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Discover Walla Walla

The name Walla Walla is of Indian origin and means "many waters".

Walla Walla enjoys 300 days of sunshine a year. We're a 4-season destination offering skilled restaurants inspired by farm-driven food, charming tasting rooms, award-winning wines, art, music, outdoor invitations for golf, fly fishing, biking, hiking, balloon rides, and a historic downtown in full renaissance.

Calendar of Special Events   
Date Special Events List
January Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival 
February Four Tenors - Power House Theatre 
March Walla Walla Gourmet Getaways 
April Cayuse Winery Release Weekend
April Feast Walla Walla
April  Tour Walla Walla Bike Race 
April Whitman College Reunion
April - May The Tempest - Power House Theatre 
May Spring Release (3 night minimum stay required)
May Balloon Stampede
May Whitman College Commencement (3 night minimum stay required)
May Memorial Day Week-end
May Onion Man Triathlon
June Chamber Music Festival
June - July Big Daddy's Bar-B-Q - Power House Theatre 
July 4th July 4th Weekend
July Sweet Onion Festival
August Shakespeare Uncorked
August Whitman students arrive
August - September Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days
September Labor Day Week-end
September Fiesta Caliente - Power House Theatre 
September Wheelin Walla Walla Classic Car Show
September Pendelton Round-Up-100 Year Anniversary
September Walla Walla Quilt Festival
September Whitman College Reunion
October Whitman College Family Week-end (3 night minimum stay required)
October - November All American Country - Power House Theatre 
November Fall/Autumn Release Weekend (3 night minimum stay required)
December Barrel Tasting Week-end (3 night minimum stay required)
December A Blue Mountain Christmas - Power House Theatre 

Resources for Exploring Walla Walla

"A rush-hour backup consists of 4 cars idling at a stop sign - and you'll probably know the people in line." - NY Times

Visitor Inspiration

Tourism Walla Walla - wallawalla.org
Downtown Walla Walla Foundation - downtownwallawalla.com
Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce - wwvchamber.com
Walla Walla Info - wallawallainfo.com
The Walla Walla Website - wallawalla.com
Whitman College - whitman.edu
Walla Walla Foundry - wallawallafoundry.com

The Walla Wall Foundry is a large-scale design, casting and fabrication workshop that serves some of the world's most prestigious sculptures.

Wine Country Information

The long warm summer days and short cool nights produce a perfect balance of sugars and acidity in grapes. This temperature variation allows the grapes to develop their flavor and complexity slowly, while retaining natural acidity.

There are nearly 2,000 acres of grapes growing next to fruit orchards and wheat fields. The valley straddles the line between Burgundy and Bordeaux regions of France.

Walla Walla's position east of the Cascade mountain range limits the amount of rainfall allowing growers to control precisely the amount of water a plant receives through irrigation. This makes the appellation ideal for growing grapes. Unique soil delivered by a series of tremendous floods thousands of years ago offers the perfect drainage.

In 1977, the first present-day winery was established. In 1984 the Walla Walla valley was recognized as a unique American Viticultural Area. At this time there were 4 wineries, and 60 acres of vineyards. Now there are more than 100 wineries, and nearly 2,000 acres of vineyards.

The region is known for its individuality and goodwill among community members. Fill your senses with the beauty of rolling waves of irrigated crops.

Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance - wallawallawine.com
Walla Walla Wine Guide - wallawallawineguide.com
Walla Walla Wine News - wallawallawinenews.com

Historical Sites

Fort Walla Walla - fortwallawallamuesum.org
Whitman Mission National Historic Site - nps.gov/whmi
Kirkman House Museum - kirkmanhousemuseum.org
Historical Homes of Walla Walla Trail Guide - wwvchamber.com
Museum at Tamastslikt Cultural Institute - tamastslikt.com

Downtown Walla Walla features restored early 20th century, beaux-arts and Victorian buildings

Unique to Walla Walla

The Walla Walla onion is a big sweet variety, owing its mildness not to sugar, but to a high water and low-sulpher content. These onions can weigh as much as 2 pounds.

Walla Walla Sweet Onions - sweetonions.org
Lavender Farm - bluemountainlavender.com
Monteillet Fromagerie, Joan (509) 876 1429 www.montecheese.com
Hands-on Baking Classes at "Baking By Hand" www.BakingByHand.com

Wine Tours

Fisher Wine Tours www.winerytourswallawalla.com  Lori Fischer, (509) 540 9518 
Wine Country Trip Planning Service www.washingtonwine9.com  Carrie Simon, (206) 910 8910  
Black Tie Wine Tours (Limos/Town Cars), (509) 525 8585  www.blacktiewinetours.com  

Airplane Travel

Alaska/Horizon Airlines www.alaskaair.com
Out of the Blue Aviation, www.OutOfTheBlueAviation.com  Cathy Mighell, (360) 474-1060  
Private Jet Charter, Skyrunners Corp. Steve Reed (509) 525-5746
Walla Walla Airport www.wallawallaairport.com

Spas

Misbehaven Spa & Salon (509) 526 4585, 115 W. Alder www.MisBehavenSpaSalon.com
Divine Serendipity Day Spa (509) 540 4091, 123 E Main, www.DivineSerendipitySpa.com  

Pet Care

Haute Dog Pet Resort (509) 525 1312 www.hautedogpetresort.com

Golf

Wine Valley Golf Club - winevalleygolfclub.com
Veterans Memorial Golf Course - vetsgolf.com
Wildhorse Golf Course - wildhorseresort.com

The average annual rainfall in Walla Walla is only 12.5 inches.

Baseball

Walla Walla Sweets Baseball Team Top 25 in Collegiant Wood Bat League Attendance Walla Walla Sweets

Skiing

Bluewood Ski Resort - bluewood.com
Spout Springs Ski Resort - sproutspringsskiresort.com

Bicycling

Walla Walla Valley Cycling - wwvalleycycling.com

Wine Country Weddings

Walla Walla Weddings - wallawallaweddings.com

Music

Walla Walla Music - wallawallamusic.com
Walla Walla Symphony - wwsymphony.com
Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival - wwcmf.org

Theatre

Whitman College Harper Joy Theatre - Whitman.edu/theatre
Little Theatre of Walla Walla - ltww.org
Annual Shakespeare Festival - shakespeareuncorked.org