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.

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
Walla Walla is a unique small city in the southeast corner of Washington. Endowed with natural beauty of golden wheat fields, vineyards and the Blue Mountains, our city is a blend of historic vision with it's stately Victorians and classic Craftsman homes on tree-lined streets and modern sophistication delivered by three colleges and a thriving wine industry. Culture and a celebration of the arts is part of our DNA, and includes street art, the longest, continously operating symphony west of the Mississippi, our chamber music festival, dance and Shakespeare. Winemakers, musicians, artists, crafts people, writers, chefs, artisan food producers, tv stars and rock stars are proud to call Walla Walla home. However, it is our community's shared vision that brings it all together and makes Walla Walla a very special place!
Reviewed by wwgirasol
on September 17, 2012
Having arrived almost two years ago, we have grown to love Walla Walla and the surrounding area. It is perfect for all groups, from wine lovers to families with small children to academics to sports fans. The farmers market and Tour of Walla Walla (weekend bike race in the spring) are worth the trip, and the Walla Walla Sweets baseball team has revitalized the sports scene (with a special note to Whitman basketball beating #1 Whitworth at a sold-out Sherwood Center) and given us an affordable family activity during the perfect summer weather. Probably the coolest little town we have ever been in.
Reviewed by newtotown
on September 17, 2012
Walla Walla is nestled against the Blue Mountains. The verdant green hills in spring, the velvety dusky tans of summer and the snow capped mountains in winter create a mesmerizing backdrop for this cozy town. Walla Walla has abundant trees and is a bird sanctuary. Hiking, biking and birding are favorite past times. And best of all, you can get into the foothills in 10 minutes. The art and wine communities, the rich cultural heritage and intellectual life gleaned from the three local colleges makes Walla Walla not only beautifully visually but culturally as well.
Reviewed by mitchenl
on September 17, 2012
Walla Walla is a charming city located in the heart of Washington State's wine country. Blessed with the natural beauty of golden wheat fields, rolling vineyards, meandering creeks and commanding mountains, the city is an hybrid of old world charm with it's stately turn-of-the-century homes and buildings on tree-lined streets and modern sophistication afforded by three colleges, foundries, and a booming wine industry. Culture is paramount to the fabric of the city, inclusive of a substantial public art collection, the oldest symphony west of the Mississippi River, the annual chamber music, Shakespeare and dance festivals, amazing restaurants, foundries, local theaters and incredible art galleries. Winemakers, top writers, world-renowned artists, James Beard award winning chefs, jazz musicians, television actors and rock stars are all proud to call Walla Walla home. However, it is the community's vision to become one of the top cultural destinations in the United States that ties it all together, making Walla Walla a very remarkable place.
Reviewed by Conrad
on September 17, 2012
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