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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

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

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.

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

bin on the lake
1270 Carillon Pt Kirkland WA 98033
Phone: 425 803-5595
Website: http://binonthelake.com
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Northwest $$$. Wine bar and restaurant features 80 wines by the glass, delectable cuisine and views of Lake Washington from every table. HA

Stay in Bellevue and Eastside

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

Hampton Inn and Suites Bellevue Downtown-Seattle

Hotel Bellevue
11200 SE Sixth St Bellevue WA 98004
Phone: 425 688-3207
Website: http://thehotelbellevue.com
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67 rooms, $$-$$$$. Named one of the "Top Best 500 Hotels in the World" and "Top Best 100 Hotels in the US and Canada," by Travel & Leisure World's Best. HA TDD

Pacific Inn Apartments
225 112th Ave NE Bellevue WA 98004
Phone: 206 451-1445
Website: http://pacific-inn.com
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Downtown and affordable, furnished studios and lofts, one block south of Meydenbauer Center. 24-hour staff, free local calls. Weekly/monthly rates. HA

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

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

Play in Bellevue and Eastside

Bon Vivant Wine Tours
Seattle WA
Phone: 206 524-8687
Website: http://bonvivanttours.com
   

Guided group tours and tastings of Washington's Finest Wineries. Woodinville, Columbia Valley, Walla Walla. Wine Knowledgeable guides. Daily tour, 10 guests. Private Custom tour, 2-40 guests.

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

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.

Brian Carter Cellars
14419 Woodinville-Redmond Rd (SR-202) Woodinville WA 98072
Phone: 425 806-9463
Website: http://briancartercellars.com
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Celebrated Washington winemaker Brian Carter shares his collection of unique blended style wines at our Woodinville tasting room. Open noon-5pm daily. HA

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.

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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.