Hopefully you do get a chance to visit the great Pacific Northwest. Like many places in this country it is beautiful. It may be awhile before you get the kids to move out of the house so you may want to just pack them along for a visit.
I made the mistake of coming up this way in 1995 for three job interviews with a company over a 4 month period, August, September and November. I moved here in January 1996 and left the company 4 years later but never left the Seattle area because of its beautiful scenery, climate, and lifestyle. You can be outdoors all four seasons.
If you ever get up this way would be happy to meet up and give you a tour and provide some suggestions depending on what you like to do.