Might as well throw in my home, Bellingham, WA.
Mt. Baker is our local area with several others not too far away (Stevens Pass, Alpental, Crystal Mt., Cypress Mt., Mt. Seymore, Grouse Mt., Mission Ridge}, and, of course, Whistler is about a 3 hour drive from here.
On the off season there is world class biking, sailing, kayaking, camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, climbing, diving, etc., etc. We have a vibrant music scene and are a short trip from both Seattle and Vancouver, but we don't have their traffic. The scenery is stunning wherever you go.
Here is a picture I took over Echo Bay on Sucia Island, a State Marine Park, in the San Juan Islands. Bellingham, while not very visible in this photo, is about 10 - 15 miles away, directly in front of Mt. Baker and the Twin Sisters from this vantage point.
I like it here.