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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

Le Grand Bistro Americain
2220 Carillon Pt Kirkland WA 98033
Phone: 425 828-7778
Website: http://bistrolegrand.com
    

Award-winning French Bistro cuisine, steaks, seafood, oyster bar, craft cocktails, view dining on the lake, validated parking, casually sophisticated ambiance. Lunch/Dinner seven days, brunch Sat-Sun.

Anthony's HomePort - Kirkland
135 Lake St S Kirkland WA 98033
Phone: 425 822-0225
Website: http://anthonys.com
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Seafood $$. Waterfront dining on the eastside of Lake Washington featuring fresh Pacific Northwest seafood. Dinner, Sunday brunch, outside dining, banquet room. 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.

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

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

Hotel Sierra Redmond
15785 Bear Creek Pkwy NE Redmond WA 98052
Phone: 425 497-2000 x 104
Website: http://redmond.house.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html
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Pet friendly, 144 guestrooms, noon check-out, 3pm check-in, shuttle service from 7am-7pm Mon-Fri, complimentary breakfast buffet, pool, whirlpool, fitness center. TDD 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

Woodmark Hotel, Yacht Club & Spa on Lake Washington
1200 Carillon Pt Kirkland WA 98033
Phone: 425 739-6331
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

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

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

Adventura
14300 NE 145th St Woodinville WA 98072
Phone: 425 868-7972
Website: http://adventuraplay.com
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Adventura offers adventurous activities that connect people through play and laughter at our state-of-the-art aerial adventure park at Redhook Brewery.

Lauren Ashton Cellars
14545 148th Ave NE, Ste 211 Woodinville WA 98072
Phone: 425 445-7171
Website: http://laurenashtoncellars.com
    

Lauren Ashton Cellars is an iconic artisanal winery and tasting studio in the heart of Woodinville Wine Country. Inquire about private and group tastings. See website for current tasting studio hours.

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.

DeLille Cellars Winery
14208 Woodinville-Redmond Rd NE Redmond WA 98052
Phone: 425 489-0544
Website: http://delillecellars.com
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The only winery in the Top 100 Wines of the World for two years in a row. Delivering a remarkable wine tasting experience with exceptional handcrafted wines. Visit our Carriage House Tasting Room, open daily. 20 minutes from Seattle

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.

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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.