Road Trip: Creswell and Cottage Grove

A rumpled landscape of fertile river valleys surrounds these friendly communities south of Eugene. Creswell and Cottage Grove provide a welcoming base for exploring the region’s winding back roads, which lead to scenic farm country, wineries, recreation areas and Lane County’s utterly charming collection of covered bridges. Creswell: A backdrop of lush green lands defines Creswell.…

: Robbie McClaren


Tucked between Eugene and Cottage Grove along the I-5 corridor, Creswell offers a quiet retreat in the south Willamette Valley.

It has easy access to the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, wine country and a charming collection of covered bridges. Fly into the town’s municipal airport for a day of golf — on a course that the University of Oregon golf team holds practice — and grab a bite at the Creswell Bakery.

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