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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

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

Sear
7401 164 Ave NE Redmond WA 98052
Phone: 425 498-4000
Website: http://marriott.com/hotels/hotel-information/restaurant/seamc-redmond-marriott-town-center/
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Our award winning restaurant in Redmond, WA features Pacific Northwest ingredients with Mediterranean influences.

Spazzo Italian Grill & Wine Bar
16499 NE 74th St, Ste E255 Redmond WA 98052
Phone: 425 881-4400
Website: http://schwartzbros.com/spazzo
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Italian $$$. Exceptional Italian dining, over 60 wines by the glass. Lunch and dinner daily. Happy Hour twice a day!

Anthony's HomePort - Kirkland
135 Lake St S Kirkland WA 98033
Phone: 425 822-0225
Website: http://anthonys.com
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Seafood $$. Waterfront dining on the eastside of Lake Washington featuring fresh Pacific Northwest seafood. Dinner, Sunday brunch, outside dining, banquet room. HA

Stay in Bellevue and Eastside

Willows Lodge
14580 NE 145th St Woodinville WA 98072
Phone: 425 424-3900
Website: http://willowslodge.com
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84 rooms, $$$-$$$$. Luxurious Northwest style lodge located in Woodinville Wine Country, home to The Herbfarm and the Barking Frog Restaurant. Full-service spa. Pets ok. 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

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

128 guest rooms and 25 suites located in downtown Bellevue. 700 sq.ft. of meeting space. Complimentary hot breakfast, fitness center and indoor pool.

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

Seattle Marriott Bellevue
200 110th Ave NE Bellevue WA 98004
Phone: 425 214-7600
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

Golf Club at Newcastle
15500 Six Penny Ln Newcastle WA 98059

Website: http://newcastlegolf.com
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Perched high above it all with stunning views of Seattle and the Olympic Mountains, the facility offers two championship-caliber public courses and unmatched clubhouse amenities and dining options.

The Parlor Collection
700 Bellevue Way NE, Ste 300 Bellevue WA 98004
Phone: 425 289-0987 ext 101
Website: http://parlorcollection.com
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Events and entertainment facility featuring 19 billiards tables, a state-of-the-art comedy club, full service restaurant and bar, private suites, and a Vegas style lounge. HA

Oz Car Service
677 120th Ave NE, Ste 199 Bellevue WA 98005
Phone: 206 271-6999
Website: http://ozzyservices.com
 

Fast, reliable transportation to and from the airport, flat rate in towncar or van. Available for hire. Group rates. Accept credit cards.

The Bravern
11111 NE Eighth St, Ste 5 Bellevue WA 98004
Phone: 425 456-8780
Website: http://thebravern.com
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Upscale shopping center, Neiman Marcus, other iconic fashion brands, dining, spa, gym and concierge services. 10am-8pm Mon-Sat; noon-6pm Sun. HA

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

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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.