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.

More than just a wine tasting town, the small town of Walla Walla boasts two universities, a Fantastic Farmer's Market, The Walla Walla Sweats baseball team, The WA-HI Blue Devils, and several museums to include a fun children's museum as well as the Whitman museum! Fairly mild weather, and no traffic to back up we've loved getting to know this treasure of a town after traveling the world!
Reviewed by daddask8
on September 17, 2012
If you visit Walla Walla, you'll see everyone hanging out downtown, where the majority of the wine tasting rooms are. If that doesn't make you friendly, I don't know what will. The town is beautiful as well and set at the base of the Blue Mountains, which you see when you look east out of town.
Reviewed by ashdur
on September 17, 2012
You won't find a friendlier place than Walla Walla. Whether it be your first time visiting or if you live there, that small community helpful attitude is always around. Ask a random stranger for directions and you might just find someone who will offer you a ride! Chat with the table next to yours in a restaurant or other folks in the tasting room and you will make friends for life. Everyone is so friendly and kind all the time.
Reviewed by Red_Sonja1
on September 17, 2012
Walla Walla is an incredibly friendly place. It's a great town to hang out in and relax, especially with all the tasting rooms and cute cafes.
Reviewed by PewterHydra
on September 17, 2012
I am a "home grown." Born and raised in Walla Walla, left for awhile, but came back home. I have seen the best and the worst of the town. Many fond memories of going downtown with my parents and grandparents when Walla Walla was a thriving town full of locally owned shops and specialized merchants. When the malls hit the town and we saw the demise. However, we hung in there with spirit and pride and found our niche as a great distination of Washington State. The new surge of wineries and vineyards have also given us another source of agriculture that we have also been known for.
Reviewed by Walla2WineWoman
on September 17, 2012
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