• Diagonal view of a building with text overlaying it that says "My experience at the EVEN Hotel Eugene."
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    My experience at the EVEN Hotel Eugene

    For my visit to a Eugene Emeralds baseball game, I wanted a hotel not too far from the ballpark (read about my visit to an Ems game here).  The EVEN Hotel Eugene in the Harlow area was a great match.  The hotel is a three-minute drive, a 13-minute bus ride, and a 20-minute walk from the baseball stadium.  Additionally, it is a five-minute drive to Downtown Eugene and a six-minute drive to the Whiteaker neighborhood. Wellness king room Traveling with my wife, we chose a wellness king room.  There is plenty of space for two large suitcases plus two carry-on suitcases and a pair of backpacks.  The desk was a…

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    My night with the Eugene Emeralds – July 25, 2019

    College baseball teams and short-season Minor League clubs sharing a ballpark have become commonplace over the last decade.  The University of Oregon Ducks and Eugene Emeralds are one of the first partnerships between a collegiate team and a Minor League club.  The university built PK Park for a reborn Ducks baseball program, but the Emeralds have made their mark on the ballpark, too. Arriving at the ballpark PK Park is northeast of Autzen Stadium, home of the University of Oregon football team.  The park is about a 10-minute drive from downtown Eugene.  The parking lot is off Leo Harris Parkway.  Parking costs $5 per vehicle, but pre-paid parking is available…

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    My experience at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Salem, Oregon

    For my first visit to a Salem-Keizer Volcanoes baseball game, I sought a hotel that split the distance between the ballpark and downtown Salem (read about my visit to the ballpark here).  The DoubleTree Hotel Salem in northeast Salem was ideal.  It is about 15 minutes from the stadium and 10 minutes to the Oregon State Capitol.  Additionally, the hotel is 5 minutes from the Oregon State Fair Expo Center. One king with sofa bed and sitting area Traveling with my wife, we opted for a king room.  There is plenty of space for a small carry-on suitcase and two computer bags/backpacks.  The room is divided into a sitting area…

  • Overview of a baseball stadium from the outfield facing the grandstand with text overlaying the image that says "My night with the Hillsboro Hops."
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    My night with the Hillsboro Hops – July 23, 2019

    The Hillsboro Hops came into existence in 2013, and quickly connected the franchise to Portland’s craft brewing industry.  The team’s name honors Portland as one of America’s craft beer epicenters.  For the uninitiated, hops are a plant used to brew beer.  More specifically, hops are a flower that provide aroma and bitterness to beer.  For people who love baseball and craft beer Hillsboro may be the hoppiest place on earth. Arriving at the ballpark Ron Tonkin Field, home of the Hillsboro Hops, is located on the western edge of metropolitan Portland.  It is approximately 15 miles from downtown, which takes 25 to 40 minutes by car depending on traffic.  The…

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    My night with the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes – July 19, 2019

    Like many Minor League teams the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes are the center of a development plan.  For years Keizer mayor Dennis Koho and community leaders sought to boost their local economy.  Ultimately they began looking for a Minor League team to anchor a shopping complex on the edge of town.  The plan came to fruition when the owners of the Bellingham Giants agreed to relocate their franchise, which gave birth to the Volcanoes in 1997. Arriving at the ballpark Although Volcanoes Stadium is visible from I-5, it is not as easy to reach as it appears.  Fans turn onto Stadium Drive and then navigate through Keizer Station shopping center before arriving…