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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

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

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.

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

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!

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.

Stay in Bellevue and Eastside

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

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.

Westin Bellevue
600 Bellevue Way NE Bellevue WA 98004
Phone: 425 638-1000
Website: http://westin.com/bellevuewa
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337 rooms, 26 suites, $$$. Sweeping views, business center, restaurant, shopping, Heavenly Beds & Bath, WestinWORKOUT, indoor pool, Truce Spa, HSIA, small dogs ok. HA

Red Lion Hotel Bellevue
11211 Main St Bellevue WA 98004
Phone: 425 455-5240
Website: http://redlion.com
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181 rooms, $$. Intimate hotel in the heart of Bellevue, minutes from major attractions. Award-winning landscaped gardens, courtyards, outdoor pool. New Jonah's Restaurant and Lounge. Free parking, free Wi-Fi. HA TDD

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

Play in Bellevue and Eastside

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

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.

Village Theatre
303 Front St N Issaquah WA 98027
Phone: 425 392-2202
Website: http://villagetheatre.org
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Twenty minutes east of downtown Seattle, Village Theatre is a leading producer of musical theatre with five productions September-July. HA

Greater Woodinville Chamber of Commerce
17401 133rd Ave NE Woodinville WA 98072
Phone: 425 481-8300
Website: http://woodinvillechamber.org
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Promotes business, encourages cooperative relationships with government agencies, organizations and provides visitor information and publications. Open 9am-5pm, Mon-Fri. HA

Mark Ryan Winery
14810 NE 145th St, Bldg A-1 Woodinville WA 98072
Phone: 425 398-5433
Website: http://markryanwinery.com
    

Mark Ryan Winery is an independent producer of award-winning wines from Washington State. Open seven days a week. HA

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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.