Portland, Oregon

Portland was named in 1845 when two men with land claims flipped a coin for naming rights. The man from Portland, Maine won the toss--and got to call the new city after his hometown. In the time since this unusual christening, an unconventional kind of town has taken shape.

Explore boutiques and galleries in the Pearl District's revitalized turn-of-the century warehouses. Make a pilgrimage to the amazing Powell's City of Books, an independent bookstore adventure - enjoy coffee while you browse. Travel 80 miles northwest to beautiful Cannon Beach on the Oregon coast. Head 20 miles southwest to Ponzi Vineyards out on Mountain Home Road, one of several hundred wineries in the Willamette Valley wine country. Or, find sanctuaries of nature right in the city in the Rose or Japanese Gardens of Washington Park.

For a substantial lunch on a brisk day, try a burger stuffed between grilled cheese sandwiches - you can find one at Grilled Cheese Grill's double-decker bus version of a food truck, at S.E. 28th and Ankeny. Maybe you'd prefer a scallop, hazelnut, and greens salad at farm-to-table Meriweather's Restaurant & Skyline Farm - they grow the vegetables they serve. Sample some barrel-aged microbrews at Hair of the Dog. And for a truly colorful experience, check out VooDoo Doughnuts, open 24/7 - go for the Mango Tango doughnut.

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