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DailyCandy Goes to Walla Walla

A three-day weekend made for your taste buds

Washington’s very own mini Napa tempts with more than 100 wineries, small-town delights, restored turn-of-the-century brick buildings, upscale restaurants, and tasting rooms where you can let your inner oenophile run free.

Que Syrah Syrah
Start your tour at the newly remodeled Canoe Ridge tasting room before heading downtown to check out Charles Smith Wines, housed in a converted auto repair warehouse. Spring Valley Vineyard is next on the list — its rich reds epitomize Walla Walla vino style. Now that you’re feeling loose, stop into Sleight of Hand Cellars. It has a stellar vinyl collection, so make a request and start an impromptu dance party. When it’s time for a break, hit Amavi Cellars’ hilltop location for one of the best views in the valley and a glass on the deck.

Pleasing Pairings
Brasserie Four is a little taste of Paris right on Main Street, while the intimate Saffron Mediterranean Kitchen will knock your socks off with its flatbreads and house-made pastas like orecchiette con lumache (wild snails, fresh peas, pancetta, garlic, and pine nuts). For dessert, don’t miss the flaky pastries and tarts at Colville Street Patisserie. Brioche French toast at Bacon & Eggs — where nearly everything on the menu is grown and farmed locally — soaks up a hangover.

Fun, Uncorked
At Allegro Cyclery, you can rent bikes (basic road, tandem, and electric) and cruisers for the day. Join one of the hosted rides during the week, or strike out for country lanes on your own. If shopping is more your speed, Walla Walla is home to a handful of quality vintage stores. DeBouche is a haven for midcentury modern and Hollywood Regency-style furniture, jewelry, and art. 

Rest Your Weary Taste Buds
Make thirteen-story Marcus Whitman Hotel, the city’s tallest structure, your home base for exploring the surrounding wine country. The recently renovated building has four tasting rooms where you can sample vino from local boutique wineries. For something a little cozier, bunk at the Fat Duck Inn, a remodeled Craftsman home with farm-to-table gourmet dinners. If pure luxury is what you’re after, book one of the three suites at Girasol Vineyard and Inn, with views of the Blue Mountains.

seattle goes to walla!

It exceeds your grapest expectations.

Photos: Courtesy of Amavi Cellars; Courtesy of Girasol Vineyard & Inn