I’m in a small town called Bremerton, just a ferry ride away. It’s a navy town. Everyone always heads to Seattle any time they want to do anything interesting.
The computer nerds hang out mostly in Renton, of course, because that is the headquarters of Microsoft. It’s pretty awesome there. Very family oriented, with lots to do. Bit expensive, though, for anyone who’s NOT working for MS.
You’re very right that there is a wonderful culture here. Folks are very genuine, even if sometimes they’re genuinely weird. The weather is mild… fine, if you don’t mind frequent gray drizzle nine months of the year. When the blue skies show, though, I’m sure there is no prettier place on Earth.