Go There: This city has it all: music, farmers markets, shopping, bike trails, microbreweries and award-winning restaurants, each sprinkled with a little hipster flare and northwest charm. Set up shop at the corner of cool and cool—aka the Ace Hotel—located near the Pearl District and just blocks from Powell’s Books, the largest bookstore in the country. After a tour of Willamette wine country, enjoy hand-selected wine pairings at Beast to accompany its tasting menu, which the owners develop weekly. Late night, catch a show at Doug Fir or the Wonder Ballroom and you’ll understand what all the fuss is about.
Photos by Michael Hendrickson and Will Chubb Photography