The weather in Oregon is known for being mostly wet, resulting in a lush, forested landscape and brightly colored flowers. Portland has earned the nickname 'Rose City,' but in the wintertime, you have a better chance of seeing the mountainous landscape draped in snow. There are several surrounding national parks with hiking trails and walks accessible during the winter. If you feel like escaping the cold, head into one of the coffee shops or Powell's Books in Downtown Portland. Beer and coffee lovers can catch the annual NW Coffee Beer Invitational in January. Local coffee and beer breweries join forces to create some truly unique blends.