It’s been a while since hubby and I had been on a kid-free vacation, so last weekend I decided to surprise him with a night away in Bellevue, Washington to celebrate our TENTH anniversary. We typically don’t celebrate our wedding anniversary, as much as we do our dating anniversary (14.5 years sounds a lot more important than 10, no?), but I figured this one was too important to miss 😉
We used to visit this city frequently a few years ago and instantly fell in love. It’s almost like a home away from home for us – we’re fairly familiar with the city, but there’s always something new to discover.
When it came to start planning this “impromptu” weekend away, I knew we had to stay at our favourite Bellevue hotel – the Hyatt Regency Bellevue. Not only do we always feel at home at the Hyatt Regency, but it’s location is extremely convenient and houses all the amenities we could ever need. From the Regency Club, to its close proximity to shopping at The Bellevue Collection via connecting sky bridges, to its nightlife (there’s a lounge/club INSIDE the hotel + a slew of hip restaurants within walking distance), to its…well…convenient 24/7 restaurant that’s perfect for those late night eats (we still can’t believe that we JUST discovered this gem!).
Our day started off late as it normally does. Luckily, my amazing mother-in-law suggested the kids sleep over the night before, so all hubby and I had to do was sleep in (!), get ready and make our way across the border. It had been so long since we’ve been away (2.5 years to be exact!), which is insane for former frequent “border crossers” such as us.
Not much was planned except dinner reservations at a restaurant we fell in love with years ago – which turned out to be a bust (it must be under new ownership or something, and is not affiliated with the hotel, in case you were wondering) – but, as always, we made the best of it and just winged the entire night. I find that we always have the most fun when nothing is planned! We walked to The Bellevue Collection and shopped for a bit, and then ended up at Earls for late-night drinks after dinner. Everything is within walking distance to the hotel and, as an added bonus, parking is free on Friday & Saturday nights!
The night ended up back at the hotel where we popped another bottle of champagne (thanks to QFC + our late night Uber driver). Actually, back to Uber…it was our FIRST time taking an Uber haha. I should have documented the whole experience on my IG stories because it was abso-freakin-hilarious. We had no idea what we were doing…we crossed the street a few times and the driver couldn’t find us (hmm, I wonder why LOL). Then we got dinged for a “late” charge? Apparently the driver went to the hotel and not to where we actually were. Oops.
After a couple drinks, we made our way to Suite – a lounge inside the hotel – and danced the night away. We didn’t have any responsibilities the next day, so why not?!
The next morning was spent at Eques – the best brunch spot in Bellevue, in my opinion. Every time we’ve dined here, it’s been exquisite. They offer a full breakfast buffet, but I prefer to order off of their menu. You really can’t go wrong with root beer float waffles (it’s SO good), tiramisu pancakes or a crab benedict. I had every single one of the above (and maybe more, haha) and I can honestly say nothing ever disappoints at Eques. Their smoothies are also to die for and if you’re celebrating an anniversary like us, mention it to your server and they’ll whip up a special anniversary smoothie from their “secret menu” (pssst…it may just taste a lot like blackberry lemonade this summer ;)).
Before you head out, make sure you take a photo with the giant “30” in the lobby to help celebrate the Hyatt Regency Bellevue’s 30th anniversary from now until the end of May! Post the photo to your Instagram page with the hashtag #HRBelle30 + #sweepstakes. For full contest details, visit @hyattregencybellevue on IG.
Are you planning on staying at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue in the near future? I’d love to hear about your experience or past experiences in the comments below!