What’s New in the ‘Vue | Summer 2015

Bellevue, Washington is a vibrant, rapidly-growing city with new options for visitors and groups constantly popping up. From new hotels and revitalized meeting spaces to additional activities and unique dining experiences, here’s what we’re most excited about.

Hotels and Meeting Venues

Meydenbauer-Center-Renovation-Center-Hall-Lobby-RenderingA rendering of Meydenbauer Center post renovation.

Meydenbauer Center Renovation | If there’s one community that is constantly evolving, it’s the innovative, philanthropic, tech-savvy, coffee-loving urbanites of the Pacific Northwest.  To keep pace with such a dynamic bunch, Bellevue’s convention center – Meydenbauer Center – is currently undergoing a $12.5 million interior and exterior renovation. The center’s new design will exemplify the vibrancy of the region by introducing a flood of rich colors and warmer tones, creative and flexible design elements, and extensive technology upgrades. The revitalized space, scheduled to reopen in September, promises to redefine hospitality in Bellevue. meydenbauer.com

Seattle Marriott Bellevue | This July, downtown Bellevue will get its first full service Marriott hotel.  Developed with today’s business traveler in mind, the 384 room hotel will feature a modern guestroom experience inspired by the brand’s new urban residential lifestyle design. The hotel’s Great Room open lobby concept centered around Amuse Restaurant and Bar will provide a welcome atmosphere for guests to meet and mingle. With 21,000 sq. ft. of flexible event space including a 6,240 sq. ft. grand ballroom and 17 break out rooms, the hotel will be an ideal space for hosting events in downtown Bellevue. marriott.com

W Hotel | A 245 room W Hotel is scheduled to open in Spring 2017 in downtown Bellevue as part of The Bellevue Collection expansion.  The hotel’s contemporary design will be reflective of its position near the shores of Lake Washington and Bellevue’s history as a lakeside vacation destination.Throughout its spaces, W Bellevue will reinterpret modern luxury with cutting-edge design, signature amenities, and innovative programming around passions for music, fashion and design. lincolnsquareexpansion.com

Restaurants and Private Dining

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La Bu La’s contemporary space. Photo via labula-dining.com.

Fresh New Digs, Same Authentic Sichuanese Taste | Bellevue’s beloved Bamboo Garden Sichuanese restaurant has reopened in a new space with a new name, La Bu La. The restaurant boasts a contemporary atmosphere  with floor to ceiling windows and a sit down bar as well as new private dining options. As the name suggests (La Bu La translates to “spicy not spicy”), the restaurant caters to a range of tastes by offering both authentic Szechuan dishes and American-Chinese fare. labula-dining.com

Grab a Bite All Night Long | Looking for breakfast at 2am? You’re in luck. The iconic Northwest staple, 13 Coins, is now open in Bellevue, featuring a 24 hour menu and night owl drink specials. If you’d like a little entertainment with your meal, drop in during the live music performances on Friday and Saturday nights. 13coins.com

Dine Under the Summer Sun | When the sun shines, head outside to dine! During the summer months, many Bellevue restaurants open seasonal patios or outdoor seating areas. Here are of some of our favorite places to dine with a side of sunshine.

Activities and Attractions

Inside jcoco’s pop up shop at Bellevue Square.

Chocolate Goes Chic in Bellevue | Introducing jcoco, a new line of American couture chocolate by Seattle Chocolate Company. The chocolate draws inspiration from cultures across the globe to create a fresh, contemporary style and original flavor combinations that are always chic and approachable. Visit jcoco’s colorful pop up shop, open through December in Bellevue Square, for a hands-on, sensory experience unlike any other chocolate shop around. For an even richer experience, set up a group tasting event to learn about (and try!) creative ways to pair the bars with different beverages and foods. jcocochocolate.com

Hop Aboard and Spot an Orca | It’s never been easier to spot whales during your trip to the Puget Sound region!  Puget Sound Express has expanded their offerings to include daily whale watching tours departing from Edmonds, a seaside community just 22 miles northwest of Bellevue. The tour takes passengers on a 4.5 hour tour to the San Juan Islands and back, making it an easy excursion from Bellevue. seattle.pugetsoundexpress.com

On the Fashion Front | The Parisian luxury fashion brand, Hermes, opened an expanded 10,000 square-foot boutique in June at The Shops at The Bravern. Also new to the Bravern is Catimini , a high end French children’s clothing brand. Soft Surroundings, a laid back, breezy clothing store recently opened at The Bellevue Collection. Two trendy apparel retailers, Japanese retailer Uniqlo and Spanish retailer Zara, are opening locations this fall at The Bellevue Collection.

Boutique Concert Venue is Music to our Ears | Bellevue’s newest performing arts center, Resonance, is a small 3,200 square-foot venue that hosts concerts featuring local, regional and national performing artists and musicians. The space is also available for private parties, weddings, corporate events and fundraisers. Upcoming Resonance Events

Bellevue Visitors Ride Free with Uber | Visit Bellevue Washington and Uber have partnered together to offer Bellevue visitors their first ride free up to $20. Simply text VISITBELLEVUE TO 827-222 to redeem. View Offer

Outdoor Summer Entertainment | During the summer months, we try to do anything we can to spend time outside – cue this year’s lineup of outdoor movies at Crossroads Park and outdoor concerts at Marymoor Park and Chateau Ste Michelle Winery. View a schedule of upcoming concerts here.

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