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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

Barking Frog
14580 NE 145th St Woodinville WA 98072
Phone: 425 424-2999
Website: http://willowslodge.com
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Northwest $$$-$$$$. Award-winning bistro featuring fresh American regional cuisine with Pacific Northwest influences and extensive Northwest wine collection. HA

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

Ruth's Chris Steak House - Bellevue
565 Bellevue Square Bellevue WA 98004
Phone: 425 451-1550
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

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.

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

Stay in Bellevue and Eastside

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

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

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

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.

Redmond Inn
17601 Redmond Way Redmond WA 98052
Phone: 425 883-4900
Website: http://redmondinn.com
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137 rooms, $$. Newly renovated. Free Wi-Fi. Restaurant, indoor whirlpool, seasonal outdoor pool. Free local calls, local shuttle, parking, breakfast, fitness club. No pets. HA TDD

Play in Bellevue and Eastside

AtWork!
1935 152nd Pl NE Bellevue WA 98007
Phone: 425 766-2774
Website: http://atworkwa.org
 

AtWork! is a highly supportive and innovative conduit between people with disabilities and mainstream employers in the community, through social and recreational activities, volunteer work, self-advocacy and more.

AAA Washington
1523 15th Ave W Seattle WA 98119
Phone: 206 218-1222
Website: http://aaawa.com
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Free maps and TourBooks for members. Full-service travel agency, insurance agency and travel store for the public. HA

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

SkyMania Trampolines
11801 NE 116th St, Ste B Kirkland WA 98034

Website: http://skymaniatrampolines.com
    

SkyMania Trampolines is the place to jump, bounce, play on wall to wall trampolines, dodge ball, fitness classes, birthday or corporate events. Corporate, groups from 10-300 can come and play with us. Get some fun exercise after a day of meetings.

Bellevue Arts Museum
510 Bellevue Way NE Bellevue WA 98004
Phone: 425 519-0770
Website: http://bellevuearts.org
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BAM features world-class art, craft and design exhibitions, is conveniently located in downtown Bellevue and 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.

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