Discovering the Breweries on Seattle’s Eastside

As long-time home to the Annual Washington Brewer’s Festival, the Eastside is no stranger to the popularity of the local craft beer scene. For a long while however, the number of brewers that called Seattle’s Eastside their permanent home were few and far between.

One of the notable improvements of the Eastside over the past decade, if we do say so ourselves, is the array of craft breweries setting up shop and taking the area by storm. The Eastside has truly become a haven for any beer connoisseur with over 20 brewery/tasting rooms currently in operation. As such – we are thrilled to put together this “virtual tour” of our Eastside breweries, that can be book marked and referenced for years to come.

As more brewers continue to find their way to the Eastside, it is our goal to keep this list updated as a master guide for Eastside residents and visitors looking to experience the region’s incredible beer scene. That being said, if you’re a new brewer to the area and don’t see yourself on the list, be sure to get in touch!

Eastside Brewery Guide Format

What this guide includes:

  • A comprehensive list and description of breweries (or tasting rooms for specific local brewers) organized by location, and found in: Woodinville, Redmond, Kirkland, Sammamish, Bellevue, Issaquah, and the Snoqualmie Valley
  • A top recommended or featured brew from each spot

What this guide does not include:

  • Geographic coverage does not go as far South as Renton, or as far North as Bothell (but these two cities definitely boast some awesome spots worth visiting that are just a hop skip away!)
  • Tap houses or pubs (but stick around for a future article on our favorite tap houses found around the Eastside!)

To jump to a specific City’s offerings use the below table of contents, or keep on scrolling to browse them all!

Table of Contents:

A final note before diving in – please be sure to check the Breweries’ websites for current operating hours and availability.


Breweries in Woodinville

Known for being a long time key player in the Pacific Northwest’s wine culture, Woodinville has evolved to now have a brag-worthy brewing scene as well. Located just under 13 miles from Seattle in the gorgeous Sammamish River Valley, Woodinville is our favorite spot for brewery hopping due to the proximity of many of the breweries to one another.

Triple Horn Brewing Co.

Open 365 days per year, this pet friendly establishment offers both indoor and open air patio seating, a rotating food truck schedule, and a variety of beers to suit any palate.

Featured Brew: Bloodgeon (4.7% ABV) This refreshing citrus flavored wheat ale incorporates the subtle raspberry-like citrus notes of the blood orange, and is perfect for a sunny summer day.

Sumerian Brewing Co.

If your looking for hops, you’ve come to the right place. Sumerian’s specialty seems to be hop-forward flavors, which they do well – as is apparent by their multiple award winning brews. Their tasting room offers indoor and outdoor seating, and is dog friendly as well. Fun fact from their website: “Sumerians were the first brewers in history over 6,000 years ago.” Sumerian Brewing Co. chose their name in honor of the incredible history of one of mankind’s most beloved beverages.

Featured Brew: Hopruption Double IPA (8.0% ABV) Their hop loaded, super balanced, multi AWARD winning IPA is their brewer’s recommendation, and utilizes Cascade, Centennial, Mosaic, and Citra hops.

Bosk Brew Works

This Northwest-made, German-inspired 30bbl craft brewery/beer hall is open for tasting Thursday – Sunday, and offers weekly “Food Truck Saturdays.” If you’re looking for incredible German Style brews, Bosk is a sure bet!

Featured Brew: A Woman’s Place (Is in the Brewery) (4.9% ABV) This dry-hopped vienna lager uses Munich malt as a base. Melandinian and Caramel 40 Malt add a complex toasty-bready flavors to this Austrian style beer. Dry hopped with the 2020 Pink Boots hop blend which consists of Azacca, El Dorado, Idaho Green and Loral hops. This offers tropical fruit, citrus and pine aromas.

Métier Brewing

Métier means “one’s calling,” and at Métier Brewing Company their calling is “brewing damn good beer and building stronger community to inspire bigger dreams for all.” Talk about a brewery that gives back – we are as impressed by their commitments to creating a more inclusive craft beer community as we are by their well rounded offering of perfectly brewed beer.

Their family, pet, and bike friendly location in the heart of Woodinville has both indoor and outdoor seating, and a regular rotation of food trucks and live music, making this one of our favorite spots on the Eastside.

Featured Brew: Coconut Porter (5.6% ABV) Infused with toasted coconut, their award winning Porter is silky smooth, rich and robust, with a touch of sweetness on the finish.

Good Brewing Co.

A nano-brewery, and one of the newest on the scene, Good Brewing Co. features premium ales and lagers, brewed and served in two locations in Woodinville. Their first taproom features 20 beers on tap, a full food menu, and is a family friendly establishment. Their newest taproom, opened in 2020 in the Hollywood district of Woodinville, is 21+ and offers their same great beer selection, but no food service.

Featured Brew: Gateway Pilsner (5.56% ABV) This clean and crisp Pilsner is well rounded with a hint of biscuit malt background.

Crucible Brewing

Located near 405 and the Interurban Trail, Crucible Brewing makes a fantastic pit stop for cyclists and urban hikers alike. Open Thursday through Sunday, they are kid and pet friendly, and focus on high-quality small-batch beer.

Featured Brew: Pink Drink Sour (4.5% ABV) This raspberry sour is a light, tart, and refreshing kettle sour, brewed with raspberry puree.

20 Corners Brewing

20 Corners Brewing offers an impressive variety of craft beer brewed just a few feet away from their Woodinville taproom. Their taproom is a must-visit on the Eastside, and is open 7 days per week with full food service including brunch, flatbreads, sandwiches and more.

Not only do they brew great beer, but 20 Corners also takes an impressive stand on brewing responsibly and protecting the great outdoors, with a commitment to do their part “to help protect the world in which we love to play by imbibing responsibly, supporting environmental non-profits, recapturing water from the brewing process, sourcing renewable energy, re-purposing spent grain into animal feed, and building energy-efficient breweries.”

Featured Brew: New England Juicy Pale Ale (5.5% ABV) This 2018 Brewers Choice Awards Silver Medal winner is a gorgeous hazy gold in the glass, and stars Citra and Ella hops that deliver notes of grapefruit, pineapple, and green herbaceous aromatics. A subtle malt character brings this beer to balance, making it incredibly drinkable.


Breweries in Kirkland

Each of Kirkland’s breweries are conveniently located within easy access from I-405, and make for a fabulous trio of spots during a visit or stay in this scenic water front town.

Brewing Savage Co.

In October 2020, Brewing Savage Co. became the newest brewery in Kirkland, taking over the tap house formally owned by Flycaster Brewing (who has since shut down). Owned by husband-wife team Will and Layken Savage, Brewing Savage offers an intimate taproom in Kirkland’s Totem Lake neighborhood with eight signature taps and two rotating small-batch seasonal taps.

Featured Brew: Coming Soon

Maelstrom Brewing Company

With an impressive line-up of 18 rotating taps, there’s something for everyone at Maelstrom. Offerings include a variety of pilsner, golden, scotch, pale and other ales, and of course several IPA offerings.

Featured Brew: Été Saison (5.8% ABV) This belgian-style farmhouse ale is fermented very warm with a special yeast which creates its fruity and peppery profile. Slightly earthy finish.

Chainline Brewing

Located along Kirkland’s Corridor Trail, Chainline is another pet and family friendly venue. As stated on their website, their “20 barrel Deutsche Beverage brewhouse inspired by our commitment to our Czech Style influences allows us to create unique recipes & utilize processes & equipment not often seen this side of the Atlantic.”At time of publishing they were in the process of opening a new taproom – stay tuned for updates on that!

Featured Brew: Cerne Czech Black Lager (5.4% ABV) A smooth-drinking, chocolaty and shockingly refreshing Czech black lager. This beer looks like a porter, but drinks like a dream, and was a 2018 World Beer Cup Bronze Medal winner.


Breweries in Bellevue

For having the largest population of any of our Eastside Cities, Bellevue’s beer scene is still catching up. They do have two fabulous breweries that currently call Bellevue home however, that are well worth the visit. As the second largest city-center in Washington State, we’re excited to see how the industry evolves here in coming years.

Bellevue Brewing Company

Bellevue’s first locally owned craft brewery, Bellevue Brewing Company was founded in 2012 and offers a huge indoor taproom, full food menu, and welcomes minors until 8PM. Their laid-back industrial vibe is a welcome feature to the Eastside as is their selection of aromatic beer styles “characterized by clean, nuanced flavors, and excellent balance.”

Featured Brew: Sudo Crazy Hazy IPA (6.2% ABV) An unapologetically aromatic, juicy IPA featuring notes of passion fruit, orange, guava, and a mosaic hop finish.

Resonate Brewery & Pizzeria

Because, whats not meant to be about the marriage between pizza and beer? Resonate boasts impressive qualifications backing their brews including over 50 awards, and an owner that is a certified Beer Judge. They offer a healthy supply of IPAs as well as a little something for everyone. Whats even better, Resonate takes their pizza as seriously as their beer. Their dough goes through a 72-hour fermentation cycle, producing an irresistible Alla-Romana style pie. If you have yet to stop by for a visit, we suggest you put Resonate at the top of your list.

Featured Brew: Gold Digger Kolsch (5.5% ABV)


Breweries in Redmond & Sammamish

Found on the Eastern perimeter of Lake Sammamish, Redmond and Sammamish have a small but mighty team of notable craft breweries that have made themselves at home in various business parks and shopping centers around the cities. Their incognito locations attract a laid-back crowd and culture that we have totally loved being a part of. Like Woodinville, several breweries are found clustered within close proximity, making a Redmond brew tour a perfect afternoon outing for any hop lover.

Big Block Brewery

With two taproom locations – one in Redmond and the other the only brewery in Sammamish – Big Block is a much welcomed addition to our Eastside suburbs. We’ve watched them grow (and enjoyed their beers) since their humble origins of brewing out of their brewery/tap room in the garage of their Sammamish home. Their current Sammamish location, right off of Lake Sammamish, offers large indoor and outdoor seating areas, and a variety of jumbo outdoor games to keep you busy during your visit. Their Sammamish location is 21+, but their new Redmond location is an all ages venue.

Featured Brew: “The Boss” Honey Pale Ale (7% ABV) Big Block adds raspberry honey to this Pale Ale during the boil, during which a majority of the sugars are fermented out leaving behind a slight citrus and floral undertone. Northern Brewer and Cascade hops are then added to make a complex, smooth, and easy drinking beer.

Mac & Jack’s Brewing Company

One of the “pioneers” in the Eastside region, Mac & Jack’s has been brewing up fan favorites since 1993 out of their business park location right by the East entrance to Marymoor Park. Over 20 years later owners Mac, and Jack, are still brewing with an earned quality and consistency that has made them an industry leader.

Featured Brew: City Swim Lager (5% ABV) City Swim is a clean, crisp, light dry-hop lager with hints of melon and tropical fruits, built for those days you want to be enjoying the outdoors.

Postdoc Brewing

Just a couple doors down from Mac & Jack’s you’ll find Postdoc Brewing. From paint nights to beer and chocolate pairing events, an ongoing offering of food trucks and trivia nights, there’s always a reason to come to Postdoc. We love their location right outside Marymoor Park which makes them a perfect choice for post run or ride on the Sammamish River Trail. They’re also pet (and kid) friendly so head on over after a visit to the Dog Park or youth sports activity.

Featured Brew: Seamus O’Brien Irish Stout (4.4%ABV) This dry Irish stout is served on a nitro pour for a smooth body and mild roasted notes.

Black Raven Brewing Co.

A long standing favorite of the Eastside community, Black Raven actually has two taprooms – their original Redmond location (which is 21+) and a second Woodinville location (Family friendly). They do beer, and they do it well. With a large variety of beers and many award winners among them, it’s hard to pick just one of our Black Raven favorites to feature. They offer unique flavor profiles without overdoing it, in household favorites such as their Kitty Kat Blues, a pale ale incorporating hints of dried blueberries, vanilla beans and hibiscus. To round out their offerings they bring in a variety of food trucks on a rotating schedule, making them an easy place to spend an afternoon.

Featured Brew: Festivus Holiday Ale (7.1% ABV)  Black Raven’s Festivus ale is brewed in the holiday spirit with cranberries, various citrus peel fruit and a brewer’s secret blend of spices. Keep a look out for its release annually in the Fall.


Breweries in Issaquah

A City tucked in the valley between the scenic Issaquah Alps and the neighboring Sammamish Plateau, Issaquah makes an amazing base-camp for outdoor adventures and more. Their local breweries have been the site of many of our post-hike/swim/bike refreshments.

Paddle Brewing Co.

This Issaquah based microbrewery sells craft beers via pint sales, bottles and growler fills both out of their licensed garage brewery, and via their website. In other words, we want to be like them when we grow up! Their onsite tasting room is temporarily closed due to COVID, but be sure to check out their site for local brews to-go.

Featured Brew: Brewer’s Choice Their tap list is always changing so check out what small batch brews they have available by visiting their website.

A mouthwatering “Tandem” Double IPA from Paddle Brewing

Formula Brewing

Formula Brewing is the newest on the scene. Their All-American 15 barrell brewing operation is tucked right in a small business park in Issaquah, with easy access from I-90 and just a jaunt down the road to the incredible Lake Sammamish State Park. Their indoor/outdoor tap room and biergarten are open daily, and their kitchen (serving up house made pizzas and salads!) is open Thursday-Sunday. They’ve got a healthy variety and ever growing tap list, with something to appeal to any variety of tastes.

Featured Brew: Cashmere IPA (6% ABV) From their single hop IPA series featuring Cashmere hops. Aroma attacks in this brew with tropical fruit (papaya), and candy, and finishes out with hints of watermelon and mint.


Breweries in the Snoqualmie Valley & Beyond

The Snoqualmie Valley is easily one of the most picturesque regions East of Seattle. With the vast and green farmlands of Duvall, Carnation, and Fall city, and the Main Street America appeal of the mountain towns of Snoqualmie and North Bend, making yourself at home in the Valley is hard not to do. If you find yourself heading to the “far East” side of the Eastside, be sure to make one of these breweries a final stop for your day.

Valley House Brewing Co. (Duvall)

Valley House Brewing Co. is a 21+ craft brewery, tap room, and restaurant situated right on the main drag (literally on Main Street) in the charming Duvall Downtown, that serves up a variety of fresh beer, cider, food, and local wines. Their food menu offerings have a down-to-earth farm-to-table vibe, and their small but mighty tap lineup has our mouth watering.

Featured Brew: Nitro Squirrel Nut Barrel Aged Dunkelweizen (6.9% ABV) Their dunkelweizen is aged in bourbon barrels, with dark rum soaked toasted coconut, then served on Nitrogen.

No Boat Brewing Company (Snoqualmie Ridge)

Located in a giant warehouse in the unsuspecting Snoqualmie Ridge suburbs, No Boat is a 21+ venue offering indoor and outdoor seating and a daily rotation of food trucks Tuesday through Sunday. Stop by post hike or visit to the stunning nearby Snoqualmie Falls, for a delicious brew and daily food truck offerings.

Featured Brew: Bia Hoi Vietnamese Lager (4.1%)

Snoqualmie Falls Brewery (Snoqualmie)

A longstanding staple of the Snoqualmie Valley, Snoqualmie Falls Brewery has stood the test of time. They’re owned by five friends, and as they’ve grown over the years, have remained independently owned, and recently re-branded and expanded to add an outdoor seating area. Their family friendly, full service restaurant and brewery is a must visit on any trek through the greater Snoqualmie Valley.

Featured Brew: Wildcat IPA (6.6% ABV) Wildcat IPA is a single hopped IPA with Columbus hops. A generous amount of Munich Malt gives it balance, body, and a great overall mouth-feel. Copper color, full body but light and well balanced. Big bitter hop profile is smoothed out by the rich malt flavors. Still has a nice hoppy finish.

Volition Brewing (North Bend)

Aiming to combine their love of experimentation with brewing up styles that appeal to a variety of tastes and patrons, Volition states “We view the creation of beer through overlapping genres, in which well-defined and not-so-well-defined styles exist.” Their philosophy is reflected on their tap list which includes lots of approachable beers, hop forward beers, and fruit and farmhouse specials. This newer North Bend brewery is open daily, kid and pet friendly, and offers an almost daily appearance of favorite local food trucks.

Featured Brew: Sungun Belgian Witbier (5.1% ABV) Orange, spice, and everything nice! Big bursts of Orange Bubble Yum, orange spicecake, ginger snap, and marmalade shine through in their sunny Belgian Witbier made with fresh navel orange zest.

Dru Bru (Snoqualmie Pass)

The last stop on our list, you’ll find Dru Bru down I-90 East, at the base of the Snoqualmie Pass Ski Resort area. Open year round, you can’t find a more gorgeous back drop for your beer drinking endeavors than here. Open to all ages, seven days per week, once you know they’re there it’s hard NOT to stop by during any trip over/up to the pass.

Featured Brew: Hoppy Collab Hazy IPA (6.5% ABV) A collaboration with Yakima Valley Hops and Haas Hops, which combines the new Bru-1 and other hops to create distinct aromas of pineapple and herbal undertones.

An Eastside Beach for Every Week of Summer

While anyone native to the Greater Eastside will tell you that Summer does not “officially” start in the Pacific Northwest until after the fourth of July, there are technically 13 glorious weeks between the summer solstice in June and fall equinox in September, that bring warmer temps and (some) sunnier skies to our beautiful region.  We have yet to find a better way to enjoy the heat and longer days, than a visit to one of the many cool and refreshing lakes and beaches around Seattle’s Greater Eastside.

With several of our Eastside cities forming the perimeters of two large lakes – Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish – these two lakes alone offer multiple access points for swimming throughout various Eastside cities. There are also two smaller lakes that are favorites for swimming – Beaver Lake, and Pine Lake. Both are resident favorites and located in Sammamish. Read on to learn more about our 13 must-visit lakeside destinations, to keep you splashing all summer long. 


Places to Swim in Sammamish

Pine Lake Park

Tucked into the heart of Sammamish is the magical Pine Lake Park, a resident favorite place for swimming and exploring.  With a small, shallow entry beach, and a significant size dock, there is suitable depth swimming for kids (and adults) of all ages.  One downside is that there is not a sandy beach area for younger kids to play. Seasonal lifeguards are on duty here during the summer months, and motorized watercraft are not allowed on the lake, so it makes an awesome spot for longer distance open water swimming.

The park is also a great option for longer outings.  On any given day you’ll find a number of families fishing off the dock, kids taking full advantage of the multiple playgrounds, and friends gathering for outdoor celebrations in one of the many picnic shelters or picnic table alcoves. The park offers plenty of shade under the trees, and an exterior loop trail perfect for walking with young kiddos. Important to note is that the parking lot is about a five minute walk from the swimming area, but there is access closer to the beachfront for passenger drop-off and unloading.

Beaver Lake Park

Beaver Lake Park is a personal favorite on the list, and has us coming back year after year.  If you are looking for a low-key place to spend a day, venture up to Sammamish and give this park a try.  Even when the parking lot is full, it never feels that crowded once you enter the park area. The swim area is super small, but we’ve never seen more than a handful of families here at any given time, and it is hands down our top spot for open water swimming during triathlon training season. There are no motorized watercraft, and an out and back to the infamous “rock” at the opposite end of the lake is about 1.4 miles, a perfect distance for those training for a half or full iron distance tri. Being the smallest lake on our list, Beaver Lake is typically the first to warm up in the season, and we’ve swam in wetsuits here as early as late April.

Like Pine Lake, there is no sandy play area for young children, but there are several picnic tables and benches, a large shelter available for rent, and grassy areas/trails for running and exploring. A short trail (about 10 minute walk by our estimation) takes you through the woods and over to an off-leash dog park, playground, and several ball fields, as well as an additional parking lot. Please note that there are no lifeguards on duty here, and if you are going for water access be sure to park near the Beaver Lake Lodge lot, not the ball fields/dog park side.

The quiet little beach at Beaver Lake

Sammamish Landing Park

Located right off the East Lake Sammamish Trail and East Lake Sammamish Parkway, the Sammamish Landing Park is one of the newer swimming holes in the area, and is a great destination to get to by bicycle. This swim area is unique as it offers multiple micro beach access areas that provide private nooks of sand and water access all along the shore of Lake Sammamish, as well as a large grass area with a dock on each end of the main section of the park.  There is not much shade besides the trees that line the water, and a single picnic shelter available if you are ambitious enough to get there early in the day.

There is a new small parking lot, but other than that it is all on-street parking along E. Lake Sammamish Parkway, so on the hottest summer days parking here can be a challenge.  A convenient feature of the Sammamish Landing are the outdoor showers for rinsing after your swim.

The shoreline trail and one of the many swim access points at Sammamish Landing

Places to Swim in Redmond

Idylwood Beach Park  

Almost directly across the lake from Sammamish Landing Park is Idylwood Beach Park.  This 18-acre beauty has a large swimming area that is perfect for kids, or adults looking for a location for open water swim practice.  It is also a great place if you want to launch a small watercraft like a kayak or canoe, as it offers access to a small boat launch. Idylwood’s bathhouses, gorgeous views of Lake Sammamish, and sand volleyball pits, make it a great choice for a weekend of recreating with friends.

Cons of the park are the smaller parking lot (overflow parking is available, just a further walk away) and it can get quite busy during summer months, but it is well worth a visit.


Places to Swim in Issaquah

Lake Sammamish State Park

The only State Park on this list, Lake Sammamish State Park is hands down our favorite for bringing kids young and old. It is easily accessible from I-90, has two large swim beaches with roped off swim areas, a large sandy beach, and several massive playground areas. It also offers outdoor shower facilities, as well as seasonal gear rentals, if you want to give kayaking or paddle boarding a try. A plethora of picnic tables and large grassy areas make the State Park a perfect spot for an all-day BBQ or picnic.

There is ample parking, but you must have a Discover Pass or purchase a daily pass at the gate to park there. If you are looking to launch a motorized boat, the park also offers a boat launch located at a separate entrance off of East Lake Sammamish Parkway.

Nothing but blue at Lake Sammamish State Park

Places to Swim in Kirkland

Marina Park

Located right in the heart of downtown Kirkland, Marina Park in an iconic spot in Kirkland. It boasts a sandy beach, picnic tables, and a great view looking out over lake Washington. This spot is unique in that it is walking distance to various shops and restaurants in downtown Kirkland, making it a perfect place for a swim followed by lunch or dinner al fresco. We love the energy and excitement of the waterfront strip in Kirkland – it is definitely a highlight of the City and the Eastside as a whole.

Additional notes: We would not recommend this as a spot for open water swimming due to boat traffic, and just generally being more busy, and plan on paying for parking. You may get lucky and find street parking, but as of writing the lot closest to the beach is a paid lot.

Houghton Beach Park

Just south of downtown Kirkland is Houghton Beach Park.  This a great alternative to Marina Park if you’re looking for something a little less crowded and further off the “beaten path.” It has a wide-open grass and beach area, so you will get nothing but sun here on a hot day.  Houghton includes a nice swim area, playground, and a beach volleyball set-up. There is both onsite and street-side parking available.

Juanita Beach Park

The largest waterfront park in Kirkland, Juanita Beach is a mush visit.  It’s great for those with younger kiddos as it offers both an enclosed swimming area and seasonal lifeguards on duty.  There is also a playground, public dock, beach volleyball court, horse shoe pit, and ample lawn area to set up camp for the day. 

One of our favorite perks of this location is that it right across the street from Spud Fish and Chips, an iconic seafood restaurant that has been a staple in the Juanita Beach area since 1969.   


Places to Swim in Bellevue

Meydenbauer Bay Park

For the years we lived in downtown Bellevue Meydenbauer Bay Park was our go-to spot for open water swimming.  Since leaving Bellevue over half a decade ago, this spot has gone from good to great, and is well worth the drive back for summer time visits. The park was completely overhauled over the past couple years, creating a larger and more protected swimming area, new playground, additional parking, and more overall room for visitors. 

The Park is so serene, you wouldn’t know the high rises and bustle of Bellevue’s Downtown core is just a few blocks away.  Once you are finished with your day at the beach, head a couple blocks over to Old Main Street and pop into one of the many restaurants with outdoor seating, or head to the wonderful Downtown Park for a stroll and some people watching. 

The beautifully designed Meydenbauer Bay Park

Enatai Beach Park

Enatai Beach is a unique location as it is partially located under local interstate I-90, and has access to two separate bodies of water. Come for Lake Washington, where we recommend heading in for a swim, but also the Mercer Slough (note: slough is PNW for NOT for swimming in). Local outdoor retailer REI hosts the REI Boathouse at Enatai Beach Park that offers rental kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, and canoes that can be paddled down the slough or on the lake for fun non-swimming water activity. In the past we’ve spotted a variety of wild creatures (turtles, herons, and more) kayaking on the slough so it makes for a fun outing.

Like most of the spots on our list Enatai also offers a playground, and has a smaller, hidden away feel for a quiet day.

Enatai beach

Newcastle Beach Park

Located in the Newcastle area in South Bellevue, this park is one of the more quaint on our list, and is a neighborhood favorite so can get quite busy. It is a perfect spot for bringing young kiddos or stopping by at non-peak hours. It offers a small sand beach, public dock, roped off swim area, small playground and nature trails.


Places to Swim in Mercer Island

Clarke Beach Park

You can find this great little beach on the Southeast shore of Mercer Island.  Clarke Beach is nestled into the trees which provide a good shade cover, this park offers a roped off swim area, dock and picnic areas. Be prepared for a short hike down to the beach area. Once you get there it’s likely you’ll be one of just a few visitors, as the more remote location of this park seems to keep it less busy. If you’re looking for a quieter experience, Clarke Beach is definitely one to check out.

Luther Burbank Park

Last on our list, but definitely not least, is the giant 77 acre Luther Burbank Park. Located on the North Central shore of Mercer Island, Luther Burbank is a local destination for swimming, fishing, boating and more.  The Park has two separate parking areas that lead to a variety of trails and water access points. We recommend parking in the main lot, as it is central in the Park and provides easy access to the two main swim areas, gigantic playground, fishing dock, dog park and more. Regardless of where you park, be prepared for some walking. Both paved and gravel trails loop throughout the park to the various amenities, and it is about a 15 minute walk from one end of the park to the other.

In regards to the swimming areas – if you are looking for sand, head to the Swim Beach area marked on the map to the South. We prefer the water access area at Calkins Point (past the dog park) as it is a bit more scenic and still has a small sand area for younger kids too. If you’re looking for a spot to bring your four legged family members along too, Luther Burbank is at the top of our list. Although dogs are not allowed in the main swimming area, there is an entire off-leash park that includes water access.


Note: Be sure to check all park and city websites before visiting to get updated information on park rules, conditions, availability of lifeguards, and any possible closures. All water sports should be approached with proper precaution and supervision.

The Eastside’s Top Restaurants for Dinner with a View

There is no shortage of options for scenic dining on Seattle’s Eastside. From sweeping skylines and waterfront views of Lake Washington, to the greenery and mountain tops of the Snoqualmie Valley, we’re so excited to share some of our favorite spots with you. Without further ado – let’s dig in!


Salish Lodge & Spa (Snoqualmie)

Located at the top of Snoqualmie Falls, the Salish Lodge & Spa is a quintessential Pacific Northwest retreat featuring an 86 guest room lodge, two dining options, and a full service spa. Both dining options feature jaw-dropping views of the Falls and Snoqualmie River below. The Dining Room, the Salish Loge & Spa’s more formal option, offers a mouth watering line-up of surf and turf options, as well as a vegan specific menu for plant based guests. The Attic, a more casual dining option, features a wide variety of menu items, but highlights include stone fired pizzas fresh out of their stone hearth oven, and seasonal cocktails.

Aside from the fantastic views and food, some of the things we love most are their use of seasonal, local ingredients, and the overall experience. We spent our wedding night here, and waking up to a rainbow over the huge waterfall was one of the most magical experiences of our lives. It’s hard to believe this gem is right in our own back yard!

Mount Si Golf Course (North Bend)

If fine dining isn’t your thing, or you’re looking to couple your meal with a round of golf or scenic hike, we recommend heading out to the Mount Si Golf Course in North Bend. Situated right at the base of the gorgeous Mt. Si, the restaurant located at the Mount Si Golf Course offers a selection of burgers, sandwiches and more, with an incredible view of the nearby Mountain and outdoor patio seating option.

The Calcutta Grill at the Newcastle Golf Club (Newcastle)

You don’t have to love golf to enjoy the views you’ll find on the two outdoor dining patios at Calcutta Grill. Found 900 ft. above the Puget Sound at the Newcastle Golf Club and offering uninterrupted panoramic views of the Seattle skyline, the Calcutta Grill is home to one of the Eastside’s best happy hours and a diverse dinner menu, featuring both meat and unique plant based options.

Your dinner view at Newcastle’s Calcutta Grill.

Daniel’s Broiler (Bellevue)

One of the Seattle area’s most iconic steak house chains, Daniel’s Broiler in Bellevue is located on the 21st floor of a Downtown Bellevue high rise. Served alongside breath taking views of the Olympic Mountain Range and Seattle skyline, is a menu of award winning steak and seafood entrees. This is definitely one of the priciest spots on our list, but is worth visiting at least once if you appreciate fine dining and are looking to splurge.

Ascend Prime Steak and Sushi (Bellevue)

The only spot on our list that we have yet to personally dine at (hopefully we’ll change that soon!), and also on the spendier side, is Ascend Prime Steak and Sushi. Ascend offers a unique PNW twist to the classic steak house menu – in addition to their top quality steak offerings, they have a variety of sushi rolls and sashimi. Rounding out their options is a separate fully plant based menu, making Ascend a standout pick for fine dining guests with a variety of dietary preferences. You can find them on the 31st floor of the Lincoln Square South-Tower in Downtown Bellevue, where incredible lake and city views are featured through floor-to-ceiling windows.

Sunset in the Ascend dining room.

Anthony’s HomePort (Kirkland)

The very first Anthony’s HomePort location, founded in 1975, is situated on the Kirkland waterfront and offers incredible views of Lake Washington and the Seattle Skyline. With 19 locations throughout Washington, Oregon and Idaho, this Pacific Northwest chain knows seafood. We have had countless celebrations here with family over the years, and never a disappointing experience.

If you’re up for an early meal, their “Sunset Dinner Special” offers a 3 course meal for $25 per person – a significant discount from their standard entree prices.

The view from Anthony’s Dining Room.

Beach Cafe at the Woodmark Hotel (Kirkland)

There is no question why several couples we know have been married at the Woodmark Hotel. This lakefront property has year-round vacation vibes, and provides a high quality experience without pretentiousness. Their menu is primarily seafood based, with a couple of meat and plant based options. Whether staying for a night or just for a meal, the Woodmark is a sure bet for stunning Lake Washington views and a memorable time.

Tanoor (Sammamish)

The newest restaurant on our list and another more casual option is Tanoor in Sammamish. Offering authentic Lebanese fare that is Halal and celiac friendly, their menu features items such as cold and hot mezze appetizers, kabobs, shawarma, and sandwiches that include many vegetarian friendly options. In a town of more mainstream offerings, they are an incredible new addition with a great view of Sammamish and unique open air indoor dining experience.


That rounds out our list – be sure to let us know if you check out one of the spots mentioned above and what you think!

Eight Off-Leash Dog Parks on the Eastside for Your Furry Friend

The Eastside has so many amazing options when it comes to outdoor places to take your pooch, from hikes down the I-90 corridor to strolls through the local downtown parks, however we all know Fido’s favorite is to get the opportunity to roam free.  That’s why we’ve put together this list of eight off-leash dog parks in the greater Seattle area your pup will be begging you to go back to time and again.

From small community free-runs, to large open fields and swimming holes, there’s a huge variety in what our local off-leash parks have to offer, and wherever you may be venturing for the day there’s a spot nearby for your four legged friend to play.  At the end of the article we’ve included a handy chart of which parks have swimming, separate small day play areas, and dog washes.


Marymoor Off-Leash Dog Park (Redmond)

There is a reason this park is often referred to as “Doggy Disneyland”.  It truly is a magical place if you own a dog (or seven).

Part of King County’s Marymoor Park, this 40 acre off-leash park has something for everyone.  It’s easy to spend a couple hours wandering the wide open spaces, trails, and multiple waterfront access points along the Sammamish slough for swimming. Our favorite days at Marymoor are always when they’ve put out the mounds of fresh bark – perfect for jumping in before it gets spread around.

To top it off, Marymoor has every pet owner’s favorite amenity – a convenient dog wash station.  Cons of this park are few, but one would be that it’s not the best for timid dogs due to the size of the park and amount of dogs that are typically there. An additional “con” would be the fact that parking cost $1 for the visit. We find it well worth it however, and there are always ample spots available. 

Luther Burbank Off-Leash Dog Area (Mercer Island)

Luther Burbank Park is a wonderful 77 acre community space located on the North shore of Mercer Island, which includes an off-leash area in the Northeast corner of the park. It is a beautiful stroll to get to the off-leash area, and the area itself includes water access for swimming in Lake Washington.  The open space is a bit sandy, but fear not – there is a spot to rinse your pup as well.  

A favorite amenity of the park is a separate area for the smaller pups to use, if desired.  It’s not usually too crowded, but be aware that parking is more limited.

Robinswood Animal Corral (Bellevue)

Attached to the quaint Robinswood Community Park in Bellevue, this is a great place to go if you want to have some off-leash time in a corralled open space, but also leash up and adventure the trails that run through the rest of the park. There are actually two separate fenced-in free-run areas in the park: one by the main parking entrance, and a second found about a 5 minute walk down the trails towards the tennis courts. One of the smaller off-leash places on our list, the corrals iare a mix of sand and dirt, and there are usually extra tennis balls to play with and water to get your pup a drink.

One thing to be aware of before you go: the corral fence is not the tallest, so if you have a jumper you may want to be cautious. 

Jasper’s Dog Park (Kirkland)

Jasper’s is a great little escape nestled in a green belt area, on the back of a business park in Northern Kirkland. It is easy to get to from the main Totem Lake exit off I-405, and offers a separate small dog area, and a larger open space for all dogs to run.  Parking is limited here and on-street only, but it is typically not too crowded.  If you have mobility issues, please note that a large part of this park is on an incline.

Issaquah Highlands Bark Park (Issaquah)

Located high up in the scenic Issaquah Highlands, the Bark Park is another great destination for locals and those looking to venture out of their normal routine to check out a new spot. Like most of the smaller free run spaces, it never seems too busy and has a separate “small dog” play area.  There is free off-street parking, and a playground just down the street where the two-legged kiddos can play.

This park is largely on an incline so be aware if you or your pup need a flatter space. 

Beaver Lake Dog Park (Sammamish)

Beaver Lake Park in Sammamish is an amazing park to visit as a whole, with waterfront fishing and swimming, a nice 20 minute walking loop through the woods, a playground, ball fields and more. Included as well is the nice sized off-leash area. It is a fully fenced in, with a small wooded area at the back of the open free run. Bags are provided, and there are water fountains for both you and your pups.  There is also a separate small dog area.

The dog park is located near the West entrance of the park near the ball fields, right off of 244th Ave SE. 

Carnation Off-Leash Park (Carnation)

Venturing East into the Snoqualmie Valley, just over the hill from Redmond and Sammamish, you will find this 8-acre gem.  There is not a separate small dog area in this large grassy play field, however the scenery of surrounding hillsides cannot be beat. 

If you want to explore more, you can leash up and head down the road to Tolt-MacDonald Park or the nearby Snoqualmie Valley Trail.

The grassy field of the Carnation off-leash park

Three Forks Off-Leash Park (Snoqualmie)

If you are looking to get out away from the crowds, you can head a little farther East to Three Forks Off-Leash Park in Snoqualmie.  Here you will find a great open space for your dog to roam and an amazing view of Mt. Si.  They also have a separate area for small and shy dogs. 


Eastside Off-Leash Parks Quick Guide

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Five Tasty Teas to Try on Seattle’s Eastside

In the spirit of silver lining, one benefit of the Seattle area’s near constant overcast is that morning temps remain cool enough year round to thoroughly enjoy a warm beverage. In the land of coffee and Starbucks headquarters, tea tends to take a back seat. But if you can’t (or don’t) enjoy the beans that are one of the region’s claims to fame, or are like us and (heaven forbid) just enjoy tea much more, then these five specialty tea beverages are worth seeking out.

One additional note before we jump in – these are some of our favorite specific novelty tea beverages, not a list of our favorite shops based on their specific line of teas or tea selection.


Bellevue

Third Culture Coffee – Honey Rose Matcha

An organic matcha latte with honey and rosewater. Slightly sweet with the gentle caffeine kick of matcha green tea powder- this drink is a must try for those that like a fragrant, earthy tea. Conveniently located right next to Bellevue’s Downtown Park, Third Culture is the perfect place to grab a spot of tea and enjoy some fresh air.

Bellevue’s Downtown Park, Just a short walk from Third Culture

Issaquah

Issaquah Coffee Company – Chai Tea Latte

Ahh Chai, quite possibly the quintessential “entry level tea drinker’s” tea drink. It’s spicy sweetness can be found as a staple at most all coffee shops these days, however most often chai lattes are made with a commercial, overly sweetened, pre-made syrup or dissolving powder. Not at ICC however! Their chai latte starts with a house made spice and tea blend, and is mixed with your choice of dairy or dairy free milk options.

Delicious Homemade Chai from Issaquah Coffee Company

Bonus tip: If you’re in Issaquah and looking to pick up some high quality loose leaf teas, be sure to pop into Experience Tea on Front Street. They also offer some unique tea tasting and education group events!

Redmond

SoulFood CoffeeHouse – Hippie on the Beach

The only place we’ve ever found this dreamy tropical blend of an amazing non-artificial coconut black tea, and creamy hemp milk. Also the only place we’ve ever heard a barista call out “hippie on the bar!” You won’t regret a trip to SoulFood.

SoulFood CoffeeHouse

Peet’s Coffee – Lavender Tea Latte

House made lavender syrup is added to Mighty Leaf’s Summer Solstice tea – a blend of refreshing China and India black teas – and finished with steamed milk or non-dairy milk. 

Kirkland

Zoka Coffee – Thai Iced Tea

If you’ve never been to Zoka, it is a must visit on the Eastside. Our final spot is the triple threat of our list: they have a gorgeous shop right off the Kirkland waterfront, an amazing thai iced tea – which we have a hard (impossible) time finding outside of thai restaurants, and a Magic Bar. Yes, that’s correct, it’s magic, and we realize it has nothing to do with tea. However, this heavenly, gigantic mashup of coconut, oats, chocolate, and other worldly goodness cannot not be mentioned when encouraging a visit to Zoka – you’ll thank us later.


There you have it folks – five of our favorite local tea treats. Give them a try and let us know what you think!

Doughnut Shops Sure to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Keto diets be damned! It’s almost Father’s Day weekend, and everyone knows the best part about Father’s Day, besides the Dads of course… are the doughnuts. And if you happen to find yourself on Seattle’s Eastside there’s no shortage of spots to satisfy the whole family’s sweet tooth. In this post we’ll share six of our favorite spots for doughnuts on the Eastside.


Top Pot (Redmond, Issaquah, Bellevue, Kirkland)

Okay – our first stop is technically four. As one of our favorite spots for variety and novelty, local chain Top Pot Doughnuts has four Eastside locations. But if you try one from each spot does it count as one doughnut or four? We’ll leave that to you to decide. But anyways…we digress.

Top Pot was started by two brothers with a single location on Seattle’s Capitol Hill and has since expanded to 19 locations around the Puget Sound Region. On the Eastside, they feature locations in Issaquah, Redmond, Bellevue, and Kirkland that offer more than 40 options on any given day. In addition to the classic favorites they offer unique seasonal specials like Apple Cider Cake, and Pumpkin Cheesecake Bismarks, that are a must try on a crisp Fall morning in Washington. Note that the Top Pot doughnuts offered in local grocery chains, from my tasting experience, are smaller and less delicious in my opinion vs. seeking out the ones fresh from the shop.

Legendary Doughnuts

Aside from being the size of a grown toddler’s head, the maple bars at Issaquah’s Legendary Doughnuts are well, legendary. As one reviewer wrote “I drive 20+ minutes each way to get these….and they are TOTALLY WORTH IT.” We hear you RaeAnn, we hear you. Dragging someone along whose not into sweets? First of all, who is this person? Secondly – Legendary has them covered with their savory grilled doughnut paninis – a doughnut bun piled high with savory fillings, and grilled to perfection.  

Krispy Kreme (Issaquah)

A nationwide chain, Krispy Kreme obviously doesn’t have the Mom and Pop shop appeal BUT, there is just something about them. Like, what’s that saying – once you pop you can’t stop? A dozen of their addictive glazed originals won’t last more than 15 minutes in your office, and the entertainment factor of watching the doughnuts in production makes a family outing to the shop a kid favorite.

Sunrise Donuts and Espresso (Redmond)

Tucked into a quiet corner just off the Northwest corner of Redmond’s Marymoor Park, Sunrise Donuts is a hidden gem of Redmond, with doughnuts that are hand-made and hand-cranked early each morning. The drip coffee they offer is called “The Meaning of Life.” Enough said.

Sunrise Donuts, Redmond

Countryside Donut House (Kirkland)

You can’t go wrong with a stop into Countryside. This small shop is located in a strip mall in the Totem Lake area, and often times sell out of their soft, fresh doughnuts – which can’t be a bad sign. On a stop in you’re likely to meet the owner, and on any given day a group of regulars give the shop that special “third place” feel, without even trying.

Western Co Donut (Bellevue)

It’s easy to see why Western Co. Donut has been in business for over 30 years. They don’t offer the largest variety, or keep up with all things trending on the donutgram, but if quality is what you’re after they are a must visit on the Eastside.


That’s a wrap doughnut fans!

PS: if you’re wondering if its “donut” or “doughnut” well, so are we. And after consulting with The Google we’ve come to the conclusion that there are two ways to spell it. So, you say donut, we say doughnut, we all say Apple Fritter.

Eight Eastside Sushi Restaurants to Satiate Your Seafood Cravings

There’s no shortage of fresh caught flavor with well over 20 sushi restaurants between Issaquah, Redmond, and Bellevue alone. With so many to choose from, how does one know where to begin? While any sushi experience depends not just on the restaurant offerings, but any particular person’s taste and preferences, we’ve had consistently good experiences (echoed by recommendations from friends) for the following spots. With that, here are eight tried and true sushi restaurants for the seafood loving Eastsider to discover.


Aji Sushi & Grill, Issaquah

The head chef at Aji has over 20 years experience in the industry, and it shows. Aji has been our go-to date night spot for the last couple years, and as such we’ve sampled a huge variety of their menu items and have yet to be disappointed. They have one of the most extensive menus of the restaurants on our list, and are a popular spot on the Highlands so we recommend showing up early to avoid a wait.

Must try dish: If you enjoy sushi rolls with all bells and whistles, don’t leave without trying their signature Aji Roll – comprised of rolled salmon, tuna, tempura shrimp, krab, and avacado, topped with crunch flakes, fish eggs, wasabi mayo, and eel sauce.

Aji Sushi – Family Friendly, obviously 🙂

Chinoise Cafe, Issaquah

Also on the Issaquah Highlands, Chinoise is a sushi bar and Asian grill fusion restaurant, specializing in Pan-Pacific Rim cuisines including: an impressive full sushi menu, pho and udon noodle dishes, wok fare, fried rice dishes and more. They have a beautiful restaurant and there is a noticeable attention to detail in the dining environment. Come for the sushi, stay for the full experience.

Must try dish: One of the things we love about Chinoise is that they offer both pristine and simple nigiri and maki rolls, but also some unique combinations we don’t see elsewhere. We recommend giving their Caribbean Roll a try – this combination of coconut shrimp and snow crab, topped with avocado, black tobiko and jalapeno, served with a mint chili dipping sauce, will transport you to that summer state of mind even on a rainy PNW evening.

Orenji Sushi & Noodles, Issaquah

Down the hill from the highlands in Downtown Issaquah you’ll find Orenji Sushi & Noodles. The hidden gem of our list, Orenji Sushi & Noodles serves both traditional and contemporary Japanese dishes including sushi entrees, rolls, sashimi, nigiri, ramen and udon. This family owned restaurant, opened in 2017, is a true testament of owners that take great pride in their establishment – from the casual but impeccably well kept dining area, the kindest staff, and instagram worthy menu selections, Orenji should be a stop on any Eastside sushi lover’s list.

Must try dish: Their signature roll, the Orenji Dragon, is filled with shrimp tempura, krab and cucmber, then topped with seared salmon, aioli, tobiko, scallions and unagi. Sampling this roll was the first time we had tried a dish with seared salmon, and we have been craving the unique flavor ever since!

Oto Sushi, Redmond and Kirkland

Oto Sushi has two Eastside locations, our favorite being the charming little hideaway tucked in a strip mall in Downtown Redmond. Don’t let the outside fool you – the ambiance here is fabulous and the sushi even better. I worked within a dangerously close walking distance from Oto Redmond for two years and was there frequently for after work happy hours or lunch time celebrations with colleagues. During pregnancy I ate just about every one of their vegetarian selections and was never disappointed, making Oto a great spot for those that prefer not to eat raw sushi offerings or dining with vegetarian friends. Oto also has a second location in Kirkland that doesn’t have near the ambiance of their Redmond site, but an extensive menu and wonderful food none the less. Attend with those expectations in mind and you won’t be disappointed.

Must try dish: Because you’re not always in the mood for seafood, and Oto has one of the best veggie rolls we’ve found, we have to give a shout out to their Veggie-Lover Roll: yam, jalapeno, and asparagus are all deep fried and put into a traditional rice roll, then topped cream cheese, eel, and spicy mayo sauces. For a fully vegetarian or vegan roll request to remove the sauces.

Tucked away in Downtown Redmond is the fabulous Oto Sushi

Japonessa, Bellevue

Boasting daily happy hours from 11:30-5:30 and located right in the heart of downtown Bellevue, Japonessa is a perfect spot for a weekend lunch or early dinner to accompany an outing to Bellevue Square, the Bellevue Arts Museum, or a walk around the gorgeous Downtown Bellevue Park. They definitely have the most upscale feel of any of the places on our list, and in addition to their extensive sushi menu also offer a popular line-up of seasonal cocktails, wine and sake.

Must try dish: Salmon being a quintessential Seattle seafood offering, any fish loving visitor or resident to the Pacific Northwest ought to give their Seattle Roll a try – a simple healthy combination of salmon, avocado, and cucumber, and tobiko.

Japonessa’s “Scorpio Sting” Roll

Minamoto, Bellevue

Located off the main Bellevue Way drag, just a couple of blocks from Downtown Bellevue’s city center, you’ll find Minamoto bringing the true art of sushi to life. Featuring premium quality ingredients, a focus on traditional Japanese cuisine, and their signature Omakase, the Minamoto experience is stunning from start to finish.

Must try dish: Omakase, meaning “chef’s choice,” is offered as an entree or a 15 to 18 course meal including various appetizers, sashimi, entrees, and desserts that are designed to showcase seasonal ingredients and an incredible arrangement of flavor, color, texture, and temperature. This is a splurge that won’t dissapoint.

The stunning 15 piece Nigiri Omakase (“chef’s choice”) from Minamoto Bellevue

I Love Sushi, Bellevue

Locatd just off of 405 in downtown Bellevue, is Bellevue’s first sushi restaurant, I Love Sushi. In operation for over 30 years, I Love Sushi has stood the test of time, and has expanded their menu to include donburi (bowls) and bento (variety platters) in addition to their sushi offerings. They have the most casual atmospheres of the spots on our list, making it a great spot for families. The slightly odd location in a business park area has the added bonus of a view of Lake Bellevue.

Must try dish: Anything on their Nigiri or Sashimi lists! There is a reason Yelpers consistently call out their traditional sushi offerings – with a focus on seafood sourced both locally and flown in from Japan weekly, the focus on quality ingredients is evident.


DISCLAIMER: Please note that consuming raw or undercooked seafood or shell fish can cause foodborne illness, and is done at the own risk of our readers.

Activities for the Adventurous on Seattle’s Eastside

While people often think of suburb as synonymous for “boring,” here at Discover the Eastside we know that the best kept secrets of the area are for the adventurous at heart. These are just a fraction of the activities and go-to spots for excitement in Seattle’s suburbs! If you’re looking for new ideas for things to do in Issaquah, Sammamish, Redmond, Bellevue or beyond, look no further.


Mountain Biking

If you’re craving some time outdoors, and are comfortable on two wheels, mountain biking in Seattle’s Eastside Region is where it’s at. There are tons of options for off-road riding East of Seattle, but we’ve highlighted a couple of our favorites below. If you’re visiting the area or just looking to try the sport out, Progression Cycle is just a few miles away from Duthie and Soaring Eagle and provides full gear rentals.

Duthie Hill Mountain Bike Park (Issaquah)

A six mile network of single track trails spread throughout 120 acres of dense PNW forest, the Duthie Hill Mountain Bike Park is a mountain biker’s paradise. With a wide range of trail types and skill building features, riders of all ages and abilities will find something to suite their skill level. For more information including a trail map, check out our complete article here.

Soaring Eagle Regional Park (Sammamish)

About two miles from Duthie you’ll find Soaring Eagle Regional Park, a 12 mile, 790 acre mixed-use trail system hidden back in a residential area of Sammamish. It is home to several local trail running and mountain biking competitions, and while it does not include features such as the jumps you’ll find at Duthie, the riding at Soaring Eagle is perfect for more technical cross country adventures.


Rock Climbing

Perfect for those looking for a total body workout with a thrill factor, these beginner friendly rock climbing experiences near Seattle are a perfect place to start.

Rock Wall at Redmond’s Marymoor Park

Marymoor Climbing Wall (Redmond)

This 35 ft free standing artificial rock wall is the perfect place for an urban climbing adventure. Users must provide their own equipment, and it is always recommended to climb with a friend. Open from 8AM to dusk.

Stone Gardens (Bellevue)

One of the few indoor activities that made the list, Stone Gardens is an incredible local climbers gym that offers all access memberships, youth and adult climbing lessons, and reservations for group events and parties. For those just visiting the Eastside they also have a day fee and equipment rental, and can provide everything you need for an exceptional indoor climbing experience.


Taking Flight

Get some in-air time with these options for both the adrenaline junkie and more risk-adverse thrill seekers.

A Paragliding Adventure in Issaquah

Seattle Paragliding (Issaquah’s Poo Poo Point)

Seattle Paragliding takes the cake for “most adrenaline inducing” on our list. For $250 they offer a tandem flight with an experienced pilot. So, if running off a grass runway on Tiger Mountain, and being swept away to 1,600 foot views is your thing, these are your guys.

Over the Rainbow Hot Air Balloons (Woodinville)

Over the Rainbow has been in operation for over 30 years offering scenic sunrise and sunset flights over Woodinville’s famous wine country. For a slower paced scenic experience this is a must-try.


Escape Rooms

The popularity of escape rooms has totally taken off in recent years and for good reason. Escape rooms offer an exciting team strategy game experience in which players cooperatively discover clues, complete puzzles, and accomplish tasks in one or more rooms. Tasks must be completed in order to progress and accomplish a specific goal, in a limited amount of time. They are called escape rooms as the goal is often to “escape” from the site of the game, and are a super fun option for girls’ or guys’ nights out, date night and more. We’re so excited to see several of these popping up all over the Eastside – below are a couple of our favorite options!

Quest Factor (Redmond)

Quest Factor Redmond has four different escape room options ranging in difficulty level. They are family friendly and located in the Willows business park area of Redmond, conveniently next to several local breweries.

Reality Break Escapes (Bellevue)

Reality Break Escapes is a newer escape room with a great location in downtown Bellevue that’s walkable from local restaurants and hotels. They continuously get great reviews and are an awesome spot for beginners.


Race Car Driving

If you’ve got a need for speed, the Eastside has you covered with both an outdoor rally school and indoor go-kart racing options.

Rally Car Racing at DirtFish

DirtFish Rally School (Snoqualmie)

Heading a little farther East in the scenic town of Snoqualmie, WA, DirtFish Rally School makes the exciting sport of rally car driving accessible to everyone. With a fleet of cars and onsite professional instructors, DirtFish is a world-renowned operation hiding right in our own back yard.

K1 Speed (Redmond)

For an indoor driving experience, check out K1 Speed in Redmond. Their electric, zero-emissions, high performance go-karts reach up to 40 mph, and their facility offers memberships, hourly drop-in driving, and group party rentals, so is a great option for residents and visitors alike.


That’s a wrap for today Eastsiders! While this is by no means a comprehensive list of ALL things to do for thrill seekers on the Eastside, we hope it gets you off to a great start!

DISCLAIMER: Please note that each of these activities carry inherent risk, and should be approached with caution. It is not the direct recommendation of Discover the Eastside to participate in any of the above activities, especially without proper safety protocols, and is done so at the own risk of our readers.