Phantom Lake - Photo Credit Alex Levine

Remember when the handsome prince kissed Sleeping Beauty to wake her from her deep slumber? That’s what it feels like in Bellevue on the first day of spring. We’ve enjoyed the nap, thank you very much, but now it’s time to fall in love—with warmer days, longer nights, fewer layers of clothing and more time outside. Here’s what else has us smitten this season.

99 Park Credit Shilohanne PhotographyBeyond longer days and warmer temperatures, spring brings fresh seasonal produce to our restaurants and farmers markets; new and favorite wines to our wineries and tasting rooms; and budding trees, blooming flowers and baby animals to our parks and botanical garden.

12474045_10153945041543939_4053408687332712676_oIt welcomes the Seattle Mariners and Seattle Sounders FC back to town, and heralds the return of the annual Wintergrass Music Festival (February 25-29) and the Bellevue Jazz & Blues Festival (June 1-5). It is the perfect canvas for local hikes; community walks and fun runs like Walk ‘n Wag (March 19) and All in for Autism (April 24); and neighborhood celebrations like the Cultural Crossroads Festival (March 11-13).

Lot3-85_Matthew_Sumi_PhotographyYou can spend rainy days inside at one of our performing arts or cultural centers; sunny days dining outdoors with friends and co-workers; and any night exploring our local nightlife.

It’s the perfect time of year to visit the spa for a pedicure, the salon for a new ‘do, and local shops and malls for a welcome wardrobe refresh. And with gas prices so low, it’s the ideal time to plan a leisurely day trip to our state’s beautiful national parks, ocean beaches or tulip fields.

Whether you have a few hours or a few days, there is much to adore about the city and the season. So take a chance on springtime in Bellevue. We promise you won’t be disappointed.

(Photo Credit, Top to Bottom: Phantom Lake courtesy of Alex Levine, 99 Park’s Spring Dish courtesy of Shilohanne Photography, Wintergrass Music Festival, Lot No. 3 outdoor seating courtesy of Matthew Sumi Photography.)