With holiday celebrations, outdoor activities, and incredible wine and food, Walla Walla makes for a winter destination like none other
Winter is such a special time of year in Walla Walla that it deserves its own name. Winter WallaLand is more than just a moniker, though. It captures all that makes winter in the unofficial capital of Washington wine country such a revelation.
During Winter WallaLand, the town heats up with a world of winter festivities, each with its own uniquely Walla Walla charm. And Walla Walla’s renowned winemakers and chefs finally get a chance to catch their breath after fall harvest, affording them just a bit more time to chat with their visitors.
From bucolic retreats to hotspots placed perfectly in Walla Walla’s charming downtown, Walla Walla’s hotels and bed and breakfasts offer rates unattainable in warmer months. It’s also when tables at Walla Walla’s most beloved restaurants are available on just the right night and just the right time.
The region tempts visitors to get outside, even in winter. Rare is the year where Walla Walla does not celebrate a White Christmas, with plenty of hills for sledding, including 44-acre Pioneer Park in the heart of the city. Skiers and snowboarders find a playground of their own in nearby Ski Bluewood, and the Blue Mountains also offer miles of pristine hiking trails, perfect for snowshoe excursions.
The holidays are particularly special. Guests gather around the Thanksgiving table, then treat themselves to shopping and wine tasting, and special events such as Holiday Barrel (Dec. 6-8), and The Parade of Lights (Dec. 7) sets Main Street ablaze with an annual nighttime tradition. An expedition into the Umatilla National Forest to cut your own Christmas tree is yet another family tradition.
The draw of winter extends with February is for Foodies, celebrating Walla Walla’s cuisine with a month of specially priced tasting menus, wine pairings, cooking classes, and more.
“A winter trip to Walla Walla might be a revelation to some, but for the many who have chosen to spend time here during the season, they find an experience unlike at any other time of year,” said Ron Williams, CEO of Visit Walla Walla. “At its heart, Walla Walla is a friendly small town, and those roots are particularly on display for all to enjoy during the holiday season. But the sophistication of the town’s wine and culinary scene are also as accessible as any time of the year. And the outdoor winter activities mean there is a little something for everyone to enjoy.”
Book a winter lodging deal now and make a great escape to wine country at www.wallawalla.org/winter.
About Walla Walla:
As the unofficial capital of Washington wine country, Walla Walla is home to more than 120 wineries, a nationally recognized culinary scene, access to an abundance of outdoor recreation, and an arts & entertainment scene that rivals cities many times its size. This community of just over 30,000 residents is known for many things, including its friendliness and hospitality, the quality of its wine, and of course the famous Walla Walla Sweet Onion. An easy and scenic four-hour drive from Seattle, Portland, or Boise, Walla Walla can also be accessed via Alaska Airlines daily non-stop flights from Seattle. For more information and to begin planning a trip to Walla Walla, visit www.visitwallawalla.com.