In addition to our mainstream answers such as the sunshine, wine, arts, history, education, nature, culinary delights, rolling hills, expansive landscapes and abundance of agriculture, we thought we'd outline a few special tidbits that are lesser known and really enhance the overall experience of this lovely town. So, here you go!
Washington’s Friendliest Town
10 Interesting things you might like to know about Washington’s friendliest town.
1) Walla Walla was actually named :"America's Friendliest Small Town" by Rand McNally and USA Today,and in 2013 Fordors lists Walla Walla in 10 Best Small Towns in America.
2) Cowgirl Hall of Fame has three members identified with the Walla Walla Valley.
3) If the US National Statuary Hall Collection ever looses them, the two, and only, Washington State Statues have duplicates here in Walla Walla.
4) One of Walla Walla’s oldest wineries “discovered” it’s newest American Viticultural Area (AVA). Named after the signature cobblestone earth in which the vines are grown, "The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater" was established in 2016 and it’s not in Walla Walla! It is just across the border in Oregon.
5) The State Penitentiary, also known as "The Hill", was the subject of the song "Walla Walla" by the punk rock band The Offspring.
6) The Walla Walla Sweet Onion is Washington’s state vegetable. It was brought to valley over 100 years ago from the Islands of Corsica of the coast of Italy.
7) Speaking of Sweets, let’s all root for the home team, our Walla Walla Sweets compete in the West Coast League (East Division) every summer.
8) Nascar Driver Derrick Cope, Nobel Prize winner Walter Brattain, Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas, and BATMAN (Adam West) all went to Whitman College, founded in 1859.
9) Kayne West once live here for six months. OK is was just his bronze bust fabricated at the world famous Walla Walla Foundry, one of the finest bronze casters of contemporary art pieces in the world!
10) And last but certainly not least, a unique name meaning "A place of many waters" Walla Walla; the city so nice they named it twice!