The Seattle Times
June 7, 2019

Sure, the Eastside is known for behemoth tech companies with on-campus cafeterias. But Redmond, Kirkland and Bellevue workers can also use their lunch hour to explore the Eastside’s fun, natural and innovative diversions, including outdoor hikes, quirky VR breaks and yes, stand-up paddleboard yoga.

Ready to go? Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Rent a canoe, learn about freshwater wetlands in the interpretive center and select a short hike from seven miles of trails at Mercer Slough Nature Park, Bellevue’s in-city nature respite.

While we no longer live in a “Mad Men” era of two-martini lunches, you may be able to sneak off for quick wine tasting in Woodinville wine country,where most tasting rooms open at 11 a.m. or noon. Or go ahead and take a Friday afternoon off — we won’t tell — and leave the driving to the Cellar Hopper, which offers a “hop-on, hop-off” shuttle service between the various districts, tasting rooms and points of interest. Cheers! Read the entire article on The Seattle Times