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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

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

bin on the lake
1270 Carillon Pt Kirkland WA 98033
Phone: 425 803-5595
Website: http://binonthelake.com
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Northwest $$$. Wine bar and restaurant features 80 wines by the glass, delectable cuisine and views of Lake Washington from every table. HA

Purple Cafe and Wine Bar
430 106th Ave NE Bellevue WA 98004
Phone: 425 502-6292
Website: http://thepurplecafe.com
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Purple Café and Wine Bar pairs a global wine selection with a menu that combines classic American styles with seasonal Northwest ingredients.

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.

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

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

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

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

Brian Carter Cellars
14419 Woodinville-Redmond Rd (SR-202) Woodinville WA 98072
Phone: 425 806-9463
Website: http://briancartercellars.com
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Celebrated Washington winemaker Brian Carter shares his collection of unique blended style wines at our Woodinville tasting room. Open noon-5pm daily. HA

Alexandria Nicole Cellars
810 NE 145th St Woodinville WA 98072

Website: http://alexandrianicolecellars.com
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Join us to taste award-winning wines from our estate winery. We handcraft small lots in an elegantly approachable style. HA

Oz Car Service
677 120th Ave NE, Ste 199 Bellevue WA 98005
Phone: 206 271-6999
Website: http://ozzyservices.com
 

Fast, reliable transportation to and from the airport, flat rate in towncar or van. Available for hire. Group rates. Accept credit cards.

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

Dusted Valley Vintners
14465 Woodinville-Redmond Rd NE Woodinville WA 98072
Phone: 425 488-7373
Website: http://DustedValley.com
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Dusted Valley is a family owned winery proudly celebrating ten years of growing and crafting spectacular Washington State wine in the Walla Walla Valley.

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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.