Once regarded as a sleepy agricultural community with a fledgling wine industry, there’s no question Walla Walla is enjoying some hard-earned and much-deserved time in the spotlight. Some of the country’s largest and most respected travel media outlets have recently bestowed great praise on Walla Walla, including recognition as one of The 50 best Places to Travel in 2018 by Travel + Leisure, and Best Wine Town – 2018 Sunset Travel Awards by Sunset Magazine.
With more than 120 wineries, Walla Walla has come a long way since it was first designated as an AVA in 1984—when the valley’s wine industry consisted of Leonetti Cellar, Woodward Canyon and L’Ecole No. 41. Today, Walla Walla is a place where scenic beauty, incredible wineries, enticing restaurants, cultural inspiration, outdoor adventures and small-town friendliness come together to create a unique and memorable experience.
A vibrant blend of the past and present, downtown Walla Walla is where you’ll begin to discover what makes Walla Walla unique. A walk down tree-lined streets reveals a mix of tasting rooms, restaurants, vintage shops, boutiques, cafes, bookstores and more. Add in the numerous pieces of public art and special events, the seasonal Farmers Market and outdoor concerts, and you begin to understand why downtown Walla Walla has been recognized time and again as one of the best small-town Main Streets in America.
Walla Walla wine country offers the rare and welcome opportunity to experience not only world-class wines, but meet the winemakers, vintners, and family members carrying on the wine tradition. No one is in a rush. Conversation is relaxed. And tasting rooms are charming and uncrowded. Here, tasting wine becomes a truly distinct experience.
Recognized in 2015 and 2016 by Sunset Magazine as a runner-up for “Best Food Town” in the West, Walla Walla is known for its casual, yet sophisticated, year-round dining experiences. Walla Walla’s fresh, locally sourced ingredients are complimented by exquisite local wines.
A beautiful natural landscape rests at Walla Walla’s doorstep, with outdoor adventures just a few minutes from town: Whether it’s cycling through vineyards and rolling farmland, golfing at a top-rated public golf course, or hiking in Walla Walla’s Blue Mountains.
Walla Walla is an easy and scenic four-hour drive from Seattle, Portland or Boise, and can also be accessed via Alaska Airlines’ daily non-stop flights from Seattle.
To learn more about Walla Walla, visit wallawalla.org.