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Bellevue and Eastside

There’s no shortage of main streets, culture, dining hot spots, and leafy waterside trails worth exploring just outside Seattle’s borders in its surrounding communities. One of these places just east of the city is Bellevue, which definitely merits a day trip.
 
Bellevue is just a short drive across Lake Washington, along the longest floating bridge in the world. The city is a green wonderland with nearly 100 parks dotting its landscape between lakes Washington and Sammamish, offering a downtown neighborhood with plenty to do.
 
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Start with a trip to the Bellevue Arts Museum. The curiously shaped, red-toned aluminum and glass building features numerous rotating exhibitions, the majority of which celebrate Northwest crafts and design artists. Don’t miss a trip to the roof, where the elliptical Court of Light explores architect Steven Holl’s interest in the seasonal change of light.
 
A short walk from the museum is The Bellevue Collection, where 250 restaurants, major stores and chic boutiques draw those who like to window shop and people watch. The downtown core is extremely walkable, something that becomes obvious when exploring Bellevue Square, which is peppered with boutiques and shoe shops, high-design home furnishings stores, art galleries and more.

In November and December, Snowflake Lane, a favorite local holiday celebration, fills the streets with live toy soldiers, carolers and sparkling light displays. Come summertime, Bellevue’s beauty takes over.

Toward the dinner hour, downtown Bellevue starts to bustle as locals and visitors head out for the evening. The area offers more than 140 restaurants and cafes, happy hour hot spots, billiards and bowling lanes, upscale cinemas and performing arts.
 
Just outside of town is one of the most breathtaking golf courses in the country at the Golf Club at Newcastle. It’s common to lose sight of a golf ball here, taking in panoramic views of Mount Rainier, the Olympic and Cascade Mountains and Lake Washington.
 
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Or, take a short drive to Snoqualmie Falls, a breathtaking waterfall that at 268-feet is a hundred feet higher than Niagara Falls. The Historic District has many restaurants and shops to enjoy, while a ride on an antique train at the Snoqualmie Depot will delight visitors of all ages. The area also holds many opportunities for outdoor activities including parks and over 30 miles of family-friendly trails.

Eat in Bellevue and Eastside

Anchorhead Coffee
Phone: 206 963-6237
Website: http://anchorheadcoffee.com
    

Anchorhead coffee is a coffee roaster in Duvall, WA that specializes in a cold brew coffee beverage. Cold brew is a slow brew process where we steep the beans for 20 hours in cold water, resulting in a coffee that is 60% less acidic than conventional coffee. We then bottle the coffee in a 12oz ready to drink form, and a 32oz concentrate.

Ruth's Chris Steak House - Bellevue
565 Bellevue Square Bellevue WA 98004
Phone: 425 451-1550
Website: http://ruthschris.com
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Steakhouse $$$. Serving US prime steaks, live Maine lobster, fresh King salmon and vegetarian friendly. Lunch, dinner, happy hour daily. HA

Sear
7401 164 Ave NE Redmond WA 98052
Phone: 425 498-4000
Website: http://marriott.com/hotels/hotel-information/restaurant/seamc-redmond-marriott-town-center/
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Our award winning restaurant in Redmond, WA features Pacific Northwest ingredients with Mediterranean influences.

Spazzo Italian Grill & Wine Bar
16499 NE 74th St, Ste E255 Redmond WA 98052
Phone: 425 881-4400
Website: http://schwartzbros.com/spazzo
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Italian $$$. Exceptional Italian dining, over 60 wines by the glass. Lunch and dinner daily. Happy Hour twice a day!

Le Grand Bistro Americain
2220 Carillon Pt Kirkland WA 98033
Phone: 425 828-7778
Website: http://bistrolegrand.com
    

Award-winning French Bistro cuisine, steaks, seafood, oyster bar, craft cocktails, view dining on the lake, validated parking, casually sophisticated ambiance. Lunch/Dinner seven days, brunch Sat-Sun.

Stay in Bellevue and Eastside

Hotel Sierra Redmond
15785 Bear Creek Pkwy NE Redmond WA 98052
Phone: 425 497-2000 x 104
Website: http://redmond.house.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html
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Pet friendly, 144 guestrooms, noon check-out, 3pm check-in, shuttle service from 7am-7pm Mon-Fri, complimentary breakfast buffet, pool, whirlpool, fitness center. TDD HA

Hyatt Regency Bellevue
900 Bellevue Way NE Bellevue WA 98004
Phone: 425 698-4255
Website: http://bellevue.hyatt.com
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733 rooms, $$$-$$$$. Luxury hotel w/in mixed-use complex. Shopping mall, restaurants, lounge, HSIA, room service, concierge, valet/laundry. Connected to full-service health club. HA TDD

Embassy Suites Seattle Bellevue
3225 158th Ave SE Bellevue WA 98008
Phone: 425 644-2500
Website: http://embassysuitesbellevue.com
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240 suites, $$-$$$. Spacious two-room suites, complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast, evening reception with complimentary appetizers and beverages, pool, sauna and spa. Open-air atrium. HA

Larkspur Landing - Bellevue Hotel
15805 SE 37th St Bellevue WA 98006
Phone: 425 373-1212
Website: http://larkspurlanding.com/bellevue
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126 rooms, $$. Suites with fully-equipped kitchens feature the following complimentary services: breakfast, shuttle service, Wi-Fi, parking, 24-hour business center, and laundry facilities. Pet friendly. Ten minutes from downtown. HA

Salish Lodge and Spa
6501 Railroad Ave SE Snoqualmie WA 98065
Phone: 425 831-6500
Website: http://salishlodge.com
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84 rooms, $$$$. Elegant hotel, restaurant and spa located 30 minutes from Seattle atop spectacular Snoqualmie Falls. Wood-burning fireplaces, oversized two-person whirlpool tubs. HA

Play in Bellevue and Eastside

JM Cellars
14404 137th Pl NE Woodinville WA 98072

Website: http://jmcellars.com
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We invite you to enjoy award-winning wines at our picturesque winery in Woodinville. Open noon-5 Fri-Sun. HA

Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
14111 NE 145th St Woodinville WA 98072
Phone: 800 267-6793
Website: http://ste-michelle.com
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Washington's most prestigious winery. Complimentary tours and wine tasting, 10am-5pm daily. Picnic areas, wine shop, concerts, corporate events and more. HA

Golf Club at Redmond Ridge
11825 Trilogy Pkwy NE Redmond WA 98053
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Website: http://redmondridgegolf.com
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With incredible views of the Cascade Mountains, the course carves its way through native forests and challenging water features to create the region's finest and most challenging golf experiences.

The Bellevue Collection
575 Bellevue Square Bellevue WA 98004-5031
Phone: 425 454-8096
Website: http://bellevuecollection.com
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The definitive shopping destination of the Pacific Northwest with over 250 choices for shopping, dining and nightlife.

Pocket Picks, LLC
218 Main St, Ste 724 Kirkland WA 98033
Phone: 425 298-7558
Website: http://pocketpicks.com
 

Pocket sized cards featuring information and offers for restaurants, shopping and attractions. Free at 150 hotels in the area.

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Quick Info


There are two main driving routes (over two different bridges) from Seattle: 1) I-90 east to I-405 north. 2) I-5 north to WA-520 east, then south on I-405.
 
Sound Transit Express bus 550 takes passengers from downtown Seattle to Bellevue.