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The Eugene in Wordcrafters

Wordcrafters is nestled near downtown in the lovely city of Eugene, Oregon. We’re right off the I-5 corridor and easy to get to by plane, train, car, or bus. We’re walking distance from the Amtrak station and 5th Street Public Market.

Learn more about ways to get to us, and the varied delights Eugene has to offer.

Ways to get here and get around

Eugene Airport
28801 Douglas Drive, Eugene, OR 97402
(541) 682-5544
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Eugene Amtrak Station
433 Willamette St. Eugene, OR 97401
(800) 231-2222
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Greyhound Bus Stop
131 E 5th Ave. Eugene, OR 97401
(800) 231-2222
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Bus Stations and Stops

  • Eugene Station
    1080 Willamette St, Eugene, OR 97401
    (541) 687-5555
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  • W/S of Charnelton N of 6th, bus 52, stop id: 01313
  • N/S of 5th W Lawrence, bus 40, bus 51, bus 52, stop id: 01055
  • S/S of 5th E of Washington, bus 40, bus 52, stop id: 01054

Peace Health Bike Station
255 W 5th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401
(541) 214-2212
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Restaurants, food, and drink

Legend of Szechuan
207 E 5th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401
(541) 246-8691
legendofszechuaneug.com
Serves spicy Szechuan food. Soup dumplings are handmade by pastry chef! The dishes are made by the owner’s parents, and he wants everyone to “come and try the real deal family style authentic Chinese food.”
Stand-out dishes: Buddha’s Fest, Xiao Long Bao, Broccoli Beef, General OG’s Chicken

Drunken Fish
296 E 5th Ave, 5th Street Eateries suite 201, Eugene, OR 97401
(541) 743-0014
eatdrunkenfish.com
Serves seafood. Also has a full bar which offers specialty cocktails, local wines, and draft and bottled beers.
Stand-out dishes: Fish and Chips, Salt and Pepper Calamari, Chicken of the Sea

Chula’s Restaurant and Cantina
610 E Broadway, Eugene, OR 97401
(541) 246-8665
chulas-cantina.com
Serves unique, old-style Mexican food. Also serves drinks and cocktails. The recipes for the dishes are all handed down and made by Chef Daniel Viorato. From their website: “Inspired by the tastes that come from Mexican plazas, Chula’s shares authentic recipes that may not have you going home with leftovers. Come enjoy our homemade tortillas, soup, and other Mexican specialties!”
Stand-out dishes: Carne asada, Chicken or pork carnitas, Chile verde, Pollo a la crema

Oregon Wine Lab
488 Lincoln St, Eugene, OR 97401
(458) 201-7413
oregonwinelab.com
Serves local wines sourced from small wineries around Oregon, as well as wines from around the globe. They also offer local ciders and beers and produce their own label, William Rose Wines. 
Stand-out dishes/wines: 17 Trella Grüner Veltliner, 14 Spire Mountain Tempranillo, 21 William Rose Pinot Gris

Wildcraft Cider
232 Lincoln St, Eugene, OR 97401
(541) 735-3506
wildcraftciderworks.com

Serves ciders crafted from fruits and botanicals sustainably grown and harvested in Oregon. Their website states that their ciders do not contain added sweeteners, juice concentrates, added sulfates, or commercial yeasts. Wildcraft Ciders also partners with local governments, non-profits, and landowners to support their philosophy of land stewardship and community interconnectedness. Additionally, Wildcraft Ciders ships their beverages to 20 other states, allowing you to gift your out-of-state friends, family members, and partners with Oregonian-harvested, handcrafted cider!
Stand-out dishes/ciders: Pommeau, Wild Seeded Crab Apple, Elderflower Quince, The Dandy Lion.

Brail’s Diner
395 W 5th Ave #2506, Eugene, OR 97401
(541) 342-2075
brailsrestaurant.co
Serves classic diner food. Brail’s has a breakfast and lunch menu, and is a popular place for University of Oregon students to grab a bite to eat. They’ve voted the best hangover restaurant for the past 10 years by Eugene Weekly (https://blogs.uoregon.edu/hardcandy/). Brail’s is owned and run by Sang Joo Knudtson, and the restaurant has been in her family for over 20 years. 
Stand-out dishes: Brails (omelet), veggie benedict, loco moco, Joy’s special

Farmer’s Union Coffee Roasters
152 W 5th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401
farmersunioncoffee.com
Serves coffee sourced from farmers all over the world. They also sell coffee grounds, beans, and more merchandise at their store and on their website. They also implement efforts to make their business as sustainable as possible, and they list some of these practices on their website.
Stand-out dishes: At their café, Farmer’s Union Coffee also serves pastries each day! They also have a small menu with a few different dishes available, such as chocolate hazelnut toast, avocado toast, and a Grizzlies Brand granola bowl.

Screamin’ Jays
460 Willamette Alley Eugene, OR 97401
(541) 995-0856
screaminjays.com
From their website: “Rock n Roll hot lunch with vegan and traditional dishes for takeout fast and delivery downtown Eugene and at the University of Oregon.”
Stand-out dishes: House meatball sandwich, superfly snuka sweet chili garlic chicken, Big TROUBLE in little TERIYAKI town, thee best potato salad

Morning Glory Café
450 Willamette St, Eugene, OR 97401
(541) 687-0709
morninggloryeugene.squarespace.com
Serves locally-sourced vegetarian food. Morning Glory Café is the oldest vegetarian restaurant in Eugene. They also use only organic ingredients whenever possible, and make it a point to feature produce sourced by local and regional farmers.
Stand-out dishes: Little bear’s vegan omlette, chilaquiles, toasty cheese and pesto, sesame stir fry

Capitello Wines
540 Charnelton St, Eugene, OR 97401
(541) 520-3092
www.capitellowines.com
Serves artisan wines from Oregon and New Zealand. The owner, Ray Walsh, grew up in New Zealand, and each spring, he and his family travel back to harvest and create more wines from the Marlborough region. 
Stand-out wines: Capitello Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Oregon, Capitello Pinot Noir Marlborough New Zealand, Capitello Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand

El Buen Sabor
725 Olive St, Eugene, OR 97401; located in 61 W 8th Avenue Parking
(541) 653-2517
elbuensaboreugene.com
Serves delicious, authentic Oaxacan food. They emphasize serving traditional Oaxcan recipes while utilizing local ingredients. 
Stand-out dishes: Sopes, tacos, memelas, tostada

Equiano Coffee
300 Blair Blvd, Eugene, OR 97402
equianocoffee.com
Serves coffees sourced from all over the world! They serve and roast coffee from Viet Nam, DR Congo, Cameroon, Brazil, and more. They are a family-owned business, and they have a blog where they discuss some of their exquisite coffees: https://www.equianocoffee.com/blog Additionally, Equiano Coffee has a tasting room which serves pastries, treats, and unique coffee blends (they even offer vegan options for some of their beverages!)
Stand-out dishes: Elegant Elephant pastries, house-made chocolate ganache flavored coffee, singing dog vanilla syrup flavored coffee, “Dirt Balls” energy bites (gluten-free, vegan)

Evergreen Indian Cuisine
906 W 7th Ave, Eugene, OR 97402
(541) 343-7944
Serves delicious Indian food. They offer a wide variety of entrees, soups, salads, Tandoori specialties, and South Indian specialty dishes! From their description: “Homey, long-standing Indian eatery featuring South Indian tandoori dishes & a buffet.”
Stand-out dishes: Evergreen combo, chicken tikka kabab, eggplant curry, raita

Elegant Elephant Baking Co
120 Shelton Mcmurphey Blvd Suite 150, Eugene, OR 97401
(541) 556-7540
elegantelephantbaking.com

Serves a wide variety of tasty, gluten-free treats. Many of their dishes are also vegan, and they accommodate many food sensitivities and allergies, such as soy, nut, dairy, and egg allergies. Elegant Elephant Co. was founded by Jessie Scarola, who was inspired to open a gluten-free bakery because there are not many pastries and desserts that are safe for people with Celiac disease to eat. In addition to pastries and main-course dishes, Elegant Elephant even serves ice cream and frozen yogurt! 
Stand-out dishes: Mini raspberry scone, Danish with cream cheese and fruit compote, chocolate donut with chocolate ganache and sprinkles, savory mushroom and gouda turnover

Arts and culture

WOW Hall
291 W 8th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401
(541) 687-2746
wowhall.org
This is a local, small, performing-arts venue. WOW Hall hosts concerts, art shows, and lectures. 

The Mims Historic House
330 High St, Eugene, OR 97401
“As two of the oldest houses in Eugene, the Mims’ Houses are on the local and National Historic Registry. It was purchased by C.B and Annie Mims in 1948 and served as a safe-haven for African American travelers from 1948 – 1966 while there was race separation in Eugene. It hosted, welcomed and sheltered African-American travelers, athletes and musicians; Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong all stayed there. Managed by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People – Lane County (NAACP).”

Shelton McMurphey Johnson House and Museum
303 Willamette St, Eugene, OR 97401
(541) 484-0808
smjhouse.org
“The history of the Shelton McMurphey Johnson House, or the “Castle on the Hill,” begins with Thomas Winthrop Shelton and his wife, Adah. The Sheltons made the move from Salem to Eugene with their daughter, Alberta, in 1873. After buying 320 acres in downtown Eugene, including Skinner’s Butte, from pioneer Mary Cook Skinner Packard, Dr. Shelton hired architect Walter Pugh to design a home to sit on the slope of the butte overlooking downtown and the train station. Nels Roney served as the builder. The home was completed in 1887; however, an aggrieved workman set fire to the house (only admitting to the crime once on his deathbed decades later) and the home had to be rebuilt. The building was completed in 1888, for a total cost of $8,000. 1888 is marked on the western elevation of the house.” 
The house later passed to the Sheltons’ daughter, Alberta, and from there, it was sold to Eva Johnson and her husband Curtis. Eva offered the house to her children, but when none of them were able to take it, she made a deal with the Lane County Historical Society that they could have the house so long as she could live in it until she died. Eva Johnson died in 1986 at age 97, and the house passed from Lane County to the City of Eugene, and it is now open to the public.

The Campbell House Inn
252 Pearl St, Eugene, OR 97401
(541) 343-1119
campbellhouse.com
Historic bed and breakfast. Each room is uniquely decorated, and the breakfast offers 3 entrée options, as well as fresh scones!
“Built in 1892 and fully restored as a historic boutique hotel, the Campbell House Inn is a luxurious bed and breakfast situated on one acre of beautifully landscaped grounds located in the historic district of Eugene, Oregon. With classic elegance, exquisite decor and delectable fine dining, the Campbell House offers old world charm and first class amenities.”

Parks, animals, and nature

Owen Rose Garden
300 N Jefferson St, Eugene, OR 97402
Local park with lots of roses of many different colors, old trees, and accessible walking paths. The park also has benches to sit down, and is close to the Willamette River.

Skinner Butte Park
248 Cheshire Ave, Eugene, OR 97401
This park features hiking trails as well as easily accessible walking paths. It also winds up along the side of rocky cliffs, which feature a rock-climbing wall (and the view from the top overlooks the city of Eugene; it is beautiful at night). At the park, there is also a children’s playground.

The Kalapuya name for Skinner Butte Park is Ya-Po-Ah, and it is important to recognize that the Kalapuya lived in the Willamette Valley far before Euro-American settlers in the 19th century. “Skinner Butte Park” is named after one such settler, Eugene Skinner, who built his house high up on the Butte after the Kalpuya warned him about the Willamette River’s floods. 
This Butte also has ties to the Ku Klux Klan: in the 1920s, they carved the letters “KKK” into the side of the Butte, and put a cross on top of the hill, which they burned during their meetings. The cross was later removed and replaced with the big “O,” which is the “O” mentioned on the Eugene government page on Skinner Butte Park (see below). However, the cross was replaced several times by the KKK and, for many minority groups, this park continues to be strongly associated with the KKK and represents the embedded hold and presence they maintained in the city of Eugene, from the early 1900s up until the present.
For these reasons, it is important to recognize that this area has a painful and racist history, which persists for many of Eugene’s minority and BIPOC communities. An article that discusses the history of the KKK in Eugene, and the embedded racism that still affects BIPOC people in Eugene today is here in the Eugene Emerald.

Below is a description of the park, and historical information from the Eugene government website, but these things do not acknowledge or discuss the fact that the Kalapuya were the original inhabitants of this area, and that this area was later a place where the KKK regularly congregated and burned crosses.
“Skinner Butte Park is one of Eugene’s oldest parks and is rich with local history and recreational opportunities. Dedicated in 1914, Skinner Butte Park includes 100 acres of property along the Willamette River just north of downtown Eugene. It includes such noteworthy features as Skinner Butte, the Columns climbing area, RiverPlay Discovery Playground, Campbell Senior Center, Lamb Cottage, Skinner City Farm community garden, acres of lawn and meadows, hiking trails, bike paths, picnic areas, and much more. Skinner Butte Park includes land claimed by Eugene Skinner, the first Euro-American settler of the southern Willamette Valley, and founder of Eugene. As the birthplace of the city and the modern community, Skinner Butte Park itself is a unique historical resource. Unquestionably, it is the most historically significant resource in the Eugene park system. There are also several significant cultural resources that persist within Skinner Butte Park, the most prominent of which include: The Shelton-McMurphey-Johnson House, Lamb Cottage, The big “O”, The big “E” , W 2nd Avenue Skinner’s cabin marker, Lincoln Street Skinner’s cabin marker (replaced), Basalt quarry, and Skinner Butte (EWEB) Reservoir (1926).”

The Aquarium Store
777 Washington St, Eugene, OR 97401
(541) 913-2561
facebook.com/FamilyAquariumStore 
This is a locally-owned, family-operated aquarium store! There are so many cool sea creatures and aquatic friends in this store, including an eel, a lionfish, and lots of clownfish!

Book stores

Smith Family Bookstore
525 Willamette St, Eugene, OR 97401
(541) 343-4717
smithfamilybookstore.com
Large, family-owned bookstore that sells over 500,000 new and used books. They sell books both at their in-store location, as well as through abebooks.com. 
Note: Shoppers are required to leave their bags and personal belongings at the door (they are very strict about this!)

Nostalgia Collectibles
1280 Charnelton St, Eugene, OR 97401 
(541) 484-9202
nostalgiacollectibleseugene.com
Sells new, old, and rare collectible graphic novels, comic books, and manga. 

Books with Pictures
296 E 5th Ave suite 224, Eugene, OR 97401
(541) 485-1048
bookswithpictureseug.com
Sells comics that focus on representing people of all backgrounds, ages, and cultures. From their description on their website: “Our shop focuses on a curated stock of new comics and graphic novels, with a particular attention to books that cater to the interests of folks who often feel left out of traditional geek spaces: women, kids, BIPOC and the LGBTQ folks.” Books With Pictures also has a “sister store” in Portland, which was started by Katie Pryde.

J. Michaels Books
160 E Broadway # A, Eugene, OR 97401
(541) 342-2002
jmichaelsbooks.com
Buys and sells new, used, antiquarian, and collectible books in downtown Eugene, Oregon since 1975. Features a carefully curated selection of books of note across a wide spectrum of subjects from contemporary literature to prehistoric art.

Tsunami Books
2585 Willamette St, Eugene, OR 97405
(541) 345-8986
tsunamibooks.org
Independent, locally-owned bookstore. They host community activities, including author events, writers’ workshops, poetry slams, musical concerts of wide variety in a listener’s setting, art openings, spiritual gatherings, local and regional political events, fundraisers, parties, a number of very special wakes, and even a wedding where both people changed their name to Whitman. It’s all surrounded and empowered by our hand-picked selection of over 30,000 quality used and new books, cards, and postcards, a great little collection of vinyl LPs, and a rotating selection of fine art and crafts from members of the local community.

Shopping

Kissed By Ra
541 Willamette St STE 106, Eugene, OR 97401
(866) 559-1888
kissedbyrahair.com
Wig store. They have 100% human hair wigs in many different styles and colors.

Andrea’s Red Dress
591 Pearl St, Eugene, OR 97401
(541) 681-9549
andreasreddress.com/about-us
Women’s clothing boutique.

MECCA: Materials Exchange Center for Community Arts
555 High St, Eugene, OR 97401
(541) 302-1810
materials-exchange.org
Store which provides used and discounted art supplies.
From their website: ” MECCA diverts material from the waste stream and into our community’s creative endeavors. MECCA inspires our community to re-imagine materials while breaking down the financial barriers to arts and creativity.”

Katmandu Trading Company
806 Charnelton St, Eugene, OR 97401
(541) 636-3594
katmandutrading.com
Sells jewelry, accessories, clothing, and more unique items! Their items are sourced from artisans around the world, and Katmandu states on their website that they are committed to upholding fair-trade practices and promoting environmentally sustainable opportunities for artists all over the globe.