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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

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!

P.F. Chang's China Bistro - Bellevue
525 Bellevue Square Bellevue WA 98004
Phone: 425 637-3582
Website: http://pfchangs.com
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Chinese $$-$$$. Unforgettable Chinese cuisine, attentive service and delicious desserts in a stylish bistro setting. Reservations accepted. 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

Cypress Lounge and Wine Bar
600 Bellevue Way NE Bellevue WA 98004
Phone: 425 638-1000
Website: http://westin.com/bellevuewa
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Northwest $$. An upscale wine bar in the heart of Bellevue offering over 50 Northwest premium wines all available by the glass.

El Gaucho-Bellevue
450 108th Ave NE Bellevue WA 98004
Phone: 425 455-2715
Website: http://elgaucho.com/el-gaucho-bellevue.html
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The Northwest's legacy for premium steaks and seafood. Dinner nightly 5pm-close. Lunch Mon-Fri 11:30am-3pm. HA

Stay in Bellevue and Eastside

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

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

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

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

Sheraton Bellevue Hotel
100 112th Ave NE Bellevue WA 98004
Phone: 425 455-3330
Website: http://sheraton.com/bellevue
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178 rooms $$$. Newly remodeled hotel with two restaurants, lounge. Sheraton Link, fitness room. Club floor. Courtesy shuttle within five miles. Free parking. Dogs allowed. HA

Play in Bellevue and Eastside

OneRedmond
8383 158th Ave NE, Ste 225 Redmond WA 98052
Phone: 425 885.4014
Website: http://oneredmond.org
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A private-public partnership for economic and community development, led by the private sector, working in close partnership with the City of Redmond.

Pacific Digital Signs
1515 130th Ave NE Bellevue WA 98005
Phone: 206 452-1984
Website: http://pacificdigitalsigns.com
    

Digital signs, kiosks, social media, photo booths, way finding, mobile, interactive solutions.

City of Kirkland
123 Fifth Ave Kirkland WA 98033
Phone: 425 587-3014
Website: http://explorekirkland.com
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Panoramic waterfront with beaches, parks, marinas and historic downtown. Fine dining, boutique hotels and vibrant arts scene ensure sophisticated flair.

Oki Golf
1416 112th Ave NE Bellevue WA 98004
Phone: 425 454-2800
Website: http://okigolf.com
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Oki Golf is a collection of nine premier golf facilities in the Puget Sound area, headlined by the renowned Golf Club at Newcastle.

The Bravern
11111 NE Eighth St, Ste 5 Bellevue WA 98004
Phone: 425 456-8780
Website: http://thebravern.com
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Upscale shopping center, Neiman Marcus, other iconic fashion brands, dining, spa, gym and concierge services. 10am-8pm Mon-Sat; noon-6pm Sun. HA

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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.