The CDC now recommends masks for vaccinated people – but at least 6 major cities had already told residents to mask up again

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Lilian Zhu, 17, works at her laptop inside Charlie’s Coffee House in South Pasadena, California, on July 18, 2021.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended on Tuesday that vaccinated people wear masks in public indoor settings – a change from the previous guidelines, which suggested vaccinated people didn’t need masks. The new rules apply to areas of the country with high rates of coronavirus transmission, as well as K-12 schools, the CDC said.

Some vaccinated Americans, though, have already been told to mask up again.

Amid a rise in COVID-19 cases fueled by the Delta variant, at least six cities have issued new mask guidance in the last few weeks. Los Angeles and St. Louis have instated official mask mandates for all residents, while New Orleans, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Seattle have recommended masks.

Some cities have also reissued mask mandates for specific indoor settings. Clark County, Nevada – which includes Las Vegas – began requiring masks in court facilities last week. Public schools in Atlanta, Chicago, and New York City will require students and staff to wear masks this school year, regardless of their vaccination status. And in Hawaii, the government is waiting until more residents are vaccinated before lifting its indoor mask mandate.

Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told Fox News that these local mask requirements are “quite understandable” given Delta’s prevalence in the US.

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said on Tuesday that vaccinated people infected with Delta may be contagious and spread the virus to others. Data on previous variants indicated that vaccinated people were less likely to transmit the virus than unvaccinated people.

At least 6 cities have issued new mask guidance

New Orleans mask
An employee at Turtle Bay, a bar in the French Quarter, wears a mask as he takes the names and contact information of people walking in on May 16, 2020.

The San Francisco Bay Area was among the first places to buck the no-mask trend in July. Several Bay Area counties, including San Francisco County, began recommending masks for all people – vaccinated or not – in indoor spaces like theaters, grocery stores, and retail stores starting July 16. In nearby San Mateo County, masks are now required, even for fully vaccinated people, inside county offices, clinics, and public facilities.

Los Angeles County also reinstated its indoor mask mandate on July 18 following a sharp uptick in cases. Average daily cases more than doubled there in the first two weeks of July, then tripled by the third week.

In New Orleans, health officials issued a “mask advisory” instead of a mandate. The city’s “inadequate vaccination rate” was part of the reason for that rule, they said. New Orleans has the second-highest vaccination rate in Louisiana – around 57% of residents have received at least one dose – but cases have still increased 10-fold there since the start of July.

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Students wearing masks listen to their teacher during third grade summer school in Los Angeles, June 23, 2021.

On Thursday, Philadelphia also “strongly recommended” that all residents wear masks inside public places. James Garrow, a spokesperson for the city’s health department, told The Philadelphia Inquirer that officials were concerned about an uptick in COVID-19 hospitalizations among the city’s unvaccinated children.

King County, Washington, which includes Seattle, followed suit with a similar recommendation on Friday. Health officials now advise that all residents ages 5 and up wear masks in indoor public settings – despite the fact that King County is one of the most vaccinated counties in the US. (Around 72% of residents have received at least one dose.)

“This extra layer of protection will help us all stay safer, including those who are unvaccinated, such as the 300,000 children in King County who aren’t able to get vaccinated yet, and the many thousands of people who have immune systems that are weakened or suppressed,” the county said in a statement.

St. Louis County, Missouri, took a firmer stance on Monday by requiring vaccinated people ages 5 and older wear masks on public transportation and in all indoor public spaces. The mandate doesn’t apply to people eating or drinking in restaurants or bars, though.

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Amazon managers have been told to keep performance-improvement plans secret from employees, according to a report

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Amazon’s New York office.

  • Amazon managers were reportedly told to keep secret their staffers’ performance-improvement plans.
  • “Do not discuss Focus with employees,” read an internal Amazon page, The Seattle Times reported.
  • An employee told the Seattle Times he was in a “weird, nebulous performance hell for a few years.”
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Amazon managers have been directed not to tell employees when they are put on performance-improvement plans, The Seattle Times reported.

The guidance was posted on an internal webpage with Q&As for managers, the report said. Amazon uses a complex system for rating employee performance, with the staffers rated “least effective” being placed on performance-improvement plans under a system known as Focus.

More than a dozen current and former Amazon employees told Insider in May that the company’s performance programs were unfair, too ambiguous, and gave managers too much power over their careers – and makes it that much easier for them to get let go from the company.

According to the Seattle Times report, a message on the internal Amazon site reads: “Do not discuss Focus with employees. Instead, tell the employee that their performance is not meeting expectations, the specific areas where they need to improve, and offer feedback and support to help them improve.”

Internal documentation reviewed by the Times asked managers to not tell their direct reports about their Focus-system status unless they explicitly asked about it.

Performance-improvement plans are common in Silicon Valley, where employee productivity is often tracked by the hour, if not the minute.

Many companies are open about the process, giving low-performing employees goals to push them to become more productive before their next review cycle. At some companies, performance-improvement plans are the first step toward firing an employee.

Insider has reached out to Amazon for comment.

“Like most employers, we provide managers with tools to help employees improve their performance and grow in their careers at Amazon,” an Amazon spokesperson told the Times. “This includes resources for employees who are not meeting expectations and may require additional coaching.”

One unnamed engineer told the Seattle Times that he’d been on a performance-improvement plan for a year and a half, but only found out when he was brought under a new manager.

“I ended up in this weird, nebulous performance hell for a few years,” he said.

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Jeff Bezos refused to take elevators in Amazon’s old office and ran up 14 flights of stairs every day without breaking a sweat, his former assistant said

Amazon's former CEO Jeff Bezos smiles and gestures with his hands while talking in front of a pale blue background.
Jeff Bezos stepped down as Amazon CEO on 5 July.

  • Jeff Bezos refused to take elevators and ran up 14 flights of stairs every day, a former assistant told CNBC.
  • Jeff Bezos was like a “puppy” who “never tired,” Ann Hiatt, who worked for Bezos in the early 2000s, said.
  • Bezos stepped down as Amazon’s CEO after 27 years on Monday, handing over to Andy Jassy.
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Jeff Bezos would refuse to take elevators in Amazon’s old office building, choosing instead to run up 14 flights of stairs every day to the company’s floor, his former assistant told CNBC.

Ann Hiatt, who worked as Bezos’ executive assistant from 2002 to 2005, claimed Bezos never even broke a sweat running up and down the stairs.

“He’s like a puppy. He would do laps and he was never tired,” Hiatt told CNBC. “That’s Jeff. He couldn’t be held back.”

Hiatt worked with Bezos in the 16-story Pacific Medical Center tower in Seattle, a 1930s-era former military hospital that Amazon occupied from 1999 to 2011 – Bezos was in his mid-30s at the start of that time, and his mid-40s at the end. In 2011, Amazon moved to a sprawling campus in South Lake Union, Seattle.

Bezos stepped down as Amazon CEO after 27 years on Monday, after first announcing his departure in a letter to employees in February. He has handed over to Andy Jassy, formerly chief executive of Amazon Web Services.

Hiatt previously told the New York Times that Jassy was Bezos’ “brain double” in the early 2000s, and would shadow him in meetings and help challenge his thinking.

Since Bezos founded the company 1994, Amazon has grown into a$1.8 trillion dollar business, employed 1.3 million people, and made Bezos the richest man in the world, with a $203 billion net worth, according to Bloomberg’s Billionaires Index.

Jassy will now have to deal with criticism from lawmakers and employees over tough working conditions. Some Amazon delivery drivers previously told Insider that they had to urinate in bottles because their grueling schedules did not allow them enough time to go to the bathroom.

Bezos said that the company needed “to do a better job” for its workers in his 2020 letter to shareholders, after the National Labor Relations Board announced in April that a push by some Alabama employees to form a union had failed.

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9 of the best Airbnbs in Seattle whether you want to shop at Pike Place Market or trek across the Sound

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The best airbnbs in Seattle

  • Seattle has the Space Needle, the Sound, plus some of the best coffee, beer, and food in the world.
  • Visitors can explore the Emerald City while living like a local at these Seattle vacation rentals.
  • These Seattle Airbnbs represent a range of prices and locations, from Pike Place Market to Ballard.

The once sleepy port town of Seattle has transformed into a vibrant city filled with museums and galleries, top-notch restaurants, an iconic skyline surrounded by natural beauty. And, of course, incredible coffee.

Of course, I may be biased. I spent most weekends and summers here as a kid and continued to visit regularly as an adult. As such, I know that Seattle is one of the best cities to discover over the course of a week or even just a weekend.

So while you’re busy exploring like a local, you may want to consider living like one too. For those seeking to skip hotel rooms for a homier experience, I compiled a list of highly-rated Airbnb Seattle homes that tap into the Pacific Northwest’s quirky spirit.

Browse all the best Seattle Airbnbs below, or jump directly to a specific area here:

Here are the best Airbnbs in Seattle, sorted by price from low to high.

Private garden cottage in Ballard

Private garden cottage in Ballard Seattle
The garden at this Airbnb features a greenhouse and picnic table.

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Ballard is filled with Seattle’s best: coffee shops, indie record stores, locally-owned movie theaters, restaurants, breweries, bars, and easy access to the beach at Golden Gardens Park.

Enjoy it all from this chic studio that is simply furnished, yet refined. Curl up with a coffee picked up from Caffe Umbro on the leather couch, or grab a bottle of locally made beer while watching Netflix or a selection from the DVD stash.

There’s a small but full kitchen, that includes both a Chemex and a Keurig. The mint green bathroom is accented by bird-filled wallpaper, a rainfall shower, and local bath products. After playing tourist, relax in the garden, which features a greenhouse and picnic table. When it’s time for lights out, pull down the Murphy bed from the wall and collapse into a queen-sized bed. 

Art-filled South Lake Union loft

Art filled South Lake Union loft Seattle
This modern loft boasts a curated art collection.

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This modern loft in South Lake Union is geographically convenient. It’s near the nightlife in Belltown, the restaurants and shops in Capitol Hill, and the Space Needle.

The first floor has a full kitchen and a dining room table, and the living room has an array of books plus inviting couches to watch HBO Go and Netflix. The home boasts a carefully curated art collection and an assortment of objets d’art that are easy on the eyes but also mean the home is probably not a great fit for families with kids under 12. Well-behaved pups are welcome, though.

Upstairs is a modern sleeping space with an en suite bathroom. The 17-foot tall windows let in tons of light, but there are room-darkening shades when it’s time to snooze. But before tucking in, spend some time on the rooftop deck equipped with a grill. 

Newly built cottage in Green Lake

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The lush entrance to this charming cottage in Green Lake.

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This newly-built Green Lake cottage has an inviting exterior thanks to its lush garden and charming red front door. Inside is equally inviting, with a wooden staircase, dark leather furniture, and a mix of tile and wood floors.

A large kitchen, washer/dryer, and a work space with a comfy desk chair make this a good option for those looking for a long-term stay. French doors open up off the kitchen to the garden patio outback. Cook on the grill and sit at the picturesque outdoor dining table surrounded by greenery.  

Finnish spa retreat in Greenwood

Finnish Spa Retreat in Greenwood Seattle
This relaxing retreat includes a sauna, hot tub, and outdoor shower.

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Why go to the spa when you can stay in the spa? This indulgent retreat includes a Finnish sauna, hot tub, and an outdoor shower to fully relax and recharge. The striking metal, wood, and stone exterior flows to a thoughtfully designed interior with Japanese and Scandinavian design elements throughout including paper lanterns and a Scandi-inspired dining set.  

Gaze out from the massive circular window, sink into the white, minimalist sofa, or chill in the dreamy backyard reading nook. The home has a King-sized bed in one bedroom, as well as a Queen-sized bed in an intimate sleeping loft over the living space.  

There are also heated floors in the bathroom, a full-sized kitchen, an airy living room, and even a resident bunny on the property. 

Downtown Seattle is only 15 minutes away and Greenwood’s many restaurants and shops are close by. 

Cozy tree house in Redmond

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Sleep perched among the treetops at this tree house Airbnb just outside Seattle.

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Sleep perched amid the very trees that give the Evergreen State its nickname in this cozy treehouse in the Seattle suburb of Redmond, Washington.

Aptly named The Squirrel’s Nest, this 280-square foot treehouse offers a birds-eye view of the world. It’s fully insulated, heated, and wired, but maintains rustic charm through wooden interiors including beds made from real logs, tree-top swings, and a sky-high seating area. There’s one bed on the main floor and another within a sleeping loft.

However, sleeping in the trees does require a little compromise. The house does not allow children under the age of 2, and there’s only a half bath and a small refrigerator, a few dishes, and a coffeemaker.

On cool nights or rainy days, turn on the indoor fireplace and play games on the wooden floor. When blue skies arrive, enjoy your morning coffee surrounded by firs. Seattle’s restaurants and shops are just a 20-minute drive. But don’t be surprised if you want to stay in the Squirrel’s Nest just a little bit longer. 

Romantic retreat in Pioneer Square

Romantic retreat in Pioneer Square Seattle
Soaring ceilings and 14-foot windows create a dramatic silhouette.

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Couples looking for a romantic getaway will find a lot to love in this intimate studio in the heart of the city near galleries, shops, and cafes.

The brick-lined loft has soaring ceilings and 14-foot windows that cut a dramatic silhouette and a postcard-worthy view of one of the most photographed signs in Seattle. There’s plenty of comfortable seating for TV watching, a kitchen with a full-sized fridge and gas range, and a nap-worthy King-sized canopy bed surrounded by curtains. 

The home is within easy walking distance of the many restaurants, the city’s stadiums, and Pike’s Place Market. 

Apartment next to Pike Place Market

Stay in the heart of Pike Place Seattle
You can see Pike Place and the iconic Seattle Great Wheel from this Airbnb.

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Nearly every Seattle visitor swings through the city’s famed Pike Place Market, but not everyone gets to call it home. This chic apartment offers up-close views of one of the city’s most famous sites. 

The sophisticated dwelling has clean lines, giant windows, and decorative pops of color that brighten the space. There is a Queen-sized bed, a pull-out sofa, and even a travel crib. There’s also a full kitchen, which is a must after gathering up fresh ingredients from the market.

The home also includes a washer and dryer, Smart TV with Netflix, and access to an apartment complex with a hot tub and gym. 

Architectural wonder with a Lego-themed kitchen in Matthews Beach

Architectural wonder with a Lego themed kitchen in Matthews Beach Seattle
The interior of this A-frame has minimalist ski chalet vibes with a modern twist.

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Architecture enthusiasts of all ages will find a lot to love in this midcentury modern Airbnb Plus home located on a secluded wooded lot just one block from Matthews Beach on the shores of Lake Washington. 

The modified A-frame’s exterior is reminiscent of a glass and wood Christmas tree, while the interior has minimalist ski chalet vibes. Three of the four bedrooms are on the upper level, set into the slanted roof for a snug feeling. Two and a half baths mean no waiting — although folks might be tempted to linger in the giant soaking tub. 

Colorful accents dot the living room and study, however, it’s the whimsical design surprises throughout that truly delight. There is as a Mondrian-inspired ceiling in the bath, and a Lego-themed kitchen with a center island crafted out of the iconic building block. In fact, guests are prompted to complete a search and find activity among the plethora of little Legos.

Burke-Gillman trail is a bike ride away, as is nearby Wedgwood. 

Townhouse with postcard-ready views in Queen Anne

Queen Anne Townhouse with postcard ready views Seattle
You’ll have stunning views of the Seattle skyline at this home.

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This large and open townhouse serves as a gorgeous perch above the city with stunning views of the Space Needle, Kerry Park, and Elliott Bay.  

Billed as a city sanctuary, this 2,600-square foot two-bedroom home includes a fireplace for cold nights, sumptuous velvet couches, a well-stocked kitchen, and a dining room. The spacious master bedroom has a full bath with a deep soaking tub and more stunning views. The second bedroom offers a comfortable place to sleep with a Queen-sized bed and room-darkening shades.  

FAQ: Booking an Airbnb in Seattle

Is it safe to stay in an Airbnb during COVID-19?

Generally, yes, as long as it’s a private home following enhanced cleaning measures. That’s what medical and cleaning experts said anyway. They told us that private home rentals on Airbnb are considered to be safe, especially compared to hotels. A private Airbnb eliminates interactions with others outside of your traveling group and removes mingling in common spaces. Most check-ins are contactless and hosts are required by Airbnb to follow enhanced cleaning procedures.

However, travel does still pose risks and we recommend following CDC guidelines such as social distancing, wearing a mask, and frequently washing and sanitizing your hands.

Are there travel restrictions in Seattle?

There are no domestic travel bans currently in place for Seattle and Washington State, however, travelers arriving by plane to the US from another country are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result before boarding their flight.

Additionally, anyone arriving in Washington is suggested to self-quarantine for 14 days and limit interactions outside their immediate household. It is also mandatory to wear a face mask in public. In Seattle, single-use masks are offered to visitors at Pike Place Market.

Click here to read more about current policies.

Is it safe to travel to Seattle?

Despite the promising COVID vaccine rollout, there is still no guarantee for safety with travel, though staying in a private Airbnb should lower your risk of exposure. Be sure to follow guidelines recommended by the CDC including social distancing, wearing a mask, and frequent hand washing. Consider canceling and rescheduling travel if you are coming to or arriving from a hotspot.

How do I book a home on Airbnb?

Search for Seattle homes on Airbnb based on date, neighborhood, price, bedrooms or bathrooms, and more. For a full breakdown on how to book on Airbnb, click here.

What is Airbnb’s cancellation policy?

Cancellation policies for homes on Airbnb differ from property to property and are set by each individual host. Here’s a closer look at Airbnb’s cancellation policies.

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An Amazon employee’s husband was sentenced to prison for insider trading- and earning a $1.4 million profit

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Securities and Exchange Commission at the SEC in Washington on Thursday, March 28, 2019.

  • A former Amazon employee’s husband was sentenced after pleading guilty to insider trading.
  • Between 2016 and 2018, Viky Bohra illegally traded Amazon stock for a profit of $1.4 million.
  • Bohra used confidential financial information ahead of eleven straight earnings announcements.
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The husband of a former Amazon employee was sentenced Thursday to 26 months in prison after pleading guilty in November to insider trading, the US Attorney for the Western District of Washington said.

For two and a half years, starting in 2016, Viky Bohra admitted to using confidential financial information he received from his wife, Laksha, to place illegal trades on Amazon stock for a profit of $1.4 million.

According to court records, Bohra accessed information about Amazon revenue and expenses from his wife, who at the time worked as a senior manager in Amazon’s tax department, and used that information in violation of trading blackout periods.

“Bohra’s conduct was not an isolated incident, limited to trading before one Amazon earning’s statement. Rather, Bohra engaged in illegal insider trading in advance of 11 straight earnings announcements,” prosecutors wrote to the court.

The US Securities Exchange Commission brought civil charges last September against Bohra, his wife, and his father, for which they paid more than $2.6 million to repay the illegal gains, along with interest and penalties.

“Vik Bohra deeply regrets this conduct, accepts full responsibility, and intends to promptly repay the funds,” said attorney Peter Offenbecher in a statement at the time, according to The Seattle Times.

As part of his plea agreement, Bohra’s wife will not face criminal charges.

“This case should stand as a warning to those who try to game the markets with insider trading: there is a heavy price to pay with a felony conviction and prison sentence,” US Attorney Tessa M. Gorman said in a statement.

Neither Amazon nor an attorney for Mr. Bohra immediately responded to Insider’s request for comment.

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10 of the best Airbnbs in Seattle, from an apartment next to Pike Place Market to an A-frame with a kitchen crafted from Legos

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The best airbnbs in Seattle

  • Seattle has the Space Needle, the Sound, and some of the best coffee, beer, and food in the world.
  • Visitors can explore the Emerald City while living like a local in any of these homes found on Airbnb.
  • These top-rated Airbnbs represent a range of prices and follow Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean program.

The once sleepy port town of Seattle has transformed into a vibrant city filled with museums and galleries, top-notch restaurants, an iconic skyline surrounded by natural beauty. And, of course, incredible coffee.

Of course, I may be biased. I spent most weekends and summers here as a kid and continued to visit regularly as an adult. As such, I know that Seattle is one of the best cities to discover over the course of a week or even just a weekend.

So while you’re busy exploring like a local, you may want to consider living like one too. If you’re wondering if Airbnb is safe, private home rentals are considered by most experts to offer a higher level of safety compared to hotels. They minimize interactions with others, and Airbnb hosts are required to follow enhanced cleaning procedures. However, there’s still an inherent risk to traveling and we recommend following CDC guidelines, practicing social distancing, double masking, and washing hands frequently.

For those seeking to skip hotel rooms in line with experts’ guidance, I compiled a list of highly-rated Airbnb Seattle homes that tap into the Pacific Northwest’s quirky spirit.

Here are some of the best Airbnbs in Seattle, sorted by price from low to high.

West Seattle tiny house, $89

West Seattle tiny house

Book this West Seattle tiny house starting at $89 per night

If you have ever wanted to test drive the tiny house trend without sacrificing all your earthly possessions, check out this tiny house. Located in West Seattle, this teensy retreat, called Tipsy, has everything you need — kitchen, workspace, TV, shower — all packed into a minute package. 

The house’s wood lining gives the space a jewel box-like feel with gorgeous detailing and plenty of natural light. The kitchen is pint-sized but functional with a diminutive dining table, plus outdoor benches for al fresco dining.

You’ll sleep under the stars that shine through a skylight over the comfy-looking bed, which is tucked away in a loft beneath a gabled ceiling. While the home is best suited for two, there is room for a third on the couch. All of the restaurants, shops, and attractions in West Seattle are nearby and it’s a quick ferry ride to downtown. Nightly stays are available from March onward.

Private garden cottage in Ballard, $92

Private garden cottage in Ballard Seattle

Book this private garden cottage in Ballard starting at $92 per night

Ballard is filled with Seattle’s best: coffee shops, indie record stores, locally-owned movie theaters, restaurants, breweries, bars, and easy access to the beach at Golden Gardens Park.

Enjoy it all from this chic studio that is simply furnished, yet refined. Curl up with a coffee picked up from Caffe Umbro on the leather couch, or grab a bottle of locally made beer while watching Netflix or a selection from the DVD stash.

There’s a small but full kitchen, that includes both a Chemex and a Keurig. The mint green bathroom is accented by bird-filled wallpaper, a rainfall shower, and local bath products. After playing tourist, relax in the garden, which features a greenhouse and picnic table. When it’s time for lights out, pull down the Murphy bed from the wall and collapse into a queen-sized bed. Availability opens up for this home in May.

Art-filled South Lake Union loft, $102

Art filled South Lake Union loft Seattle

Book this art-filled South Lake Union loft starting at $102 per night

This modern loft in South Lake Union is geographically convenient. It’s near the nightlife in Belltown, the restaurants and shops in Capitol Hill, and the Space Needle.

The first floor has a full kitchen and a dining room table, and the living room has an array of books plus inviting couches to watch HBO Go and Netflix. The home boasts a carefully curated art collection and an assortment of objets d’art that are easy on the eyes but also mean the home is probably not a great fit for families with kids under 12. Well-behaved pups are welcome, though.

Upstairs is a modern sleeping space with an en suite bathroom. The 17-foot tall windows let in tons of light, but there are room-darkening shades when it’s time to snooze. But before tucking in, spend some time on the rooftop deck equipped with a grill. This hot property has bookings available beginning in May.

Finnish spa retreat in Greenwood, $198

Finnish Spa Retreat in Greenwood Seattle

Book this spa retreat in Greenwood starting at $198 per night

Why go to the spa when you can stay in the spa? This indulgent retreat includes a Finnish sauna, hot tub, and an outdoor shower to fully relax and recharge. The striking metal, wood, and stone exterior flows to a thoughtfully-designed interior with Japanese and Scandinavian design elements throughout including paper lanterns and a Scandi-inspired dining set.  

Gaze out from the massive circular window, sink into the white, minimalist sofa, or chill in the dreamy backyard reading nook. The home has a King-sized bed in one bedroom, as well as a Queen-sized bed in an intimate sleeping loft over the living space.  

There are also heated floors in the bathroom, a full-sized kitchen, an airy living room, and even a resident bunny on the property. 

Downtown Seattle is only 15 minutes away and Greenwood’s many restaurants and shops are close by. This home has availability beginning in April.

Treehouse in the Seattle suburb of Redmond, $199

Stay in a treehouse in the Seattle 'burb of Redmond Seattle

Book a treehouse in Redmond starting at $199 per night

Sleep perched amid the very trees that give the Evergreen State its nickname in this cozy treehouse in the Seattle suburb of Redmond, Washington.

Aptly named The Squirrel’s Nest, this 280-square foot treehouse offers a birds-eye view of the world. It’s fully insulated, heated, and wired, but maintains rustic charm through wooden interiors including beds made from real logs, tree-top swings, and a sky-high seating area. There’s one bed on the main floor and another within a sleeping loft.

However, sleeping in the trees does require a little compromise. The house does not allow children under the age of 2, and there’s only a half bath and a small refrigerator, a few dishes, and a coffeemaker.

On cool nights or rainy days, turn on the indoor fireplace and play games on the wooden floor. When blue skies arrive, enjoy your morning coffee surrounded by firs. Seattle’s restaurants and shops are just a 20-minute drive. But don’t be surprised if you want to stay in the Squirrel’s Nest just a little bit longer. Stays are available starting in July.

Romantic retreat in Pioneer Square, $200

Romantic retreat in Pioneer Square Seattle

Book this romantic retreat starting at $200 per night

Couples looking for a romantic getaway will find a lot to love in this intimate studio in the heart of the city near galleries, shops, and cafes.

The brick-lined loft has soaring ceilings and 14-foot windows that cut a dramatic silhouette and a postcard-worthy view of one of the most photographed signs in Seattle. There’s plenty of comfortable seating for TV watching, a kitchen with a full-sized fridge and gas range, and a nap-worthy King-sized canopy bed surrounded by curtains. 

The home is within easy walking distance of the many restaurants, the city’s stadiums, and Pike’s Place Market. Check-ins are available starting in March.

Apartment next to Pike Place Market, $209

Stay in the heart of Pike Place Seattle

Book this Pike Place apartment starting at $209 per night

Nearly every Seattle visitor swings through the city’s famed Pike Place Market, but not everyone gets to call it home. This chic apartment offers up-close views of one of the city’s most famous sites. 

The sophisticated dwelling has clean lines, giant windows, and decorative pops of color that brighten the space. There is a Queen-sized bed, a pull-out sofa, and even a travel crib. There’s also a full kitchen, which is a must after gathering up fresh ingredients from the market.

The home also includes a washer and dryer, Smart TV with Netflix, and access to an apartment complex with a hot tub and gym. There is plenty of availability from April onwards.

Craftsman home in Green Lake, $273

Green Lake Craftsman Seattle

Book this craftsman home in Green Lake starting at $273 per night

One of the architectural mainstays of Pacific Northwest real estate is the cozy craftsman-style home known for hand-worked details, gorgeous wood, and low-pitched roofs. This Green Lake craftsman bungalow is ideal for families with three spacious bedrooms.

Stroll around Green Lake sipping your latte from Revolutions Coffee before returning to savor the home’s inviting fireplace, full kitchen with a coffee maker and an espresso machine (this is Seattle, after all), and a minimalist dining room. Perhaps best of all, there is also a garden with an outdoor dining area and a hot tub.

This home is for future planners: it’s booked until fall.

Architectural wonder with a Lego-themed kitchen in Matthews Beach, $371

Architectural wonder with a Lego themed kitchen in Matthews Beach Seattle

Book this architectural wonder with a Lego-themed kitchen starting at $371 per night

Architecture enthusiasts of all ages will find a lot to love in this midcentury modern Airbnb Plus home located on a secluded wooded lot just one block from Matthews Beach on the shores of Lake Washington. 

The modified A-frame’s exterior is reminiscent of a glass and wood Christmas tree, while the interior has minimalist ski chalet vibes. Three of the four bedrooms are on the upper level, set into the slanted roof for a snug feeling. Two and a half baths mean no waiting — although folks might be tempted to linger in the giant soaking tub. 

Colorful accents dot the living room and study, however, it’s the whimsical design surprises throughout that truly delight. There is as a Mondrian-inspired ceiling in the bath, and a Lego-themed kitchen with a center island crafted out of the iconic building block. In fact, guests are prompted to complete a search and find activity among the plethora of little Legos.

Burke-Gillman trail is a bike ride away, as is nearby Wedgwood. This house has availability for bookings in March and April.

Townhouse with postcard-ready views im Queen Anne, $420

Queen Anne Townhouse with postcard ready views Seattle

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This large and open townhouse serves as a gorgeous perch above the city with stunning views of the Space Needle, Kerry Park, and Elliott Bay.  

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Here’s what Costco looked like when it opened in 1983 and the annual membership was $25

Following is a transcript of the video.

Narrator: Costco is one of the most popular big-box stores in the United States. It’s known for selling everything in bulk from toilet paper to seafood.

Jerry Seinfeld: Look at this can of tuna. 

Narrator: Although the members-only wholesaler first opened in 1983, today’s stores don’t look much different than they did almost 40 years ago.

Before the first Costco warehouse opened, there was Price Club, which opened in 1976.

The first location was in a converted airplane hangar in San Diego, California. At the time, it served only small businesses.

Its executive vice president of merchandising, distribution, and marketing, Jim Sinegal, played a big role in its initial success.

After leaving Price Club, Sinegal and Jeff Brotman worked together to co-found Costco Wholesale, which they basically modeled after Price Club.

The first Costco Wholesale store opened in 1983 in Seattle. Annual club membership was just $25 at the time. Adjusted for inflation, that’s about the same annual fee today.

Stores quickly expanded across the Pacific Northwest. 200,000 people held Costco memberships by the end of 1984 and another year later, the company filed for an IPO. Soon, it became a $1 billion company.

Ten years after the first Costco store opened, Price Club and Costco merged to form PriceCostco.

In 1997, PriceCostco changed its name to Costco Companies, Inc. Today, it goes by Costco Wholesale Corporation – or as most people know it, just Costco.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This video was originally published in April 2019.

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Seattle health workers raced to inject 1,600 coronavirus vaccine doses in the middle of the night to whomever they could find after a freezer failed

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  • A freezer mishap resulted in a frantic effort to administer more than 1,600 vaccines overnight in Seattle, The Washington Post reported.
  • Hundreds of people stood in the street in their robes and pajamas after Seattle’s Swedish Health Services tweeted at 11 p.m. that it had vaccines that were about to expire within hours.
  • Workers administered all the shots on time, and no doses went to waste.
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Staff and volunteers at a Seattle health facility scrambled to inject 1,600 people with coronavirus vaccines that were rapidly expiring after a freezer failed, The Washington Post reported. 

The freezer malfunction meant the Moderna vaccines would expire by the morning of January 29, so workers at Seattle’s Swedish Health Services rushed to vaccinate as many people as they could. Within the last 15 minutes, before the shots expired, workers administered dozens of shots mostly on the street. They reportedly injected the last shot at 3:45 a.m. on the dot.

At around 11 p.m. on Thursday night, the medical center tweeted an urgent message saying it had hundreds of available vaccine appointments in the next few hours before the doses expired. Hundred people showed up in their pajamas and robes, the NBC affiliate KING-TV reported. 

Those in line were calling up people they knew to get them down to get a shot, the Post added. 

We were literally like … who can get people here? People started texting and calling and we were just counting down,” Kevin Brooks, the chief operating officer of Swedish Health Services told the Post. “Thirty-seven. Thirty-five. Thirty-three … People were showing up and running down the hall.”

Brooks told KING-TV that all available appointments were filled within 35 to 40 minutes.

The vaccines, which were being stored at Kaiser Permanente, began to thaw after a refrigeration issue impacting Swedish’s vaccines and those that belonged to UW Medicine, the Post reported. 

Jenny Brackett, an assistant administrator at UW Medicine, said when she learned of the freezer mishap she was inspired by another recent instance where vaccines almost went to waste. Earlier that week, after getting stuck in a snowstorm, health workers in Oregon vaccinated stranded drivers before their remaining coronavirus vaccine doses expired. 

While those vaccines were meant to go to other people, “the snow meant those doses wouldn’t make it to them before they expired,” the Josephine County Public Health Department, in Oregon said. 

Brackett told the Post: “When I got the call they’re like, ‘It’s kind of like our snow moment.'”

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Brackett said she was going through the long line seeking out people who were 65 or older so they could be prioritized. 

“I was a little worried that the line maybe would not be too thrilled,” she said. “You know, that I am letting others go first. But that wasn’t the response I had at all. Actually, the crowd kind of cheered.

While not everyone who was vaccinated was in the state’s top priority category, the center said they would still be eligible to receive their second dose, and they’re just happy nothing went to waste. 

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