Right now is the time to visit Florence. With spring starting this week-end and spring break starting this next week, I'm sure the stores and shops will be open, possibly with special hours, for the influx of people that are sure to come in the next week or so.
With the prediction of good weather through at least next Monday, it is a great opportunity to go.
Being only a little over an hours drive from Eugene/Springfield it is an easy day trip. This is a great starting place for local destinations such as Sea Lion Caves, Honeyman State Park or maybe a nice peaceful walk on the beach.
We really enjoyed our time there on Thursday.