Walla Walla Travel Guide

  • Vineyards in Walla Walla, Washington
    Vineyards in Walla Walla, Washington
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    Fort Walla Walla Museum grounds
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    Selection of Walla Walla wines
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Walla Walla Things to Do

  • aMaurice Cellars

    After leaving the drunken SUV revelers at Walla Walla Vintners, we went next door to aMaurice cellars. What a calming change of pace! The winemaker, Anna, was pouring the wine, and she was delightful. We learned much about their wines and her experience as we were sampling aMaurice's wonderful selection. The wines were excellent. We noticed later...

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  • Whitman Mission National Historic Site

    The Whitman Mission National Historic Site is a moving memorial of the life of Marcus and Narcissa Whitman from the time they established a mission in 1836 to the time they were killed by the Cayuse tribe members in 1847. They arrived with what they considered good intentions - help improve the lives of the natives and help settlers moving west...

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  • Wineries / Tasting Rooms in Town

    While it's fun to visit the wineries in the rural areas around Walla Walla, if you're not up for all the driving, several wineries have tasting rooms in town.Amavi has good wines, and there's a good story about the building. It's located at 635 N. 13th Avenue.Canoe Ridge is nearby, located at 1102 W. Cherry Street. Good wine, and they have free...

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  • Basel Cellars Winery

    The tasting rooms at the wineries in Walla Walla run the gamut in terms of money that is put into them. Some are simple huts, while some like Basel Cellars are elaborate estates exuding great wealth. Whether or not you are into wines, just visiting this winery is a trip. It is located in a former mansion of a wireless telecommunications executive....

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  • Zerba Cellars

    Zerba has received quite a few accolades, so we dropped in for a taste (or two). The accolades were well earned. The wines were very good and Zerba makes a number of varietals. We met the owner and she let us taste most of what they had. They soon will be opening up their cute little log cabin tasting room. Look for it just south of the border.

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  • Fort Walla Walla Museum

    Fort Walla Walla isn't really a Fort. It's a museum of the history of Walla Walla. It's actually a good little museum with a lot of artifacts and antiques from Walla Walla going back about 200 years. The amount of care and attention to detail is quite impressive. It also contained a "village" - small buildings from an era long past - preserved and...

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  • Mansion Walking Tour

    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...

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  • Pepper Bridge Winery

    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.

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  • Walla Walla Vintners

    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...

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Walla Walla Hotels

Walla Walla Restaurants

  • Local wines and delicious food

    Luscious by Nature is a casual eatery near downtown featuring fresh ingredients and creative dishes. I had a caprese salad and a glass of a local reisling that was perfect for lunch.People are so friendly in Walla Walla. I guess we look like outsiders, not sure what it is, maybe it's my husband's mohawk or the leg irons, but while we were eating,...

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  • Don't even think about it

    Be prepared to wait and have bad service while in line to order; be prepared to drink bad coffee while you wait and wait and wait for service after you order; be prepared to not be offered refills, water or anything else while you wait; be prepared for the most singlarly bad and unappealing breakfast you've ever had.Looks charming, but it isn't....

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  • Good place for dinner

    At first, I didn't want to eat at the Whitehouse-Crawford because it sounded so stuffy. We decided to go there anyway after someone recommended it. We were surprised by the contemporary decor and how good the food was. It has no connection at all to that old house on the hill in Washington, D.C. Whitehouse-Crawford was the name of a now-defunct...

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  • Cinnimon Roll and Coffee

    Matthew Zack the pastry chef and owner of this wonderful shop is amazing! The pastries, french maccaroons and the goodies are out of this world! The cakes and confections will satisfy the fussiest dessert lovers and a wonderful wine selection for evening dessert and wine can't be beat! Weekend Cinnimon Rolls - they don't always have them, but when...

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  • Skip this place!

    We started eating here 4 years ago while in Walla Walla on our weekend wine tasting visits. The place is decorated in casual bistro style, but the food and wine price not - more like fine dining. Too bad the atmosphere isn't so fine. Upon entry, there is no reception area. So if you have to wait for your table, you'll most likely find out what's...

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  • Pork out on just OK food

    Creekside Cafe in Walla Walla was busy all night long but it is overrated. The food was just ok, not great. Everything was on the heavy side and I really don't like feeling bloated on just ok food. Unfortunately, neither of us ordered anything that we can call a "favorite" or could recommend.The desserts were equally heavy. The dessert menu looked...

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Walla Walla Transportation

  • Racing Limos of Tri Cities

    We just recently used a Limousine service call "Racing Limos of Tri Cities' they were fantastic, the car looks like a NASCAR and is very luxurious on the inside. The driver was great and was able to get us around with no troubles. This is the only way to ride to the wineries around Walla Walla.

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  • By Covered Wagon

    If I were writing this tip 160 years ago, I would be telling you this is how you get to Walla Walla. Follow the Oregon Trail in your covered wagon and mules until you reach Walla Walla after a few months of travel.The Oregon Trail crosses through the Whitman Mission National Historic Site. In the year 1847, 5,000 settlers traveled on this road. The...

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  • Flying time

    Walla Walla is a four hour drive from Seattle or Portland and a three hour drive from Spokane. Walla Walla has its own regional airport, but it only accommodates commercial flights to and from Seattle. You CAN fly in from elsewhere by making connections, but your travel time will be substantially shortened if you fly into the Pasco aiirport (PSC),...

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Walla Walla Shopping

  • Gotta shop

    There are a ton of great shops in Walla Walla and a wonderful market - kitchen shops, coffee shops, clothing, art and I hear very soon a Harley Store. I do have to put in a plug for my mom's store - La Colombina. It is very small and intimate and she carries great footwear - Dansko, Naot, Keen and clothing that real women can wear - you don't need...

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  • Shopping wars

    Walla Walla is a case study for a typical US town with a tussle between downtown shopping and outlying shopping malls. From Walla Walla's hey day at the turn of the century to mid 1900's, downtown Walla Walla was the place to shop if you lived in the area. In the 1970's, it started on a downward slide, and became sorely neglected. To make matters...

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    Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington

    by karenincalifornia Updated Sep 10, 2007

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    Out in this seemingly outpost of Walla Walla is great deal of culture, largely due to its centerpiece, Whitman College.

    Whitman College is a highly touted small liberal arts college located in the middle of Walla Walla. It is very hard to get into. It was established in 1882 and named after Marcus Whitman, the missionary/settler who lived among the natives in the 1830's and 1840's. Marcus Whitman and his wife Narcissa were killed in 1847 by natives blaming him for a measles outbreak which resulted in deaths of a large part of the native population. The Whitman name now appears all over Walla Walla in his and his wife's honor.

    The campus is beautiful and well-tended, very tranquil, with many old brick buildings and large grass lawns. It reminded me a lot of the small liberal arts colleges one would find on the east coast. Total enrollment is 1,454 students from 44 US states and 30 countries. It's got a tuition to match those exclusive east coast schools to boot, too.

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Walla Walla Warnings and Dangers

  • Bad or missing information on hiking...

    We sure were challenged in finding information about Walla Walla, SE Washington and NE Oregon hiking trails. There is some information on the Umatilla National Forest website, but we later found out it was wrong in parts. We looked for an outdoors store in Walla Walla so we could buy a topographical map or a book on trails, and surprisingly, there...

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  • Smoke Gets in My Eyes

    Walla Walla gets hot and dry in the summer and all the wild grasses turn yellow or brown. Two days before we arrived, Walla Walla was hit with a thunderstorm and the lightning ignited four wildfires in the area. One was still raging when we arrived, so unfortunately, the air was a bit smoky. Be careful with all those inflammables!

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Walla Walla Off The Beaten Path

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    Hike through Blue Mountains in NE Oregon 2 more images

    by karenincalifornia Updated Sep 8, 2007

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    The Blue Mountains are a small mountain range to the east and southeast of Walla Walla and include the Umatilla National Forest. This range isn't large or high (peaks are only around 6,000 feet) like the Cascades to the west or the Rockies further east, but it is a scenic range nonetheless with some pretty hikes with some sweeping views and trails through meadows and old growth forests.

    From Walla Walla, there are two primary ways to get to the hiking trails. Drive east along Mill Creek to the end of the road to the trailhead. Alternatively, drive south to Oregon and exit near Weston, go to Tollgate, drive south for 8 miles, take the Summit Road to the trailhead.

    From there, the elevation change is minimal, so it is more like a beautiful walk in the park. If you want to make it more strenuous, drive south into Oregon to Gibbon (lower elevation than Summit Road). The trailhead is 1900 feet lower and you can hike up to the upper trailhead on Summit.

    We chose to be lazy and went through Tollgate. We found a nice trail and hiked for 2 hours (about 6 miles).

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Walla Walla Sports & Outdoors

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    Touring on Russell Creek Road near Walla Walla, WA

    by karenincalifornia Updated Sep 10, 2007

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    Walla Walla is a great place for bicycling, both around town and around the countryside. The streets are wide with good shoulders, many bike lanes are marked, and the auto traffic isn't too bad. In town, you can bicycle around the old turn of the century neighborhoods, Whitman College and downtown. Outside town, you can bicycle for miles in all four directions through wheat and onion fields, vineyards and rolling hills.

    Equipment: For a place that is so great for bicycling, Walla Walla has a shortage of bike rental places. Bicycle Barn is the only place I found that rents a few bikes, but they said they wouldn't let us take them overnight. Fortunately, our B&B had 4 touring bikes. We hopped on two of those and rode all over town, and then out in the countryside.

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Walla Walla Favorites

  • Sharpstein School

    Walla Walla hit its apex around the turn of the century (20th) and still has many beautiful buildings from that era. The oldest still standing school in Walla Walla is Sharpstein School, near Pioneer Park, built in 1898. It is in amazingly good condition. I now live in a state where public schools are by and large neglected due to lack of adequate...

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  • No California Wines

    We didn't see a single California wine on any wine list anywhere in Walla Walla. They were mostly from Walla Walla or other places in Washington, and Oregon. Some wine lists added some variety with token French, Italian, Argentinian or Spanish wines. But no California wines. I was impressed by how the local businesses were so supportive of the...

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  • Red Red Wine

    The red wine production of the Walla Walla area has grown by leaps and bounds in the last decade. The number keeps changing, but there are now about 80 local wineries. They are all small boutique wineries by California standards. This is a case where bigger does not mean better. Almost every Walla Walla wine we tried was excellent and would stand...

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