When I’m looking to take a vacation and get out of the Eugene-Springfield area, my destination has historically not been Cottage Grove. Nothing against Cottage Grove, I just usually tend to lean toward Portland to visit friends, to Bend for a slight change of scenery or to somewhere on the coast to relax, be close to the ocean and get some good fish and chips.
But Cottage Grove for the holidays?
It turns out that despite being less than a 30-minute drive from Eugene, this town of fewer than 10,000 residents has some fun attractions to make it worthwhile.
If you take the drive (or the LTD bus) to the Grove, most people know to check out Axe & Fiddle (a downtown pub with good food, drink and live entertainment) or, of course, Dorena Lake (a nice place to cool off during the summer). So, when Eugene Weekly got an invite to stay at Cottage Grove’s Village Green Resort, I thought, “Why not?”
Every year around the holiday season, the Village Green Resort hosts a Christmas event in which its grounds are decorated in string lights for a Christmas festival.
This year’s event is specifically inspired by German Christmas markets. Guests can walk around, hang out by fire pits, check out artisan vendors and grab food and drink at booths around the marketplace. EW was invited to a “VIP preview party” to check out the festivities a week before they opened to the public.
The Village Green Resort, located just off the Cottage Grove I-5 exit, is a quaint but charming spot. In first pulling up, the hotel, located directly across the street from an Arby’s and Taco Bell, seems pretty standard, but upon getting checked in and settling into our room, my partner and I were pleasantly surprised by how comfy and cute the setting was.
We got a deluxe room with a king-sized bed. That particular room setup ranges in price from $67-$159 for this time of year, depending on what day you’re staying — during the time of the Christmas market, you can get a lodging package that includes an overnight stay, admission to the market, a drink voucher, a commemorative mug (that’s shaped like a boot!) and complimentary breakfast for a starting rate of $109.