The monolithic skyscrapers of Bellevue, Washington, resemble metallic legos stacked so high you think they'll topple in the slightest breeze. While the sheer size of the stair-stepped towers dominates the skyline, don't let that alarm you. Linger for a spell, and you'll see Bellevue's softer side, a side that extends a gentle hand with public art, sublime eateries, bucolic parks, lakes and mountains.... more!
Microsoft and the University of Washington have joined together to create a tech innovative institute that brings universities, international students and industry giants together like never before. It will attract top technical talent, research dollars and international attention from around the world as it becomes a hub for unprecedented collaboration and a new model for tech education...... more!
In November, Bellevue's Meydenbauer Center will feature a luminous glass court surrounded by 3,000 international fans for the 2015 Men's World Squash Championship. It will be the first time the competition has been in the United States and, for many locals, will serve as an introduction to the intimate, fast-paced racket sport that's played by about 20 million people around the world.... more!
Tourism generates big money for the region. King County, for example, brought in $6 billion in visitor expenditures in 2013, according to Visit Seattle, and approximately 20 percent of that was spent on the Eastside. Tourism is the front door to economic development.... more!
As occasional visitors to Seattle, my husband and I head down the coast for a change of scenery, some great dining, craft beer discoveries, shopping and cultural offerings. Last weekend, we experienced Bellevue, Seattle's little brother to the East. Just 10 miles outside the Emerald City, Bellevue is a compact, easily-walkable city with shopping, museums, restaurants and cafés within its heart.... more!
When specialty foods and cookware retailer Sur La Table was looking for a destination for its annual leadership conference, attended by approximately 500 employees and vendors, Director of Store Operations Lara Trepanier didn't have to look very far. "As we've grown, we've had to look for bigger and more flexible spaces to meet all of our needs, and that's what took us to Bellevue, WA."... more!
On July 14 the Seattle Marriott Bellevue celebrated the grand opening of its 384-room hotel in downtown Bellevue. The new Marriott is downtown Bellevue's first full-service Marriott and is geared toward providing convenience, comfort, and sophistication for business travelers.... more!
Old World winemaking virtuosity was paired with New World ingenuity and grapes to create the flavorful 2013 Eroica Riesling I'm tasting, its gold-green color evoking sunshine and grapevines. A friend and I are experiencing the Ultimate Tour and Tasting at Chateau Ste. Michell (ste-michelle.com) in Woodinville wine country, part of a region known as the Eastside because it's east of Lake Washington.... more!
It turns out some of the best places to shop around Seattle are in Bellevue. Playing hostess? It's Hedge & Vine to the rescue with pewter-trimmed china, crystal martini glasses, plus an impressive selection of cookbooks, fine wine and delectable nibbles for a perfect evening in. The vibe is coastal living meets Tuscany.... more!
A 5.2-million-dollar, three-part project at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue includes updates to 381 guest rooms in the Cascade Tower and lobby, as well as an upcoming redesign of the pre-function and ballroom meeting space. Guests will be able to find two new, 55-inch Microsoft touch tables, tucked into coffee table units, that complement the lounge décor and allow for a connected experience on which to play games like air hockey, surf the web, view flights and check out local Bellevue happenings.... more!
Most of the Seattle area's iconic tourist attractions - the Space Needle, Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square, EMP Museum, etc. - are in Seattle. But the surrounding cities are finding more ways to tell travelers that they are great places to stay, play and spend, too. ... more!
DEMOGRAPHIC SHIFT | Once a haven for empty-nesters, downtown is drawing more and more young professionals. And with them come families, new nightlife and increasing demands on nearby schools. ... more!
By: Seattle Boutique Blogspot·If you're on the hunt for a great getaway to unwind after a crazy week, the answer may just be right under your nose. In a recent post for PR Couture I discussed the importance of maintaining a healthy work/life balance, especially if your New Years Resolutions involve spending more time with the people you love. Scheduling a weekend away isn't always possible, which is why I absolutely adore the idea of an in-city staycation. Just a mere 20 minutes east of Seattle, Bellevue is a great getaway spot with plenty of convenient shopping, spa and entertainment options.... more!
Get ready for a 1.5 million-square-foot expansion of Lincoln Square. The project will add a pair of towers rising out of three levels of retail and entertainment space. The 700,000-square-foot office building will be joined by a second tower housing a 245-room hotel and 231 apartments. Across the street, meanwhile, the same developer plans a 500,000-square-foot expansion of Bellevue Square.... more!
Seattle's largest suburb, which lies across Lake Washington from the Emerald City, is often described as a "boomburb" or "satellite city" of its mega-metropolitan neighbor. But Bellevue, French for "beautiful view," has just as dramatic a glass-tower skyline, albeit smaller, that frames majestic Mount Rainier and the Cascade Range as its sister city Seattle. ... more!
Seattle and Bellevue say they don't directly compete for holiday shoppers, but they do compete, passionately and with hometown pride, to create the holiday magic that It's Bellevue vs. Seattle in battle of holiday magic and shoppers ... more!
Emerald City's neighborhoods offer angst-free hedonism I've always hated grunge music. So why would I torture myself by visiting Seattle? ... more!
My husband and I recently took another trop to beautiful Bellevue, Washington. This time we decided to take our 2 year old daughter with us to enjoy some quality time with her while our 4 year old son enjoyed being thoroughly pampered and doted on by his grandparents. One of the reasons we chose to take our daughter with us this time is because this trip involved a lot of FOOD and unlike our son who's in "picky eater" stage, our daughter loves to explore new foods. ... more!
A Bridge Too Far: Bellevue has smarts, money and more than a few culture mavens, so why doesn't it have a more thriving art scene? For years, the only physical evidence of the Tateuchi Center in Bellevue has been in a dime corner of the downtown Hyatt regency hotel lobby. ... more!
Nestled between Lake Washington and the foothills of the Cascade Mountains lies Bellevue, Washington, a city of unparalleled shopping, delectable dining and outdoor beauty. ... more!
City Dog Magazine - Dog's Eye View for the Metropolitan Mutt - Bellevue or Bust By Brandie Ahlgren Photography by Tushna Lehman Located just 10 miles east of Seattle, Bellevue is a bustling city, offering the ultimate in shopping, dining and cultural attractions, surrounded by natural beauty and outdoor space. ... more!
The more than 300,000 people expected to come through the Bellevue Botanical Garden over the next year will find it easier to park and visit the 53-acre destination, which just added three new garden sections. ... more!
Vancouver Magazine's June issue features Bellevue attractions such as the Bellevue Farmers Market, Bellevue Zip Tour, and the Bellevue Strawberry Festival. ... more!
This issue is the Washington Destination focus and the Urban Allure article includes "Beautiful Bellevue" with specific mentions of Mercer Slough Nature Park and Blueberry Farm, Bellevue Botanical Garden, Old Bellevue including Gilberts, Belle Pastry and Two Sister's Olive Oil. The writer walked through Downtown Park to the Bellevue Collection, Bellevue Arts Museum and on to the Shops at the Bravern and wrapped up their day in Bellevue with a visit to Bellevue's new Zip Tour. ... more!
HotelChatter features the three best hotels in Bellevue for luxury, design, and location. ... more!