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36 Hours in Portland, Ore.

August 25, 2011View for printing

WITH its celebrated bike culture and obsession with all things independent and artisan, Portland is a small-scale metropolis with an outsize cultural footprint. Spread across the twin banks of the Willamette River, this provincial hub of the Pacific Northwest has more than its share of natural beauty and an earnest, outdoorsy reputation. But in recent years, the city has emerged as the capital of West Coast urban cool, earning it a television series, IFC's "Portlandia," devoted to satirizing its aesthetic and progressive social bent. Indeed, Portland -- whose nicknames include Beervana and Soccer City, USA -- is easy to poke fun at. It's also hard to resist.

By FREDA MOON

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