Eugene, Oregon, will have the chance to show the world its appeal as a leisure and business destination when it hosts the World Athletics Championships Oregon22 on July 15-24. This is the first time that the World Athletics will be held in the United States. It’s a mega-sporting event, spotlighting the best track and field athletes in the world. The event will bring together 2,000 athletes from more than 200 nations, all competing for 49 gold medals.
The Gordon describes itself as an “art-centric” hotel and the description is more than apt. Over 160 pieces of local art from 84 different artists adorn the hotel’s wall, along with 75 additional pieces created by employees of Obie Hospitality. (The Gordon is the third hotel in Obie Hospitality’s portfolio of unique accommodations, joining Inn at the 5thin Eugene and Inn at 500 Capitol in Boise.)
Track Town USA. The Silicon Shire. The Emerald City. Eugene’s many nicknames refl ect both its natural beauty and the active lifestyle that fl ourishes there. The state’s second-largest city is home to the University of Oregon—a national track-and-fi eld powerhouse—and one of the university’s former track stars founded Nike.
Even though she’s a fifth-generation Oregonian born and raised in the Willamette Valley, Jennifer Rouse is still delighted by all the area has to offer. “Just last week, I was out walking the dog and discovered a brand-new brewery in my neighborhood,” says the public relations and project manager for the Willamette Valley Visitors Association. Best known for its globally recognized pinot noir, Willamette Valley is also a paradise for hikers, bike riders, campers and canoers.