Walla Walla, Washington

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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"

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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.

Walla Walla Washington is a great place to live and visit. My family is over 3 generations deep in the valley homesteaded in the tollgate/macintire point area.I have seen many trends come and go and lots of nothingness, but this has changed in the past 5 or so years. many opportunities are available here, weekend farmers market with many fresh items to choose. stay and tour Historic Marcus Whitman Hotel, to Fabulous Wineries and Fine dining to some of the best food paired with local wines. Walla Walla also sports the State Vegetable the "Walla Walla Sweet Onion" a "no tears" sweet onion grown only here in the Walla Walla Valley. the sweet onion marketing committee puts on an annual Onion Festival down town that is tons of fun. www.sweetonions.org . The Chamber puts on some real awesome events including a Balloon Stampede and many other things to do and see. Hunting, fishing, biking and hiking Experience Walla Walla and you will have something great to talk about and share with others.. Jody Harrison - wallawalla.com
Reviewed by WallaWalla
on September 17, 2012
I've lived in Walla Walla my entire life and while it is known as a fantastic wine destination now with over 100 wineries in the valley - it's much more than that! Walla Walla is home to three colleges, a beautifully revitalized downtown, Washington State's oldest Independent record store, an annual hot air balloon festival, the oldest bank in Washington State, the oldest continuously operating symphony west of the Mississippi, and it is the childhood home of Batman - Adam West. The Walla Walla valley is full of friendly people and things to do - there's skiing nearby, camping in the Blue Mountains, boating on the Snake and Columbia Rivers, wine tasting downtown, Sunday drives through the wheat fields, taking in a play at one of several local theaters, or taking in the symphony at Cordiner Hall. In Walla Walla you will find just as many friendly faces at the local wine tasting room or cafe as you will at the local burger joint or grocery store. So what makes us so darn friendly? We're just spoiled by living here ...
Reviewed by jcwestbrook
on September 17, 2012
Walk down Main street Walla Walla on a beautiful summer evening and you will see how charming this town can be.
Reviewed by kimberlyann
on September 17, 2012
Meriwether Lewis - May 1, 1806 "Sometime after we had encamped three young men arrived from the Wallah wallah Village bringing with them a Steel Trap belonging to our party...we can justly affirm to honor those people that they are the most hospitable, honist and Sencere people that we have met on our Voyage" True then as now
Reviewed by mddjrd
on September 17, 2012
A gem of a place in Southeastern Washington! It is a charming town that the best balance between small town and big city. The people are friendly and helpful, not to mention a bunch of great storytellers among them. Visit one of the wineries on Main Street or near the airport (a former bomber base) , stop for a cup of coffee at Walla Walla Roasters, a decadent desert from Colville St. Patisserie, or have dinner at one of the incredible restaurants (I love Brassarie 4). I promise, a weekend in Walla Walla is well worth the drive!
Reviewed by KKieser
on September 17, 2012
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