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Portland, OR
Portland, Oregon, gracefully combines its eccentric touches with the traditional to roll out a whimsical welcome mat.

PORTLAND: City and countryside all in one

Visit Portland and discover the city that has Travel & Leisure, Money and Gourmet magazines raving. Discover "America's Best Big City" and one of America's "Best Places to Vacation." Family attractions, hip nightlife and trendy tax-free shopping abound.

Whether it's a riverside stroll to a waterfront restaurant, a peaceful walk in a stunning rose garden, or a day in nearby wine country, Portland is about discovery and sensory delights. Many believe it is the city's close proximity to the limitless nature of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and Mt. Hood Territory that fosters such a refreshing atmosphere.

Taking in the full flavor of Portland means exploring its distinctive and appealing neighborhoods. Each has its own personality - whether it be the trendy Pearl District, upscale Nob Hill, bohemian Hawthorne or gallery-filled Old Town. The ubiquitous bookstores, coffeehouses and microbreweries blend delightfully with flower-filled parks, antique shops, boutiques, wine bars and fine restaurants. And Portland's half-size city blocks make it the perfect walking city.

With plentiful green spaces, a riverfront esplanade, tree-lined downtown streets and breath-taking views of snowcapped Mount Hood, Portland offers a surprise around every corner.

Lately, Portland has become something of a magnet for world-class chefs who revel in creating menus from the cornucopia of fabulous foodstuffs harvested within a 60-mile radius of the city. That's right -- just 60 miles. Portland's produce doesn't have a frequent flier program. You see, Portlanders have an almost French reverence for sustenance, reflected in the profusion of world-class restaurants, wineries and microbreweries that draw from Oregon's expansive resources. And as if that's not enough, the scenic Willamette Valley wine country is an easy 30-minute drive from downtown.

Romance isn't hard to find amidst this city of vibrant arts, great chefs, world-class hotels and bountiful public gardens. In addition to the attractions provided by Mother Nature, the "City of Roses" offers a vast array of attractions that lend themselves to the romantic in all of us including the Portland Art Museum, Portland Classical Chinese Garden, the International Rose Test Garden, the Japanese Garden, and Pittock Mansion. Strolling along the new Eastbank Esplanade at sunset is a great way to see the city from river level.

Walking the galleries of downtown and the Pearl District, especially on the first Thursday of every month when the galleries stay open late for openings (we call it our First Thursday Gallery Walk), is a wonderful way to discover Portland's personality. From the quirky to the refined, Portland's art scene is getting noticed.

For additional information contact the Portland Oregon Visitors Association at www.travelportland.com or toll-free 1-877-678-5263.

*Courtesy of Portland Oregon Visitors Association
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