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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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Hilton Bellevue
300 112th Ave SE Bellevue WA 98004
Phone: 425 455-1300
Website: http://bellevuehilton.com
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353 rooms, $$$-$$$$. Full service hotel, large guest rooms, valet service, HSIA, executive level, outdoor pool and spa, fitness center, restaurant, lounges, local shuttle. Pets ok. HA TDD

Play in Bellevue and Eastside

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

Blackstone Limousine Inc.
15202 149th Ave SE Renton WA 98058
Phone: 206 343-5466
Website: http://blackstonelimo.com
    

Blackstone Limousine services groups from one-40 people. We offer executive car service, city and wine tours with professional personable chauffeurs.

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

Pocket Picks, LLC
218 Main St, Ste 724 Kirkland WA 98033
Phone: 425 298-7558
Website: http://pocketpicks.com
 

Pocket sized cards featuring information and offers for restaurants, shopping and attractions. Free at 150 hotels in the area.

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.