Some call it a getaway; we call it a get-it-all in Bellevue. Bellevue is a perfect place to stay as you explore the cities, mountains, wineries, and waterways to the east of Seattle. The first thing to do in Bellevue is to get settled in and explore the neighborhood. Whether you are staying in or near downtown there are many places for you to explore within easy walk of your hotel. Here's our take on how you might spend a day in Bellevue.
Start the day off with the most important meal of the day done the Bellevue way with coffee and a pastry or the full breakfast experience at one of many bakeries and eateries. Then grab a café latte to go and enjoy a morning stroll along the glimmering waterfall through Downtown Park admiring the many sculptures and the cool clean air, whatever the season. After taking in a few of Bellevue's sights it's time to relax with a mani-pedi and other pampering at one of the numerous spas.
For lunch you can graze through the Bellevue Farmers Market featuring local produce, flowers and several food vendors offering fresh made soups, breads, and crepes. The market is open Saturdays June through November. If a sit down lunch is more to your liking find a café with outside seating on a sunny day and enjoy people watching as you dine.
Your Bellevue afternoon can be spent reveling in the ultimate shopping experience. Our downtown is anchored by two of the best shopping centers in the Northwest region; The Bellevue Collection and The Shops at The Bravern. Bellevue Collection includes over 250 world-class retail brands you desire from like Gap, Anne Taylor, Coach and the Body Shop as well as inspiring stores such as Nordstrom, Tiffany & Co, Tesla, Burberry, Crate and Barrel, Apple and Microsoft to just name a few. The Bravern, located a few blocks east, was founded on the premise of the European village shopping experience and is crème de la crème. Whether you are man or woman there are plenty of stores that offer what you need: Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton, Herme's, Brooks Brothers, Wolford and anchor; Neiman Marcus. A short stroll through Downtown Park will take you to the unique fashion and home-centric boutiques that line Main Street in Old Bellevue. Explore the Crossroads area for a multicultural
If shopping isn't your thing there are numerous other options. For those interested in the arts you can browse the Bellevue Arts Museum, numerous galleries and outdoor sculpture exhibits being sure to pick up the Bellevue ArtsMap to help you explore all 120 works of art. For the history buff, go on the Eastside Heritage Center's self-guided Early Bellevue Walking Tour using this brochure. For the outdoor explorer a short drive south of town will land you at Bellevue's historic Winters House and access miles of trails and boardwalks through Mercer Slough. Keep an eye out for the many varieties of birds and waterfowl that call this large urban wetland home. Walk out the east side of the slough and check out the tree house and interpretive displays at the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center (a partnership between Pacific Science Center and Bellevue Parks).
As the sun begins to set,its time to get ready for the evening at hand. You can dress down and enjoy gourmet burgers and check out the new blues band at the local wine bar or dress sharp and hit happy hour at some of the hottest clubs in the area, move on to dinner and dancing, music or a comedy show. As the night winds down you will ponder the many things you still want to explore while you are staying in Bellevue, but you can do those, Tomorrow!
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