Just south of Portland you’ll find Eugene, Albany & Silverton. The city has much of the energy of Portland but in a setting that’s not so densely urban. Eugene also is home to the University of Oregon, and, appropriately, there’s always another concert to go to or a local coffee shop to try out. The community is incredibly eco-friendly and health conscious with a strong emphasis on locally grown, organic products. Albany and Silverton have a small town feel but are within close proximity of Portland, the coast and the mountains.