The most striking features of this town are the cultural arts scene, the countryside wineries, and its relaxed atmosphere. Many of the buildings were built in the late 1800’s, such as the Max Baumeister Building, which lends to its beautiful setting. The city is as quaint as they come, but the real gem in this area is its wine producing countryside.
In Walla Walla wine is taken very seriously and has been producing it since 1859. A.B. Roberts established a vineyard with a European vinifera variety of grapes. Today Walla Walla has over 1,800 acres of vineyards and 151 wineries and distributes wine across the United States, the UK, and Japan. Cabernet Sauvignon is the produced the most, followed by Merlot and then Shiraz.
Places to Visit in Walla Walla
- Whitman Mission National Historic Site
- Fort Walla Walla
- Kirkman House Museum
- Pioneer Park
Unique Things to See and Do in Walla Walla
- Go on a wine tasting tour – there’s 34 of them!
- Shop along Main Street at the local boutiques
- Grab a selfie with one of the 24 public sculptures
- Golf a round at the Wine Valley Golf Club
- Go bird watching at the McNary Wildlife Refuge
Washington’s Prize Wine Country
In Washington’s wine capital, Walla Walla, you can spend days touring all the wineries. And there are so many beautiful ones to tour that it can be a bit of a “wine overload.”
A great one to start with that is urban modern is located downtown, Charles Smith’s. The tasting room is an intersection of an industrial space with concrete walls, high ceilings crossed with seasoned metal, furnished with rustic wood pieces.
A complete contrast to Smith’s is the Woodward Canyon Winery where you have a historical feel from the 1870’s farmhouse and lush greenery surrounding it. This postcard-perfect spot is well known for its wines but also for it food.
With over 150 wineries, we couldn’t possibly list them all, but the style of the wineries vary in architectural design and flare with something to entice and please all walks of life. Some even have foosball tables and are incredibly casual. But what they have in common is a love for the land and producing quality wines.
If you’re new to wine tasting this is a great place to start. Walla Walla has that small-town friendly approach, and wines that are renown, making it the perfect place to refine the taste buds.
Getting Around Walla Walla
Walla Walla neighbourhoods have so much charm that you’ll want to walk through them all. Plus, the town is small which means you can get just about anywhere in 30 minutes. You can also rent bicycles for travelling around town.
However, if you’re planning on exploring the wine country then you’ll need a car. You can either rent a car locally or drive in. If you’re driving in from Seattle expect a 4 hour drive.
Best Time of Year to Travel to Walla Walla
Walla Walla has longer days and experiences two more hours of sunshine over California during the summer, and the weather is warm and dry. The wineries are so beautiful and if you’re driving here then you definitely want to visit during this time. The summer temperatures range from 13˚C all the way up to 33˚C.
During the winter months, the temperature can drop quite a bit, down to -2˚C in December.
Did you know…?
Walla Walla is also known for producing sweet onions.
Did you ALSO know…?
Whitman College, founded in 1883, made the Princeton’s review of ”Happiest Students!”
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