Walla Walla wine country backs its viticulture with diverse and local dining options, often a surprise to visitors to such a small town. The beauty of Walla Walla’s landscape is as breathtaking as it is inspiring. The great outdoors surrounding town offer all kinds of recreation opportunities, while downtown maintains a historic presence with welcoming, impressive architecture.
This article was created in partnership with Visit Walla Walla, Washington. All images provided by Visit Walla Walla.
Come for the Wine Country
Walla Walla has a rich wine culture that spans the gorgeous rolling hills of southern Washington and northern Oregon. With over 120 wineries, there are varietals for everyone! The wineries are grouped into five regions, each offering a different character. Quite unique in Walla Walla are the wineries near the regional airport, where more than a dozen fill WWII-era mess halls, firehouses, and other buildings. It’s easy to explore the 40 different downtown wineries on foot while staying in town, and just as easy to pair your tastings with the exceptional food and shopping scene. Wineries on the Westside are some of the most established in the region, and those on the Eastside whisk you away to a charming, picturesque countryside.
How to get around
The best part about exploring vineyards in this valley is that you can do it on foot, on a bicycle, in a vintage limousine, or simply in the comfort of your own vehicle. With so many options for wine tour transportation, you’re bound to find one that fits your group.
Stay for the food
You’ll be impressed with the culinary offerings that abound in Walla Walla. Chefs from larger cities have flocked to the area, crafting dishes that enhance other experiences in Walla Walla wine country. There is a world of fine and casual dining options that will complement your day of wine tours. Start your morning with fresh baked goods and locally roasted coffee. In the afternoon explore the food truck and fast casual dining options. For dinner, fine dining paired with local wines completes the true Walla Walla experience.
Stay for the outdoors
Tucked in the shadow of the Blue Mountains, Walla Walla also offers plenty of fresh air and outdoor activities. Coupling a hike in the hills with a wine tasting in the valley is the perfect combination for a stay in southeastern Washington. For a different experience in the outdoors, tee off at one of Walla Walla’s three golf courses!
Finally, we can’t talk about this area without mentioning the cycling. Meandering, scenic farm roads provide some of the best road cycling in Washington. Meanwhile, the hills of the Blue Mountains offer technical challenges and ear-to-ear grins for mountain bikers.
Stay for the… stay
Downtown Walla Walla is as quaint and charming as it is convenient. If you plan to stay downtown, you’ll have 40 wineries at your fingertips, plus countless restaurants and shops. The historic downtown is incredibly walkable, and perfectly preserved through time. Outside of downtown you’ll find countless lodging options from unique bed and breakfasts to sophisticated vineyard lodges, all surrounded by the endless vistas and diverse wine tasting options of the valley. Additionally, there are RV parks and campgrounds for outdoor lovers and vacation rentals for groups. Regardless of your preferences, staying in this wine country is a coveted and memorable experience.
Planning a trip in the northwest? Stop in Walla Walla, Washington during a road trip from the Pacific Ocean to the Rocky Mountains.