I’m writing from my hometown: Walla Walla. The blue mountains and patchwork fields are etched on my heart.
I love that this is a community that I can come back to and still feel at home. It’s a town where people smile and say hello, a town with a booming wine industry that’s every bit as poetic as it is pragmatic, a town with beautifully restored brick buildings, community parades, farm-to-table restaurants, green lawns, and an idyllic college campus.
If you have time to pop over for a weekend, here are some of my favorite things to do:
- Wine taste at Seven Hills
- Dine at Whitehouse Crawford
- Stroll Whitman College Campus
- Shop at Studio Opal Boutique
- Get candy from Bright’s
- Lunch at Olive (I like the prosciutto and grape pizza)
- Walk parts of the Oregon Trail at sunset near the Whitman Mission
- In summer, swim at the new outdoor aquatic center Veterans Memorial Pool (a great place to take kids) or visit the Downtown Farmer’s Market
- Have coffee and flakey pastries at Colville Street Patisserie
- See a play at the Little Theatre
If you are looking for a place to stay, my childhood friends have a charming vacation rental that’s walking distance to downtown. Check out Menlo Park House here.
And now for some photos:
The Little Theatre playhouse, built in 1944
A whimsical scene from Studio Opal Boutique
Whitehouse Crawford Restaurant, housed in a historic lumber planing mill and furniture factory, which was built in 1904
Award winning Seven Hills Winery, also housed in the Whitehouse Crawford building
A view of the snowy Blue mountains from near my family’s house.