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    Mansion Walking Tour

    by karenincalifornia Written Sep 7, 2007

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    In 1800's, Walla Walla became the largest city in the Washington Territory. It experienced substantial growth during the gold rush era, then later in the latter 1800s, through the turn of the century and into the early part of the 20th century. During this time, many large homes and mansions were built in Walla Walla's mansion district to the southeast of downtown. Many of the mansions, which are former homes of Walla Walla wheat barons, have been restored.

    The Chamber of Commerce has a walking tour brochure with the location and some details of these beautiful homes. Most are on Palouse Street and a few more are on Catherine Street.

    Stop by the Chamber on 29 East Sumach street for the guide. The hotels and B&Bs should carry the guide as well.

    See my travelogue for more photos of the mansions on the tour.

    Mansion in Walla Walla, WA
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    Pepper Bridge Winery

    by karenincalifornia Written Sep 6, 2007

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    Pepper Bridge Winery is just south of Walla Walla - not quite in Oregon. Its reds are very good and have won a lot of awards. The winery itself is in a scenic location with rolling hills covered by vineyards. Exactly what you would expect to find in the wine country.

    Wine tasters at Pepper Bridge Pepper Bridge Winery, Walla Walla, WA Pepper Bridge vineyards, Walla Walla, WA
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    Walla Walla Vintners

    by karenincalifornia Written Sep 4, 2007

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    First things first. As soon as we got into town, we hit a winery. We drove all the way to the east side, against the hills, to visit Walla Walla Vintners. I had heard excellent things about their wines so I was eager to sample them. Not to mention we had just spent 5 hours on the plane and 1 hours on the road to get there.

    What should have been a pleasant experience was not. I had heard that the tasting rooms were low key and empty. We might be the only tasters. Not so, not at the precise moment we arrived at WWV. The place was bedlam - full of drunken noisy revelers who arrived in huge SUVs. I could hardly hear a thing. We just wanted to taste our wine and get out.

    It was great wine, but a less than pleasant tasting room. Might have been bad timing. This is worth a visit because the surroundings are so beautiful. I just wish we had been there before or after the drunken SUV crowd.

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    East wineries

    by EllenH Updated Aug 13, 2006

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    This was on our way into town, so this is where we started. Take the airport exit and find yourself in an old airport complex that has become home to at least 15 wineries. One is in the old firehouse and of course one of the wines is called Firehouse red. This is a good place to start in Walla Walla and then make your way into town for the night.
    The picture is of the dog called port that lives at Dunham cellars winery. He was attacked by another dog as a pup and rescued by the winery and nursed back to life. They actually sell a blend called 3 legged red that has ports story on the label. I was honored and pleased to meet port. Port refers to the front port side leg that is missing.

    Port the 3 legged dog at Dunham cellars
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    West of town

    by EllenH Written Aug 13, 2006

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    These are some really nice wineries out this way. My favorite winery that I have probably EVER been to was L'Ecole which I had to visit because we actually sell their wine in our restaurant. It is an old schoolhouse that has been restored beautifully. Unbelievably beautiful. The wines are good also.

    L'Ecole tasting school room private dining room could I please use the restroom?
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    South of town

    by EllenH Written Aug 13, 2006

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    There is even one in Oregon that was not yet opened when we went by it but it looked interesting and I would do it on our next trip. Zerba winery. But into Washington again there are many wineries south of town and these are not the airport complex or the in town storefronts. They are deluxe. Peoples beautiful homes, surrounded by vineyards and having tasting rooms. Again, by the time you get to town, it is time to park and walk. The wineries are all fairly close in proximity.

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    In town wineries

    by EllenH Written Aug 13, 2006

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    This is where you should end up tasting wine because you can walk all over this fairly small city and the downtown wineries are are clustered in the old downtown. At Morrison winery we met the owner who plays the stand up bass while waiting for tourists to straggle in. He was one of the first 3 vintners to move to Walla Walla, there are over 90 now, and he introduced the syrah grape to the valley. Today, this area is becoming famous for its wonderful syrahs. I would say visit as many downtown locations as you can but definately do not miss Morrison.

    Dean Morrison himself
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    An Interesing Side Purchase

    by Sunshine64 Written Mar 10, 2006

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    Syzygy had recently opened their new winery when we visited. It's a cool, artistic place, and as you may discern from the name, there's an astronomy theme. We just drank a bottle we brought home during the Oscars, and it was better than I remembered.

    Now on to the interesting side purchases. Along with the souveniers like T-shirts, Syzygy sells thong style underwear (for women) with their logo on it - in bright orange or bright blue. I'm not sure who knew about it, our driver or one of my friends, but we went there specifically to buy some as a thank you gift for our hostess (who was pregnant and couldn't enjoy the tasting). And that's enough about that story.

    Syzygy's sign by a local artist
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    Next Door to L'Ecole

    by Sunshine64 Updated Mar 4, 2006

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    After (or before) you taste wine at the big, interesting, friendly L'ecole Winery, go next door to the small, interesting, friendly Woodward Canyon Winery. Woodward Canyon's tasting room looks like a small house. They have excellent wines, and the staff is friendly and fun. Both times I've been there they've been playing Jack Johnson on their sound system. They have a Red Table Wine for $17 that's wonderful. They also have an artist series, with each year's label designed by a local artist.

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    Pepper Bridge Winery

    by Sunshine64 Updated Feb 28, 2006

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    On the 2006 tasting trip, Pepper Bridge was our first winery visit. February is a slow month (except for the Valentine's Wine & Chocolate event the wineries host), so some of the wineries weren't open, and the ones that were open were not crowded. We were the only visitors to Pepper Bridge while we were there and the nice lady pouring the wine (main picture) was full of information about the winery, the wine maker and the owners. It was a very nice place to start. They also have a lovely view out the back with lavendar bushes, vineyards, and the Cascade Mts. in the background. (2nd picture)

    Wine Tasting at Pepper Bridge Lavendar, Vineyard, Cascades at Pepper Bridge
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    Wine Tasting at L'Ecole No. 41

    by Sunshine64 Updated Feb 28, 2006

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    The winery is housed in an old schoolhouse built in 1915. Their FREE tastings are generous (several whites and reds). The staff is very pleasant, welcoming and knowledgable. The school house facility is beautiful and interesting. And, if you forget to bring your reading glasses, they have basket for customers to use. See the lovely photo below : )

    In additon to their excellent Cabs, each year they produce a wine which used to be called "School House Red", but due to some confusion with a winery in California having a wine with the same name, L'ecole hs renamed their wine "Recess Red". This wine is made from a blend of the hard press fractions of each of the vineyard lots and varietels and the wines not selected for premium bottlings. It sells for less than $20 and is quite popular and delicious. It sells out in the Seattle wine stores, but you can get it from the web site or at the winery.

    Another unique feature that ties in with the school house theme is that the top of the tasting counter is made out of chalkboard, and chalk is provided for tasters to draw pictures, etc. See 3rd photo for a lovely drawing made by my friend, Coop.

    L'ecole No. 41 Free Reading Glasses!!! Chalkboard Tasting Counter at L'ecole
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    The Whitman Mission National...

    by XandX2 Written Aug 26, 2002

    The Whitman Mission National Historic Site
    An important stopping site along the Oregon Trail, you can see a nifty little slide show at the park's main building and hear about Marcus Whitman and the Whitman Massacre. Walk up the hill and see a fantastic view of the valley. Also has foundation sites for where the original buildings were, with a push-button voice explanation.

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    Summer Downtown Farmer's...

    by Mugzy76 Written Aug 26, 2002

    Summer Downtown Farmer's Market (May through October 8am - Noon)
    Great local stuff being sold by great local folks. LOTS of produce (Yes, there's other produce grown around here besides onions!) along with some hand-made products. While you browse, you can enjoy the live music and possibly some yummy sweet onion sausages or very tasty thai food!

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