Girls’ trip to Bellevue

Fall is here, the leaves are turning and that often means that outdoor outings are winding down. Time to gather your girlfriends for a trip to Bellevue—a quick escape that offers high-end “spa-ing,” savvy shopping and lively dining. We recommend making the following stops for a memorable day in swanky Bellevue and perhaps getting a start on holiday shopping.

p1170273Truce, 600 Bellevue Way

Located at the Westin Bellevue, Truce offers upscale treatments in a tranquil boutique spa setting. A trip to Truce is a revitalizing vacation for your mind and body. Allow extra time for lingering in the infrared heated sauna and the cozy and inviting waiting lounge.

Phone: 425-454-0622, trucespa.com

Boutique shopping in Old Bellevue

10230 Main St.

A celebrated Pacific Northwest company. It takes four glass artists and three layers of glass to create each one-of-a-kind glass cup, votive or bowl. With each Glassybaby purchase, a portion of the proceeds goes to charities dedicated to healing.

Phone: 425-256-2927, glassybaby

Fran’s Chocolates, 10036 Main St.

Handcrafted artisan confections from a Pacific Northwest staple. The Bellevue location is an elegant European-style shop with selections by the piece, luxurious gift assortments and paired dessert wines.

Phone: 425-453-1698, franschocolates

520 Bar and Grill, 10146 Main St.

A pub-style grill that is a charming spot for ladies looking for yummy food and cocktails. We recommend the fish tacos, spicy and savory.

Phone: 425-864-7083, 520 Bar and Grill

Luxe shopping at The Shops at The Bravern, 11111 NE Eighth St.

The Bravern features classic, timeless architecture and lush landscaping, reflecting the intimate qualities of a European village while staying true to Northwest sensibilities. Start your browsing at Neiman Marcus for its well-edited selection of luxury merchandise and exemplary customer service in a spacious, contemporary setting. Stop in at Tod’s for shoes and leather goods that are entirely handcrafted in Italy. Moncler outerwear merges style with technological research assisted by experts in activities linked to the world of the mountain. And don’t miss a new addition to the Shops at the Bravern: the Prada boutique, combining contemporary, cutting-edge sophistication with one-of-a-kind, sublimely-crafted clothing and leather goods for men and women. shops-at-the-bravern-saturday-night-fountain

Phone: 425-456-8795, thebravern

Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St.

Bellevue Botanical Garden is an urban refuge, encompassing 53 acres of cultivated gardens, restored woodlands and natural wetlands. The garden is open until dusk.

Phone: 425-452-2750, bellevuebotanical