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A vacation doesn't have to be outside of the state or even the city in which you live. A staycation at a local destination hotel can be relaxing too!

Stay safe: Plan a staycation to unwind in the new year

Hundreds of millions of vacation days went unused in 2018, according to recent research from the U.S. Travel Association. Last year was probably even worse, as people hunkered down in their homes amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Now that the new year has arrived, you likely have a refreshed vacation balance to use, so don't let it go to waste.

Contrary to what you might think, a vacation doesn't have to be outside the country, state, or even the city where you live. Of course, traveling right now still increases the risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19, but there are ways you and your family can have some fun locally while keeping your household and others safe.

The "Do Something" campaign

Visit Seattle and the Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority have partnered on the "Do Something" campaign, which encourages people in King County to get outdoors, go shopping, order food, and more to support businesses. Local businesses are eager for customers to return, so they've adapted to the pandemic with responsible precautions to keep everyone safe as they enjoy what's around them.

How hotels are adapting to the pandemic

Traveling anywhere still looks different as we continue to battle the COVID-19 virus. Depending on the hotel you visit, you may see certain pandemic protocols to minimize the virus's spread. Plexiglass shields at guest services counters, mask-wearing and social distancing requirements in common areas, and modified complimentary breakfast and housekeeping protocols are just some of the precautions you'll probably see when you stay at a hotel.

Rest assured, hotel staff members are ready to welcome you to a comfortable and relaxing stay whenever you feel safe to do so. Here are some of the getaways you can schedule without having to board a plane or travel hundreds of miles in a car.

Cedarbrook Lodge

Described as an "urban oasis," the Cedarbrook Lodge sounds like a cozy vacation already. Just wait until you arrive. It's the perfect balance between modern design and cozy, secluded lodge vibes. Gaze upon expansive fields bordered by multi-colored flowers and trees. Sit by one of the large windows throughout the property and take in one of many surrounding viewpoints of the Pacific Northwest. Snuggle up on the outdoor patio equipped with a fireplace and heat lamps, making it the perfect place to enjoy some food or a drink from the dining options already on-site.

Hyatt Regency Lake Washington

Have you ever wished you could live on the water, even just for a few days? Your dream will come true at the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington at Seattle's Southport. This hotel offers vantage points you'll have to see to believe. From the dock positioned on the south end of Lake Washington to one of their guest rooms that overlook the lake, city skylines, and the mountain ranges in the distance, you'll need to clear some space on your camera to capture it all. Dining options are on-site, offering heated outdoor seating with views of the water and beautiful sunrises and sunsets.

Embassy Suites by Hilton

This uniquely designed hotel features several floors of guest rooms surrounding an open-sky common area in the center. The spacious rooms here are the perfect way to relax, but adventure is just outside the front door, as you're located right in the middle of south King County, minutes from shopping, outdoor activities, and waterfront views.

Speaking of activities, check out these attractions in your own backyard.

You don't have to travel far to enjoy a luxurious and relaxing vacation. Turn your next getaway into a staycation, right here in the Pacific Northwest! When you commit to having fun locally, you'll benefit small businesses and learn to appreciate the things close to home.

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