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.

Ive grown up in the area and have lived here my entire life. I never wanna leave, I love this town! ;)
Reviewed by dpartin26
on September 17, 2012
I can't imagine having lived anywhere else all these 16 years.
Reviewed by mbeck318
on September 17, 2012
I moved to Walla Walla to attend several years ago and fell in love with the town. There is a good mix of people and, I always felt like the town had a good idea of what it was - and wasn't. There was never a shortage of activities and even if entering a store for the first time, I was always greeted with a friendly face and greeting.
Reviewed by Braves2247
on September 17, 2012
I am voting for Walla Walla because the people are generally friendly and fun loving, it has natural beauty with so many vineyards, orchards and wheat fields, the Blue Mountains, and hundred year old trees. It's an educational community with three highly rated colleges and two hospitals, and there are so many entertainment and community events that it's often difficult to choose between them. The Walla Walla Symphony is the oldest continually running symphony west of the Mississippi, providing world class concerts on a consistent basis. Walla Walla won a national award for "best improved downtown", with more renovations of historical buildings every year, including grand turn of the century mansions. We have diversified since the big ag companies moved away, encouraging development of the area as one of the premier wine destinations in the country. Tourism has changed the face of our town in a positive way. New upscale restaurants have sprung up along with numerous wine tasting rooms and breweries, many offering outdoor seating, which encourages friendly interaction with passersby. We who live here feel very fortunate because of our generally mild, arid climate with few natural disasters. The VA hospital serves veterans within a wide area, and its presence contributes greatly to patriotic sentiments and events. Pioneer Park was designed by the same man who designed Central Park in New York City, and it is a beautiful, fun place to bring family and friends for picnics or festivals. It includes a waterfowl aviary and display of exotic pheasants. Bennington Lake provides ample space for many outdoor activities on the edge of town. The Blue Mountains can be accessed within minutes for a quick relaxing getaway, and there are several area ski resorts. The Walla Walla Fairgrounds host events like the Balloon Stampede, Sweet Onion Festival and Rodeo. Downtown boasts events such as Tour of Walla Walla, and The Peach Basket Classic. Come visit and stay a while!
Reviewed by wwswty
on September 17, 2012
People in Walla Walla are some of the most friendly people you will ever meet. There is plenty to do and lots of culture. Of course, some of the best wine in the world and our famous sweet onions. Other awesome veggies and fruits too. Plenty of fresh air for the biking and hiking. Come for visit!
Reviewed by mjf
on September 17, 2012
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