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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

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

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

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!

Stay in Bellevue and Eastside

Hyatt House Bellevue formerly Hotel Sierra
3244 139th Ave NE Bellevue WA 98005
Phone: 425 747-2705 ext 109
Website: http://hotelsierrabellevue.hyatt.com
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Built in 2008, Hotel Sierra features 160 guest rooms and suites with fully equipped kitchens. Hotel features a large indoor pool. HA TDD

Redmond Inn
17601 Redmond Way Redmond WA 98052
Phone: 425 883-4900
Website: http://redmondinn.com
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137 rooms, $$. Newly renovated. Free Wi-Fi. Restaurant, indoor whirlpool, seasonal outdoor pool. Free local calls, local shuttle, parking, breakfast, fitness club. No pets. HA TDD

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

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.

Play in Bellevue and Eastside

Obelisco Estate
19495 144th Ave NE, Ste B-220 Woodinville WA 98072
Phone: 253 906-6420
Website: http://obelisco.com
    

The new Obelisco Estate vineyard is perfectly situated to grow world class grapes noted for their structure, acidity and intense varietal character.

Woodinville Wine Country Association
PO Box 2114 Woodinville WA 98072
Phone: 425 205-4394
Website: http://woodinvillewinecountry.com
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Woodinville Wine Country offers an abundance of fine wineries producing world class wines just 25 minutes from downtown Seattle.

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.

Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
14111 NE 145th St Woodinville WA 98072
Phone: 800 267-6793
Website: http://ste-michelle.com
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Washington's most prestigious winery. Complimentary tours and wine tasting, 10am-5pm daily. Picnic areas, wine shop, concerts, corporate events and more. HA

AtWork!
1935 152nd Pl NE Bellevue WA 98007
Phone: 425 766-2774
Website: http://atworkwa.org
 

AtWork! is a highly supportive and innovative conduit between people with disabilities and mainstream employers in the community, through social and recreational activities, volunteer work, self-advocacy and more.

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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.