Walla Walla is a quirky small town. Originally a farming community known for its wheat and sweet onions, Walla Walla has grown to be a world class wine destination. Set on the east side of the Cascade Range, Walla Walla is surrounded by rolling wheat fields, apple orchards, vineyards and snow-capped mountains. It is a beautiful oasis at the edge of high desert full of great food and wine.
Walla Walla is home to Whitman College, a liberal arts institution founded in 1859 as well as Walla Walla University, a liberal arts and technical school founded in 1892.
Staying In and Around Walla Walla
There are a several great spots to set up your home base in Walla Walla. A Room With a View is a private home perched on an acre above the valley. Relax in casual elegance. Take travel tips from our experienced INNSider at The Inn at Blackberry Creek. The inn is situated on two private acres, yet close to dining, shopping and wineries. If you want to stay within walking distance of Whitman College and downtown Walla Walla, choose The Green Gables Inn. This historic home is situated on a tree lined street close to everything. The Maxwell House is also located close to shopping and dining in Walla Walla. This historic craftsman style home has well appointed rooms and hand crafted breakfasts. The Barn B&B is an elegant, secluded inn with views of the Blue Mountains. They are located on the west side of Walla Walla, close to a number of world class wineries. If you are looking for a resort style vacation, choose Cameo Heights Mansion, located in Touchet, outside Walla Walla. The inn includes an unground pool, world class restaurant, movie room and more.
Things To Do in Walla Walla
Walla Walla is graced with beautiful parks. Visit Bennington Lake with its walking trails, or Pioneer Park with its 100-year-old towering sycamore trees and beautiful duck pond and aviary. Fort Walla Walla includes a museum, military cemetery, and a wild bird sanctuary. West of Walla Walla is the Whitman Mission and Visitors Center. Set on the historic Oregon Trail, the Whitman Mission played an important part in the expansion of the west.
Main Street in downtown Walla Walla is lined with boutique shops, art galleries, tasting rooms, and restaurants.
There are over 150 Walla Walla wineries. With this many wineries there is always an event or tasting to make your visit to Walla Walla WA a special one. Hop on a bike and tour the vineyards south of town. Head to the and visit the world’s only three-hole golf course winery or visit a unique schoolhouse tasting room. Visit the Airport District. Here you will find over 20 wineries as well as shops, restaurants and bakeries, all within easy walking distance of the Walla Walla Regional Airport.
Where there is great wine, there is great food. Premier chefs are choosing Walla Walla because of the abundance of fresh, local ingredients and the wonderful local wines. Here the atmosphere is laid back, the dress is casual, but the food is world class.
Weather in Walla Walla and Getting There
Walla Walla Washington weather is hotter and dryer than the western part of the state. Walla Walla experiences only 20 inches of rainfall a year. Average summer day time highs are in the mid 80’s with nighttime lows around 60 degrees. In winter the average daily high temperatures are in the 40’s and nighttime lows can reach 30 degrees.
Traveling to Walla Walla is easy. Drive time from Portland or Seattle is about 4 hours or there are daily flights from Seattle Tacoma International Airport