Why: About an hour and 45-minute drive from Seattle, Oak Harbor should be on your list. Located on Whidbey Island, the location is great for golfing, boating, scuba diving and hiking. Take the kids to one of the artist studios or hit up the farmers markets for some fresh produce.
To do: Visit the state park and search for beautiful, water-beaten rocks in the water, hit up charming boutiques or big shopping malls, drive out to the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station or even think about catching a show while on the island.
Stay: Everything from private rentals to B&Bs to even on-board overnight accommodation is available.