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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

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

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

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.

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

Stay in Bellevue and Eastside

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

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

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

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

Seattle Marriott Bellevue
200 110th Ave NE Bellevue WA 98004

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.

Play in Bellevue and Eastside

Snoqualmie Casino
37500 SE North Bend Way Snoqualmie 98065

Website: http://snocasino.com
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Experience the thrill of Vegas-style gaming and world-class entertainment mere minutes from Seattle at I-90 east, Exit 27. Shuttle Service available.

Lucky Strike Lanes
Lincoln Square Bellevue WA 98004
Phone: 425 453-5137
Website: http://bowlluckystrike.com
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Bowl on our state-of-the-art lanes, play pool in our billiard area, or enjoy our VIP Lounge.

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

OneRedmond
8383 158th Ave NE, Ste 225 Redmond WA 98052
Phone: 425 885.4014
Website: http://oneredmond.org
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A private-public partnership for economic and community development, led by the private sector, working in close partnership with the City of Redmond.

Lauren Ashton Cellars
14545 148th Ave NE, Ste 211 Woodinville WA 98072
Phone: 425 445-7171
Website: http://laurenashtoncellars.com
    

Lauren Ashton Cellars is an iconic artisanal winery and tasting studio in the heart of Woodinville Wine Country. Inquire about private and group tastings. See website for current tasting studio hours.

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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.