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Where to Stay

Hyatt Regency

Preferred hotel. Very nice. Walking distance to Bellevue Mall. Walking distance to our house.

Hilton Bellevue

Probably nice. South part of downtown, not too close to anything walkable.

Hampton Inn Bellevue

Across the 405 from downtown Bellevue, but still pretty close. They have free breakfast.

Hilton Garden Inn

Currently under construction - to be completed Winter 2016. Across the street from us.

Places to Eat

Lil Jons

Diner with big ass cinnamon rolls and good breakfast.

French Bakery

Best overall pastries. And croissants.

Broiler Bay

Good hamburgers and malts. Like Dairy Mart.

Daniel's Broiler

Nice fancy dining. Haven't been there yet.

13 Coins

Diner. Open 24 hours. And located in the Hyatt Bellevue.

Tutta Bella

Pretty good Neapolitan pizzas.

Spud Fish & Chips

Across from Juanita Beach in Kirkland with really good fish.

Italian Family Pizza

The home of the big ass pizzas and calzones. In Seattle.

Calozzi's Cheesesteaks

Haven't been there yet. But same family as Italian Family Pizza. Also in Seattle.

Cow Chips

Ridiculously good cookies. In Redmond.

Jack's Fish Spot

Another very good fish joint. In Pike Place Market in Seattle.


Mini sweet and savory pies in Fremont area of Seattle.

Taqueria El Rinconsito

Probably some of the better Mexican food in the area. Homemade corn tortillas and menudo.

Plaza Garcia

Mexican restaurant near Jaunita in Kirkland. Pretty good but no homemade flour tortillas.


Voted best Mexican food in the 425. It's fancy but nice. Good margeritas.

Tavern Hall

Lots of beer and food.

Local Burger

Gourmet burgers off Main St. Very very tasty.


Old school drive in. Good malts and burgers. Open late every day.

Dick's Drive-In

Seattle original. "Dick's is the place where the cool hang out".

Bellevue Food Truck Guide

Weekday rotation of food trucks that visit in and around downtown.

Pike Place Chowder

Award winning chowder. Really.

Oriental Mart

Legit Filipino food in the Market.

Pho Tai

One of our favorite places for Pho.

Kanishka Indian

Lunch Buffet. Everyday. So good.

Around Bellevue

Bellevue Christmas Parade

Link to last year's info and pics.

Bellevue Ice Skating

Link to last year's schedule and pics.

Garden d'Lights Festival

At the Botanical Gardens. Link to last year's info and pics.

Snoqualmie Falls

The waterfalls and lodge.


We have 2 Costcos that are pretty close. The hot dogs are still $1.50.


"Historically Hip" downtown area that looks like a movie set.

Crossroads Bellevue

More community center than mall. Awesome food court.

Bellevue Collection

The shopping mall in downtown Bellevue. Walking distance from the Hyatt.

Old Bellevue

Main Street in Bellevue. Also walking distance from the Hyatt.

Snoqualmie Casino

Indian Casino with good music and comedy concerts.

Woodinville Wine Country

If you like wine, they have lots of it. And beer.

Redmond Town Center

Very nice outdoor shopping area in Redmond downtown.

Bellevue Botanical Garden

Very peaceful trails on the eastside of the 405.

Bellevue Zip Tour

Apparently we have zip lines in Bellevue. From April to October.

KidsQuest Children’s Museum

In Downtown Bellevue. Brand new.

Stuff in Seattle

Pike Place Market

The famous market in Seattle - where they throw the fish.

Space Needle

There are a few museums here also.


Never been here. But it looks cool. For fish nerds.

Bainbridge Ferry

Ferry to Bainbridge, duh. It will be cold but still fun. You can use senior discount.

University of Washington

If you're interested in checking out the campus.

University Village

Very nice shopping area with lots of cool stores and cafes.

Chihuly Garden and Glass

Never been here, but looks cool.

Starbucks 1912 Pike

Where Starbucks started. Get a latte and a tour.

Clipper Vacations

From Seattle, day cruises to San Juan's for whale watching. Only operates May - September.

Argosy Cruises

From Seattle, day cruises around Puget Sound. Open operates May - September.

Pioneer Square

Where it all started, in downtown Seattle.

Fremont Troll

The troll under the bridge. In Fremont.

Alki Beach

Nice beach in West Seatlle. Also has some restaurants and bars nearby.

Japanese Garden

Haven't been there yet, but it looks like a good place for pictures.

Gas Works Park

On the banks of Lake Washington. It reminds me of a level from a video game.

UW Botanic Gardens

Haven't been there but looks camera friendly.

Future of Flight Museum

Best museum for airplane nerds with Boeing tours.

Olympic Sculpture Park

Outdoor park north of the market in downtown Seattle.

Pacific Science Center

Near the Space Needle. Has an IMAX theater and other cool sciency stuff.

Hot Cakes

Molten. Chocolate. Cakery.

Savor Seattle Food Tours

Walking tours around Seattle with lots of history and foods.

Underground Tour

Get into the bowels of Seattle history.

Out of Town

Leavenworth, Wa

About 2 hours away. Very cool Bavarian town.

Summit at Snoqualmie

Proper ski resort about 40 minutes from Bellevue.

Mt. Rainer

The Mountain. And a National Park.

San Juan Islands

Group of islands north of Seattle area. Whales, scenery and nature.

Rialto Beach

Part of Olympic National Park. A proper beach on the Pacific.

Cannon Beach

Another proper Pacific beach but this time in Oregon.

Victoria, B.C.

Not just the last cruise stop on the way back from Alaska.

Vancouver, B.C.

Just across the border to the north. Stanley Park, Gastown, etc.

Ape Cave Interpretive Site

Lava tube caves and bats. All near Mt. St. Helens.

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

In the month of April. All the tulips. Tours and camera friendly.

Snoqualmie Casino

Seattle's closest casino. Nice casino with Falls Buffet. They get a good lineup of stand up comics.

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquariam

In Tacoma. Has shark diving. Polar bears. Other very cool conservation stuff.