We’re always excited to show tours around the town we call home. Part Pacific Northwest hip part Old West charm, we think Walla Walla’s got it all. We’ll be exploring the wine, art and farm-to-table dining of this wheat and wine community, as well as the rich history of the town, one of the oldest in Washington and an early stop-over on the Oregon Trail.
Looking for what to do, eat, drink and see on your downtime in town? We’ve got some ideas:
Downtown shopping: Exploring the antique shops and unique boutiques is easily an afternoon in this walkable historic downtown, where even the Macy’s is worth a trip inside the beautifully preserved old theatre with sweeping staircase. Visit fun home décor and antique shops like Tra Vigna, with its wine barrel furniture, the elegant Trove Home & Vintage Goods or hunt for funky finds at Main Street Furniture Co and 35th + Butter. We love Studio Opal, not just because the owners are neighbors of ours but also for their trendy finds. Along the same vein, check out the vintage Door Number Two, Walla Walla Clothing Company and Marla June’s. Then there’s Hot Poop, this iconic music shop is in a category of its own and a must-stop for any music lover.
Walla Walla Food Tour: We partner with Walla Walla Food Tours to arrange a walking wine pairing that will take you around the world all in one block of Walla Walla’s downtown wineries. It’s a great way to sample multiple Walla Walla wineries and learn a little more about the styles of vino originating from regions around the world brought to our little town.
Art Scene: We’ll take a little tour of Whitman College’s impressive sculpture garden, filled with works of art from world-renowned and local artists, including Jim Dine, Squire Broel, Deborah Butterfield and George Tsutakawa, but it’s worth another stroll on your own to catch creations cast at the Walla Walla Foundry, a Native American totem pole, tiki statue and Japanese Zen garden. The campus’s nearby Sheehan Gallery is also a delight. Walking the streets of downtown you’ll notice a variety of playful sculptures (pick up a brochure at the Visitor’s Center). Several wineries also double as galleries, such as DAMA Wines, Studio Two Zero Two and Foundry Vineyards.
Dining out: Hungry yet? Our downtown boasts an impressive local food scene, starting with breakfast, ranging from the full sit-down at Maple Counter Café to a coffee and pastry at Colville Street Patisserie. Graze or Olive Marketplace and Café both make great sandwiches and salads. For on-your-own dinner, in the mood for French? Brasserie Four. Italian? TMACs or Passatempo Taverna. Thai? Soi 71. Indian? Walla Walla Indian Cuisine (check out their lunch buffet). Mediterranean? Saffron. Public House 124 or Wingmans Birdz+Brews are both great places to grab an app and drink. And of course, we’ve got plenty of great Mexican Food –stop at any of the food trucks or try Grandma’s Kitchen.
And there’s always more wine! Take the time to explore Walla Walla’s wine scene on your own. Browne Family Vineyards, Kontos, Forgeron Cellars and Bontzu Cellars are all great starts, but really you can’t go wrong chatting up the friendly tasting room attendants in any of our downtown tasting rooms.