I'd move there in a heartbeat. The smiles, the bookshops, the space - Oregon boasts stunning landscapes, amazing food (equal parts unhealthy diners and vegan restaurants), and the venues where your favourite bands love to play. From the deepest lake in the States (Crater Lake, above) to the folk in Portland (if you've seen Portlandia then you know what I'm talking about), you're bound to have a good time.
We went to... Portland, Oregon.
On arrival I... Went to the closest North Face store - it gets cold there.
From my room I could see... Fluffy pink and white cherry blossom trees, snowflakes and sunshine.
It’s the kind of place where… Locals will just start chatting with you.
Best way to spend the day… Is to start with a big breakfast (your choice of greasy or really healthy), then head to the largest independent chain of bookstores in the world, Powell's City of Books. Read, have a coffee (Portland does good coffee), then go next door to do some op shopping at Buffalo Exchange. At night, get to a gig.
I’ll never forget... Arriving into town via the Amtrak from San Fran.
Don’t forget to pack your... North Face jacket, obviously.
You should try... An evening at a movie brewpub. Watch the latest films from comfy couches and have dinner and drinks delivered to you.
The music sounds better with… Douglas fir logs onstage providing the great acoustics at the Doug Fir Lounge.
The drink of choice is... An Audrey Horne (gin, ginger and aperol served on the rocks) at the Doug Fir Lounge.
The dish de jour.... Voodoo donuts, just Google.
The locals love to wear… Skinny jeans, leather jackets (faux of course, pretty much everyone is vegan) and sleeve tattoos.