Portland is Oregon's largest city and the cultural hub of America's Pacific Northwest, with a whole host of incredible scenery on the doorstep. In town, venturing east of the Willamette River sees you in the equivalent of London's Shoreditch, with a similar number of hipsters and food-carts, plus added legal marijuana. Put another way, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein's satirical hipsters in Portlandia are pretty much bang on. Away from hipsterdom, Portland was also the location for the smash hit Twilight vampire movies (ask someone under 30), and near the city are some stunning winelands where
you can drink something red and delicious that doesn't require fangs. Particularly notable is the Willamette Valley, where you'll find pinot noir so perfectly balanced that you'll never set foot in the Burgundy aisle again. You wouldn't believe it of such a northerly cool climate wine region, but Oregon's winemakers are making exceptional use of the region's many microclimates. On the subject of things micro, you can combine wine, coffee and craft beer tastings in one day. The city's slew of microbreweries produce everything from hoppy IPAs to experimental stouts, and the quaint little coffee roasters on every street corner use their own unique bean varieties.

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