We're planning to move out of Los Angeles in the next few years (yea!):bounce: and we're looking into areas in the Northwest. We want a place where we can afford to buy a house with 3-5 acres, near enough to cities for culture, but far enough away for peace and quiet and critters. Active farmers' markets would be welcome. We're seriously considering Bellingham, Washington. It's near mountains. It's affordable. The people seem nice. It's an hour from Vancouver and 1 1/2 hours from Seattle. So do any of you know anything about Bellingham or have any suggestions for other places in Oregon and Washington to consider? We'd really appreciate the help.