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A Weekend in…Walla Walla

The city of Walla Walla, meaning “many waters,” is well known for its famous sweet onions but has also made its mark as one of the most sought-after wine regions in the United States. Located about 300 miles east of Seattle, this charming city has so much to offer. Whether you travel by car while enjoying the scenic drive through the Cascade Mountains or prefer to see the views from a plane at 30,000 feet, there are many travel accommodations to access Walla Walla.

With wineries and vineyards galore, this town is also home to a vast agricultural community, the highly ranked Whitman College, shops, dining and hotels.

The Finch

Stay

Located in the heart of the town is The FINCH hotel. Made up of 80 uniquely designed rooms, this trendy boutique motel makes for the perfect place to call home during your stay in Walla Walla. Nestled right on the end of Main Street, you are within minutes from the town’s legendary tasting rooms, restaurants and shopping. Whether you are traveling with family or looking for an adults-only getaway, The FINCH has accommodations to meet all of your needs, which is sure to guarantee a fantastic stay. Bicycles are also available upon request for guests and make for a great option to explore all of the hidden treasures the town has to offer. Unwind by the outdoor fireplace, roast s’mores or grab takeout from the rotating food trucks located in the main courtyard. Currently, The FINCH is offering the season-perfect Autumn in Wine Country package, which includes gourmet chocolates, wine tumblers, a tasting journal and more for a vino-centric stay.

Do

Known for hiking, biking and skiing, the outdoor enthusiast will not be disappointed in Walla Walla! Cycle your way through miles of country roads, vineyards and historic streets while taking in all of the beautiful views around you. If you’re up for the adventure, you can explore one of the many trails, the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest or the legendary Blue Mountains. Year-round, there are outdoor activities for every level, from beginner to expert. Wine Valley Golf Club is a fair-weather golfer’s dream, with nearly ideal conditions year-round. Weddings are also a large attraction to this town so be sure to add Eritage Resort to the list of venues. With an abundance of views from every corner, you’re sure to find the perfect location for your big day on this property.

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Eritage Resort

Drink

As one of the top wine destinations in the nation, there is no shortage of tasting rooms or vineyards in Walla Walla. Walk through town and taste your way through wines curated by some of the region’s top winemakers. Browne Family Vineyards is a must on your wine itinerary, Led by Andrew Brown, its high-end and full-bodied wines are perfect for any occasion. The rustic tasting room with large leather sofas and a patio right in the middle of Main Street is a great place to begin or end your day. Red wine lovers: Be sure to reserve a tasting at the breathtaking Valdemar Estates focusing on Spanish reds, where fifth-generation winemaker Jesús Martínez Bujanda has set the bar for Walla Walla. As an internationally owned winery, the collaboration of wines from two regions makes for a tasting around the world. If you are someone who prefers sparkling wines then visiting Yellowhawk (formerly Basel Cellars) will not disappoint. Located on 84 acres, the sparkling house is an excellent place to grab a bite to eat while enjoying the panoramic views and bubbles. Reservations can be made online, and are highly encouraged on the weekends.

Abeja

Eat

Step away from the city and escape to the beautiful Kitchen at Abeja, led by the talented Executive Chef Elodie Li. Taste your way through a five- or seven-course meal highlighting locally sourced and grown ingredients from the Pacific Northwest. This elevated dining experience is truly one of a kind. With a weekly updated menu and magnificent views, each visit is unlike the last. Abeja is open in the evenings by reservation only; visit its website to book. Lodging in town and looking for a place to walk for dinner? Check out TMACS, open for lunch and dinner. This is a great place for unique cocktails and excellent food. The pappardelle Bolognese made with in-house pasta, milk-braised beef and pork ragu with mixed herbs and Parmigiano-Reggiano, is a must. A light bite favorite is the seared ahi served with plantain chips. This harissa blackened ahi with mango salsa and avocado is fresh and delicious. Stop by Public House 124 for a cold beer and a mouthwatering burger, open Tuesday through Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 3 to 10 p.m., this place makes for a cool hang. For breakfast, a few local favorites include Bacon & Eggs, which offer many of the breakfast classics, along with a few house specialties. Colville Street Patisserie is a wonderful stop on your morning walk through town, filled with fresh pastries and delicious espresso.

For more information on Walla Walla, visit www.wallawalla.org.

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