Travel & Outdoors

Guide to the Best in Walla Walla

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The quaint town of Walla Walla, WA is filled with lush farmland, artists and musicians, wineries and excellent restaurants. For a weekend getaway, it’s the perfect place to enjoy some Eastern Washington sunshine and local culture. Here are some of our favorites.

Waterbrook Winery
10518 West Highway 12
Walla Walla, WA 99362
509.522.1262
http://www.waterbrook.com

On your drive into town, you’ll pass the beautiful grounds of Waterbrook Winery. Pull in, and walk past the manicured lawn and gorgeous pond to the Northwest inspired tasting room and patio. The winery is pet friendly, and will offer your dog a treat and a fresh bowl of water. When the weather is sunny, you may want to taste Waterbook’s wines outdoors, and enjoy the view of the picturesque Blue Mountains. When the weather has a chill, there’s an outdoor fireplace to warm you. Bocce ball is just a stone’s throw from the patio if you care to play, or you can just relax on the patio with a glass of award-winning wine and take in the tranquil surroundings.

Bacon and Eggs
503 E Main Street
Walla Walla, WA 99362
http://www.baconandeggswallawalla.com

Looking for a hearty, no nonsense, local spot for breakfast? Every dish at Bacon and Eggs is made from scratch in the kitchen, and they use whatever they can purchase that is locally grown or family farmed. The eggs are fresh, the biscuits and white gravy are just like Grandma used to make, and the pastries are flaky and sweet. Stumptown coffee is served piping hot, or you can choose any espresso drink. Bloody Marys, mimosas and champagne top this Farm-to-Table restaurant’s menu with outdoor seating and a greeting at the door.

Whitehouse Crawford
55 West Cherry Street
Walla Walla, WA 99362
509.525.2222
http://www.whitehousecrawford.com

In an historic building in downtown Walla Walla, you are in for a treat when you enter Whitehouse Crawford. The open beamed, airy dining room is also crisp and modern with loads of light and windows. Sharing a building with Seven Hills Winery allows you to see the oak barrels piled up in their wine room. Sit close to the open kitchen, where you can watch Chef Jamie Guerin (who is also a co-owner) and his crew prepare meals that have been raved about in Seattle Weekly, The New York Times, Wine Spectator and Food and Wine for the past dozen years. The menu is updated constantly, to reflect the freshest ingredients and seasonal produce that Chef Jamie can find. And in Walla Walla, the abundance of Washington’s best and freshest ingredients is as close as the nearest farm. Chef Jamie works with organic farms and local farmers to ensure he has local, quality ingredients. When you are there, be sure to order the Walla Walla Sweet Onion appetizer. The tiniest of shoestring onions, crispy and golden with just the right amount of sea salt, make you feel like you’re eating a light and sweet delicacy. Paired with any of the local Walla Walla wines on the menu, your meal will start out just right. And be sure to finish off the night with their homemade salted caramel ice cream. Decadent and creamy, it’s the perfect end to a well executed meal.

Salumiere Cesario
20 N. 2nd Avenue
Walla Walla, WA 99362
509.529.5620
http://www.salumierecesario.com

If you are looking to put together a picnic, or just want some foods to pair with your Walla Walla wines, head to Salumiere Cesario. The gourmet grocery is a family-run business in the heart of downtown Walla Walla. You’ll feel as though you have walked into a family deli in Italy. Voted Best Gourmet Grocery in the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, you’ll find the only walk-in cheese closet in the Pacific Northwest filled with artisanal cheeses from around the world. Pick up salumi, olives, nuts and gourmet chocolates. Or you could ask for a Euro-Style Lunch Box to go as you head to the park or your next winery.

Walla Faces Suites at Historic Downtown
214 East Main Street
Walla Walla, WA 99362
877.301.1181
http://www.wallafaces.com

Enjoy your stay in the center of all that’s happening on Main Street in Walla Walla. The hotel is art-centered with original works throughout its guestrooms and public spaces on the second floor of a historic 1904 brick building. Its fourteen-foot high ceilings with crown moldings give each suite an expansive feel. Five of the six suites feature kitchens, living rooms, bedrooms, and large bath with Jacuzzi tub. The suites are furnished with beautiful leather furniture, sumptuous bedding and designer bath amenities. The modern stainless steel appliances in the kitchens are complemented with a fully stocked kitchen should you desire to whip up a little something. Pets are welcome and will be given special treatment.

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