Walla Walla, Washington


2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

1349 Votes - "Best For Food"
170 Votes - "Friendliest"
108 Votes - "Most Beautiful"
14 Votes - "Most Fun"
3 Votes - "Most Patriotic"
2 Votes - "Best for Geocaching"


The 2011 Friendliest Small Town in America returned with food and wine that blew our team away. We met chefs from Pho Sho, Andrae’s Kitchen, and The Marc, who prepared custom sampler dishes and students in Walla Walla Community College’s Culinary Program who paired dishes with wine from Woodward Canyon and Leonetti Cellar. The Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance organized an amazing afternoon for our team warmly reminding us of their friendliness.

Our favorite local restaurants included Maple Counter Café, Saffron, Brasserie Four, The Marc and T. Maccarone’s, all must-stops on a visit to one of our favorite small towns. Tour and taste at local vineyards from Walla Walla Vintners to Blue Mountain Vineyards, Waterbrook Winery, Spring Valley Vineyard and Lullaby Winery.

In addition to food and wine, Walla Walla is renowned for its art, music and theater. Browse any of a dozen galleries, catch a symphony or jazz performance, or attend a show at a local college. For history tour the historic downtown’s architecture and antique shopping, The Whitman Mission, and Fort Walla Walla for a feel of the 1800s.

Walla Walla’s abundant outdoor offerings can’t be overlooked, from camping, boating and swimming to area parks, athletic facilities and walking trails. Visitors can hunt and fish, ski, bike, ice skate or play softball, tennis, racquetball and golf. See what else Walla Walla has to offer in users' reviews.

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Reviewed by HaroInobbY
on October 10, 2017
A Wing and a Prayer Barbecue on Main Street Walla Walla throws down some of the best barbecue in the country. They compare to any and all the best. Two diddy wa diddy certified pitmasters fill each and every meal with love and care. If it's a barbecue meal or a great bowl of soup or a salad. We have never been disappointed.
Reviewed by fudluvr
on October 1, 2013
Wing and A Prayer BBQ encompasses everything you love about summer into their food. It's flavorful, unique and they have dishes you can enjoy even when the sunshine is gone.The owners and staff are committed to excellent service and making sure that you leave 100 percent satisfied (and stuffed!) If you want to experience some of the best bbq the northwest has to offer then this is where to be!
Reviewed by aisforalicia
on October 1, 2013
Such a Friendly, Fun, Foody Town. If you are in need of a quiet getaway this is the place to head. You will be treated like gold. T Maccorones Italian is the bomb. They care about where the food comes from and how it is cooked. Just so so good. Mr. Ed's is another sure bet. I cant wait to go there again. Road trip in need.
Reviewed by dncjenks@aol.com
on October 1, 2013
I never imagined myself choosing any small town, and especially Walla Walla in the paloose region of Eastern Washington, as a "vacation destination"--I'm more of a "big city and natural wonders" kind of vacationer. But for the past two summers, our youngest daughter has been attending a pre-professional ballet and dance training program called Whitman Summer Dance Lab there, and so in 2012, my husband and I spent two weeks there as tourists, while our daughter spent her first time away from home dancing 6-8 hours a day. This year, she went for five weeks, so we visited Walla Walla again twice--to drop her off and to pick her up and see the dance festival put on by SDL. We have fallen in love with Walla Walla! It is the most friendly town I've ever been in, filled with incredible architecture. We found that we could easily ride our bikes everywhere, loved many of the restaurants we ate at, and had fun touring wineries, travelling out to the paloose and the wheat fields surrounding Walla Walla, and wandering around the beautiful Whitman College campus. This is a wonderful town. Go there!
Reviewed by fiorastar
on October 1, 2013
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