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Post Info TOPIC: Places to eat, shop and visit around Harrisburg


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Places to eat, shop and visit around Harrisburg


Since we have spent time in this area before I decided to help others with the area and see if other people have their own recommendations.

Restaurants:

Harrisburg is not very large and Teresa Carrier of Carrier & Sons RV Repair of Eugene lives there.  She says the only worthwhile place to eat in either Harrisburg or Junction City is the Ron-D-Voo Tavern in Harriburg.  I known that back in 2002 when we had work done at Guarranty in Junction City they also sent us to Eugene for meals, but that was 10 years ago.

 

We do know many places in Eugene and Springfield to eat.  Eugene is a University town, so lots of ethnic eats affordable on student budgets.  There is a lot of variety there.  For steaks, try the Original Roadhouse Grill in Springfield, by the Gateway Mall (where Cabela's is).  Cheap and healthy, try any of the Cafe Yum's in the area.  Wandering Goat Coffee roast some of our favorite coffee, but is very funky.  There are some nice places in the 5th Street Plaza in Eugene, mostly ethnic.  Cheap and good Chinese (American Chinese) at Lok Yuan in Eugene.  Hole in the Wall BBQ is decent and in both Eugene and Springfield.  Lots of chain restaurants like Chili's, Red Robin and Olive Garden.  Drive up to Albany to have Hungarian at Novak's or locally sourced fast food at Burgerville.

 

Groceries:

Super Wal-Marts in both Eugene and Springfield.  Eugene also has a Winco, a huge supermarket which often beats Wal-Mart pricing though you need cash, check or debit.  Eugene has a Trader Joe's.  There are also Albertsens and Fred Meyer stores.

 

Shopping:

Jerry's is a huge hardware store in both Eugene and Springfield that is a Lowe's/Home Depot/Menard's with Ace Hardware type experts.

Camping World is in Junction City on hwy 99.  There is an RV Surplus store off I-5 on the south side of Eugene.  

Target and Fred Meyer have multiple stores to compete with Wal-Mart.

The are two large malls, Gateway just off I-5 in Springfield with Cabela's and Target amoung others, and Valley River Center off the Dixie Hwy in Eugene.  Valley River Center lets you boondock.

For pet food and supplies you need to check Mini Petmart, especially the large store next to Fred Meyer off River Rd and the Beltline Hwy in the Santa Clara area.

There is a Costco in Eugene at Coburg Road and the Beltline Hwy, which often has the best gas price.  (There are no Sam's Clubs in Oregon.)

 

Gas/Diesel:

The best places are Costco for gas (need to be a member) and the rival stations off exit 216 on I-5 for gas/diesel, followed by Fuel-n-Go off exit 199 in Coburg.  In Oregon they pump your fuel for you and car/RV diesel is 30c higher than commercial truck diesel, which is often what is advertised.  (The trucks pay their taxes another way.)  If a station charges more than 30c extra for car/RV diesel they are ripping you off.  Places like grocery stores and Fred Meyer just have car diesel.

 

Places to go:

The Oregon Coast, Florence is only about 1-1/2 hours away and it even has a casino.

(I will leave this area for others to fill in.)



-- Edited by bjoyce on Wednesday 8th of August 2012 10:09:48 PM

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Bill,

That's great information, thanks for taking the time to put it on here.
Looking forward to meeting you at the rally.

~Sherry



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Another place to visit is Crater Lake National Park. I would suggest going enroute to the rally rather than after the rally, by late September temperatures will be starting to drop! Also, some of the park services / facilities close in late September so make sure you check their website.

For those of you coming from the East, Oregon has some nice state parks around Bend and Sisters, both of those are fun towns to explore with interesting site seeing and shopping opportunities. If you are not claustrophic and are interested in geology, the lava tubes near Bend OR are a fun place to explore. The Descheutes brewery is also located in bend if you are a microbrew fan, my DH is one of their biggest fans and he's pretty picky about his microbrews.

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Boondocked at he mall there in Eugene - great spot and they let you stay two day.... more my blog just search for Eugene.

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Hi All, we're enroute from Seattle to Northern CA, thought I would pass on a couple of tips regarding I-5 in Oregon, if you've never driven it before. Southern OR is very hilly with some curves that you really do want to slow down to the suggested speed limit! Also, be aware that we see several OR Hwy Patrol cars looking for speeders in this section, have already passed 3 today and remember seeing several of them on our May trip as well.
If you are coming through Portland OR, we've found I-5 just south of Portland to not be very RV friendly, sharp curves, some short but steep inclines and can be a real challenge during rush hour. We've found taking I-205 that runs from southern Vancouver Wa to the southern suburbs of Portland to be a much simpler, slightly longer route.
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The stations at exit 216 are not a bargain right now. We know, we just fueled up there and should have done so in Seaside OR where it was 13 cents a gallon cheaper.

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Oregon is a beautiful state! We've been here since April and have seen so much. Mt. Hood and the Columbia River Gorge along with Crater Lake are at the top of my list. For the adventurous, you can always take a ride on a sand rail at the Oregon Dunes. It's not for the faint of heart. A definite "E" ticket ride!

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Quick note to tell Rally attendees there is a large Safeway (with fuel) just 5 miles away on 99 in Junctio City.

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The diesel price at that Safeway is $4.259, which is already good for the area plus you should get 3c off per gallon with a Safeway or Vons card. It is a large Safeway with lots of choices including prepared and organic foods.

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bjoyce wrote:

The diesel price at that Safeway is $4.259, which is already good for the area plus you should get 3c off per gallon with a Safeway or Vons card. It is a large Safeway with lots of choices including prepared and organic foods.


 I glanced over your Journal Site.............Very impressive. Detailed and informative. I was looking at your maps travelled to give me an idea of some nice places to visit. By the way I like the colors of your new coach too.



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