Sydney’s on the hunt for truffles in Eugene, Oregon.

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Sydney’s on the hunt for truffles in Eugene, Oregon.

January 8, 2014

We’re sniffin out the best this northwestern city has to offer….startin’ with some rare and delectable fungi…truffles!

 

Believe it or not, truffles are a big draw to this, the second largest city in Oregon.  Annually, the Oregon Truffle Festival draws crowds from all over the US…and their furry companions.  Here expert trainers run a truffle-hunting seminar for curious dogs and owners to try their hand (and paw) at finding these hidden delicacies.  It’s the only canine vs. truffle class of its kind in the nation and is great fun, particularly considering that your masters get to keep your unearthed treasures.  Mark your calendars! The next festival is January 27-29, 2013.

 

The weather is beautiful and green all year long, but if you want more warm, drier days, you’ll want to visit during the summer and early fall (late June through mid October). However, there are lots of outdoor activities you can do even when it’s wet.  There are also many cultural activities throughout the year at many venues.

 

Accommodations

Independently owned inns.  All take both dogs and cats for various pet fees.

Valley River Inn-luxury resort style hotel located on the quiet banks of the Willamette River.

Timbers Motel-relaxed digs located in charming downtown Eugene.  A short stroll for you and your pooch to Starbucks and many local restaurants.

 

Standard Hotels
Days Inn

La Quinta

Residence Inn

Hilton

Best Westerns-Greentree Inn and New Oregon Motel

Express Inn

Red Lion

 

Campsites

If you’re camping or in your “recreational vehicle” check out these campsites.

Premier RV Resorts

Shamrock RV Village

 

Parks
Often referred to as The Emerald City, Eugene is a city that refers to itself as a great place for the arts and outdoors.  And they’ve got the parks to prove it.

Alton Baker Park-this off leash park is the largest developed park in the city.  It is made up of two major areas; the more developed West Alton Baker and the adjacent 237-acre Whilamut Natural Area.  The park is accessible but is under extensive renovation through 2012.  We recommend you check out www.WillametteBridge.org to get the latest info before your trip.

Candlelight Park-a 3.5-acre fenced off-leash area

Armitage Dog Park-2-acre area near the park entrance.  Water, waste bags, picnic tables, shaded areas and “blinds” for training use.

Amazon Dog Park - including kiddie pools for dogs

Wayne Morse Ranch Dog Park-27 acre historic on-leash park with a fenced off-leash section

Mount Pisgah Trail - a moderately easy, 7.8 mile hike that will take about 2.5 hours to complete with your pooch. While hiking this scenic trail please keep in mind that dogs must be leashed while on the main trail to the summit and under strict control on others.Other park rules require you to clean up after your dogs waste, and harassing wildlife of any kind is strictly prohibited.


Restaurants

Zenon Cafe – Great breakfast and desserts

Newman's Fish Co.– this is the place for fish.  In business since 1890, Newman’s has a great casual atmosphere.  And it even offers authentically fabulous fish & chips to go.

Steelhead Brewing Co.– wash down a great burger with a great micro-brew made on the premises

 

Travel.

Service dogs and pets in carriers are allowed on public transportation.

 

Charities & Adoptions

Greenhill Humane Society has a variety of fundraisers as well as a new organization to help treat pets of the homeless. www.green-hill.org

 

Shopping

Happy Hounds & Steve’s Real Food, where fresh organic, minimally processed dog and cat food is emphasized. 

The Healthy Pet is a boutique featuring pet food, medical supplements, fresh cat & dog treats and bike delivery.

Waggin' Wheels is a full-service mobile dog grooming salon that will come to your home or office and groom your dog in our state-of-the-art, fully self-contained grooming van. The owner/groomer is a graduate of Oregon Pet Grooming Academy and is a volunteer at several local animal shelters. She will give your dog the utmost in personal attention and loving care, using only high-quality products. Flexible appointment days and times.

 

Enjoy Eugene!

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