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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 Bellevue WA 98004
Phone: 425 451-1550
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

Anchorhead Coffee
Phone: 206 963-6237
Website: http://anchorheadcoffee.com
    

Anchorhead coffee is a coffee roaster in Duvall, WA that specializes in a cold brew coffee beverage. Cold brew is a slow brew process where we steep the beans for 20 hours in cold water, resulting in a coffee that is 60% less acidic than conventional coffee. We then bottle the coffee in a 12oz ready to drink form, and a 32oz concentrate.

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.

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!

Stay in Bellevue and Eastside

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

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

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

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

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

Play in Bellevue and Eastside

Northwest Cellars
11909 124th Ave NE Kirkland WA 98034
Phone: 206 601-9217
Website: http://northwestcellars.com
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Our winery and tasting room is located in Kirkland, only 15 minutes from downtown Seattle. Come in for a wine tasting and try our award-winning wines!

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.

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.

Columbia Winery
14030 NE 145th St Woodinville WA 98072
Phone: 425 482-7490
Website: http://columbiawinery.com
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Located just outside of Seattle, the iconic Columbia tasting room offers daily tastings and Northwest-inspired offerings. Corporate event, wedding and educational offerings. Tastings Daily 11am-6pm.

Northwest Railway Museum
38625 SE King St Snoqualmie WA 98065
Phone: 425 888-0373
Website: http://trainmuseum.org
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Train excursion to top of Snoqualmie Falls. Group discounts. Free museum, historic railway equipment, 1890 depot, gift shop, special events. HA TDD

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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.