Seven Things to Know About Visit Bellevue in 2019

Visit Bellevue serves as Bellevue, Washington’s official Destination Marketing and Management Organization (DMMO). Our mission is to stimulate economic growth and development by increasing visitor and convention business and inspiring memorable visitor experiences.

There are many exciting changes coming to our organization this year; below are the seven main things to know about Visit Bellevue in 2019. 


VISION 2020

Visit Bellevue has compiled a strategic road map to achieve our vision of growing Bellevue, Washington’s visitor economy into a $2 billion industry by the end of 2020. To do so, we must understand our strategic priories, target audience(s), stake holder needs and key performance indicators.

Our guiding strategic priorities consist of attracting visitors to Bellevue, maximizing visitor spending, branding Bellevue, enhancing the Bellevue visitor experience and managing the destination development plan. Our target audience includes visitors, conventions, meeting and event planners and residents.

We will also develop, communicate and bring understanding to our key performance indicators (KPI) on an ongoing basis. These consist of monitoring:

  • Visitor Spending
  • Economic Impact of Visitors
  • Number of Visitors to Bellevue (Overall Overnight Visitors, Visitor Inquiries & Visitor Engagement of Marketing and Communications)
  • Lodging (Revenue, TOT, Occupancy & ADR)
  • Sales (Economic Impact, Revenue & Room Nights Booked)
  • Visitor Experience
  • Visit Bellevue Partners (Retention, New Member Development & Member Engagement)

Ultimately, adhering to these priorities will ensure we stay on target with our goals and objectives.

BRANDING & MARKETING BELLEVUE

Visit Bellevue’s brand is transforming; we will completely alter our brand, image, logo and more to best fit our city’s personality. During the first 6 months of 2019 we will define Bellevue’s brand essence, position strategy and long-term marketing plan that inspires and raises the visibility of Bellevue as a visitor destination. We are developing and fully understanding our city’s characteristics, visitors’ profile and market prospects to grow and diversify visitors to Bellevue.

To help us with this process, we hired a new agency, Cubic Creative, who plan on fully immersing themselves into our city to best shape our new brand. We hope to announce our new brand during Q3.

GROWING OUR TEAM

To best develop the city’s brand platform and strategy, Visit Bellevue’s team has expanded and will continue to expand. On February 4th, Justin Lynch started as our new Director of Marketing and Communications, and our new Communications Manager, Alexis Scheinman, started on January 28th. We also intend on hiring a Director of Visitor Experience as well as a Partnership Manager – both toward the end of Q1. In addition, we have promoted existing team members Justin Yi, to Marketing Manager, and Kristina Lucas, to Event Services Manager.

NEW WEBSITE & DIGITAL STRATEGIES

Another big change with Visit Bellevue in 2019 is the creation and unveiling of our new website. Visit Bellevue will launch a new, responsive and modern website, along with new digital marketing and communication tools, in the middle of this year. This will enable us to target and attract new visitors to Bellevue with a more enticing online presence. Additionally, we will implement new Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Partner Extranet systems.

PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM

Increasing the number of visitors to Bellevue produces direct economic benefit to the community through visitor spending and taxes generated by spending. In 2018, Visit Bellevue’s Visitor Impact Model estimated that 2.1 million visitors spent around $875 million, which accounted for 1.7 billion in overall economic impact[1], and supported 12,000+ jobs in Bellevue.

To better connect these leisure travelers, meeting planners and attendees, tourists and visitors of all kinds with our local and regional businesses and organizations, Visit Bellevue Washington will introduce a new Partnership Program in the middle of 2019. The new program will encourage partnership development and engagement that will maximize investment and package Bellevue as a “best-in-class” destination experience.

There will be four different “partner levels” for our businesses and organizations to choose from: Basic Level (Complimentary), Marketing Level, Group Level, and Corporate Level. The program also offers partners the choice of a variety of à la carte options.

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & SALES MISSIONS

In 2019, our sales team, comprised of Jane Kantor, Chris Dunham and Stephanie Steele, will highlight several new programs and business development strategies including sales calls, events and 3 in-market sales missions.

At various points during the year, our Visit Bellevue Convention Sales Team will travel to 3 different locations (Washington, D.C., Chicago and Dallas), and will introduce Bellevue as a destination in-market to these regions. Our team plans on immersing these new markets in unique Bellevue/ Pacific Northwest experiences.

Our Convention Sales team will travel to Washington D.C., Chicago, and Dallas in 2019.
(Images via Unsplash)

Additionally, Visit Bellevue has invested in two new lead generation services, R+G and Knowland. Our team is in early stages with these systems, but the software will lead development services and encourage more business by prospecting new leads from around the country.

NEW VISITOR EXPERIENCE PROGRAMS

Visit Bellevue will establish new initiatives to improve visitors’ in-market experience over the next few years, including the Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) Program, Bellevue Host Volunteer Program and new visitor focused program deployment. In addition, a city-wide survey tool will be implemented as a means of measuring visitor experience.

In 2019, we will implement the Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) program, an industry-recognized certification program, that helps destination workers and volunteers with providing new visitors with the best possible experience. 

The CTA program includes comprehensive training for the ambassadors, including resources and guides about the city, an educational tour of Bellevue and its highlights, a classroom learning experience as well as an exam following the class. Visit Bellevue will then provide updates and create networking and educational events for these accredited ambassadors. This program will assist the industry in staying better informed, having a game plan and providing easier access to networking events.

Additionally, over the next few years, Visit Bellevue will develop the Bellevue Host Volunteer Program, a network of volunteers who assist tourists by welcoming them to events or by answering questions in major attractions throughout the city. This program, along with the creation of a visitor information center or SMS system, will help us communicate with visitors once in-market.

LOOKING FORWARD

Visit Bellevue is going through incredible changes and will make great progress this year. Our team is working hard to stimulate economic growth and development by increasing visitor and convention business and inspiring memorable visitor experiences.

Cheers to a new year, full of exciting new opportunities!


[1] “Economic impact” refers to the full economic effect a visitor has on its destination, including impacts on the destination’s jobs, wages, GDP and taxes. This figure also includes the additional commerce that workers in the hospitality sector spur into the local economy.

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Galentine’s Day: Bring Your Bestie to Bellevue!

Valentine’s Day is around the corner, but we have a different holiday on our mind: Galentine’s Day. If you’ve ever found yourself looking for a holiday that celebrates the love you have for your girlfriends – this is the day for you.

Galentine’s Day, often celebrated February 13th, is a day dedicated to celebrating your friends. The holiday was created and popularized by Leslie Knope (a character on the TV show “Parks and Recreation”) and is a perfect opportunity for your best friends to get together and enjoy each other’s company. So, whether you are single or taken, everyone can celebrate their Galantine’s.

Here are 5 ways to celebrate Galentine’s Weekend with your besties in Bellevue:


DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY

Enjoy a fun night out with your gal pals by dancing the night away. There are multiple events happening for Galentine’s Day in Bellevue to release your inner jitter bug.

Tango Speed Dating! (30s & 40s)

Tango Speed Dating™ is a fun way to connect and enjoy a shared experience through partner games using body language before you ever have to say anything! In-between games, you’ll get a quick chance to introduce yourself and chat. Then, switch partners! NO Experience/Dance Skills Necessary!

Time & DateLocationCost
Wednesday
February 13, 2019
8:00 – 8:50 PM
Stone Lounge
1020 Bellevue Way
Northeast
Bellevue, WA 98004
Registration required
$30/person

Buy tickets here!

Social Latin Class

Take the ladies to a ballroom dance class for beginners from one of the US top DanceSport program – NIKA International Academy! You will learn principles of body actions through exercises and basic steps of the most popular dances: Salsa, Foxtrot, Rumba, Waltz, ECSwing and Tango. No partner or experience necessary!

Time & DateLocationCost
Wednesday
February 13, 2019
8:00 – 8:50 PM
Academy of Ballroom
13635 NE 8th St Ste 104
Bellevue, WA 98005
$20
Buy tickets here!

Party In Style with Your Gal Pals

Bumble and W Hotel Bellevue are organizing a “Make the First Move” Valentine’s Day Party – a night of fun, games, love & laughter!
Event is 21+ *RSVP through the ticketing link and show your Bumble profile at the door.

Time & DateLocationCost
Thu, February 14, 2019
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM PST
W Bellevue
10455 NE 5th Place
Bellevue, WA 98004
Free
Buy tickets here!

GET CRAFTY WITH YOUR GALS

Create your own one-of-a kind Valentine’s Day inspired centerpiece at Third Culture Coffee! Whether the flowers are for your best friend, your mom, your significant other, or just for you to enjoy, you and your friends can learn the art of floral arranging and enjoy delicious drinks and eats from Third Culture Coffee.

Time & DateLocationCost
Wed, February 13, 2019
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Third Culture Coffee
80 102nd Avenue NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
$65
Buy tickets here!

SOLVE CRIME AS YOU DINE

Maggiano’s is excited to host another Murder Mystery Dinner at Maggiano’s Bellevue. Your night includes an interactive evening of murder, a Family Style Dinner and 1 Drink Ticket for a Glass of Wine or Beer (Cash Bar Available After). Anyone can be the next to die… and anyone can be the killer!!!
*Registration Required *Preassigned Seating *Tickets for Guests 18 years & Older
Doors Open at 6pm and show Starts by 6:15pm Sharp

Time & DateLocationCost
Fri, February 15, 2019
6:00 – 9:00 PM
Maggiano’s Little Italy
10455 Northeast 8th St
Bellevue, WA 98004
$65
Buy tickets here!

SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP

Bellevue is the premier shopping destination on the Eastside. This Galentine’s Day take each other on a shopping spree at your favorite stores in Bellevue. Whether you choose to go to The Bellevue Collection or The Shops at The Bravern, you ladies deserve to treat yo’ self.


EAT YOUR HEARTS OUT

There are few things better than having delicious food while enjoying your friends’
company. Here are some of Bellevue’s fabulous foodie spots we recommend for a girl’s night out.

Lot No. 3
460 106th Ave NE | 425.440.0025 | lotno3.com

Lot No. 3 buzzes even on a Monday night. The cocktails are exceptional, particularly anything whiskey-based. Enjoy their exciting takes on traditional comfort foods, classic cocktails, and craft beers in the comfort of Lot No. 3’s vintage-industrial inspired space. The sunset view from 106th Avenue NE isn’t too shabby, either!

Monsoon Bellevue
10245 Main Street | 425.635.1112 | monsoonrestaurants.com

Monsoon Bellevue offers an upscale, modern Vietnamese dining experience with touches from the Pacific Northwest. The crispy imperial rolls are a must and the bar holds the Eastside’s largest bottle collection, including discontinued Japanese whiskies and other hard-to-find spirits. For a truly special experience, try one of the barrel-aged cocktails like the smoky Mezadone made with mescal, poppy, riesling, and Madeira.

Vivo 53
504 Bellevue Square | 425.274.9165 | vivo53.com

Located in Bellevue Square, Bellevue’s Vivo 53 is best known for its variety of handcrafted, artisanal Italian dishes that feature a unique modern flair. However, their line of “Insane Sundaes” has become a favorite. Standing just under a foot tall, these extravagant ice cream sundaes boast an exciting arrangement of traditional Italian flavors with an array of toppings that come in all colors, shapes, and textures. Next time you’re at Vivo 53, try one of these insane sundaes which are sure to make any dessert-lover giddy with joy.

Sugar Factory
11111 NE 8th Street Suite #120 | 425.454.0313 | sugarfactory.com

Sugar Factory, located at Bellevue’s Shops in the Bravern, offers guests a one-of-a-kind dining experience. The signature menu was created by a team of world-class chefs and offers a wide variety of delicious foods. Check out one of their signature cocktails (with or without alcohol); served in goblets garnished with lollipops; or try to polish off a King Kong Sundae.

Ascend Prime Steak & Sushi
10400 NE 4th St #3100 | 425.625.2080 | ascendprime.com

Ascend Prime Steak & Sushi, located on the 31st floor of the Lincoln South Tower, boasts breathtaking 360-degree views of Bellevue. Not only will you be amazed by Bellevue’s booming skyline, the gastronomical delights will certainly have you coming back for more.


So this year, gather your best girlfriends and celebrate the ladies in your life. Whether Bellevue is your destination for some coffee and crafts or if you decide to go all out with dinner and dancing, you will be sure to have a great time this holiday with your gals at your side.

HAPPY GALENTINE’S DAY!

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Celebrate New Year’s Eve 2018 in Bellevue

2018 has been a tremendous year for our city; we’ve welcomed several new businesses and visitors to our city and have seen such immense economic, cultural, and communal growth throughout. Although we love reminiscing on all the great things that happened this year, we’re ready to welcome 2019 with excitement and endless possibilities.

There is no better way to say goodbye to 2018 than to enjoy it right here in Bellevue with some of your favorite people. #VisitBellevue through the year’s end and ring in 2019 at some of our most iconic and fun venues. 


New Year’s Eve 2019 at Parlor Collection

December 31, 7 pm
Cost:
$25 (bit.ly/2QIcS16)

Ring in 2019 at the hottest NYE party on Seattle’s Eastside when hit band HALL PASS comes to town! Hall Pass Band covers rock and pop hits blending dynamic vocals and sounds, and you won’t want to count down the new year with anybody else. 

Enjoy safe and free covered parking in Lincoln Square. Tickets must be purchased for admission, in addition, to purchase of booth or table. *Tickets do not include admission to NYE Comedy Classic*

Parlor Collection, 700 Bellevue Way NE Ste 300, Bellevue, WA 98004
parlorcollection.com | (425) 289-7000


10th Annual New Year’s Eve Comedy Classic at The Parlor Live Comedy Club

December 31, 7:30 pm (doors open at 6 pm)
Cost: $50-$60 (bit.ly/2CrnHf6)

The Parlor Live Comedy Club is pleased to announce a very special New Year’s Eve 2019 comedy extravaganza with national headliners Mark Viera, Gary Cannon and more! 

Two shows only! Tickets include all the offerings of Parlor’s New Year’s Eve 2019 Party in the Ultralounge Nightclub! Parlor Live Bellevue is a 21+ facility. Two Item Minimum food/beverage purchase.

Mark Viera is a world-class comic seen on Gabriel Iglesias’s StandUp Revolution. You’ve seen Mark on NBC’s “30 Rock,” and recently on “Martin Lawrence Presents: 1st Amendment Stand-Up.” Often referred to as the Latin Prince, Mark has earned a lead spot in the highly sought-after comedy group, the “Top Dogs of Comedy,” alongside comic greats such as Rob Stapleton, Wil Sylvince and headlines for “Gabriel Iglesias: Stand Up Revolution.” You can catch him on Comedy Central’s “Russell Simmons Presents Stand-Up at the El Ray.”

Parlor Live at Lincoln Square, 700 Bellevue Way NE Ste 300, Bellevue, WA 98004 
parlorcollection.com | (425) 289-7000


Ring in the New Year with style at Suite Restaurant / Lounge

December 31, 6 pm – 2 am
Cost: $40-$60 (bit.ly/2GzZPKg)

What’s included?

Surround yourself with elegance and adventure, reserve your VIP experience today.

All tickets include entry and party favors. Free parking in the garage located directly below the Hyatt Regency Bellevue. Discounted hotel rooms available when booked through Suite Lounge.

  • Music by Suite resident DJ’s
  • Complementary Underground Parking
  • VIP Tables & Bottle service available
  • Countdown with party favors
  • Balloon Drop
  • Coat Check Available
  • Three Course Dinner Packages
  • Red Carpet Photos

SUITE Restaurant / Lounge, 10500 NE 8th Street, Bellevue, WA 98004
suitebellevue.com | (425) 679-6951


Cirque Odyssey NYE 2019 at Lucky Strike Bellevue

December 31, 10 pm – 2 am 
Cost: Starts at $40 (bit.ly/2PV3dix)

What’s included? 

Come celebrate and party into the New Year at the ultimate entertainment playground for adults. Spend the last night of the year with your friends in our multifaceted entertainment facility where you can bowl a few games, play in our arcade, dine anytime anywhere, drink one of many of our fabulous cocktails and dance the night away to some of the nations top DJ’s.

Escape from the boring New Years Eve routine as we surround you with absolute entertainment. Your senses will be stimulated throughout the evening with LIVE STUNTS & performances.

  • Featuring an array of cirque performers throughout the venue
  • Live music by Redbull Threestyle champion DJ Supagi & Guests

Lucky Strike Bellevue, 700 Bellevue Way NE Ste #250, Bellevue, WA 98004
luckystrikesocial.com | (425) 453-5137


First Annual Ascend Prime New Years Eve Soiree

December 31, 9 pm – 2 am
Cost: $79 (bit.ly/2BuQJsx)

What’s included?

  • Enjoy an array of hand-passed signature bites along with chef-attended vignettes which will include contemporary sushi & sashimi, prime meats from our wood-burning girll, elegant desserts, and many more delights to elevate your celebration!
  • Champagne toast
  • New Years Eve party favors & swag bags
  • Live entertainment begins with the world-renowned elctronic violin quartet- The Bella Strings! They’ve played with superstars from Beyonce’ to Andrea Bocelli.
  • Live entertianment continues with global superstar, DJ Chris Garcia- lighting up the turn tables from Cannes to Ibiza!
  • Surprises at midnight!

Ascend Prime Steak & Sushi, 10400 NE 4th Street #3100, Bellevue, WA 98004
ascendprime.com | (425) 625-2080


New Year’s Party at W Bellevue 

December 31, 9 pm – 2 am
(bit.ly/2RaRhOb)

What’s included?

Come celebrate the start of 2019 at W Bellevue. Head down the rabbit hole this New Year’s Eve. Book your room now to secure a spot at the exclusive guests only New Year’s Eve party in Wonderland.

  • Overnight accommodations at W Bellevue
  • Access to our exclusive, guest’s only New Year’s Eve party for 2 guests
  • Midnight champagne toast & party favors
  • Bottle of bubbly upon arrival
  • New Year’s Day Hangover Brunch in the Living Room Bar for 2
  • Late check-out (2PM)

Book now or call (877) 822-0000 and ask for rate plan “NYE2018”.


New Year’s Eve Escape Room Fun at Reality Break Escapes 

December 31, 6 pm – 11 pm
Cost:
$32 (bit.ly/2A8NsiT)

Come ring in 2019 with a fun interactive adventure for friends, families, teens and dates! Escape from a wormhole, track down a 20s Mob Boss or sell your soul for Rock N Roll, right in the heart of Downtown Bellevue. 

Schedule your escape room game and join us for the ball drop in each time zone before or after your escape. Advanced bookings only. 

Add on party favors, bubbly and snacks for $12/per person.

Reality Break Escapes, 225 106th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004
realitybreakescapes.com | (425) 577-6800


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Destination Dining: Veggie Delights

Some cuisines do vegetarian better than others thanks to arrays of flavorful spices and herbs. In Bellevue, most vegetarian restaurants fall under Thai, Indian, and Mediterranean flavor profiles, but even American restaurants here offer an increasing number of meat-free options.

Follow along as we highlight some must-try vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Bellevue in Part Two of our Destination Dining series titled, “Veggie Delights”.

Part Two? What about Part One?! Check out the first installment in our Destination Dining series titled, “A Tour of Asia“, where we take a dive into the cuisines and traditions of China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, and India and explore Bellevue’s increasingly diverse culinary scene. 


Araya’s Place

This light, bright corner cafe on Main Street takes vegetarian Thai cuisine to the next level and includes some vegan and gluten-free options, too. Find whole grain rain, curry, pad thai noodles, tofu-vegetable stir fry, tom yum soup, and side dishes at the all-you-can-eat lunch buffet. 

Sukho Thai 

Located in a little house on Bel-Red Road, Sukho doles out a lunch buffet and a full-service dinner menu. Don’t miss the green papaya salad.

Teapot Vegetarian House

Pan-Asian cuisine from Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, and China is served with vegan sauces free of dairy and eggs.

Jujubeet Cafe

Artisan juice company Jujubeet offers cold-pressed juices made from fresh, organic produce like the “Just Beet It” (beet, carrot, green apple, and lemon), plus a variety of bowls and salads. 

Chaat House 

Bellevue’s Crossroads neighborhood houses numerous Indian eateries. This all-vegetarian restaurant features thalis and chaats – vegetable snacks served with sweet and sour sauces. 

Byblos Deli 

Located off Northup Way, Lebanese-born chef Khalil creates a wide range of dishes, including many vegetarian options like falafel and veggie plates, crepe fromage, and flatbread. 

Mediterranean Kitchen 

This local favorite features authentic Middle Eastern cuisine, including vegetarian specialties like falafel, spanakopita, fool moudamas, fatoush, zahrah, and tabouly. 


Article written by Julie Arnan for the 2018-19 Bellevue Visitor’s Guide.

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Bellevue Hotel Profile: Hyatt Regency Bellevue

The Hyatt Regency Bellevue has long been a staple in the vibrant Eastside landscape, catering to out-of-town business travelers and “staycationers” since opening its doors in Downtown Bellevue in 1989.

Hyatt Regency’s guiding principles emphasize the importance of fostering genuine connections with its guests by providing a full-service lodging experience. The Hyatt upholds this passion for helping guests by encouraging its staff to always take that extra step in creating an unforgettable stay for visitors.

“Care for people so that they can be their absolute best!”


Hyatt Regency Bellevue 

Boasting up to 732 spacious rooms and 70,000 sqft of thoughtfully designed meeting and event space, the Hyatt Regency Bellevue has the capacity to host a variety of guests from casual, leisure travelers to large groups or conventions in town. The convenient location and skyway access to over 200 stores, 50+ restaurant and dining options and multiple entertainment venues make this hotel a perfect getaway. Step into a luxurious atrium with glass dome ceiling, take a picture on the iconic grand staircase or plug your laptop in and get comfy by the fireplace.

Eques Restaurant

The buffet at Eques, Hyatt Regency Bellevue’s breakfast restaurant, boasts an array of locally-sourced, traditional breakfast items with a flavorful Pacific Northwest twist. Sample the Cedar Planked Salmon displayed with all of the fixings or opt for the traditional American Breakfast of eggs and bacon. Al la carte menu options such as the avocado toast, crab benedict, and chorizo hash are also infused with a distinctly Pacific Northwest flair. Reserve a family-sized table this Thanksgiving and sample a large addition of savory and sweet dishes created in-house by our talented and seasoned chefs.

Meeting & Event Spaces 

Despite being built nearly 30 years ago, the Hyatt Regency Bellevue has undergone several renovations to reflect the modern, forward-thinking nature of the city and to make it a tech-savvy competitor in the growing market.

The auditorium, for instance, features tiered seating for 135 people, a 16-panel HD video wall and a recessed film screen to provide maximum clarity. The sound system includes 61,000-watt surround sound speakers to immerse and captivate audiences with any form of media.

Divided into eight separate configurations, the Evergreen Ballroom is the second largest ballroom in the hotel. Warm maple woods and Asian-inspired details create an inviting atmosphere in this 13,755 sqft ballroom, a perfect convertible space for both large banquets and meetings.


Visit the Hyatt Regency Bellevue website for additional information on lodging options, meeting and event spaces, or the Eques restaurant! 

Images courtesy of Hyatt Regency Bellevue. 

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Destination Dining: A Tour of Asia


Bellevue is home to an increasingly diverse population with a wide range of culinary inclinations. Restaurants featuring the cuisines and traditions of China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, and India are now essential to the fabric of the city’s dining scene. Join us as we explore the city’s vibrant culinary movement in the first installment of our Destination Dining series.


Chinese & Taiwanese

Din Tai Fung | 700 Bellevue Way NE #280, Bellevue, WA 98004

Dumplings have long been popular in the Northwest, but the Taiwanese restaurant Din Tai Fung took the demand for the food to soaring heights in 2010 when the restaurant first opened here. Fans of the steamed soup dumplings line up daily down the hall in Lincoln Square, anticipation building as they watch thousands of savory little dumplings being stuffed, pinched shut, and tucked in bamboo steamer trays.

Facing East | 1075 Bellevue Way NE B2, Bellevue, WA 98004

Facing East is a largely unassuming restaurant tucked into a strip mall that serves a large menu of Taiwanese specialty items, like beef noodle soup and steamed dumplings in spicy sauce. Tender sweet pork belly, pickled vegetables, and crushed peanuts on a hum bao bun also make the Taiwanese pork burger at Facing East a must-try. 

Peony Modern Kitchen | 10317 Main St #100, Bellevue, WA 98004

In Old Bellevue on Main Street, Peony Modern Kitchen‘s style dates back to the 1930s when Shanghai was considered the “Paris of the East.” But as the name implies, the restaurant’s take on Chinese cuisine is contemporary. Splurge on the garlic crispy chicken or the spicy whole crab with rice cakes.


Korean

Blue Ginger Korean Grill |  14045 NE 20th St, Bellevue, WA 98007

Blue Ginger Korean Grill specializes in Korean barbecue (where diners can grill their meat on the table), but don’t miss specialties like mul-naengmyeon, a refreshing cold noodle dish.

O’Bop | 11 148th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98007

O’Bop is a local favorite hidden away in a gas station off Main Street in downtown Bellevue. This convenient spot serves modern Korean fast food, including dumplings and a selection of beef, chicken, pork, or tofu and vegetables piled over rice.

Seoul Garden | 304 105th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004

For more traditional eats, head to Seoul Garden. The menu is filled with hallmarks of the cuisine, including items made with soft tofu, spicy pork, kimchi, and more. Try the dduk guk, a hearty soup made with sliced Korean rice cakes, beef, and vegetables. 


Vietnamese

Monsoon Bellevue | 10245 Main Street, Bellevue, 98004 

Monsoon Bellevue takes Vietnamese dining to new heights (try the pho with Painted Hills oxtail). The restaurant offers an upscale, modern Vietnamese dining experience with touches from the Pacific Northwest. The crispy imperial rolls are a must and the bar’s whiskey selection is one of the best in Bellevue.

Wild Ginger | 508 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004

Wild Ginger offers a wide range of pan-Asian cuisine, from Malaysian street satay to Cantonese steamed salmon. Try the Seven Flavor Beef, a Vietnamese dish made with lemon-grass, peanuts, chiles, hoisin, basil, garlic, and ginger. 


Indian

Moksha Indian Cuisine | 515 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004  

Nearby, Moksha serves menu items that highlight cage-free, hormone-free, grass-fed, and halal meats. Entrees can be made into thalis, a platter-featuring a main dish, rice, and a number of delectable sides.

Chutney’s | 938 110th Ave Ne, Bellevue, WA 98004

Indian restaurants dot the Bellevue landscape, filling the air with the smell of aromatically spiced sauces. Downtown, Chutney‘s offers an elegant backdrop for its lunch buffet, while diners in the evening can choose from list of northern Indian dishes.


Article written by Julie Arnan for the 2018-19 Bellevue Visitor’s Guide.

Images courtesy of Jonathan Bacaoat (Din Tai Fung), Shuyuan Luo (Peony Modern Kitchen), Facing East, flickr (Blue Ginger Korean BBQ), Seoul Garden, Monsoon Bellevue, Wild Ginger, James Sanders (Moksha).

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Fall in Bellevue: Festivals, Fashion & Flavor

From exploring the beautiful outdoors in our breathtaking Pacific Northwest playground to fashion shows displaying the hottest fall trends, an adventure in Bellevue awaits you. Whether you’re coming to town for a festival, or simply exploring the Northwest, Bellevue’s safe and walkable downtown area is scattered with shopping and entertainment, restaurants and nightlife, along with great weekend rates at our fabulous hotels.


Bellwether Arts Festival

September 14-23 | Downtown Bellevue

Beginning on September 14 through the 23rd, Bellwether is an annual art festival coordinated by the City of Bellevue in collaboration with Bellevue’s burgeoning arts community. For the first time in 25 years, the free, 10-day, multi-disciplinary arts experience will be curated entirely by Seattle-based organization SuttonBeresCuller and will showcase the work of over 50+ regional and nationally acclaimed artists.

There are several interactive art experiences suitable for all ages planned during the run of the exhibition including an opening celebration at the Bellevue Arts Museum on Friday, September 14. Major sites for the artwork and installations are the Bellevue Arts Museum, Compass Plaza at 106th Avenue Northwest, and the Bellevue Downtown Park.


Bellevue Fashion Week

September 19-23 | Hyatt Regency Bellevue

Want to check out the latest looks for fall? Bellevue is the place to be with Bellevue Fashion Week kicking off on September 19-23. 

This annual event presented by The Bellevue Collection delivers an intriguing experience to fashion-forward, contemporary and luxury shoppers. Clear your calendar for exclusive runway shows, fall fashion trend reports and demonstrations, chic parties and irresistible shopping experiences. Enjoy the unique style of local designers at the Independent Designer Runway Show where these up-and-coming Northwest designers square off in an ultimate runway showdown. Posh Party Trend Show features a high energy runway of must-have Fall trends and a chic pre-party with beauty tips and photo booth fun.

And this year, The Bellevue Collection introduces The Collective Runway Show, featuring premier brands, hosted by special guest Fashion Designer Christian Siriano.


Japan Week at Bellevue College

October 1-6 | Bellevue College

This year, Japan Week at Bellevue College will be held on Monday, October 1st through Saturday, October 6. On the final day of Japan week, the Japanese festival, “Matsuri” will be held. This free and public festival runs from 10am – 5pm and will include a flurry of games, music, workshops, and activities, all dedicated to celebrating Japan’s rich culture and history.

Enjoy authentic Japanese food while shopping at the flea market or take in a music or dance performance; try your hand at calligraphy or participate in the cosplay contest. Like karaoke? Show off your talent at the festival! With numerous activites for all ages, the Japan Week Festival is your chance to learn, embrace and experience the Japanese culture.


Issaquah Salmon Days 

October 6 & 7 | Issaquah, Washington

Just 15 minutes east of Bellevue you’ll find yourself in the neighboring City of Issaquah where the fabled Issaquah Salmon Days takes place on October 6 & 7.  What initially began as an art show to celebrate the miraculous return of salmon grew to become a marketplace for more than 270 on-site artists selling their handcrafted art pieces to a crowd of more than 180,000 people. This award-winning fall season kick-off event has grown to become an incredibly popular celebratory event that combines arts, culture, and entertainment for an incredibly enjoyable experience.


Kelsey Creek Farm Fair 

October 6 | Kelsey Creek Farm

A seasonal Bellevue tradition, the Kelsey Creek Farm Fair is happening on Saturday, October 6 from 11-4 pm celebrating everything the fall season has to offer. Fun, family activities including crafts, inflatables, entertainment, tractor rides, and vintage tractor displays will be on full display. Entry to the fair is free and costs vary for food and activities. Complimentary shuttles will run from Wilburton Park and Ride and Bannerwood Sports Park.  For more information, please email kelseycreekfarm@bellevuewa.gov.


Bellevue Zip Scare Tour

October 13-28 | Bellevue Challenge Course

Fall also brings some great family festivals and activities. Don’t miss the fabulous Zip Scare Tour. Open on select days from October 13-28, the Zip Scare Tour night-time zip-line adventure that will have you zipping through the evening sky with glow sticks lighting the way.


Seattle Restaurant Week

October 21 – November 8 | Puget Sound Region

For many foodies in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle Restaurant Week is the absolute best week of the year. With over 165+ participating restaurants from all around the Puget Sound Region, this 18-day food fest has grown to become a multi-cultural food-lover’s dream week. Taking place from October 21 to November 8, various restaurants (including 11 Bellevue restaurants) will be curating special food + drink offerings available only during this time. Check out the list of participating Bellevue restaurants and starting planning your Northwest food tour today!


Photos courtesy of City of Bellevue, The Bellevue Collection, Pexels, Seafair, City of Bellevue Parks Department, Suite Restaurant & Lounge

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Explore the Booming Craft Beverage Scene on Seattle’s Eastside


Are you thirsty and looking to experience some of the Northwest’s best breweries, distilleries, and wineries? On Seattle’s eastside, Bellevue, Kirkland, and Woodinville offer the complete experience for those looking to taste craft beverages, and unique offerings at a selection of breweries, lounges, and tasting rooms. Cheers!


Grab a Pint of Small-Batch Craft Beer

Bellevue Brewing Company | 1820 130th Avenue NE, Bellevue, WA

With their privileged access to superior brewing ingredients and abundant natural resources, Bellevue Brewing Company’s beers are conceived and crafted with respect for the land and natural resources, and in harmony with the adventurous lifestyles enjoyed here in the Pacific Northwest. The small-batch beers use nothing but premium ingredients and a combination of traditional and innovative brewing techniques. 

Hot tip! Enjoy the $7 stone-fired pizzas or $3 street tacos during happy hour – one of the best deals in town.


Shop Your Way Through Old Bellevue 

Swiftwater Cellars | 10360 Main Street, Bellevue, WA

The concept of Swiftwater Cellars was born while Don and Lori Watts traveled through Italy and France. Their vision was to create the Northwest’s premier destination winery. Entrepreneur farmers, they founded the winery in 2007 on the very site of the historic Roslyn No. 9 coal mine, which operated from 1930 to 1963 and now lies in the heart of Central Washington’s Suncadia Resort. The wines found at the Old Bellevue tasting room and restaurant are sourced from vineyards throughout Washington State. 

Hot tip! Check out the patio right on Main Street in Old Bellevue during the warm weather months; it’s a great place to enjoy a glass of Swiftwater Cellar’s Zephry Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon, or its popular grilled cheese sandwich with apricot jam-YUM!


A Swanky Nightcap Featuring Local Spirits 

Civility & Unrest | 10455 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA

The drinks at Civility & Unrest, located in the W Bellevue hotel, are created from a large selection of locally made spirits and curated to form interesting departures from the cocktail culture of days past. Drinks are paired with Northwest-inspired small plates at this swank lounge with a modern speakeasy ambiance.

Hot tip! Arrive right at 4pm for happy hour and to secure a coveted seat in this cozy bar.


Grab a Beer after Exploring the Cross Kirkland Corridor Trail

Chainline Brewery | 503 6th Street S., Kirkland, WA

Chainline Brewing Company was founded in 2014 with the singular goal of creating the highest-quality ales and lagers for the discerning craft beer drinker. Located in Kirkland, WA, it was the first brewery to open along the newly minted Cross Kirkland Corridor Trail. Brewing on an 11 Hectoliter copper brewhouse from the Czech Republic allows it to create unique recipes and utilize processes and equipment not often seen on this side of the Atlantic. 

Hot tip!
 Taste the Locust Original Dry Cider made with local apples and featuring citrus and pineapple notes. 


Sip Craft Cocktails Inspired by Hemingway 

Bottle and Bull | 105 Lake Street S., Kirkland, WA

Experience the travels of Ernest Hemingway through your palette, eating and drinking your way through the cities that Hemingway loved to frequent-Havana, Paris, Florence, and Pamplona, to name a few, all in the heart of Kirkland! 

Hot tip! Come and enjoy Cascadia G&T made with gin, Alpine liqueur, and JG’s kina syrup and topped off with soda. The beautiful garnishes of seasonal flowers and citrus peels take it over the top! 


Go Grand Cru with an Award-Winning Washington Syrah 

Maison DeLille Wine Lounge | 15 Lake Street S., Kirkland, WA

DeLille Cellars interprets the classic French styles of Bordeaux, the Rhône Valley and Provence. The winery focuses on the Red Mountain AVA and grape sourcing from Washington’s leading Grand Cru vineyards including Ciel du Cheval, Grand Ciel, Upchurch, Red Willow, Sagemoor, Klipsun, Boushey and Harrison Hill. Sip some of the most celebrated Washington wines at Maison DeLille in the heart of Kirkland. The 95-point Syrah or the Roussane are must-tries, along with anything on the small bites menu. Any three pours are $20. Add $5 if you go for a grand cru selection.

Hot tip! Enjoy $4 off any glass of vintage wine at DeLille’s happy hour, Monday-Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. and weekends from 12 to 6 p.m.


Bask in the Beauty of the Northwest on Bramble Bump

JM Cellars | 14404 137th Place NE, Woodinville, WA

Enjoy limited-release wines from this small, family-owned winery located on Woodinville’s beautiful seven-acre wooded hillside known as Bramble Bump. Using grapes sourced from the best vineyards in Washington, JM Cellars is known for its Bordeaux-style red blends. 

Hot tip! Make some time to cozy up by the outdoor fire pit with a glass of wine, or test your skills on the bocce ball court. Plus JM Cellars is dog friendly!


Taste a True American-Made Original from Grain to Glass

J.P. Trodden Distillery | 18646 142nd Ave NE, Woodinville, WA

J.P. Trodden is a small, family-owned-and-operated distillery in the heart of Woodinville Wine Country. It creates small-batch bourbon whiskey using corn and winter wheat sourced form a family farm just a few hours away, in Quincy, WA. The result is a bold, rich taste with a long finish of caramel, oak, anise and stone fruit.

Hot tip! Call to schedule a private tasting (or drop-in on the weekends), and don’t leave before purchasing a bottle of the 100% pure Vermont maple syrup aged 60 days in used bourbon barrels.


Not Your Grandmother’s Cider

Locust Cider | 19151 144th Avenue NE, Unit B/C, Woodinville

Locust Cider puts an innovative spin on classic cider-making methods to bring out the best in Washington- and Oregon-grown apples. From classic dry cider to unique, limited-edition flavors like Thai ginger or chili pineapple, Locust is a great location for everyone, whether cider novice or aficionado. Stop by on a Sunday to pair your cider with offerings from a rotating lineup of food trucks.

Hot tip! With more than a dozen ciders on the menu, bring a friend so you can each order a flight and try almost every flavor!


Indulge in a Boozy Milkshake

The Hollywood Tavern | 14508 Woodinville-Redmond Road NE, Woodinville, WA

The Hollywood Tavern is a historic wine-country tavern and restaurant featuring inventive craft cocktails, expressive tavern fare and a fun, informal atmosphere. Relax around the fire pit, belly up to the bar or grab a table to enjoy a wide selection of seasonal cocktails, beer and wine. For a unique, sweet adult beverage, try the signature boozy milk shakes made with Woodinville Whiskey.

Hot tip! Order the Nutty Cow: a delicious blend of chocolate and vanilla ice cream, nutella and locally made whiskey from the next-door neighbor.


Images courtesy of Visit Bellevue Washington, Explore Kirkland and Woodinville Wine Country. 

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Bellevue Hotel Profile: Hilton Garden Inn Seattle Bellevue Downtown

Recently opened in 2018, the Hilton Garden Inn Seattle Bellevue Downtown is the latest addition to the vibrant Bellevue community. This contemporary, 254 room hotel combines a sleek, modern flair, with the hominess and warmth of a familiar place. Developed by West 77 Partners and operated by the Edmonds-based firm, The Hotel Group, the new Hilton Garden Inn looks to “create heartfelt experiences by removing the ‘random’ in random acts of kindness, and elevating moments into memories,” says General Manager, Scott Snofsky

Stick with us as we explore the newly opened Hilton Garden Inn and take a closer look at what makes this one of the hottest new additions to the region’s booming hospitality industry.


Location, Location, Location! 

Ideally located in downtown Bellevue on NE 10th St, the Hilton Garden Inn is situated just minutes from popular business parks, shopping and entertainment centers, and unique dining options. Head out to the Bellevue Collection on Bellevue Way where you’ll find an exciting mix of shopping, dining, and entertainment at Lincoln Square, the Bellevue Square Mall, and Bellevue Place. Alternatively, the restaurants and shops on Main Street in Old Bellevue are perfect for those seeking a more grounded, casual experience exploring the local flair. 

If instead, you’re interested in exploring the surrounding natural beauty of the area, a short 20-minute bike ride (with the cities’ new Lime Bikes) will drop you in the heart of the Mercer Slough Nature Park, or the beautiful Bellevue Botanical Garden. No matter your interests, the Hilton Garden Inn’s central location puts you in a great place to explore all that the area has to offer!

Guest Rooms and Amenities 

Rest and relax in one of the Hilton Garden Inn’s stylish guest rooms or upgrade to a suite for an enhanced lodging experience. Right away you’ll appreciate the quality craftsmanship of the room’s interior, which features Serta comfort beds donning the brand’s signature fabrics and linens, ergonomic workspaces, and an in-room “hospitality center” stocked with a mini fridge, microwave oven, and Keurig coffee maker among other amenities. 

Guests will also have access to additional on-site amenities and services including complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the property, a state-of-the-art exercise and fitness center, saltwater swimming pool, and laundry/dry-cleaning services.

47 North Bar + Bistro 

As one of the first Hilton Garden Inn hotels to feature its own unique on-site restaurant, the 47 North Bar + Bistro is an excellent morning, noon or nighttime dining option for hotel patrons and guests alike. Inspired by the bounty of the Great Pacific Northwest, the menu is carefully crafted featuring only the freshest, locally sourced ingredients. Choose from a number of gastronomical delights including Taylor Shellfish clams or Creekstone Farm‘s pork belly, which pair perfectly with some of the best local wines and brews on hand.

Plan an Event to Remember

The Hilton Garden Inn also boasts over 3,000 square feet of flexible meeting spaces equipped with state-of-the-art A/V technology, making it a perfect option for your next business, corporate or social event for up to 150 people. Dedicated on-site sales and event-planning professionals will help you coordinate your next event, taking the stress and worry out of your planning. In addition to the 47 North Bar + Bistro, Hilton Garden Inn’s on-site catering team offers beautifully creative catering options to “wow” your guests and event attendees.


Images courtesy of Hilton Garden Inn Seattle Bellevue Downtown. 

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Beat the Heat at Bellevue’s Beautiful Beach Parks

Grab your beach towel, bucket, floaty toy and sunscreen and head for one of Bellevue’s beautiful beach parks on the shores of Lake Washington. The beaches are free and many of them are staffed by lifeguards on Summer afternoons. In addition to swim docks and sandy beaches, many of the parks also include play areas and picnic tables. See you at the lake!


1. Chesterfield Beach Park

SE 25th St, Bellevue, WA 98004

Located slightly north of Beaux Arts Village on the shores of Lake Washington, Chesterfield Beach is a small public park (0.6 acres) at the end of a neighborhood street. Originally only a small ferry and fishing dock, the area is now been a popular recreation spot featuring a designated swim area with seasonal lifeguarding service as well as a picnic area. Although it may be small, the park boasts beautiful views and a quick, serene getaway from the suburbs surrounding it.


2. Chism Beach Park

9600 SE 11th St, Bellevue, WA 98004

This beautifully landscaped 18-acre beach park is the perfect location to hold a family or group gathering, take in the natural scenery of the Pacific Northwest, or simply cool off during the summer months. With a sandy waterfront on the shores of Lake Washington and a designated swim area, the park is just begging for visitors to come to take a dip on a hot summer day. The park offers a picturesque view of the Seattle skyline across the lake, making it an ideal location to watch the sunset. Additionally, the park has a playground area, a fishing dock, and non-motorized watercraft can be launched and landed here during the non-swimming season. The park is a fun outdoor location for group events with two large grassy picnic areas available for rent.


3. Clyde Beach Park

2 92nd Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004

This beautifully landscaped 18-acre beach park is the perfect location to hold a family or group gathering, take in the natural scenery of the Pacific Northwest, or simply cool off during the summer months. With a sandy waterfront on the shores of Lake Washington and a designated swim area, the park is just begging for visitors to come to take a dip on a hot summer day. The park offers a picturesque view of the Seattle skyline across the lake, making it an ideal location to watch the sunset. Additionally, the park has a playground area, a fishing dock, and non-motorized watercraft can be launched and landed here during the non-swimming season. The park is a fun outdoor location for group events with two large grassy picnic areas available for rent.


4. Enatai Beach Park

3519 108th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98004

This 3-acre beach park, located partially under the I-90 bridge on Lake Washington, is an excellent location to get out on the water. Enatai’s boathouse offers seasonal canoe, kayak, and stand up paddleboard rentals. Canoe outings from Enatai allow visitors to view waterfront parks and homes, regional hills, and Mount Rainier while paddling around the lake. Adventurers may choose to explore wildlife by heading east to the Mercer Slough Nature Park canal. Seasonal guided canoe tours of the slough are also available from Enatai. Additionally, visitors can launch their own non-motorized watercraft year-round in a designated area at the park.

The park also has a fishing dock, play area, a small sandy beach, and a designated swim area with seasonal lifeguards on-duty. There are plenty of picnicking spaces at the park including a spacious patio overlooking the lake, a large grassy area, and the beach.


5. Meydenbauer Beach Park

419 98th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004

Once the landing site for passenger ferries that ran between Seattle and Bellevue from the 1890s until 1921, the 2.5-acre park now offers plenty of space for recreational activities. A hidden local gem, Meydenbauer Beach Park is located near downtown Bellevue on the shores of Meydenbauer Bay on Lake Washington. Visitors must walk down a wooded path to access the beach from the parking lot, as the beach park is tucked away in a ravine-like setting.

The park makes a great place for a family outing with a playground area for the little ones to burn off some energy and large grassy areas to throw down a blanket for a picnic by the water. During the summer months, visitors enjoy playing volleyball on the sandy beach or going for a dip in the swimming area (lifeguards on duty during the summer). The park also has a fishing dock and spectacular sunset views.

Note: While still under construction until the end of 2018, the City of Bellevue’s 2-part development phase will include reconnecting downtown Bellevue with the Meydenbauer Bay waterfront and park, which would increase public access to this historic site.


6. Newcastle Beach Park

4400 Lake Washington Blvd SE, Bellevue, WA 98004

Located on the shores of Lake Washington, Newcastle Beach Park is Bellevue’s largest beach park. The park is home to numerous recreational activities fit for any family outing. Plan an event in the large flat open spaces, sunbathe on the sandy beaches, swim out to the floating swimmer’s dock, wander along the 3/4 mile nature trail loop, and much more.

The three picnic areas (one of which includes a shelter and BBQ) and the colorful children’s play areas make the park a popular party and family destination. The 300-foot wooden dock allows for enjoyable fishing and there is also a designated area for non-motorized watercraft launching.


Click here for more information on Bellevue’s outdoor recreational activities and natural attractions just waiting to be explored!

Photos courtesy of City of Bellevue, Parks & Community Services, Merrill Images, Brian Casey.

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