Favorite Tricks & Treats to Enjoy in Bellevue this Fall
As the days get shorter, we’re reminded that summer has come to an end. We have officially transitioned into fall, the wonderfully soggy season. Although the coronavirus has changed many of our lives and pre-pandemic plans, we’ve rounded up some fall favorites you can safely enjoy this month.
EAT YOUR WAY THROUGH AUTUMN
Downtown Bellevue has many great spots for delicious bites and warm drinks… two necessities to get you through the gray days ahead. If a classic pumpkin spice latte is calling your name, look no further than Bellden Café. Their PSL is made with real pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice. Woods Coffee is also embracing fall treats. We recommend pairing their maple nut macchiato with a pumpkin scone, but you could also enjoy their new apple hand pie warmed up.
For something more nontraditional, FogRose Atelier offers several visually stunning desserts. Their smoked earl grey salted caramel cupcake is the perfect combination of savory and sweet, or build your own ice cream kit with their signature nitro ice cream – perfect for your next fall family night!
‘Tis the season for comfort food. Cozy up with Seastar’s fully prepared family meal deals, which recently included Texas-style meat chili, Dungeness crab dip with artichokes and chilies, a French baguette, and cinnamon chocolate panna cotta with churro sticks.
Looking for something to munch on during the next Hawks game? You can’t go wrong with John Howie Steak’s tempura fried Kurobuta bacon with a maple sambal dipping sauce.
PICK OUT A PUMPKIN
Due to the coronavirus, many pumpkin patches near Bellevue have adjusted their hours and activities this fall. However, there are still patches to visit! Just remember to wear your mask and maintain a social distance of six feet.
FALL IN LOVE WITH COOKING
Spice up your fall recipes with some cooking inspiration! Whisk offers several socially-distanced classes that embrace the season. Take a local harvest class on mushrooms, or sign the kids up for a Halloween Bakeshoppe where they’ll make witch finger cookies and caramel apple cupcakes.
On Thursdays, pick out your pumpkins, corn, and other fall ingredients at the Bellevue Farmer’s Market. Curbside pickup is also available if you pre-order a market box. After October 8, they’ve added three additional market days on Oct. 17, Nov. 21 and Dec. 19 for more seasonal goods.
CURE YOUR BLUES WITH LIVE MUSIC
Rainy weather got you down? Try relaxing to some smooth jazz or foot-tapping blues! The Bellevue Jazz & Blues Festival returns this October in an all-digital format! Watch 60+ top regional jazz and blues musicians in 20 performances recorded in the #HeartofBellevue. Each evening, October 5 through 9, performances will be streamed back-to-back starting at 5:00pm. The event is entirely free and open to all ages!
STEP INTO THE OUTDOORS
You don't have to go far to marvel at fall foliage. Take in a 360 view of Lake Washington and the Seattle skyline from the 31st floor at Ascend Prime Steak & Sushi. For a more grounded view, stroll through the 21-acre Downtown Park. You’re guaranteed to find color.
For outdoor enthusiasts, Bellevue has over 92 miles of multi-use trails and 2000 acres of open space and forests. Meander through boggy wetlands and towering forests on the Lake to Lake Greenway Trail, or admire the 170 species of wildlife along the Mercer Slough.
DRESS FOR THE SEASON
Scarves, jackets, boots... bundling up doesn’t have to be unstylish. Book a private styling appointment at La Ree Boutique, or browse the many fall essentials at Smith & Main. Find a great selection of modern children’s clothing at Wee Tot’s Children’s Store, including blankets and other accessories. If you're looking for warm jackets and rain boots, Title Nine and REI have a great variety available in-store and online.
However you decide to celebrate, we hope your family stays warm, happy and healthy this fall. Let us know what activities you’re up to in the #HeartofBellevue this season!