My husband and I are headed to Seattle in mid-October. We have never been to the Northwest before. I am trying to convince him to move that direction. We fly in Friday eve and leave mid-day Monday. I am all about natural beauty, and he is too. But, he is an artist, and I would love to show him the opportunities for artists in the area. We can stay in Seattle or on an island. Should we rent a car, or can we do day trips with public transportation fairly easily. I don't want to spend the trip in a car. I want to be out hiking, walking around, meeting people, etc... Likewise, we love wine. We are novices, but it would be fun to do a tasting... What are your suggestions? What to do? Where to stay? And, thank you for your help!