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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

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

Ruth's Chris Steak House - Bellevue
565 Bellevue Square Seattle WA 98004

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

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.

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!

Crab Pot - Bellevue
Two Lake Bellevue Dr Bellevue WA 98005
Phone: 425 455-2244
Website: http://crabpotbellevue.com
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Seafood $$$. Offering fun, family style dining serving fresh local seafood. Located on beautiful Lake Bellevue with outdoor deck seating. Ample parking. HA

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

Heathman Hotel
220 Kirkland Ave Kirkland WA 98033
Phone: 425 284-5800
Website: http://heathmankirkland.com
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91 rooms, $$$-$$$$. Premier location in heart of downtown Kirkland. Classic rooms and suites, Trellis restaurant.

Hyatt House Bellevue formerly Hotel Sierra
3244 139th Ave NE Bellevue WA 98005
Phone: 425 747-2705 ext 109
Website: http://hotelsierrabellevue.hyatt.com
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Built in 2008, Hotel Sierra features 160 guest rooms and suites with fully equipped kitchens. Hotel features a large indoor pool. HA TDD

Willows Lodge
14580 NE 145th St Woodinville WA 98072
Phone: 425 424-3900
Website: http://willowslodge.com
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84 rooms, $$$-$$$$. Luxurious Northwest style lodge located in Woodinville Wine Country, home to The Herbfarm and the Barking Frog Restaurant. Full-service spa. Pets ok. HA

Motel 6 - Issaquah
1885 15th Pl NW Issaquah WA 98027
Phone: 206 335-0616 cell
Website: http://motel6.com/reservations/motel_map.aspx?num=0295
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Economy motel 15 miles from airport, 12 miles from downtown Seattle. Wi-Fi, laundry. Pets, kids under 17 free. Outdoor pool. HA

Play in Bellevue and Eastside

Mark Ryan Winery
14810 NE 145th St, Bldg A-1 Woodinville WA 98072
Phone: 425 398-5433
Website: http://markryanwinery.com
    

Mark Ryan Winery is an independent producer of award-winning wines from Washington State. Open seven days a week. HA

Alexandria Nicole Cellars
810 NE 145th St Woodinville WA 98072

Website: http://alexandrianicolecellars.com
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Join us to taste award-winning wines from our estate winery. We handcraft small lots in an elegantly approachable style. HA

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

Ling Shen Ching Tze Temple
17012 NE 40th Ct Redmond WA 98052
Phone: 425 882-0916
Website: http://tbsseattle.org
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Largest and most magnificent Buddhist Temple. Hours Mon-Sat 9:30am-6pm, Sun 9:30am-5pm. Meditation on Sat at 8pm.

Redmond Whole Foods Market
17991 Redmond Way Redmond WA 98052
Phone: 425 881-2600
Website: http://wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/redmond
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Whole Foods Market is the world's leading natural and organic retailer. Visit us at all six of our Seattle Metro locations.

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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.