Why Walla Walla?
Walla Walla is truly a special place. This part of Washington is blessed by the sun, 300 days or so, a valley gifted with rich and fertile soil and the surrounding hills, carved by glaciers and shaped by winds, making a natural home for wheat and grapes, all contribute to make living here wonderful. In addition, from the city's early days as a hub for commerce, we inherited an infrastructure of a vibrant downtown core, tree-lined streets and parks that grace neighborhoods of stately Victorians and Colonials to later-period Craftsmen homes throughout downtown and Whitman College.
Modern Walla Walla dates to 1999, marked by the completion of the restoration of the historic Marcus Whitman Hotel, followed by an explosion of wineries, from 14 wineries in 1999 to 34 by 2002. Now, wineries number more than 140. On the big wine weekends, more than 80 wineries open their doors and provide visitors with tastes of their highly-acclaimed wines. Visit Walla Walla and the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance can provide more details on wineries and big wine events.
"This southeastern Washington town has become a destination for wine connoisseurs, urban refugees and roving retirees, despite its out-of-the-way location. 19th century Italianate-style commercial buildings are being revamped to house art galleries, bookstores and restaurants. Three colleges are hubs of activity offering classical music, lectures or lifelong learning classes. Walla Walla home prices, are still affordable by big-city standards. - Money Magazine 2006”
Since then, we haven't stopped our progression as a great place to live and work. Where there is great wine, great food and the arts soon follow and flourish. Walla Walla has attracted both artisans and entrepreneurs alike, lured by the sophistication of the wine industry and the grace of living in a place that retains its sense of place
I invite you to spend some time in our city either as a visitor or as a resident. I are confident that you will find a bit of whatever is good for your soul here.