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

Four Seasons Hotel Seattle
Four Seasons Hotel Seattle
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9.2
Excellent
99 Union St, Seattle
from $305
Inn at the Market
Inn at the Market
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9.2
Excellent
86 Pine St, Seattle
from $199
Homewood Suites Seattle Convention Center/Pike Street
from $143
The Inn at El Gaucho
The Inn at El Gaucho
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9.2
Excellent
2505 First Avenue, Seattle
from $129
The Loyal Inn
The Loyal Inn
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8.1
Excellent
2301 8th Ave, Seattle
from $99
The Arctic Club Seattle - a DoubleTree by Hilton
The Arctic Club Seattle - a DoubleTree by Hilton
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8.8
Excellent
700 3rd Avenue, Seattle
from $153
Hotel Andra
Hotel Andra
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9.0
Excellent
2000 4th Ave, Seattle
from $152
Talaris Conference Center
Talaris Conference Center
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7.9
Good
4000 Ne 41st St, Seattle
from $135
Homewood Suites by Hilton-Downtown
Homewood Suites by Hilton-Downtown
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8.8
Excellent
206 Western Ave W, Seattle
from $148
Grand Hyatt Seattle
Grand Hyatt Seattle
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9.0
Excellent
721 Pine St, Seattle
from $169
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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.