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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

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

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

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

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

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

Hotel Bellevue
11200 SE Sixth St Bellevue WA 98004
Phone: 425 688-3207
Website: http://thehotelbellevue.com
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67 rooms, $$-$$$$. Named one of the "Top Best 500 Hotels in the World" and "Top Best 100 Hotels in the US and Canada," by Travel & Leisure World's Best. HA TDD

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

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

Larkspur Landing - Bellevue Hotel
15805 SE 37th St Bellevue WA 98006
Phone: 425 373-1212
Website: http://larkspurlanding.com/bellevue
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126 rooms, $$. Suites with fully-equipped kitchens feature the following complimentary services: breakfast, shuttle service, Wi-Fi, parking, 24-hour business center, and laundry facilities. Pet friendly. Ten minutes from downtown. HA

Play in Bellevue and Eastside

DeLille Cellars Winery
14208 Woodinville-Redmond Rd NE Redmond WA 98052
Phone: 425 489-0544
Website: http://delillecellars.com
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The only winery in the Top 100 Wines of the World for two years in a row. Delivering a remarkable wine tasting experience with exceptional handcrafted wines. Visit our Carriage House Tasting Room, open daily. 20 minutes from Seattle

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.

Bellevue Municipal Golf Course
5500 140th Ave NE Bellevue WA 98005
Phone: 425 452-7250
Website: http://bellevuepgc.com
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Bellevue Golf Course offers an 18-hole championship course, golf instructions, practice greens, driving range and restaurant featuring a venue with seating for 80 people.

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.

Oki Golf
1416 112th Ave NE Bellevue WA 98004
Phone: 425 454-2800
Website: http://okigolf.com
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Oki Golf is a collection of nine premier golf facilities in the Puget Sound area, headlined by the renowned Golf Club at Newcastle.

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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.