Walla Walla, Washington

Votes



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"

Description

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.

To me, Walla Walla is a Rockwell painting -- idyllic small town America. It has gained a lot of attention in recent years for the (amazing) wine scene and restored downtown, but Walla Walla also sits right next to great mountains, has lovely parks, has beautiful old houses, is more diverse than you might imagine, and is the kind of place people look out for each other. I grew up in Walla Walla and now I live overseas. I love going home because my little home town embodies America to me.
Reviewed by aeporter78
on September 17, 2012
Family-friendly town surrounded by a variety of beautiful landscapes!
Reviewed by JLAIB4
on September 17, 2012
Walla Walla has it all! ART (lots of galleries), MUSEUMS (historic Ft. Walla Walla), MUSIC (symphony & local concerts), WINE (big reds, crisp whites & Roses), EDUCATION (historic Whitman College & Walla Walla Univeristy), RESTAURANTS (from down home cookin', to burgers, to elegant dinners), MOUNTAINS, VINEYARDS, and ROLLING HILLS (doesn't get any more beautiful than the Blues or the rolling hills of wheat & vineyards!), WATER (lots of lakes and creeks, and the near by Columbia & Snake rivers for wind surfing), BIKING (beautiful bike trails), HISTORY (hike the Lewis & Clark Trail), PARKS (too many to name but they're all here!), and GREAT PEOPLE (it's really true!). We have it all, but have managed to keep our small town charm despite the growth and improvement within the area over the course of time. Wouldn't choose to live anywhere else but here!
Reviewed by HappyGirl
on September 17, 2012
Walla Walla had (or has?) a perfect marketing campaign that I completely agree with, and it says simply "Walla Walla, Surprise Surprise". This is an incredibly diverse town with exceptional food, wine, beauty, and talented people.
Reviewed by rkholm
on September 17, 2012
Walla Walla is foodie heaven. Great restaurants everywhere for breakfast lunch and dinner. Check out my picture of huevos rancheros from one of my favorite breakfast spots, Bacon & Eggs. Don't miss Olive, The Green Spoon, T. Maccarones, Public House 124, South Fork Grille, Phoumy's Thai, The Brik, Berny's Tacos, Maple Counter Cafe, Saffron, I could go on and on and on. And if you want to eat at home there are great places to get fresh ingredients including Blue Valley Meats, the WW Valley Farmers Market, not to mention super bakeries, cheese and meat purveyors. Walla Walla is foodie heaven! http://ponderingsbydianereed.blogspot.com
Reviewed by ladybook
on September 17, 2012
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