Walla Walla is the wine country of Washington State, not touristy like the Napa Valley but equally beautiful. First of all, a word about the origin of this cute name. Walla Walla is an Indian name meaning "many waters." In 1805, Lewis and Clark met a group of Indians who told them that the name of the river nearby was "Wallah Wallah." The town is situated close to the Columbia River, the largest river in the Pacific Northwest Region. It's super clean and all seems curated in detail, almost too good to be true. It's a pleasure to walk and look around.
Then, of course, you should go wine tasting. We were looking for a quality winery with a good patio to enjoy the view of the vineyards and the mesmerizing contrast of the golden wheat fields against the blue sky. We found Basel Cellars that has a stunning view, affordable prices and great wine.
Last but not least, if you enjoy nature and hikes, you should check out Rooks Park. It's a cute little park outside of the town, full of walking trails, creeks and all sorts of wildlife. It's the perfect break between your tour of wineries.
I highly recommend Walla Walla in summer if you are looking for a small place where you can drink some exquisite local wine, eat great food (farm to table style) and you are a fan of non-touristy places. Napa and Sonoma are beautiful but pricey and overrated. Walla Walla is an enchanting discovery off the beaten path.
WHERE TO STAY:
The Inn at Blackberry Creek a Victorian house renovated, but it still keeps the appeal of the old. There are 3 rooms named after famous impressionist artists, breakfast is included and it's phenomenal (a different dish every day plus fresh fruit and homemade scones).
WHERE TO EAT:
The food is great. My recommendations are: Olive Market Place and Cafe for lunch (good selection of salads and sandwiches with fresh ingredients, Brasserie Four (French) and Saffron (Mediterranean) for dinner.