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Walla Walla is the town so nice, they named it twice!
Earlier this month I traveled to Walla Walla, Washington with Travel About Magazine, Sabrina, Maneli and Elise for a quick girls getaway. With all of a us needing a quick break from Vancouver, we wanted to head somewhere without travelling too far or spending a lot of money. Walla Walla is a great place to go for delicious food and a wine tasting room on every corner. Let me preface this post by saying that I actually don’t drink wine but that’s not to say that I couldn’t join my wine drinking gals for a fun adventure!
As none of us did our due diligence by checking the weather report in depth, we found ourselves heading down the I90 at night in what was a snow storm with no snow tires. Note to our future girls trip selves, don’t do that! Needless to say we were thrilled to arrive at our first stop! After a 4 hour drive, we found ourselves passed Seattle and entering Suncadia Resort. As we arrived at night, we couldn’t see much except snowy mounds and glistening tree lights that helped light our way to The Inn.
Thankfully for the queen size bed all to myself with pillows that may as well have been made of clouds I had one of the best sleeps, ever! We woke up to a winter wonderland view right outside of our room balcony with a major surprise. I suppose the previous guests left a bottle of champagne chilling on their balcony and after days of snowfall, I somehow spotted the corner of the label and quickly dug it out. Talk about welcome drinks! We enjoyed breakfast at our resort with a stunning view of the mountains and then headed for Walla Walla.
Photos via Street Scout Me.
Photo via Street Scout Me.
Walla Walla is one of those places that you’ve never been but don’t want to leave. It’s a place where the people you meet become your family and the food you eat for the first time tastes like something you’ve never had but have heard of. Our first evening in Walla Walla was enjoyed meeting the team of Otis Kenyon Wine and Cadarette Wine. Like I said, I don’t drink wine. I don’t understand how to differentiate the notes on my palette, I never know which wine to buy for a gift, the taste of wine isn’t my favorite and I swirl my glass because I saw it on TV.
After an evening at the tasting rooms, I finally found my appreciation. Otis Kenyon Wine has one of the funniest development stories I’ve ever heard. It includes a dentist, a burned down building and the creation of some of the finest wine in the Pacific North West. Read about it HERE. Thank you to Muriel for helping me enhance my tasting experience! The Cadaretta tasting room is designed to have you feel like you’re in your friends living room. It’s a warming experience and we could have stayed there for hours! I still won’t be adding wine to my bar collection but I now understand what goes into the making of wine, what the colour means, how to properly taste it and what I’m actually doing when I swirl my glass! I didn’t have to drink the wine but I was able to taste it and then use my classy spit bucket. I did, in fact enjoy the taste of most.
The wine industry in Walla Walla brings over 100 million annually to the valley claiming over 150 wineries. This doesn’t include all of the start up wineries!
After indulging in wine (spitting) we headed to our VRBO via Walla Walla Vacation Rentals. A family style two floor house in the middle of a quiet neighborhood was exactly what we needed after a long drive. During our drive we noticed groupings of Greek houses and quickly realized that this is a University town. Walla Walla is the home of Whitman College, the most expensive liberal arts college in Washington and is on the Forbes list of top 20 ranked colleges in the United States. The Walla Walla Community College is voted as the number 1 college in the United States and not surprisingly majors in Enology (study of wines) and Viticulture Wine Making programs.
Our first dinner was at Whoopemup Hallow Cafe and “cafe” doesn’t do justice to what the menu has to offer. When you think cafe, you think of sandwiches, coffee, salads, the usual. Whoopemup offers gourmet style southern regional cuisine that leaves you in awe! Every dish we ate was something we’ve never tasted before and I highly recommend eating there when you make a trip to Walla Walla. Thank you Whoopemup for serving up the best dinner experience and thank you Ron Williams of Visit Walla Walla for sitting down with us Canadians. We loved your spirit!
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Breakfast the next morning was at one of Walla Walla’s staple restaurants, Bacon & Eggs. Think of a super trendy and hipster style breakfast joint but with food that actually tastes really good! My sweet tooth opted in for the peanut butter, jelly and bacon french toast….with a side of bacon. Of course! It was delicious and one of the menu specialty items. You gotta try it when you stop in, I assure you that you’ll love it.
With full stomachs and big smiles, we packed into the car and headed for the highway home. We were aware of the potential ice storm hitting Walla Walla and happened to be leaving right when it hit. We made it as far at the first highway gas station before we headed back from sever road conditions and decided to stay an extra night. We were actually pretty thrilled since we’ve loving our time in town.
Walla Walla was a giant open arm welcoming us in. We aim to take another girls trip in the Spring to experience the town during warmer months and see what else it has to offer us. Walla Walla has a large French Lavender farm (did I mention that my delicious French 75 at breakfast had lavender? Yums!), famous Klicker Strawberries, and harvests many mushrooms in the Spring that sell for high dollar to many high end restaurants in Portland OR and Seattle WA.
I think I see lavender cocktails, strawberries and another order of PB&J french toast in my future!
Till next time, Walla Walla.