Visit Bellevue your way! Here is our guide on how to make the most out of your business trip to Bellevue:
When you’ve got important business to do, a breakfast of champions is a must, and Eques inside the Hyatt Regency Bellevue is a good bet for any style of morning meal. Go light and healthy with the smoked salmon egg white omelet, a little hipster with the avocado crab toast, or all-out decadent with a stack of tiramisu pancakes.
In the evenings, the cushy leather bar stools at lively Central Bar + Restaurant make the perfect perch for people-watching while you sip a handcrafted cocktail or local brew.
Alternatively, take advantage of this alone time by choosing whatever movie you want to see (no having to agree with anyone else!) and heading to the Cinemark Reserve Lincoln Square. This 21-plus theater features high-back recliners with seat warmers and unobstructed views. Press a button during the movie to get food and drinks; options include rosemary fries, pulled pork sliders, vanilla bean crème brûlée, and mojitos. It’s the most efficient dinner-and-a-movie night around.
For a more interactive experience, escape the real world and explore virtual spaces at Portal Virtual Reality Arcade & Lounge. Feel the adrenaline rush as you paraglide above a tropical island, discover the treasures (and terrors) hidden in an ancient Egyptian tomb, shoot hoops in a free-throw competition, or choose one of more than 50 other games.
Is keeping up with your workout routine on the road important to you? Bellevue has all the boutique studio experiences you could want, from taking a spin at Flywheel or SoulCycle to moving through downward dog at CorePower Yoga or Shakti Vinyasa Yoga to throwing a punch at JabX Kickboxing. Just don’t break a sweat deciding which one to try.
Get your exercise and some fresh air with a round at one of the area’s beautiful golf courses. Great options include the municipal Bellevue Golf Course and, farther afield, The Golf Course at Newcastle, 350 hilly acres offering 36 holes and panoramic views of Lake Washington.
If you have time, make the trek to Seattle—it’s only 20 minutes away—to visit iconic spots such as Pike Place Market, one of the oldest public farmers markets in the country, and the newly renovated Space Needle, now featuring a rotating glass floor 500 feet in the air. For an entertaining lesson in Seattle history, descend into the passageways beneath Pioneer Square, the city’s original downtown, with Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour.
Article was written by Haley Shapley for the 2019-20 Bellevue Visitor’s Guide. This is part of a “Visit Your Way” itinerary inspiration series, the other guides include the Family Retreat and the Romantic Couples guide!