If you want to get away from the cold & rain and hussle & bussle of Seattle - take a beautiful 2 hour drive east thru the mountains to Leavenworth, WA. It's a small "German Village" nestled in the middle of the mountains, but warmer and sunnier than the area around Seattle. The market square area is only 4 - 5 blocks long and a couple of blocks wide with lots of parking and a free trolley. Offers many interesting shops, i.e. clothing, wood, arts, and tourist trinkets. There are many really good pastry and bakeries mixed in along with lots of German restaurants and Beer Gardens. It also offeres other foreign and American restaurants. Very cozy and friendly feel to the whole area and a few recreational activities which we didn't take advantage of since we didn't have kids/teens along.