Perched along the Willamette River just 13 miles south of Portland, West Linn is the quintessential small town. Its Historic Willamette district (a.k.a. downtown) is a charming cluster of independent restaurants, coffee shops, and boutiques. The town plays host to all kinds of quirky annual traditions, from the Old Time Fair to the Ugly Sweater Dash. Meanwhile, locals can catch up and get to know each other at the farmer’s market, movie nights and concerts in Tanner Creek Park, one of many parks in this leafy little town.