Hydrflyr said: "Get away from the big city/ Seattle Tacoma area and try Bellingham."
I agree 100%!
I learned to sail in B'ham and spent 7 of the best years of my life there. The sailing is fantastic and you are close to an incredible number of great anchorages
If you don't want the big city benefits of Seattle or Tacoma then Bellingham or Anacortes are the places to be. If I could talk my wife into it we would move our boat and ourselves back to Bellingham.
I took our boat back to B'ham and Anacortes every summer we lived in Tacoma (10-years) and regretted every leaving.
Great art and music
A university with 15,000 students and a lot of cultural events
a nice big lake for fresh water
some of the best mountain bike riding in the US
Mountaineering and wilderness hiking that is hard to believe
Snow skiing at 6,000' from late October thru the 4th of July
that has convenient connections thru Seattle to anywhere in the world
Direct railroad connections to Vancouver, BC and Seattle
Big and well run marina within walking distance of downtown
A great music
and bar scene
even closer to wonderful San Juan
Several Big and well run marinas
within walking distance of downtown
connection to the San Juan Islands
Two of the best sailing communities in the US!