Seasonal Story Sheet: Visit Bellevue Washington Summer News and Story Angles
Discover Bellevue's Belles: Local Characters and New Experiences Create a Destination of Discovery
Paddle Boarding Takes Off at the Enatai Beach Boathouse
New this summer, Cascade Canoe and Kayak will now also offer stand up paddle board rentals departing from boathouse at Enatai Beach Park, on the eastern shore of Lake Washington. Paddle out on beautiful Lake Washington to see waterfront parks and homes, with views of Mount Rainier and the regional hills. The Mercer Slough Nature Park canal is the most popular destination from Enatai. The canal is limited to human-powered watercraft, making for a very peaceful experience. The area also offers views of great blue herons, green herons, bald eagles, jays, beavers, muskrats, wild iris, water lilies, and (if you time your visit right) tasty blackberries.
Stay Here, See Everywhere: Bellevue as a Launch Pad to the Northwest
Bellevue is a gateway to the entire Puget Sound Region. Within minutes you can explore Seattle's culture and history, visit Kirkland's waterfront parks and galleries or tour Woodinville's Wine Country, home to nearly 80 wineries. This summer, a few destinations we recommend include:
- Crystal Mountain Resort, an easy 65 mile drive from downtown Bellevue offers hiking trails, guided horseback rides, a disc golf course, and seasonal Northwest cuisine at The Summit House restaurant - the highest elevation restaurant in Washington. Begin the visit with a scenic ride on the Mt. Rainier Gondola, which travels 2,500 feet up the mountain to the best view of Mt. Rainier, and five other Cascade volcanoes.
- The Woodland Park Zoo, a quick 12 miles from downtown Bellevue, offers an outdoor summer concert lineup from June 23 through September 30. Mingle with the zoo's nearly 1,100 animals representing 200 different species before settling into the meadow for performances by artists such as LeAnn Rimes, Huey Lewis and the News, Indigo Girls and Brandi Carlisle.
Business is Booming as Bellevue Welcomes Entrepreneurs with Visitor-Friendly Offerings
As Bellevue's economy continues to grow and visitors arrive to explore the area, small business owners are finding opportunity with new offerings including:
- The Ryan James Gallery has a mission to provide an open and accessible community enriching space, showcasing the original creation of known and emerging Washington artists. Currently the gallery represents forty-two Washington-based artists displaying all different types of mediums. For a schedule of events taking place at the gallery, please click here.
- The Salt Mine Arium, the northwest's only salt spa, invites visitors to experience the rejuvenating therapy that relaxes, detoxifies and restores. Salt therapy - which features a process called "halotherapy" and is most commonly used in Eastern Europe, but growing throughout North America - can be very beneficial in relieving symptoms such as asthma, bronchitis, eczema, and the common cold. It also boosts the immune system while offering deep relaxation.
Fall Fashion Forecast & Local Designers Share What to Wear at The Bellevue Collection's 8th Annual Fashion Week
Before we know it, back to school season and fall fashion will be upon us. The fall fashion forecast calls for cinematic glamour, femme fatale boudoir with a bit of punk rockstar, while menswear will hearken back to classic fabrics and classic prints like tweeds, hounds tooth and plaid. Beginning with The Independent Designer Runway Show featuring the talents of 11 Washington state designers on Wednesday, September 25, The Bellevue Collection's Fashion Week goes day-to-night with runway shows, chic parties, special appearances, stylish in-store events, happy hours and irresistible shopping.
For lodging and destination information, visit www.visitbellevuewashington.com.
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