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

Hotel 1000
Hotel 1000
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4.5
1000 1st Ave, Seattle
from $161
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Seattle - City Center
from $95
Hyatt Place Seattle Downtown
Hyatt Place Seattle Downtown
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4.4
110 6th Ave N, Seattle
from $124
Hotel Andra
Hotel Andra
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4.5
2000 4th Ave, Seattle
from $111
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Seattle Downtown/ S Lake Union
from $99
Hotel Nexus Seattle
Hotel Nexus Seattle
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3.6
2140 N Northgate Way, Seattle
from $92
Staypineapple at Watertown Hotel
Staypineapple at Watertown Hotel
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4.4
4242 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle
from $98
Hotel Sorrento
Hotel Sorrento
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4.3
900 Madison St, Seattle
from $118
Hotel Seattle
Hotel Seattle
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2.5
315 Seneca St, Seattle
from $76
Travelodge Seattle North/Aurora
Travelodge Seattle North/Aurora
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3.3
8512 Aurora Ave N, Seattle
from $69
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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.

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