Spend Time in Downtown Walla Walla

Spend Time in Downtown Walla Walla

Washington Select Registry – May 22, 2015

Are you thinking about a trip out west to visit Washington state? Consider taking a trip to Walla Walla, Washington. The city is located in the Walla Walla River Valley and in the heart of Oregon wine country. The region is known for its scenic beauty as well as for producing quality vintages of all manner of wine varietals. The city of Walla Walla is notable for it's fantastic work of revitalizing Downtown Walla Walla. The downtown area is known for being full of great artistic expression for all to enjoy. When you visit Downtown Walla Walla, you can experience live music and theater, browse museums and galleries, and taste fine wines and delicious food. So what are you waiting for? Downtown Walla Walla is calling your name!

Thing to Do in Downtown Walla Walla

With great food and wine to top-notch arts and culture, an afternoon or evening in Downtown Walla Walla is always time well spent!


Downtown Walla Walla is a great place to enjoy art. The city features many sculptures by artists including Nano Lopez, Tom Emmerson, Bill Piper, Brad Rule, Squire Broel, Ralph Trethewey, and Ian and Jennifer Boydon. An organization called ArtWalla is dedicated to making art accessible to everyone and preserving it as an important part of the community for a multitude of reasons. All you need to do is take a walk around town to view some of the best art in the region!

Performing Arts

During your time in Downtown Walla Walla, you should take the opportunity to take in some of the amazing local performing arts.  Gesa Power House Theatre is the perfect place to see a variety of events including music, comedy, film, and other live performances. The venue also plays host to local festivals and series. If you're in the mood for a play, the Little Theatre of Walla Walla might have just the thing. This theatre presents high-quality productions with an all volunteer cast and crew in a great live venue. For the more musically inclined, the Walla Walla Symphony has a great 2015-2016 season planned with performances of Beethoven's 5th Symphony, pieces by Mozart and Haydn and more!

Tasting Rooms

The Walla Walla Valley is full of vineyards and wineries, and Downtown Walla Walla is the perfect place to get a taste of the region's best wine. Many restaurants will feature fine wine lists with local wines, but you can also go to one of the 27 tasting rooms in Downtown Walla Walla. Forgeron Cellars is open for tastings on Thursday through Monday from 11:00 am to 5:30 pm. Their wine varietals include Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Malbec, Riesling, Merlot, and more. Charles Smith Wines Downtown Tasting Room gives visitors the chance to taste their wines in a converted warehouse while listening to great music.


Downtown Walla Walla is home to many great restaurants, so get your palate set for some delicious flavor. The many outstanding restaurants are hard to choose from, so try to make time for more than one during your time in town. The Marc Restaurant has great steaks and seafood expertly prepared in a lovely setting. Brasserie Four offers French country cuisine prepared with fresh local ingredients. For Mediterranean flavors, Saffron Mediterranean Kitchen is fantastic. And for a quick yet delicious bite, Graze is the ideal place to stop.

Where to Stay Near Downtown Walla Walla

Not far from Downtown Walla Walla in Touchet, WA is Cameo Heights Mansion. This Select Registry property offers travelers luxurious accommodations in the Walla Walla Valley. The seven suites each feature amenities like private baths with air-jetted tubs and tiled showers with rain heads, gas fireplaces, luxurious towels and robes, homemade soaps and lotions, and premium linens. Other features include iPhone docking stations, netbooks with free WiFi, and flat-screen televisions.  Each morning you may opt for a "Wake Up Service" which includes a freshly made danish and your choice of beverage delivered to your door. Breakfast at Cameo Heights includes gourmet dishes prepared with fresh local ingredients. The Mansion also has an onsite restaurant called The Vine. The restaurant features artfully prepared cuisine in a dining room with breathtaking views of the Walla Walla River Valley. This Select Registry gem will definitely make your time in Walla Walla memorable!

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