Hello, I am so lucky in that my husband travels to the Pacific NW from the UK regularly and I have been able to accompany him on three previous trips over the last few years. Thank you to everyone who has made suggestions here in the past. They have been invaluable in helping me plan previous adventures for us following his business meetings in Seattle. Your part of the world is just amazing and I have great fun doing my own thing in Seattle for a few days before we head out of the city. We will be on vacation from April 27th to May 5th when we head back to the UK and I am running a little low on ideas and hope you can help.
We had a splendid week based on Whidbey Island (Langley) travelling as far afield as Hurricane Ridge (wonderful) and were lucky enough to see orcas off Coupville Pier and the Olga Symphony. The volcano gave me a 'bonus' week in Seattle so I feel I am getting to know it quite well. When visiting in February 2011 we had a fantastic log cabin near Stevens Pass for a few days (wasn't at all sure about Leavenworth) then last April we visited Snoqualmie Falls and Pass, Roche Harbour (briefly), Galiano Island (3 nights) and Yaletown, Vancouver (3 nights) before a final night in La Conner.
We enjoy the stimulation of being in a place so different to our home (which is deepest Hampshire, UK) and that can be either in the middle of a city (finding the Bill Reid Foundation, Vancouver or the splendid Seattle Public Library) or in a hot tub by the river enjoying the snow. We do enjoy being independent and prefer self catering options ideally with places to eat within striking distance.
I have researched the weather in late April and although we were considering basing ourselves near Mt Rainier I am concerned about the snowfall. The Oregon coast / Vancouver Island look wet and the Columbia Gorge too dry. We are fit and enjoy walking but do find your potential of bears a little worrying.
I welcome your suggestions and thank you in advance for your time,
Best wishes, Pat