Bellevue: Discover Shops, Spas and Sips

Spring is here, which means the blossoms are starting to bud and chances are we are all a bit antsy to get out and about after a winter of hibernation. Need a vacation close to home? Check out Bellevue, for a little indulgence, outdoor outings, sips of wine and shopping.

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Spring is the perfect time to visit Bellevue by kayak. The Mercer Slough is teaming with foliage, and signs of spring are everywhere. Take your own kayak or canoe, or rent one starting in May from Enatai Beach Boathouse.

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Spend the afternoon shopping at The Shops at The Bravern, a 309,000-square-foot luxury retail space. It is a vibrant pedestrian-friendly outdoor shopping experience at the gateway to downtown Bellevue, just minutes away from the area’s recreational opportunities. Explore the Northwest’s only Neiman Marcus and designer boutiques including Louis Vuitton and Jimmy Choo.

Spa and Renew

So you’ve been outdoors a bit, you’ve shopped, and now it’s time to relax. Enjoy signature spa treatments at Skin Spirit at Bellevue Square. Skin Spirit Spa brings together the best of both worlds: cutting-edge technology and a luxurious spa-like setting. Personal attention, sincere answers and a calm environment will keep you at ease. It’s a perfect way to refresh skin for the spring season.

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After an afternoon of shopping and relaxation, enjoy dinner at Purple Café and Wine Bar. Besides an expansive wine selection, Purple Café and Wine Bar features a menu that blends classic American styles with seasonal Northwest ingredients—all in an informal atmosphere. Enjoy a Washington wine flight, and if you happen to have the kiddos/grandkids in tow, order them a special flight of their own—featuring four different kinds of milk (chocolate or caramel or exotic flavors) specially created for them. Our favorite item on the menu is the salmon over a bed of lentils. It’s a perfect dish to refresh and renew for spring.