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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There are several fun Oregon courses to play while traveling down Interstate 5. While in Portland, check out Langdon Farms just off the freeway. It’s a great course with great views of the Cascade mountains. There are a variety of tees so can be interesting for all levels of play. Not far from I-5, Pumpkin Ridge in…

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