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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

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

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

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

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.

Stay in Bellevue and Eastside

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

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

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

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

Hilton Bellevue
300 112th Ave SE Bellevue WA 98004
Phone: 425 455-1300
Website: http://bellevuehilton.com
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353 rooms, $$$-$$$$. Full service hotel, large guest rooms, valet service, HSIA, executive level, outdoor pool and spa, fitness center, restaurant, lounges, local shuttle. Pets ok. HA TDD

Play in Bellevue and Eastside

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

North Bend Premium Outlets
461 S Fork Ave SW, Ste E-1 North Bend WA 98045
Phone: 425 888-4106
Website: http://premiumoutlets.com/northbend
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Factory Outlets and Discount Stores. Save 25-65% off original retail prices. Exit 31 off I-90 in North Bend, 30 miles east of Seattle. HA

EFESTE
19730 144th Ave NE Woodinville WA 98072
Phone: 425 398-7200
Website: http://efeste.com
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Experience a flight of EFESTE’s award-winning wines and our story. Spacious tasting room and event space open Thu-Sun, noon-5pm. Two blocks north of the Woodinville Warehouse Wineries.

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.

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.