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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

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

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.

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

Ruth's Chris Steak House - Bellevue
565 Bellevue Square Seattle WA 98004

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

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.

Stay in Bellevue and Eastside

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

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

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

Seattle Marriott Bellevue
200 110th Ave NE Bellevue WA 98004

Website: http://marriott.com/hotels/travel/seamb-seattle-marriott-bellevue/
 

The Seattle Marriott Bellevue, opening early October 2014, is located in downtown Bellevue Washington. The hotel features 384 guestrooms and 21,000 sq. ft. of meeting space.

Hampton Inn & Suites Bellevue Downtown
11405 NE Second Pl Bellevue WA 98004
Phone: 425 453-4100
Website: http://hamptoninn.com
 

Hampton Inn and Suites Bellevue Downtown-Seattle

Play in Bellevue and Eastside

Mobile Grooves
9901 182nd Ave SE Issaquah WA 98027
Phone: 206 9203936
Website: http://mobile-grooves.com
   

We use high quality sound and lighting equipment to give each party a different twist and flavor.

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

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

Novelty Hill - Januik Winery
14710 Woodinville-Redmond Rd Woodinville WA 98072
Phone: 425 481-5502 x103
Website: http://noveltyhilljanuik.com
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Experience, explore, entertain. Private event space available. Open daily for wine tasting and winery tours. HA

The Bellevue Collection
575 Bellevue Square Bellevue WA 98004-5031
Phone: 425 454-8096
Website: http://bellevuecollection.com
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The definitive shopping destination of the Pacific Northwest with over 250 choices for shopping, dining and nightlife.

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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.