Eugene and the surrounding area are rich with cultural and recreational offerings for residents to enjoy. The Hult Center for the Performing Arts has seven Resident Companies that feature accomplished area artists and distinguished guest artists from many parts of the world. There’s also the The Very Little Theater and the Cuthbert Amphitheater, which allows people to enjoy live outdoor music during the spectacular Oregon summers.
Eugene is also the home of the University of Oregon and all that it offers: The Schnitzer Museum of Art, the Museum of Natural and Cultural History, the Oregon Festival of American Music, and of course, the Rose Bowl 2012 Champion Football Team, the Oregon Ducks. Corvallis, the home of Oregon State University is a short 40 minute drive from Eugene.
Recreation and fitness opportunities are found throughout Eugene. Rated as one of the top-ten cycling cities in the country, Eugene has miles and miles of biking, walking, and jogging paths. The paths are built along the Willamette River, through parks and gardens, and even next to shopping centers. Canoes and kayaks can be rented for a pleasant day boating on the Willamette River. For picnicking, camping, swimming, or sailing, Fern Ridge Lake is just outside of town. It’s also great for anglers, supplying trout, crappie, bass, and catfish in the spring.
Wine tasting is very popular, and there are several vineyards and wineries within 30 miles of Eugene. Silvan Ridge Winery/Hinman Vineyards, specializing in a European vintage style, offers tours and tastings daily. The Art and the Vineyard Festival takes place in early July at Alton Baker Park. Wine connoisseurs and novices alike enjoy the chance to sample the best the Willamette Valley has to offer.