Portland, eh? It's not too bad. Plenty to do, close the nature, kind of laid back, bad economy, not so great education system, high taxes, but overall not too bad. I moved here 8 years ago and never really left.
There is a lot to do, especially if you're into the outdoors and such. We're about 1.5 hours to the coast, same to Mt. Hood. We're right next to the Columbia River Gorge and all that it has to offer.
As for aviation, there's PDX
(soon to be having international/intercontinental passenger service!) plus about a half dozen GA airports. There is Troutdale (30min away), Evergreen (across the river in Vancouver, WA), Hillsboro (45min) plus more further out.
Traffic has started to resemble Seattle, especially going West towards Beaverton (home to Intel & Nike). Jobs are available, but Oregon has the highest unemployment rate in the US (tied with WA, I think), so it isn't pretty on that regard. There's a lot of issues with taxes and finanaces on a state/county/city level and that impacts your paychecks even more. We've go high (relatively) income tax, but no sales tax.
Culture-wise, there's a lot too. Plays, art galleries, movies...the gamut.
But like BlatantEcho noted, it can be wet, dreary and cold. There's quite a bit online also to check out, see The Oregonian
for a good starting place. And you can mail me if you want more detailed opinions/ideas.