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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

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.

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

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

Ruth's Chris Steak House - Bellevue
565 Bellevue Square Bellevue WA 98004
Phone: 425 451-1550
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

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!

Stay in Bellevue and Eastside

Red Lion Hotel Bellevue
11211 Main St Bellevue WA 98004
Phone: 425 455-5240
Website: http://redlion.com
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181 rooms, $$. Intimate hotel in the heart of Bellevue, minutes from major attractions. Award-winning landscaped gardens, courtyards, outdoor pool. New Jonah's Restaurant and Lounge. Free parking, free Wi-Fi. HA TDD

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.

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

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

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

Play in Bellevue and Eastside

Novelty Hill - Januik Winery
14710 Woodinville-Redmond Rd Woodinville WA 98072
Phone: 425 481-5502 x103
Website: http://noveltyhilljanuik.com
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Experience, explore, entertain. Private event space available. Open daily for wine tasting and winery tours. HA

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.

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.

Mark Ryan Winery
14810 NE 145th St, Bldg A-1 Woodinville WA 98072
Phone: 425 398-5433
Website: http://markryanwinery.com
    

Mark Ryan Winery is an independent producer of award-winning wines from Washington State. Open seven days a week. HA

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.