My husband and I are planning a cruise to alaska late august out of Seattle. Flying into Vancouver 1 week prior to the cruise to explore Vancouver pickup a car and drive to Seattle. Need advice/information as to the few best places to stay 1 night or two between Vancouver and Seattle (staying in Seattle 2 nights before cruise). Thinking of either Sooke, BC - but Ferry from Victoria looks like a hassel? or is there somewhere else recommended that we can drive w/o ferry and stop a night or two for water views/quiet respit without too much of a hassle to get there. Thanks for any advice! Please recommend hotels as well if you can. Thank you..