A winter trip to Walla Walla may be a revelation to some, but to many it’s the most wonderful time of the year. This is when Walla Walla’s renowned winemakers catch their breaths following fall harvest, and the town heats up with a world of winter festivities.
Walla Walla’s hotels and bed and breakfasts—from bucolic retreats to hotspots placed perfectly in Walla Walla’s charming downtown—offer rates and deals unavailable in warmer months. Winter is when a dinner reservation at the perfect time on the perfect night is easier to obtain, giving you even greater access to Walla Walla’s casual, yet sophisticated, farm-to-table culinary scene.
Winter is also a season when the proprietors and winemakers of Walla Walla’s wineries—more than 120 in all—have ample time to chat about the unique characteristics of your favorite varietal. But it’s what can be paired with Walla Walla’s wine and locally sourced cuisine that helps set winter apart.
Ski Bluewood is a quick trip into the nearby Blue Mountains, leaving plenty of time for wine and dinner in Walla Walla after your last run. The Blue Mountains also offer miles of pristine hiking trails, perfect for snowshoe excursions.
At its heart, Walla Walla is a friendly small town, and the holidays are particularly special. Guests gather around the Thanksgiving table, then treat themselves to shopping and wine tasting. Holiday Barrel, December 6-8, celebrates the season with a chance to taste the next great vintages straight from the barrels. Then The Parade of Lights on December 7 sets Main Street ablaze with an annual nighttime tradition. Another family tradition includes an expedition into the Umatilla National Forest to cut your own Christmas tree (permit in hand, of course!). Rare is the year where Walla Walla does not celebrate a White Christmas, with plenty of hills for sledding, including 44-acre Pioneer Park in the heart of the city.
The draw of winter extends with an event called February is for Foodies, celebrating Walla Walla’s cuisine with a month of specially priced tasting menus, wine pairings, cooking classes, and more.
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. Book your winter lodging deal now and make your great escape to wine country today at wallawalla.org/winter.