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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

P.F. Chang's China Bistro - Bellevue
525 Bellevue Square Bellevue WA 98004
Phone: 425 637-3582
Website: http://pfchangs.com
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Chinese $$-$$$. Unforgettable Chinese cuisine, attentive service and delicious desserts in a stylish bistro setting. Reservations accepted. HA

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.

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.

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

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

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

Redmond Marriott Town Center
7401 164th Ave NE Redmond WA 98052
Phone: 425 503-1532
Website: http://marriott.com/SEAMC
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262 rooms, $$-$$$$. Full-service hotel 14 miles from Seattle within the Redmond Town Center. Rooms have individual climate control, 37" TV, dual phone lines, HSIA. No pets.

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

Seattle Marriott Bellevue
200 110th Ave NE Bellevue WA 98004
Phone: 425 214-7600
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.

Coast Bellevue Hotel
625 116th Ave NE Bellevue WA 98004
Phone: 425 455-9444
Website: http://coasthotels.com
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176 rooms, $$. Tastefully appointed guest rooms. Business center with complimentary HSIA, restaurant, lounge, coin-operated laundry facility and free local calls. HA TDD

Play in Bellevue and Eastside

North Bend Premium Outlets
461 S Fork Ave SW, Ste E-1 North Bend WA 98045
Phone: 425 888-4106
Website: http://premiumoutlets.com/northbend
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Factory Outlets and Discount Stores. Save 25-65% off original retail prices. Exit 31 off I-90 in North Bend, 30 miles east of Seattle. HA

City of Kirkland
123 Fifth Ave Kirkland WA 98033
Phone: 425 587-3014
Website: http://explorekirkland.com
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Panoramic waterfront with beaches, parks, marinas and historic downtown. Fine dining, boutique hotels and vibrant arts scene ensure sophisticated flair.

Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery
125 W Sunset Way Issaquah 98027
Phone: 425 392-1118
Website: http://issaquahfish.org
    

Visit Issaquah's Salmon Hatchery. Open dawn to dusk. Tours on request. Best time to visit is during Fall salmon run. HA

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.

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

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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.