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From historic hotels to hot tub boats: HI Now host Jobeth Devera explores Seattle

Join us sightseeing The Jewel of the Pacific Northwest

Sponsored by Alaska Airlines

HI Now host Jobeth Devera is on another Travel Tuesday adventure with Alaska Airlines, and this time they’re going to Seattle, Washington, known as the jewel of the Pacific Northwest. Sandwiched between Puget Sound and Lake Washington, the seaport city has lots to offer… and we’re not just talking about overcast weather, rain and coffee!

First stop on the tour? The historic Fairmont Olympic in the heart of downtown Seattle, a gorgeous hotel with Italian renaissance architecture. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Fairmont Olympic Hotel has been a landmark in the Northwest since opening in 1924. The hotel is just footsteps from the area’s finest shops, restaurants and entertainment attractions.

This summer, Fairmont launched its new, exclusive Olympic Honey-flavored Vodka, made with honey produced on the hotel’s very own rooftop apiary, in partnership with local Seattle distillery Sun Liquor.

“We have eight beehives on the roof this year,” says Michael West, director of food and beverage. “250,000 bees are making honey year-round.”

The hotel also has a host of amenities including an indoor pool, a spa and various dining options. You can find out more about Fairmont Olympic Hotel here!

Now if you’re ready to explore the Emerald City in a unique way, head up north to Lake Union where you can take a spin on a hot tub boat. Yes, you heard it right… A HOT TUB BOAT.

“Hot Tub Boats was created in 2011 by Adam Karpenske,” says General Manager Henry Burgess-Marshall. “In the cold Seattle winters where it’s windy and rainy, you want a hot tub on your boat. Adam didn’t want to destroy the integrity of his boat, so came up with the idea for a hot tub boat.”

And driving a Hot Tub Boat is easy! The engineering team has customized a joystick drive system so basically, if you’ve ever played PACMAN, you can drive the boat. All you need is a driver’s license.

While soaking in the SEA-nery on Lake Union, you’ll be able to see Seattle from all angles including Gasworks Park, a beautiful view of the Space Needle and downtown Seattle and the popular house boats – partially made famous from the 1993 movie “Sleepless in Seattle.”

Burgess-Marshall says summer is a busy time for the Hot Tub Boats, but they’re open year-round.

Find out more about Hot Tub Boats here!