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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

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

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

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

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.

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.

Stay in Bellevue and Eastside

Woodmark Hotel, Yacht Club & Spa on Lake Washington
4501 12th Avenue NE Seattle WA 98105
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

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

128 guest rooms and 25 suites located in downtown Bellevue. 700 sq.ft. of meeting space. Complimentary hot breakfast, fitness center and indoor pool.

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

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.

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

Play in Bellevue and Eastside

Boehm's Candies, Inc.
255 NE Gilman Blvd Issaquah WA 98027
Phone: 425 392-6652
Website: http://boehmscandies.com
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Specialty. Candy manufacturing and retail sales. European chalet, candy factory and adjacent Swiss chapel. Tours by appointment only. Retail store open daily. HA

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.

Woodinville Wine Country Association
PO Box 2114 Woodinville WA 98072
Phone: 425 205-4394
Website: http://woodinvillewinecountry.com
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Woodinville Wine Country offers an abundance of fine wineries producing world class wines just 25 minutes from downtown Seattle.

Ling Shen Ching Tze Temple
17012 NE 40th Ct Redmond WA 98052
Phone: 425 882-0916
Website: http://tbsseattle.org
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Largest and most magnificent Buddhist Temple. Hours Mon-Sat 9:30am-6pm, Sun 9:30am-5pm. Meditation on Sat at 8pm.

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.

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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.