I was seeking a funky 70s vibe imbued with the essence of an upscale 21st century Santa Cruz when I stumbled upon Port Townsend, Washington. Turns out, it’s the perfect jumping-off point to explore Puget Sound. Along with an elaborately carved 20-foot totem pole, this hip town features trendy boutiques, boat crafting, and farm-to-table eateries. Though I’m here to catch the car ferry to Whidbey Island, I stay longer to purchase my first leather cowboy hat and caress the cashmere sweaters on display at Mad Hatter. I catch the next ferry instead.