Situated one hour from the Cascade Mountains and one hour from the Pacific coast, Portland serves as a convenient hub for the area's excellent outdoor adventure opportunities -- from summer hiking and mountain biking to winter snowboarding and downhill skiing on Mt. Hood, and kayaking and fishing on the Columbia River.
Portland, an environmentally friendly town, has revitalized its waterfront along the Willamette River as part of an overall commitment to responsible urban development.
Foodies are starting to recognize Portland for its flourishing restaurant scene, especially in the Pearl warehouse/loft neighborhood. Also nearby are Willamette Valley and Yamhill Valley, a wine region touted for its up-and-coming Pinot Noirs.