Quiz: Which Resolution is Best for You?

Words by Delaney Rea Stop me if you’ve heard this before: “I gave up on my New Year’s resolution after a week.” If you can’t relate, you probably never made one in the first place. While each new year inspires self-evaluation, it’s harder said than done to set the right resolution. This quiz will point you in the right direction when choosing a resolution—and maybe even help you keep it, too. What gets in the way of your productivity? Getting enough sleep. My tendency to daydream. I lack the funds necessary. Nothing. I’m completely on track! What’s your social...

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Quiz: Which Holiday Character Are You?

by Skyla Patton Have you always had a deep connection with Rudolph, like he really gets you? Or maybe you fancied yourself to be more of the Grinch type—who knows? Take this quiz to find out which holiday character totally agrees with you! Remember to write down your answers for the end. ‘Tis the season—you’ve found yourself under the mistletoe. What’s next? Pucker up and go get a kiss from someone pretty! Um, yuck, no. Romance is for losers. Only if it’s past the third date—you’re old fashioned. Give your significant other the best smooch they’ve ever had. You...

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Oregon’s Holiday Lights from Portland to the Coast

by Kelsey Tidball Coos Bay – Holiday Lights at Shore Acres 89039 Cape  Arago Hwy, Coos Bay, OR  97420 Thanksgiving thru New Year’s Eve – 4:00 – 9:30 PM every night (including Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s Eve.) $5 parking; free admission. This coastal winter lights festival features more than 325,000 lights, more than 30 landscape light displays, at least 30 large holiday trees, dozens of light sculptures and nightly entertainment and refreshments. The displays are centered around a beautiful garden house and the festival is ocean-themed, featuring a life-size orca whale display, pelicans, puffins, lighthouses, wildlife and...

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5 Pre-Winter Adventures We Scouted For You

Words by Anna Glavash | Photo by Michael Davies Although winter is coming, it’s definitely not too late to get out and enjoy our amazing corner of Oregon. Here are five hikes, walks and hot springs sure to make the most of your weekends before the end of term. A good friend once said, “Some people dance in the rain. Others just get wet.” Don’t be that person. Get out there! If you like gentle walks in lush forests: Alsea Falls Getting there: 58 minutes Trail: 2.8 miles out and back A pretty hike at any time of year,...

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Cruising Cafes: The Hidden Gems of Eugene

Words by Delaney Rea | Photo by Benji Rothenberg Starbucks, Vero, Glenwood, Brails — these are the Eugene coffee shops and cafes that we all know and love. They’ve all been featured in at least one Emerald Essentials piece, so it’s time to branch out a little further. Eugene and Springfield have a litany of cafes that cater to different moods and experiences. With that in mind, here’s a selection of some local gems that deserve more attention for the unique experiences they provide. Wildwood Cafe & Bar – Best Place to Kick Off Your Boots Wildwood Cafe &...

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