Eugene is a lovely little city about two hours from Portland. It is very green, with many beautiful trees and plants throughout. It rains frequently throughout the fall, winter and spring, but then experiences approximately three months of sunshine and agreeable temperatures. It also feature massive mountains that are breathtaking, even in cloudy weather.
The food is great, and most places serve organic and all natural cuisines. You can easily get the freshest and most succulent food and beverages. They do this by not only stressing the importance of organic/natural movement, but also that of purchasing their food from local sources.
You will also notice that in staying true to this town's progressive nature, it has followed suit with Portland in stressing the importance of limiting the use of vehicles through a very bicycle and pedestrian friendly atmosphere/roads.
They have fun parks you can hang out at or even picnic along the river and laze around. It's a really relaxing and mellow place to be! It's definitely a great place to "get away from it all". There is a general "hippie" feel to the place, and also a college town vibe as Eugene is home to the University of Oregon Ducks.