Hotels near Zodiac
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Seattle is a popular tourist destination for a reason--there is no shortage of things to do, see, and eat. But what if you want to get outside of the tourist traps and see more of the Pacific Northwest? Head 90 miles north to the town of Bellingham, where you can stay in a budget hotel and hop on the Schooner Zodiac for a cruise along Puget Sound.

Hipmunk's Best Hotels near Zodiac

Seattle Marriott Waterfront
Seattle Marriott Waterfront
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8.5
Excellent
2100 Alaskan Way, Seattle
from $189
Fairmont Olympic Hotel
Fairmont Olympic Hotel
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9.0
Excellent
411 University St, Seattle
from $269
Pan Pacific Seattle
Pan Pacific Seattle
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9.0
Excellent
2125 Terry Avenue, Seattle
from $166
The Inn at Virginia Mason
The Inn at Virginia Mason
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7.6
Good
1006 Spring Street, Seattle
from $129
Talaris Conference Center
Talaris Conference Center
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8.1
Excellent
4000 Ne 41st St, Seattle
from $151
Sheraton Seattle Hotel
Sheraton Seattle Hotel
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8.7
Excellent
1400 6th Ave, Seattle
from $159
Comfort Inn & Suites Seattle
Comfort Inn & Suites Seattle
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7.7
Good
13700 Aurora Avenue N, Seattle
from $99
Four Seasons Hotel Seattle
Four Seasons Hotel Seattle
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9.2
Excellent
99 Union St, Seattle
from $305
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Seattle - City Center
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Seattle - City Center
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8.0
Excellent
226 Aurora Ave N, Seattle
from $149
Staypineapple at University Inn
Staypineapple at University Inn
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8.5
Excellent
4140 Roosevelt Way Ne, Seattle
from $107
More About Hotels near Zodiac...

Staying Near the Zodiac

Bellingham is a smaller town, and accommodations here are cheaper than you'll find in Seattle. Several affordable motels are available here, including Bellingham Lodge, Coachman Inn, and Motel 6 Bellingham. They aren't swanky, but they have all the basic amenities you need.

If you want a place that offers additional amenities, try the Best Western Plus Lakeway Inn, which offers more luxury but still-affordable prices. Looking to splurge? Stay at the waterfront Chrysalis Inn and Spa, a small high-end Bellingham hotel right on the bay with stunning views of the water.

Exploring the Schooner Zodiac

The historic Schooner Zodiac was built for the Johnson & Johnson family heirs and launched in 1924. The vessel competed in the Transatlantic Race in 1928 and finished in fourth place. It was sold and retired in 1972, but it was restored in the mid-1970s, and joined the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. To this day, the vessel still sails along Puget Sound, San Juan, and the Gulf Islands.

Want your own adventure on this 160-foot ship? Book a two-night themed cruise, offered several times a month, or go on a dinner sail in Bellingham Bay for an adventurous evening. The Zodiac is also available for private charters and events such as weddings. Reserve your spot on the Zodiac's website (http://www.schoonerzodiac.com/cruises.asp).

Getting from Bellingham to Seattle

If you have a car, you can drive north from Seattle on Interstate 5 for almost 90 miles to Bellingham. The drive will take about 90 minutes and it's an easy straight shot up the freeway. The Zodiac leaves from the Cruise Ship Terminal at Fairhaven. Take the Historic Fairhaven exit from I-5 to reach the Cruise Ship Terminal.

Staying in Seattle with no car? No problem. There are daily Amtrak trains and buses that go between Seattle and Bellingham. The ship is just a short walk from the train station and may be more comfortable than a bus.