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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

Wild Ginger at the Bravern
11020 NE Sixth St, Ste 90 Bellevue WA 98004
Phone: 206 838-4314
Website: http://wildginger.net
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Bellevue's best Asian restaurant featuring authentic Chinese, Malaysian, Thai and Vietnamese cuisine, an award-winning wine list, happy hour and dim-sum. HA

Purple Cafe and Wine Bar
430 106th Ave NE Bellevue WA 98004
Phone: 425 502-6292
Website: http://thepurplecafe.com
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Purple Café and Wine Bar pairs a global wine selection with a menu that combines classic American styles with seasonal Northwest ingredients.

Barking Frog
14580 NE 145th St Woodinville WA 98072
Phone: 425 424-2999
Website: http://willowslodge.com
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Northwest $$$-$$$$. Award-winning bistro featuring fresh American regional cuisine with Pacific Northwest influences and extensive Northwest wine collection. HA

Trellis
220 Kirkland Ave Kirkland WA 98033
Phone: 425 284-5900
Website: http://trellisrestaurant.net
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Northwest $$$ Wine country style restaurant featuring locally grown, fresh ingredients - many from Chef's own five-acre garden. True "farm-to-table" cuisine.

Sam's Restaurant @ The Sheraton Bellevue
100 - 112th Ave NE Bellevue WA 98004
Phone: 425 455-3330
Website: http://sheraton.com/bellevue
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American $$. Newly renovated, Sam's Restaurant offers local favorites including Pacific Northwest seafood, local produce, and Starbucks Coffee®. Dining is offered daily.. HA

Stay in Bellevue and Eastside

Redmond Marriott Town Center
7401 164th Ave NE Redmond WA 98052
Phone: 425 503-1532
Website: http://marriott.com/SEAMC
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262 rooms, $$-$$$$. Full-service hotel 14 miles from Seattle within the Redmond Town Center. Rooms have individual climate control, 37" TV, dual phone lines, HSIA. No pets.

Redmond Inn
17601 Redmond Way Redmond WA 98052
Phone: 425 883-4900
Website: http://redmondinn.com
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137 rooms, $$. Newly renovated. Free Wi-Fi. Restaurant, indoor whirlpool, seasonal outdoor pool. Free local calls, local shuttle, parking, breakfast, fitness club. No pets. HA TDD

Red Lion Hotel Bellevue
11211 Main St Bellevue WA 98004
Phone: 425 455-5240
Website: http://redlion.com
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181 rooms, $$. Intimate hotel in the heart of Bellevue, minutes from major attractions. Award-winning landscaped gardens, courtyards, outdoor pool. New Jonah's Restaurant and Lounge. Free parking, free Wi-Fi. HA TDD

Hampton Inn & Suites Bellevue Downtown
11405 NE Second Pl Bellevue WA 98004
Phone: 425 453-4100
Website: http://hamptoninn.com
 

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Coast Bellevue Hotel
625 116th Ave NE Bellevue WA 98004
Phone: 425 455-9444
Website: http://coasthotels.com
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176 rooms, $$. Tastefully appointed guest rooms. Business center with complimentary HSIA, restaurant, lounge, coin-operated laundry facility and free local calls. HA TDD

Play in Bellevue and Eastside

SkyMania Trampolines
11801 NE 116th St, Ste B Kirkland WA 98034

Website: http://skymaniatrampolines.com
   

SkyMania Trampolines is the place to jump, bounce, play on wall to wall trampolines, dodge ball, fitness classes, birthday or corporate events. Corporate, groups from 10-300 can come and play with us. Get some fun exercise after a day of meetings. Play dodge ball.

Bellevue Municipal Golf Course
5500 140th Ave NE Bellevue WA 98005
Phone: 425 452-7250
Website: http://bellevuepgc.com
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Bellevue Golf Course offers an 18-hole championship course, golf instructions, practice greens, driving range and restaurant featuring a venue with seating for 80 people.

Woodinville Whiskey Co.
14509 Woodinville Redmond Rd NE Woodinville WA 98072

Website: http://woodinvillewhiskeyco.com
   

Woodinville Whiskey Co. crafts handmade bourbon and rye whiskey under the mentorship of David Pickerell, former master distiller of Maker’s Mark. Tasting room and tours available daily.

Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery
125 W Sunset Way Issaquah 98027
Phone: 425 392-1118
Website: http://issaquahfish.org
    

Visit Issaquah's Salmon Hatchery. Open dawn to dusk. Tours on request. Best time to visit is during Fall salmon run. HA

Dusted Valley Vintners
14465 Woodinville-Redmond Rd NE Woodinville WA 98072
Phone: 425 488-7373
Website: http://DustedValley.com
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Dusted Valley is a family owned winery proudly celebrating ten years of growing and crafting spectacular Washington State wine in the Walla Walla Valley.

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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.