The Happiest Happy Hours in Bellevue

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Long days of back-to-back meetings typically call for a break to let loose and relax. Thank goodness that once 5pm hits, Bellevue offers a decidedly unique array of fun, affordable, palatable eats and thirst-quenching drinks from happy hour menus all over the city. Whether it’s a cold beer with friends or an intimate glass of fine wine that suites your fancy, we think you’ll agree that Bellevue’s happy hours are the happiest place to be. Read on to discover the best spots to fill your glass and appetite in Bellevue.

El Gaucho

Make it a Happy Hour to remember at El Gaucho. From delicious bar bites, (their Crispy Prosciutto and Fig Flatbread is to die for) to signature cocktails, El Gaucho has every necessary ingredient to make your happy hourHappy Hours the happiest. This swanky, upscale atmosphere is comfortable and inviting. Happy Hour hours are as follows:. The selection of food and drinks  is endless. Catch up with a friend over a drink, such as the locally-loved Gaucho Cosmo at El Gaucho.

Lunchbox Laboratory

Looking to experiment with something tasty? Check out Lunchbox Laboratory! Serving AmericanHappy Hours & Boozy Shakes classics with a twist, Lunchbox Laboratory has a variety of mouth-watering items that are sure to spice up your day. Their Happy Hour menu is available daily, from 3pm to 6pm and 9pm to close. Thirsty? Check out their affordable selection of cocktails, such as the Tang-O-Rita or the Basil Daiquiri. Feeling adventurous, yet craving something sweet? Order one of their famous “Boozie Shakes” with whacky flavors such as, Maple Bacon or Cinnamon Toast Crunk!  Grab a bite today!

 

 

Vivo 53

Itching for some Italian culinary cuisine? Check out Vivo 53 for a passionate culinary experience with delicious food and a modern   ambiance. Their craft cocktails utilize an abundance of fresh herbs, dried spices, seasonal fruits and vegetables.Happy Hours - Vivo 53 Happy Hour is served from 3pm to 6pm & 9pm to close. Select wines by the glass are an affordable $5.00! Vivo 53 is well known for their hand-crafted pizza (with a dough recipe perfected 53 times, hence the name), but their pasta is equally satisfying.

 

 

Purple Café & Wine Bar

Happy HoursLooking to taste some premium wines in peace? Stop in at the Purple Café & Wine Bar for a global wine selection with a menu that combines classic American styles with seasonal Northwest ingredients. During their 3pm to 6pm Happy Hour, all drinks are $2.00 off. Wash down your wine flight with one of their Pizettas. Feeling fruity? Try their Fruit Rickey which is composed of gin, fresh berries, simple syrup and soda. Simplicity with a twist! Come visit Purple Café & Wine Bar to sip and sit with some close friends soon.

 

 

 

 

 

(Photo Credit, Top to Bottom: Happy Hour Courtesy of Pixabay.com, Glass of Wine Courtesy of Jon & Rach Photography, Oreo Milkshake Courtesy of Lunchbox Laboratory, Vivo Truffle Fettuccine Courtesy of Vivo 53’s Yelp, Lemon Drop Courtesy of El Gaucho)

 

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4 Mouth-Watering Farm to Table to Bellevue Restaurants

For the foodie at heart, fresh, flavorful eats are always in season! And for us aspiring foodies looking for healthier dining options, locally-sourced cuisine is a great way to start. Grab your nearest food-lover and discover delicious, mouth-watering farm to table restaurants right here in Bellevue!

99 Park

4 Mouth-Watering Farm to Table to Bellevue Restaurants

99 Park is an independently owned Bellevue restaurant featuring New American, seasonal cuisine. Located in the heart of Bellevue, 99 Park provides an upscale, yet minimalist vibe that attracts the casual diner. Partnerships with neighboring farms ensure each dish is prepared with the freshest of ingredients. Quality and seasonality are the two main driving forces behind their carefully crafted menu. Pictured below is one of their standout dishes: roasted carrots with exceptionally kicky mole and Oregon Cotija cheese. Reserve your seat today!

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Black Bottle offers unfussy, rustic dishes with a twist. Each dish is intended to be shared and served as soon as they are prepared. This unique experience offers a casual, convivial atmosphere that encourages communal dining. If you would like to try something new, this is the place to eat. Check out Black Bottle for your next relaxed evening with friends.

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The modestly named “Purple Café & Wine Bar” offers anything but disappointment. Wines Northwest stated, “The fine art of grazing is encouraged by a menu of familiar favorites as well as adventurous opportunities.” With creative eats along with an extensive wine list, your taste buds will surely leave satisfied. We recommend reserving a table at this classy establishment for your next romantic dinner date.

Pearl4 Mouth-Watering Farm to Table to Bellevue Restaurants

A menu driven by fresh, seasonal products, Pearl boasts a decidedly casual, yet elegant dining experience. Located in the heart of Bellevue’s entertainment district, this independently owned restaurant features a contemporary northwest menu focused on local, seasonal ingredients. They also offer handcrafted signature cocktails and premium, local wines. If you’re in the mood for fresh, perfectly cooked seafood, book a table here.

Well there you have it, four of Bellevue’s most mouth-watering farm to table restaurants, each with their own distinctive flair. We don’t know about you, but we are hungry! – Bon Appetite!

(Photo Credit, Top to Bottom: Roasted Carrots Courtesy of 99 Park Restaurant, Wild Alaskan Bacon Lemon Scallops Courtesy of Black Bottle Gastrotavern, Oven Roasted Chicken Courtesy of Bellevue’s Purple Café & Wine Bar, Rocket Salad with Seared Tuna Courtesy of Pearl.)

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Winter Getaway in Bellevue

Winter Getaway in BellevueWinter in the Northwest is in full swing and it’s time to explore Bellevue’s glistening backyard – The Cascade Mountains! Not a skier? Not to worry. Read on to discover your guide to a perfect winter getaway that starts and ends in Bellevue with plenty of snow-filled adventures for everyone in between.

Morning Fuel

Any day in the snow requires proper fuel to get the energy up and keep you going!  One of Bellevue’s hottest “Mom & Pop” breakfast stops is Chace’s Pancake Corral. Beat the rush and get there early! Carbo load with a stack of banana pancakes complimented with delicious coconut syrup. Or, head over to Eques for the ultimate breakfast of champions. Try their stuffed French toast with stone fruit compote and mascarpone, yum! Plan ahead, reserve your table today.  After fueling up it’s time to explore.

Snow- Crunching Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing is a great snow-crunching outdoor activity that the whole family can enjoy. Watch this video to get inspired.  Winter Getaway in BellevueAnd, with just a short 55 minute drive from Bellevue, you can take in a fun-filled day of snowshoeing at Snoqualmie Pass.

If you have your own gear and want to head out and enjoy the Washington Trails Association suggest these snowshoe trails along the I-90 Snoqualmie Pass Corridor.

If you are new to snowshoeing there are several organizations that offer equipment and instruction to help you get started.

Bellevue Parks Department

Thanks Bellevue’s TRACKS program, activities like snowshoeing are easily accessible. Kid-friendly beginner trails are explored and snowshoes are provided. Groups meet at Lewis Creek Park and transportation is provided to trails along the I-90 corridor. Warm water-proof clothing, boots, lunch and water are required.  Sign up for your TRACKS adventure here!

US Forest Service

Thanks to the U.S. Forest Service, Snoqualmie National Forest offers free guided snowshoeing excursions from January through March 2016. Donations of $15-25 are suggested, and snowshoes and poles are provided. Participants are advised to bundle up and wear insulated clothing, hats, and gloves, along with sturdy, waterproof boots or shoes. The park service offers five different wintery wonderland excursions so you’re likely to find something that fits your interests.  Book your snowy adventure today! The following are some examples of what they offer.

90-Minute Walk and Extended Walk

This 1-mile loop winds through opulent old-growth forest. While skimming the top of the snow, usually hidden lichens, fungus, winter birds, and mammals can all be seen. This middle-canopy excursion is set at a moderate pace. The extended walk covers 5 miles and takes 4-5 hours.

Photography Walk

Expert and novice photographers Winter Getaway in Bellevuealike are sure to enjoy this snowshoeing excursion that provides the perfect frosty photo ops! Commonwealth Creek offers ice falls, cool vapors and the swirling dark waters of mid-winter. Participants are encouraged to bring their own cameras. This is a longer trip that requires a packed lunch and lasts from 4 to 5 hours.

Kids in Snow Walk

Bundle up the little ones for this icy, snowy adventure! This 90-minute outing (approximately) jump starts participants on their way to earn a Jr. Snow Ranger badge. Kids (and parents) learn how to identify tracks, learn about winter exploration, and climb into a real igloo (snowpack permitting). Discover animals that live nearby and those that burrow under the snow. Plenty of snowshoes are provided for both the little ones and adults that choose to tag along. The timing of this excursion varies, since kids control the pace.  The suggested donation is $15 for adults and $10 for kids.

Avalanche Awareness Walk

Join the Northwest Avalanche Center and the Forest Service for snowshoe walks where the focus is entirely Avalanche Awareness. Professionals from the Northwest Avalanche Center will lead and present these 90 minute walks.

Tubing Extravaganza

If snowshoeing is not up your alley, there’s always tubing! Just about one hour outside of Bellevue, you’ll find The Summit at Snoqualmie, a great place to take on your next winter tubing adventure! Tubing is a fun, care-free Winter Getaway in Bellevueway to let loose and have fun! Purchase your tickets in advance to reserve a minimum two-hour window of tubing. Tubes are provided, and children 5 and under must ride with an adult. Sessions run from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 9 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. on Sundays.

Hot Meals

Nothing sounds better after a day in the snow than some cozy comfort food. Here are a few of our favorite après-snow options back in Bellevue. Steamy dumplings are sure to hit the spot at the crowd-pleasing Din Tai Fung. Be sure to call ahead for dinner as this is one of the most popular spots in town! If a hot bowl of ramen is on your mind, you’ll have to visit Hokkaido Ramen, where pork bones are simmered for 20 hours or so to create their signature broth.Winter Getaway in Bellevue

For those of us that need something ooey-gooey cheesy after a day on the slopes, try Vivo 53 for a delicious handmade pizza. Or satisfy a craving with Lot No. 3’s famous mac & cheese and a craft cocktail. For a hearty chef-prepared meal, head to Bis on Main in Old Bellevue. This upscale yet intimate gathering spot has everything from Dungeness crab cakes, to seared black cod to Filet Mignon.

 

(Photo Credit, Top to Bottom: Snowshoeing courtesy of DietsinReview.com, Snowshoeing courtesy of Inhabitors.com, Hoar Frost courtesy of Pixabay.com, Tubing at Snoqualmie courtesy of ParentMap.com, Scallops from Bis On Main Courtesy of  Trip Advisor)

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Celebrate the New Year in Bellevue

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Are you looking for something exciting to do on New Year’s Eve in Bellevue? Whether you are looking for a fun way to spend the evening with family and friends or to have a memorable romantic night with your significant other, Bellevue has got just the place for you to help celebrate the New Year!

Celebration Lane at Bellevue Collection

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Ring in the New Year with Celebration Lane in Downtown Bellevue! This is a nightly event starting at 7 p.m. (December 26-December 31) and is located along the sidewalks at The Bellevue Collection. Celebration Lane is a free themed musical show with Americana-inspired costumes and songs, glittering lights, dancing drummers and festive bubbles falling from the sky! Bring your family and friends and grab a spot on the sidewalk to experience this fantastic celebration honoring the New Year!

Magic Season Ice Arena

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Start off New Year’s Eve by heading down to the Magic Season Ice Arena, Bellevue’s open air ice-skating rink! Located in Bellevue Downtown Park, this ice arena offers all-weather skating, food and beverage concessions, and holiday music that will leave you full of holiday cheer! Admission is $12, which includes skate rentals for all ages, or you can bring your own skates. Magic Season Ice Arena opens 10 a.m. on New Year’s Eve and closes at 11p.m. and no reservations are required!

Live Music, Dinner & Drinks at Bake’s Place

bakes placeAfter getting started at Celebration Lane or the Magic Season Ice Arena, continue the New Year’s Eve festivities over at Bake’s Place for a New Year Celebration complete with a special dinner menu and live music by Nearly Dan. Make your reservation for dinner and a show starting either at 5p.m. or 9:30p.m. while space lasts! The event price per person includes tickets for the show, party favors, Champagne Toast, a $60 food and beverage credit, and a special New Year’s Eve menu.

A Special  New Year’s Eve Menu from John Howie Steak

John Howie Steak Kate BaldwinCalling all foodies! If you’re on the lookout for a dinner that will tantalize the taste buds, look no further than John Howie Steak. A special three-course menu will be available in the John Howie lounge (for guests 21 and over) from 4:00-11:00pm only on New Year’s Eve! Come before or after your evening festivities and start the New Year with a choice, perfectly-cooked steak.

Dinner & Drinks at at Pearl Bar & Dining

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If you’d rather have a one-stop location to celebrate New Year’s Eve, make a reservation at Pearl Bar & Dining for an evening complete with a special New Year’s Eve dinner, cocktail specials, and music. Their full dinner menu features plenty of Pacific Northwest goodness from lobster to caviar. Finish your meal with a Grey Goose cocktail, sparkling wine cocktail, or champagne. But don’t leave after dinner, at 9:30pm the DJ arrives and the countdown to 2016 begins!

520 Bar & Grill’s New Year’s Eve Party

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If you’re looking for a chance to put on your dancing shoes and ring in the New Year in style, 520 Bar & Grill is the perfect spot for you. Their annual New Year’s Eve Party is an awaited night of celebration every year. No reservations required! Simply show up, dress up, and enjoy an evening of food, fun, and friends. Come for cocktails and appetizers before the DJ arrives at 9pm, and then welcome 2016 with a complimentary champagne toast for those dressed for the occasion.

Aerial Performances and VIP Treatment at Suite Lounge

Suite Lounge NYEFor an elegant VIP experience, celebrate New Year’s Eve at Suite Lounge. This posh party will feature performances by Cyrus.org and Seattle Aerial Arts with hoops, silks, juggling, and more! Guests with a VIP ticket will also be treated to an appetizer buffet, party favors, champagne toasts, and a private bar.

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Need some New Year’s Eve plans and as well as accomodations for the night? Come celebrate the New Year in style with the Hilton Bellevue Hotel! Book their New Year Celebration Package which includes:

  • Overnight accommodations for two
  • Cocktail reception
  • A delicious four-course dinner
  • A DJ and celebratory party favors

The evening starts off with a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by a four-course dinner at 7:45 p.m. including Lobster Bisque, Fillet Mignon, Fresh Dungeness Crab and Chocolate Dipped New York Cheesecake with Champagne Macerated Strawberries. Come dance the night away in the decorated Grand Ballroom and welcome in 2016 with a special midnight champagne toast and then relax and recharge in their spacious guest rooms. Enjoy with a late check-out at after a long night of celebration, check-out is at 2 pm on the 1st! Celebrate good times, good cheer and a memorable year at the Hilton Bellevue! For more information or to book your New Year Celebration package, contact the Hilton Bellevue.

Explore Bellevue with MetroDemic on New Year’s Day

metroThe fun isn’t over on New Year’s Day. Grab your family and friends, create teams of 2-4 people and play MetroDemic in Downtown Bellevue this January 1st! Pull up MetroDemic’s mobile-friendly site on your phones, and then you’ll have 90 minutes to save as many people as possibly from a deadly epidemic armed with only your wits and your cell phones. You and your team will travel to different “outbreak” locations around downtown and be presented with scavenger hunt questions, pub-style trivia, and brain puzzles to earn points. Don’t forget to pause the game up to two times during your 90 minutes for some additional sightseeing or a stop for lunch and a toast to the New Year.

 

(Photo Credit, Top to Bottom: Celebration Lane courtesy of The Bellevue Collection, Magic Season Ice Arena courtesy of Merrill Images, Live Music, Dinner & Drinks at Bake’s Place courtesy of Bake’s Place,  A Special New Year’s Eve Menu from John Howie Steak curtesy of John Howie Steak, Dinner & Drinks at Pearl Bar & Dining from Pearl Bar & Dining (photo courtesy of Rina Jordan), 520 Bar & Grill New Year’s Eve Party courtesy of 520 Bar & Grill, Hilton Bellevue courtesy of  Hilton Bellevue Hotel, Explore  Bellevue with MetroDemic courtesy of MetroDemic.)

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The Insiders Guide to Magic Season

The Insiders Guide to Magic Season

It’s the heart of magic season in Bellevue. The shopping is done and now it’s time to celebrate the season with family and friends. The week from Christmas to New Year in Bellevue is filled with fun, from ice skating to Snowflake Lane to Garden d’Lights, and with these inside tips you can plan the perfect evening to enjoy Bellevue’s Magic Season with your loved ones.

Snowflake Lane Transforms to Celebration Lane

Bellevue’s Snowflake Lane is a must see this holiday season right up until Christmas Eve. It’s the one holiday spectacle where snow is guaranteed. Live toy soldier drummers line the streets as animated snow characters, spirited music, snowflakes and glittering lights ignite the night. Celebration lane begins December 26th and continues through New Year’s Eve. It is a glittering salute to the New Year with lights, dancing, drummers, characters and exciting music while festive bubbles fall from the sky. Make an evening of it, anThe Insiders Guide to Magic Seasond bring the family to Cypress located in The Westin Bellevue Hotel for a cozy dinner before the big show. Treat yourself to a glass of wine and the kids to a piping hot cocoa with marshmallows and cookies on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through December. If a craft cocktail is more up your alley, stop in at Palamino Restaurant and Bar after Snowflake Lane for an Old Fashioned or a Hibiscus Martini. For a quick pit stop, visit the Lodge for an Eggnog latte from Starbucks or fresh squeezed juice from Evolution Fresh, or visit FROST at Lincoln Square for a sweet selection of freshly made doughnuts and cupcakes.

Magic Season Ice Arena

Looking to show off your moves on the ice?  Bellevue’s Magic Season Ice Arena is open through January 10 from 10am until 11pm unless reserved (check the online schedule here.)  Before skating the night away at Bellevue’s Magic Season Ice Arena, satisfy your sweet tThe Insiders Guide to Magic Seasonooth with Fran’s Chocolates located in Old Bellevue. Looking for something just as delicious? Check out Belle Pastry for a hot and yummy morning treat! After skating, warm up with an exquisite meal that’s sure to tickle your taste buds at Purple Café & Wine Bar. Looking for a more casual spot? Dip into some good old-fashioned comfort food at 520 Bar & Grill.

 

 

Garden d’Lights

Garden d’Lights is sure to delight aThe Insiders Guide to Magic Seasonny crowd. Up until January 2nd you can indulge in this spectacular display for only $5 per person, or even for free on select nights . Before you experience the magic of Garden d’Lights, treat a date to Cantinetta or Bis on Main in Old Bellevue. For something more informal head over to Bellevue Brewing Company. Bringing the entire family? Head to Maggiano’s for a family-style meal.

 

 

(Photo Credit, Top to Bottom: Present by Kaboompics via Pixabay.com, Snowflake Lane by George White Location Photography , Merrill Images courtesy of Visit Bellevue Washington, Bellevue Botanical Garden Society courtesy of Visit Bellevue Washington)

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Holiday Gift Shopping

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Looking to check the last few things off your shopping list? We have a few suggestions to help you do that in Bellevue while at the same time filling yourself with the spirit of the holidays! Check out the best stops in town for the rest of your holiday gift shopping needs!

Old Bellevue

Get in a festive mood this year by picking Holiday Gift Shopping - Glassy Babyup your last-minute gifts in charming Old Bellevue. This quaint part of town will provide you with hidden gems you didn’t even know your loved ones needed. The old-fashioned lampposts and brick sidewalks are sure to awaken your holiday spirit. Reserve your spot on the nice list and stop in at Glassybaby. Do not be fooled by the name, as this hand-blown candle holder shop all started over the spirit of giving. 10% of every Glassybaby helps heal another. Check out the founders amazing story here. 

The Bellevue Collection (Bellevue Square, Lincoln Square, Bellevue Place)

Bellevue Square has a wide variety of your typical department stores, but there’s Holiday Gift Shopping - The Bellevue Collectionsomething special in one of these stores this year that you must check out. Introducing, The Holiday Shop brought to you by Pop-In@Nordstrom. This store located in Bellevue’s Nordstrom, is the perfect stop for any last minute shopper seeking unique, quirky gifts. They have everything you have never thought of. For example, an interactive Wi-Fi Pet Camera or a travel-sized humidifier! Looking for something your teenage daughter will love? Find the perfect present she won’t have to pretend to like. Check out Aritzia, an agreed favorite amongst women of all ages. Keep her warm this winter; check out their large array of sweaters. For the hard-to-shop-for person on your list, head over to Brookstone. They have everything from games and toys to golf accessories and more!

The Shops at the Bravern

The Shops at the Bravern Holiday Gift Shopping - The Bravern During the Holidaysoffer a one-of-a-kind shopping experience. Their vibrant, European-inspired outdoor village invites endless discovery. Shopping for an aspiring chef? Check out Sur La Table, known for embodying the “Art and Soul of Cooking”. They carry the perfect gifts for the entertainer, the baker and the chef of the household. Looking for a gift for the lady in your life? Head to Tory Burch, Jimmy Choo, Hermes or Neiman Marcus where you can find the perfect handbag or pair of shoes that’s sure to delight her.

Wind Down

Holiday Gift Shopping - The Purple Cafe in BellevueAfter your holiday gift shopping adventure, reward yourself for a job well done. If you are doing some morning to mid-afternoon shopping, stop by at Café Cesura off 108th avenue for a quick pick-me-up. If all that shopping worked up your appetite, stop into Purple Café & Wine BarSea Star Restaurant & Raw Bar, John Howie Steak, or El Gaucho to enjoy a well-deserved glass of wine over a delectable dinner.

 

(Photo Credit, Top to Bottom: The Shops at the Bravern courtesy of Visit Bellevue Washington, Old Main courtesy of Glassbaby.com, The Bellevue Collection courtesy of George White Location Photography, The Shops at the Bravern courtesy of Visit Bellevue Washington, Purple Cafe & Wine Bar courtesy of Purple Cafe & Wine Bar)

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Winter Indoor Activities

 

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As the winter months approach us, we can’t help but notice that temperatures are starting to drop and the weather is keeping us more indoors.  It’s that time of the year again when the idea of cozying up by the fireplace with a delicious cup of hot cocoa sounds like an ideal way to spend a weekend. Although you might not feel like going outside to explore, there are tons of fun things to do even when the weather’s got you stuck indoors. If you are visiting Bellevue, check out some of the following places that are sure to keep you entertained and happy!

Lucky Strike

lucky strikeCheck out Lucky Strike, if you’re looking for a fun night out in downtown Bellevue! Located in Lincoln Square, Lucky Strike Bellevue is an all-in-one upscale bowling alley, arcade, lounge and dance club. This is not your typical bowling alley, but instead it is a hip place to hang out with your friends. There are 16 spacious bowling lanes with comfy sofas, a world-renown arcade game room, and a food menu offering chef-driven American cuisine.  Bowlers of any age are welcome until 8pm, and it is 21+ to experience a night of dancing, cocktails, and live DJ sets which are sure to create an unforgettable atmosphere and a night to remember.

 Stone Gardens

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If you are up for a challenge and looking for a great workout, then Stone Gardens is calling your name! Located at the Bellevue Crossroads Mall, Stone Gardens offers over 21,000 square feet of climbing terrain and includes a 40ft climbing wall, two large bouldering climbing walls as well as a weight lifting and exercise area.  There is also a kids area that features both a pirate ship with a fire pole and a castle that has a twisting slide, so they are sure to have a great time! Stone Gardens offers Day Passes for $19 a day and a rental package for $11 that includes shoes, harness, belay device and a chalk bag!

K1 Speed

k1speedCome experience the thrills of indoor kart racing at K1 Speed! Considered one of the best indoor go kart places in the Bellevue area, K1 Speed has a 1/5 mile indoor kart track, pool tables, televisions and a dining area. K1 Speed is unique in that it offers a concrete racing surface which adds more excitement by allowing you to drift around the corners at speeds up to 40 mph! Come in any day of the week for their popular Arrive and Drive option, which allows first time racers to compete against each other for 14 laps.

Mox Boarding House

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If board games, food and beer sound good to you then come to Mox Boarding House, located on Bel-Red road! Mox Boarding House offers fine dining with over 20 beers on tap, a game library, and a spacious tournament room for daily events. This place is the perfect spot for a game night with friends and family. You can buy a game, borrow one or simply bring your own and play.  You can also reserve one of their unique private rooms if you’re planning a game night, business meeting or a party!

 

Events at Crossroads

crossroadsCrossroads Shopping Center is one of a kind shopping centers, featuring unique shops, restaurants, live music and many daily events throughout the year! Crossroads offers a great variety of international cuisine at their food court and has been consistently voted “Best Ethnic Food” by the Bellevue Reporter. Come check out the Crossroads Market Stage, where you can see many live performances for free every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night! Crossroads Mall also offers many community events as well as family-friendly event nights on every second Saturday of the month.

Planning a visit to Bellevue? Be sure to check some of Bellevue’s great places to stay!

(Photo Credit, Top to Bottom: Lucky Strike courtesy of Visit Bellevue Washington, Stone Gardens courtesy of Stonegardens.com, K1 Speed courtesy of K1 Speed Fans Facebook, Mox Boarding House courtesy of Mox Boarding House Bellevue Yelp, Crossroads courtesy of Visit Bellevue Washington)

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Refresh Your Mind & Body in Bellevue

The holiday season is a wonderful and joyous time! It is the season of giving and cheer but with the holiday season comes all of the hustle and bustle which can be stressful. Balancing work, money, presents, and planning time with the family can cause unwanted stress. Don’t let any of this put a damper on your holiday season; take some time out for yourself! Come relax and re-energize in Bellevue with some amazing activities just for you!

Warm Up with Hot Yoga

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Is the holiday stress getting the best of you? Get Zen Hot Yoga may be just the place for you to regain your peace and sanity. It is a safe haven where you will experience “peace, kindness, and overall well-being.” Hot yoga provides detoxification and can rid you of your stress as you enter the yoga room which will be a hot 98-105 degrees. Get Zen Hot Yoga also has programs that offer ways to help you with weight loss by teaching students how to balance eating right and exercising as well. For only $20 you can purchase a special package that will allow you to practice unlimited yoga every day during your trip!

Detox with a Delicious Jujubeet Concoction

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It can be quite difficult during the holidays to eat and live healthy as you want to enjoy that extra slice of pie or tasty sweet treat that you only make once a year.  At Jujubeet, there are endless amounts of options for you to get your fruits and veggies in while enjoying a tasty treat. You can enjoy different types of juices that are mainly sourced from local and organic produce. The Bellevue Jujbeet is conveniently located downtown! If you’re looking to cleanse and detoxify, you should try one of their juice cleanses and elixirs.

Release Stress at Pilates Plus

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Exercising is one of the number one ways to reduce stress. This is why we love Pilates Plus! Located in downtown Bellevue, Pilates Plus provides full-body workouts on a single machine and they offer classes for $10 on your first day! Group workouts are meant to bring an “exercise experience unlike any other”. During your 40 minute workout you will work to improve posture, energy, metabolism, and so much more! Do you like to exercise alone? If you aren’t big on working out with others in a group setting, you can take advantage of one of their private sessions that are offered 7 days a week and cater to each individual’s needs. While you’re in town, you can even sign up for individual classes from their calendar! To find a class that fits in with your schedule, check out their calendar!

Relax at the Spa at Willow’s Lodge

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One of the best ways to relieve stress and put your problems to the side is spending a day at the Spa at Willows Lodge. What makes this spa unique are their massage techniques which range from ancient times to modern times. You will surely feel pampered and relaxed after your stay here. They offer a wide variety of services including facial treatments, massages, body treatments, and special combination packages. Willows Lodge has exactly what you need, whether it’s for a one hour stay or a whole weekend! Don’t forget about their special packages such as “Therapeutic Thursdays” where all spa packages are 10% off. Better yet, Willows Lodge is an award-winning lodge that features restaurants, beautiful guest rooms, wineries and more to make your day or weekend as relaxing as possible!

Feel Rejuvenated at Yuan Spa

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Boost your spirits this holiday season by treating yourself to a day at the Yuan Spa! This spa combines both ancient Asian healing philosophies and Western modern technology. This multiple award winning spa will allow you to experience an escape from your stress through their traditional therapeutic Chinese bathing, which includes both sauna and steam rooms. You can also enjoy their hydrotherapy which allows for deep body relaxation in a 104 degree thermogenic pool which helps to stimulate your muscles and condition your skin. What’s great about the Yuan Spa is they have a package to suit everyone such as the Body Renewal package, Mother-to-be package and even a Gentlemen’s Experience; there is something for everyone!

(Photo Credit, Top to Bottom: Yoga by Marcoeyes via Pixabay.com, Green Smoothie by Evolving Scene via Pixabay.com, Pilates Class courtesy of Pilatespluswa.com, Massage by Rhythmuswege via Pixabay.com, Sauna by Zerocool via Pixabay.com)

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4 Best Restaurants for Thanksgiving in Bellevue

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For some of us, Thanksgiving is a meal of tradition. It’s about family, friends and celebrating our ancestors. We plan and cook all day, feast, maybe watch some football and then slowly make our way back to the kitchen to clean up after our stuffed, guilt-ridden selves. It’s all too familiar, but this year it doesn’t have to be. Why not spice things up a bit? Haven’t you worked hard enough? This year, embrace this Thanksgiving with your family and loved ones and spend Thanksgiving in Bellevue. – Bon Appetite!

Palomino Restaurant & Bar

fall-591800_1920First up, is Bellevue’s Palomino Restaurant & Bar. This so-called vibrant “Urban Italian” restaurant offers an imaginative menu that’s sure to have something delicious for everyone. Check out their Holiday menu! It includes starters such as, caramelized cauliflower and crab cakes with arugula and smoked pepper aioli – yum! Now what kind of holiday menu would it be without a slow-roasted turkey dinner? This option includes apple sausage stuffing, garlic herb mashed potatoes, herb roasted vegetables, hot gravy, homemade cranberry relish, slow-roasted turkey and is topped off with a warm slice of pumpkin spiced pie. Call to reserve your seat or go online and reserve your seat now.

Daniel’s Broiler

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Going up? Daniel’s Broiler in Bellevue is located on the 21st floor of the Bank of America Building. This Thanksgiving day, Daniel’s is offering a complete four-course dinner with all the trimmings. Dine in style with spectacular views of the Cascade Mountains and Lake Washington from every table! They are serving from noon to 8pm on Thanksgiving Day. Be sure to reserve your table now, space is very limited.

Basil’s Bistro

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Conveniently located inside the Bellevue Hilton Hotel, Basil’s Bistro offers palate-tempting entrees. This holiday season they offer an entire Thanksgiving buffet. Here, you will find something for the entire family, in any quantity your heart and stomach desires. Expect to find all your holiday favorites, including prime rib, turkey, stuffing, assorted desserts and much more. Be sure to book your table soon, as this feast will only be offered on Thanksgiving Day between noon and 5pm.

Eques at Hyatt Regency Bellevue

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Eques is an award-winning restaurant located in Bellevue’s very own Hyatt Regency hotel. This year they’re serving up a delectable brunch on Thanksgiving Day from 1pm to 5pm. Their holiday menu includes slow-braised short ribs, butternut squash soup and pumpkin gnocchi with spinach and parmesan. Finish off your brunch with a sweet selection of pastry shop delights. Reserve your table soon, space is limited.

 

(Photo Credit Top to Bottom: Celebration Dinner by PublicDomainPictures via Pixabay, Pumpkin Pie by Mtnlover610 via Pixabay.com, Image courtesy of Stockimages at FreeDigitalPhotos.net, Image courtesy of tiverylucky at FreeDigitalPhotos.net,  Meat and Fork by JeShoots via Pixabay.com)

 

 

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Winter in Bellevue is a Wonderful Whirlwind

Bellevue Way holiday light display and production, Bellevue, WA

If you’re headed to Bellevue this winter, give yourself a little pat on the back. You picked a fun and festive time of year to join us. The holidays are in full swing, of course, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg! It’s also ski season; a peak period for spectator sports, arts events and live performances; and a wonderful time of year to refresh your mind and body.

SHOPPING GALORE

Check out how Bellevue dresses up for the holidays (Pictured: The Shops at The Bravern, Photo Courtesy of The Shops at The Bravern)

Your holiday shopping list will meet its match in Bellevue, with numerous retail collections, boutiques and malls ready to help you check it twice.

You’ll find upscale retail at The Bravern; sophisticated shopping at The Bellevue Collection (which includes Bellevue Place, Bellevue Square and Lincoln Square), popular national and discount brands at Marketplace @ Factoria and Crossroads Bellevue; and charming boutiques on Main Street in Old Bellevue. For one-of-a-kind, handcrafted and local gifts, shop the Bellevue Hilltop Holiday Craft Show, Dec. 2-5 at the Northwest Arts Center.

MAGIC SEASON

Tap your toes to the beat of the drums (Pictured: Snowflake Lane, Photo Credit: George White Location Photography)

Unleash your spirited side when the Bellevue Downtown Association presents Bellevue Magic Season, six weeks of festive holiday events, including the Magic Season Ice Arena, holiday performances at the Theatre at Meydenbauer, KidsQuest Children’s Museum’s Gingerbread Lane and Garden D’lights at the Bellevue Botanical Garden.

IBT The Nutcracker2015_2 by Rex TranterBeginning the day after Thanksgiving, family-favorite Snowflake Lane at The Bellevue Collection lights up the evenings with music, holiday characters and falling snow. After Christmas, the party continues with Celebration Lane, a bright, bubble-filled tribute to New Year’s Eve.

No holiday season is complete without an outing to the Nutcracker, and Bellevue’s Theatre at Meydenbauer Center offers two spectacular interpretations. Evergreen City Ballet’s production runs December 4-6 with full productions and special 1-hour shows for the youngest arts fans. International Ballet Theatre presents its interpretation Dec. 11-13 and 18-23 at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue.

TEAM SPORTS IN ACTION

Seahawks v 49ers 9-15-13 7 Photo Credit Kaitlyn BrajcichIt’s game on for sports fans, because the Seattle Seahawks, UW Huskies basketball team and Seattle Thunderbirds hockey team are all filling local stadiums and arenas. Or you can score tickets to the Battle in Seattle, an annual event that brings Spokane’s elite Gonzaga men’s basketball team to Key Arena for a marquee matchup. This year, the Bulldogs take on Tennessee on Dec. 19.

WINE, ARTS & CULTURE

Novelty Hill-wine pour 2If you’re a wine enthusiast, you’ve come to the right place—at the right time. Dec. 4 through 6, more than 30 Woodinville wineries participate in Saint Nick’s Holiday Wine Tasting Weekend; a wonderful time for wine tasting and festivities. The event is one of the few times each year that many of these award-winning and boutique wineries are open to the public.

Khan Image 1If movies and culture are calling your name, you’re in luck. You can catch all the holiday blockbusters and Oscar contenders at Lincoln Square Cinemas and Regal Crossroads Stadium 8. Through Jan. 10, Bellevue Arts Museum is showing the spectacular exhibit, Counter-Couture: Fashioning Identity in the American Counterculture, and beginning Jan. 29, the museum presents the prestigious exhibition, Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture, the first major retrospective of the American architect in 20 years.

Bellevue in winter is positively bursting with fun, and you can’t possibly see and do everything in just a few days. So we have a suggestion: That holiday wish list you’ve been compiling? At the very top, write, “A trip back to Bellevue.”

From top to bottom: Images courtesy of the City of Bellevue, The Shops at the Bravern, (Snowflake Lane Drummers) George White Location Photography, (IBT The Nutcracker) Rex Tranter, (Seahawks Game) Kaitlyn Brajcich, Novelty Hill Januik Winery, Bellevue Arts Museum

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