Walla Walla Valley named top travel destination for 2018
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- If you're planning a leisurely getaway this year, a national travel magazine said look no further than our own Walla Walla—listing the quaint town with big names like Fiji and Cabo.
“My philosophy is it's not really good to eat on an empty stomach, so I might have a glass or two,” laughed David March, director of Marketing and Distribution for Plumb Cellars.
You might never find a person who loves Walla Walla as much as David March.
“It's wonderful,” he said. “Walla Walla is just such a great place to visit with so many things to do around here.”
March is a fifth-generation native, so you could say he was thrilled to hear Travel and Leisure named Walla Walla Valley one of the 50 best places to travel in 2018.
“Oh heavens,” March said. “Bali, Egypt, and places you dream of your whole life, and to have Walla Walla listed with them is an honor.”
“That was the craziest thing--seeing a country before and after us on the list, and we're just a little town of 35 thousand people,” said Caleb Agee, marketing and communications manager for Visit Walla Walla.
Travel and Leisure said Walla Walla Valley is a must-visit for its wine, sunshine, cycling, and golf.
“It's exciting,” Agee said. “It shows Walla Walla has a bright future.”
There are more than 100 wineries in the city, with almost 40 in downtown alone.
“Walla Walla was founded because of wheat way back in the day,” Agee said. “It was first made famous by sweet onions, and now by wine grapes. Everything seems to feed off that agriculture.”
Strolling through downtown, you can window shop family-owned stores, and slow down a little in the town so nice, they named it twice.
Travel and Leisure said Walla Walla Valley will get its first high-end resort this year, along with a couple of new tasting rooms.