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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

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.

Daniel's Broiler
10500 NE Eighth St, Ste 2100 Bellevue WA 98004
Phone: 425 462-4662
Website: http://schwartzbros.com/daniels-broiler
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Steakhouse $$$$. USDA prime steaks, fresh seafood, award-winning wine list, piano bar, spectacular views. Lunch Mon-Fri. Dinner daily. Reservations recommended. HA

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Northwest Event Technology
14764 NE 95th St Redmond WA 98052
Phone: 425 702-0444
Website: http://nweventtechnology.com
   

Audio and Video production services; not just hardware, not just labor, your ideas realized.

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.

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.

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.