Nestled near where the Walla Walla and Columbia Rivers meet, is the town of Walla Walla, Washington. Though the town has fewer than 50,000 residents, the people who live here help to give the town an air all of its own.
Walla Walla is the “City so nice they named it twice,” and it has stood up to this motto. In recent years the city has won numerous awards, including ‘Friendliest Small Town in the United States’ in 2011 by USA Today. It has also garnered several placements as runner up in Rand McNally’s ‘Best of the Road’ series for their Best Food category.
While there are many art galleries, boutiques, antique shops and more to explore, there is one thing in particular for which the region is quickly becoming known.
Fruit Of The Land
The region around Walla Walla is filled with fertile lands that support the local agriculture. However this city is known for two crops in particular. The Sweet Onion has been carefully cultivated in this region to produce a flavor unlike any other, and a festival celebrates this vegetable every year. The other major bounty of the land is the numerous vineyards that are in the area.
More than 100 Wineries
Walla Walla has only been producing high-quality wines for a number of decades, however it is quickly becoming a magnet for wine connoisseurs. There are more than 100 wineries dotting the area, providing ample opportunity to taste the craftsmanship of a range of vintners in a short span of time. In fact there are so many wineries that the region holds several release weekends every year so that visitors can taste the latest vintages as they are first poured.
Local restaurants also feature the region’s wines and many high-class restaurants have opened with chefs who bring a culinary style to the table as impressive as the wine.
If you’re looking for places near Walla Walla to visit, then hop in your car for a road trip. Both Dayton and Pendleton, OR, are nearby and offer their own unique charms.