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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.

The Herbfarm Restaurant
14590 NE 145th St Woodinville WA 98072
Phone: 425 485-5300
Website: http://theherbfarm.com
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Northwest $$$$. World class, Four Star, Five Diamond restaurant serving regional ingredients in themed menus that follow the rhythms of the seasons on land and sea. 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.

Wild Ginger at the Bravern
11020 NE Sixth St, Ste 90 Bellevue WA 98004
Phone: 206 838-4314
Website: http://wildginger.net
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Bellevue's best Asian restaurant featuring authentic Chinese, Malaysian, Thai and Vietnamese cuisine, an award-winning wine list, happy hour and dim-sum. HA

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

Woodmark Hotel, Yacht Club & Spa on Lake Washington
4501 12th Avenue NE Seattle WA
Phone: 425 452-0591
Website: http://thewoodmark.com
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Luxurious rooms, full-service pampering spa, meeting space, lakefront dining. The only hotel on Lake Washington. HA

Trailer Inns of Bellevue RV Park
15531 SE 37th St Bellevue WA 98006
Phone: 800 659-4684 Reservations
Website: http://trailerinnsrv.com
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100 sites, $. Open all year. Big rigs welcome, pull thrus to 65'. Indoor pool, spa, free cable and wireless. No one is closer than Trailer Inns. Pets ok.

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

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

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

Play in Bellevue and Eastside

AAA Washington
1523 15th Ave W Seattle WA 98119
Phone: 206 218-1222
Website: http://aaawa.com
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Free maps and TourBooks for members. Full-service travel agency, insurance agency and travel store for the public. HA

Bellevue Whole Foods Market
888 116th Ave NE Bellevue WA 98004
Phone: 425 462-1400
Website: http://wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/bellevue
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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.

Jackson Park Golf Course
1000 NE 135th St Seattle WA 98125
Phone: 206 363-4747
Website: http://premiergc.com
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Located just minutes from downtown, Jackson Park Golf Course consists of an 18-hole championship course and nine hole course. Includes a 50-stall practice facility.

J. Bookwalter Tasting Studio
14810 NE 145th St, Bldg B Woodinville WA 98072
Phone: 425 488-1983
Website: http://bookwalterwines.com
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Offering guests wine tastings daily: Sun-Thu noon-5pm, Fri and Sat noon-6pm. Tasting studio available for private event rentals. HA

AtWork!
1935 152nd Pl NE Bellevue WA 98007
Phone: 425 766-2774
Website: http://atworkwa.org
 

AtWork! is a highly supportive and innovative conduit between people with disabilities and mainstream employers in the community, through social and recreational activities, volunteer work, self-advocacy and more.

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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.