Walla Walla: The Unofficial Capital of Washington Wine Country
As the unofficial capital of Washington wine country, Walla Walla is home to more than 120 wineries, a nationally recognized culinary scene, access to an abundance of outdoor recreation, and an arts & entertainment scene that rivals cities many times its size. This community of just over 30,000 residents is known for many things, including its friendliness and hospitality, the quality of its wine, and of course the famous Walla Walla Sweet Onion. Walla Walla is an easy and scenic four-hour drive from Seattle, Portland, or Boise and can be accessed via Alaska Airlines daily non-stop flights from Seattle.
Walla Walla has long been known as one of the most fertile agricultural areas in the nation, producing such crops as wheat, asparagus, strawberries, and the famous Walla Walla Sweet Onion. However, it’s Walla Walla wine country that is most celebrated."
A vibrant reflection of the past and the present, downtown Walla Walla is the place where you begin to discover what makes Walla Walla so unique. A walk down tree-lined streets reveals an eclectic mix of vintage shops, boutiques, cafés, bookstores, tasting rooms, restaurants, and more. Add an abundance of public art, special events, and outdoor concerts, and you begin to see why downtown Walla Walla has been recognized time and again as one of the best small town Main Streets in the country.
Walla Walla has long been known as one of the most fertile agricultural areas in the nation, producing such crops as wheat, asparagus, strawberries, and the famous Walla Walla Sweet Onion. However, it’s Walla Walla wine country that is most celebrated.Thanks to a truly unique combination of climate, character, charm, and culture, the Walla Walla Valley has transformed into one of the finest wine regions in the world, with more than 120 wineries that call it home.
The recent renovation of the Gesa Power House Theatre — converted from a former Walla Walla gas plant—created a historic venue for live theater, musicals, and other live shows. The Little Theatre of Walla Walla, Whitman College’s Harper Joy Theatre, Walla Walla University, and Walla Walla Community College all provide performances throughout the year and make for a great evening activity during your trip.
A host of acclaimed, award-winning musicians transform every summer and winter into an ongoing musical experience. Founded in 1907, the Walla Walla Symphony’s season runs from September through May. Every January and June, the music of the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival, fills the streets, tasting rooms, and other unique venues of Walla Walla.