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.
- For the size of this little town, Walla Walla sure does have a good thing going for it with the food!! Not only are there some fantastic restaurants that are highly rated (like Saffron with James Beard nominated chef Chris Ainsworth), there are some awesome authentic taco trucks too. The wide array of food in this valley is incredible. And, the food is not all about the restaurants either!!! The abundance of fresh local produce that comes out of the area farms is incredible, and our selection of locally owned markets is awesome ~ the Salumiere market on Main Street brings in foods I've usually only found in big cities! And, the Blue Valley butcher is providing our valley with grass fed meats. So, not only do we have the luxury of eating at wonderful restaurants, we have access to great foods right here locally as well.
- on August 13, 2013
- Walla Walla not only has great restaurants, it also is home to a homemade candy shop that first opened it's doors in 1934. Bright's Candies is a must to add to your list of places to visit. You'll find the store on Main Street near 2nd. Chocolates, fudge, ice cream, and all your favorites. Quality goodies.
- on August 6, 2013
- With downtown Walla Walla, you need to search any further for the best food in the country. Maple Counter, The Olive, Mill Creek Brew Pub, and the list goes on! Its a MUST do experience!
- on August 1, 2013
- And don't forget about Walla Walla Valley's hidden Gem and highly recommend Whoopemup Hollow Cafe! Just 20 minutes away, this magnificent southern comfort food experience will knock your socks off! Check out their mouthwatering menu. website: whoopemuphollowcafe.com . Also, cut and paste this GREAT article about the town of Waitsburg!! . http://seattletimes.com/html/outdoors/2012069206_nwwwaitsburg10.html . PS: Just google/search Whoopemup Hollow Cafe to find many many many more amazing articles about this famous restaurant! Enjoy!
- on August 1, 2013
- We stayed at the Walla Faces Inn - very nice and central to the action. Off season rates are great. Loved the friendly & knowledgeable sommeliers at the tasting rooms. Great college feel with an upscale country vibe. try "Bacon & Eggs" for breakfast and the chef's counter at Whiteouse-Crawford for a special dinner!
- on August 1, 2013