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The Scene: Portland residents are proud of their green-friendly manners and their microbrews. Come for the access to Mount Hood, stay for the local Pinot Noirs and gourmand culture.
OPTIONS: Skirt the perimeter of Mount Hood on the 40 mile (64 kilometer) Timberline Trail. At higher elevations on Oregon highest peak there's skiing all year thanks to a glacier at its top. Head to Hood River, for waterfalls galore, 77 in Columbia Gorge. From kayaking the Salmon River to telemarking the snows of Mount Bachelor, Rip City has it all.
OUTFITTER: Surf the enormous winter swells among puffins and porpoises with Sea to Summit Outdoor Adventures (+1 503 286 9333).
GOOD EATS: Sample Portland's sweet, white dungeness crab and a glass of locally grown Pinot Noir.
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