Eastside of Lake Washington (greater Seattle)
When people visit the Seattle area, they usually gravitate to downtown Seattle. However, across Lake Washington from Seattle is the area known locally as the Eastside, which has evolved from a nondescript group of suburbs overshadowed by Microsoft into a vital area in its own right. "Eastside" generally means the towns of Bellevue, Kirkland, Issaquah, Newcastle, and Redmond. Below are some of my favorite haunts in this part of the world.