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24 Hours in Bellevue, Washington: Dine, Shop, Explore, Unwind | Vancouverscape


By Ariane Colenbrander

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.


We spent a couple of days here, based at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue, part of the Bellevue Collection connecting the hotel via sky bridges to over 250 shops and 45 restaurants as well as Microsoft, Eddie Bauer, Expedia, Nintendo and T-Mobile's corporate headquarters.

While we imagine that the Hyatt would attract a business clientele, we noticed many families and couples here to enjoy the long Easter weekend as well...


Enter through the massive steel door of Purple Café and Wine Bar and you'll be greeted with high ceilings, racks of wines, steel accents, and wrought iron lighting fixtures. A circular staircase by the bar leads to yet more wine stock.

Executive Chef Enrique Reza-Moreno and Sous Chef Jorge Ruiz offer an abundant array of dishes on the menu with a Northwest focus. Founded by husband and wife team Larry and Tabitha Kurofsky, the Purple family has grown to two additional eateries: Lot No. 3 and Barrio...


Explore Downtown

Bellevue Arts Museum is located right in the downtown core on 510 Bellevue Way NE and makes for an excellent post-lunch walk through its two main galleries (the third is currently changing exhibitions). Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection was the primary reason for our visit.


In December 1996, President Clinton nominated Madeleine Albright to serve as America's 64th Secretary of State. She acquired an eagle pin to mark the occasion, and gradually, her pin collection grew to incorporate numerous one-of-kind designs and collectables from around the world...



We knew we'd seen Oil & Vinegar elsewhere in the world as we wandered into their Bellevue Collection store: Holland! The Dutch-based company now has retail locations in numerous countries, including 20 stores in the USA and three in Canada (two in downtown Calgary, the third in Toronto).


According to Vice President/COO Debbie Gokhan, there's a good chance that Vancouver will see an Oil & Vinegar shop down the road as the Calgary franchisee is keen on opening a West coast shop...

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