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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

El Gaucho-Bellevue
450 108th Ave NE Bellevue WA 98004
Phone: 425 455-2715
Website: http://elgaucho.com/el-gaucho-bellevue.html
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The Northwest's legacy for premium steaks and seafood. Dinner nightly 5pm-close. Lunch Mon-Fri 11:30am-3pm. 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.

Sam's Restaurant @ The Sheraton Bellevue
100 - 112th Ave NE Bellevue WA 98004
Phone: 425 455-3330
Website: http://sheraton.com/bellevue
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American $$. Newly renovated, Sam's Restaurant offers local favorites including Pacific Northwest seafood, local produce, and Starbucks Coffee®. Dining is offered daily.. HA

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

Crab Pot - Bellevue
Two Lake Bellevue Dr Bellevue WA 98005
Phone: 425 455-2244
Website: http://crabpotbellevue.com
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Seafood $$$. Offering fun, family style dining serving fresh local seafood. Located on beautiful Lake Bellevue with outdoor deck seating. Ample parking. HA

Stay in Bellevue and Eastside

Heathman Hotel
220 Kirkland Ave Kirkland WA 98033
Phone: 425 284-5800
Website: http://heathmankirkland.com
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91 rooms, $$$-$$$$. Premier location in heart of downtown Kirkland. Classic rooms and suites, Trellis restaurant.

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

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

Hampton Inn and Suites Bellevue Downtown-Seattle

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

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

Bon Vivant Wine Tours
Seattle WA
Phone: 206 524-8687
Website: http://bonvivanttours.com
   

Guided small group (under ten) wine tours from Seattle to area wineries and all Washington State wine regions.

Pacific Digital Signs
1515 130th Ave NE Bellevue WA 98005
Phone: 206 452-1984
Website: http://pacificdigitalsigns.com
    

Digital signs, kiosks, social media, photo booths, way finding, mobile, interactive solutions.

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. Play dodge ball.

Columbia Winery
14030 NE 145th St Woodinville WA 98072
Phone: 425 482-7490
Website: http://columbiawinery.com
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Located just outside of Seattle, the iconic Columbia tasting room offers daily tastings and Northwest-inspired offerings. Corporate event, wedding and educational offerings. Tastings Daily 11am-6pm.

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.