An accessible, vibrant city located on the shores of Lake Washington, Bellevue is commonly known for a thriving business community and world-class shopping. However, it might just surprise you to find a delightful combination of both urban and outdoor adventures to suit a range of travelers. Below are some general story ideas as well as seasonal activities that reflect the varied events and activities through the year. Please let us know if we can help you with your story ideas.
Getaway for the Guys or Gals
Who says it's just the girls that need to getaway? Bellevue provides incredible options for weekend warriors and ladies of leisure alike. Those looking to lounge in the lap of luxury may enjoy a visit to Yuan Spa and an exploration of Bellevue's world-class shopping. Options range from the high-end designers and brands of The Bravern and Bellevue Collection to the small, independently owned boutiques and home décor shops of Old Bellevue. Or kick off a weekend with a Friday afternoon round of golf at Newcastle Golf Course, and take in the breathtaking panoramic views of Lake Washington, Mt. Rainier, the Olympic and the Cascade Mountains, and the city of Seattle. Round out the weekend with a steak dinner at Daniel's Broiler or John Howie Steak followed by live music at Bake's Place or a comedy show at The Parlor.
Just Get Out
Explore the natural environment of Bellevue's parks and natural areas.From the Mercer Slough Nature Park to Coal Creek Natural Areas, Bellevue is home to 2,500 acres of parks and open space, and nearly 100 miles of trails. Suggested stops include a visit to the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, a canoe or kayak trip on the Mercer Slough, a walk through the Bellevue Botanical Garden, and explorations along the Lake Hills Greenbelt, Weowna Park, and Coal Creek Natural Area.
Heritage and History
Learn about the history of Bellevue, from its farming and logging days to the network of coal mines which operated in the area.Start at Meydenbauer Beach Park, looking at the views enjoyed by the whaling fleet which called Meydenbauer Bay home.Continue the exploration with visits to Downtown Park, stopping at the World War I memorial marker and the foundation of the former school which was located on the park site.Tour Coal Creek Natural Area with guides from the Eastside Heritage Center, and make stops at Kelsey Creek Farm (home to a Washington State Heritage Barn), the Larsen Lake and Mercer Slough Blueberry Farms, and the Lake Hills produce stand.
Fun for Families
Find free and low-cost family activities in your backyard!Visit the Crossroads Water Spray Playground to take the heat off of those warm summer days.Continue with a visit to Kelsey Creek Farm, visiting with its resident farm animals.Finally, visit one of the many playgrounds in Bellevue for some outdoor fun, or-if it's raining-stop by a community center during one of the low-cost drop-in parent/child playtimes. Low cost family options include KidsQuest Children's Museum, the Discovery Challenge Course at Eastgate Park and rock climbing at Stone Gardens.
For the Cultured Class
Given its proximity to the city of Seattle, Bellevue's arts and entertainment offerings are often overlooked. With a nightlife all its own, a world-class museum and some of the city's top-rated restaurants, Bellevue is sure to provide the cultured class with something to write home about. A new ArtMap was recently introduced by the City of Bellevue to provide a walking tour of the city's more than 120 works of public art. The Bellevue Art Museum provides rotating exhibits of contemporary art while venues like Bake's Place and The Parlor provide live music and comedy shows, respectively.
Seasonal Story Sheets
Throughout the year Bellevue offers seasonal attractions and activities that we think might inspire story ideas, like Snowflake Lane presented by the Bellevue Collection and Garden D'light at Bellevue's Botanical Garden.