I'm prejudiced. The Portland, Oregon area is great. I shouldn't be doing this because many of us don't want Portland to become another LA or Seattle. But for you I'll make an exception.
The winters are mild, but we do get some snow. It rains more than in the LA and San Diego area, but the summers are typically sunny and a little dry.
If you ski, a mountain is two hours drive from here. If you surf or like the ocean coast, it is a little over an hour away. If you like wind surfing, one of the best locations in the world is also a little over an hour away.
If you like hiking, there are trails all over. The Columbia gorge has many picturesque trails with waterfalls all over. That's my favorite, and it's less than an hour away. If you hike but want to stay in the city, we have Forest Park, with over 30 miles of trails in the hills. It is one of the largest city parks in the world I believe.
If you prefer urban living, the core of Portland, downtown, is bursting with places to live. Do you want access to higher education? Portland State University is in the heart of the city, accessible by, bus, street car, and rapid transit train from the suburbs. (The also have parking garages.) My son is a freshman studying computer science, and I have an MBA from PSU.
I moved here from southern California and never regretted it. There are many small and medium sized firms, especially in the electronic field. Intel is here big time, west of Portland in Hillsboro, Oregon. It's about a 40 minute drive on the freeway from where I live, which is just north of downtown. I came here to work for Tektronix, which has fostered many new electronic business ventures. There are also budding software firms around.
If you drink beer, the city has many micro breweries. If you drink coffee, there are many independent roasters in the city, and of course Starbucks is everywhere. There are many very fine restaurants. Portland is very much an urban experience, though it is surrounded by suburbs. Some have said it is a very European-like city. It has a river running through it, dividing the east and west sides. Lot's of bridges. We have the St Johns bridge, near where I live, which was the forerunner of the Golden Gate in San Francisco. The Columbia River is just north of Portland, dividing Oregon from Washington.
Bonneville Dam is just an hour away to the east. If you like forests, Oregon is full of them. It also has many farms too. If you are a pilot, there are several small airports around. There is a flight museum nearby that houses many old planes and is the keeper of the spruce goose, Howard Hughes' famed wooden sea plane, the H-4 Hercules. We also have a very good commercial airport of course.
See you soon.
By the way, I forgot to mention hunting and fishing -- two of Oregon's biggest attractions. There are many state parks, and many with campgrounds for either tent or camping trailer. Motorized campers are welcome too. There are also many national parks, but for campgrounds, state parks have the best facilities. If you like outdoor life, there is plenty to do in Oregon, year round.
Then too, there is boating. Wether you like powerboats or sailboats, the rivers provide lots of room for both, as well as the lakes and reservoirs around here. Last but not least, for those who like the performing arts, Portland is not lacking. There is a fine symphony orchestra conducted by Carlos Kalmar of Vienna, Austria.
Here is the on-line local newspaper, with their classified ads for jobs.http://www.oregonlive.com/http://www.oregonlive.com/jobs/
Here is what others have to say about Portland.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portland,_Oregonhttp://www.el.com/to/portland/http://portlandor.about.com/
Here are a few features and attractions in Portland.http://www.omsi.edu/http://www.japanesegarden.com/http://portlandartmuseum.org/http://www.allclassical.org/index.php5http://www.berrybot.org/http://www.oregonbrewfest.com/http://www.multcolib.org/http://www.portlandmarathon.org/
Here are some features and attractions of the state of Oregon.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Hoodhttp://www.skihood.com/http://www.timberlinelodge.com/http://www.visittheoregoncoast.com/http://www.aquarium.org/http://www.roguerivertrips.info/acti...Boat_Rides.asphttp://www.spectacularoregon.com/coa...l/perpetua.htmhttp://www.el.com/to/cannonbeach/http://volcano.und.edu/vwdocs/volc_i...ater_lake.htmlhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonneville_Dam