaxed a bit before heading out for dinner at Sushi Pure, located right next to where we were staying!
This sushi place was phenomenal. My miso soup was delicious, and I ordered quite possibly the tastiest spicy crunchy tuna roll I’ve ever eaten. Ted enjoyed his assortment of vegetarian sushi. Of course we didn’t take any pictures because we were pretty hungry at this point!
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We woke up the next morning eager for more delicious food. Our good friend Yelp told us that Morning Glory, an excellent brunch place that served mostly vegan food, was just down the street from our hotel. Only 3 blocks away? Sounds good to us!
We really enjoyed our food. The scramble was cooked with just the right amount of crispness and flavor, and I loved the herbed breakfast potatoes. The bread was pretty delicious too. Ted enjoyed his food, and he also picked up a vegan cinnamon bun and muffin to eat for breakfast the next couple days.
After brunch, we decided to check out the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, located on the University of Oregon campus. We also walked around campus a bit, and the campus reminded me a lot of IU’s campus with all the trees and flowers and landscaping. It rained on and off during our weekend stay, so everything seemed especially green.
The museum was pretty great! I’m not as into them as Ted is, but I had a good time anyway, looking at old European art, more modern stuff, and a couple collaboration pieces between Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat. It was pretty neat.
We stopped for more coffee after the museum, and then we decided to head home. Two cups of coffee in one day did not sit well with me, so the trip home consisted of me feeling pretty terrible. I so need to stick with tea.
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We really enjoyed our short overnight trip to Eugene. We really, really liked the food we ate, and we totally want to go back and stay for two nights. We’re hoping to check out a couple more breweries and of course, find other excellent places to eat! I’m happy to have spent a nice weekend with Ted in a new place.