Fall in Walla Walla is truly a season to sip and savor — Press release - Visit Walla Walla

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Fall in Walla Walla is truly a season to sip and savor — Press release

September 5, 2018


Sept. 5, 2018


With the grape harvest and crush, fresh farm-to-table fare, and a busy schedule of events, Walla Walla offers so many reasons to visit this fall

(WALLA WALLA, Wash.) — Those who know Walla Walla best, know that fall is when the unofficial capital of Washington wine country shows its truest colors. The freshness of harvest brings out the best in more than 120 Walla Walla wineries, not to mention its eclectic farm-to-table restaurant scene. But the real surprise often comes from the wealth of local art and rich history on display during fall events, the mild and clear Southeastern Washington weather, and Walla Walla’s beautiful natural setting that grows more vibrant with the colors of the season.

Named recently by Sunset Magazine as the “Best Wine Town” for 2018, the annual grape harvest and crush calls to oenophiles while Walla Walla’s chefs create true farm-to-table experiences with the fresh, locally produced fare that has made this region the “Breadbasket of the Northwest.” At the same time, as the pace of the town slows from summer, visitors are afforded more opportunities to meet with the renowned winemakers and chefs that have made Walla Walla a top destination for wine lovers and foodies.

“Fall is my favorite time in the Valley. … As the grape harvest comes in and winery production ramps up, our chefs bring forward their best fall creations.” said Ron Williams, CEO of Visit Walla Walla. “The Blue Mountains are full of color, the bird migration attracts enthusiasts from all over the country. The Symphony starts their season, artists’ shows are in full swing, and the pace, in general, slows down so we can enjoy the town at a more leisurely pace.”

Weather and growing conditions dictate the schedule, but generally Walla Walla’s grape harvest begins in September and runs through Fall Release Weekend in early November. And as the clear weather of Southeastern Washington begins to cool, the events scene in Walla Walla heats up.

Here are some of the highlights:

First Friday Art Tour (Sept. 7, Oct. 5): Walla Walla welcomes everyone to explore its locally owned galleries, wineries, restaurants and businesses, each showcasing a variety of works by local artists in a monthly celebration of art and wine.

Downtown Farmers Market (Saturdays through October): Visitors and locals — including many of the chefs from Walla Walla’s acclaimed restaurants — peruse locally grown and seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables at one of the great farmers markets in the West.

Wheelin’ Walla Walla Weekend (Sept. 7-8): A two-day, family-friendly celebration of classic cars, Wheelin’ Walla Walla features a classic car show, music, and so much more.

Walla Walla Symphony Series (Oct. 2, Oct. 27-28, Oct. 30, Nov. 18): The longest continually operating symphony orchestra west of the Mississippi River returns this fall for the 2018-19 season. Enjoy magical music from great composers performed by wonderful musicians.

Walla Walla Balloon Stampede (Oct. 17-21): Hot-air balloons fill Walla Walla’s famously blue skies each morning during this iconic and internationally acclaimed event.

Dia de Los Muertos (Oct. 27-28): The annual “Day of the Dead” festival brings together artists, students, local businesses, and the community for the Latin American holiday.

Fall Release Weekend (Nov. 2-4): Enjoy freshly released wines, some of which are only available in the wineries and tasting rooms themselves, as winemakers across the valley swing open their doors and invite guests to celebrate the end of harvest.

Holiday Barrel Tasting (Dec. 7-9): The festivity of the season is best enjoyed with world-class wine. Wineries entice visitors with tastings of future releases straight from the barrel and offer food, art, music and more.

For more information on planning a trip to Walla Walla, go to visitwallawalla.com.

About Walla Walla:

As the unofficial capital of Washington wine country, Walla Walla is home to more than 120 wineries, a nationally recognized culinary scene, access to an abundance of outdoor recreation, and an arts & entertainment scene that rivals cities many times its size. This community of just over 30,000 residents is known for many things, including its friendliness and hospitality, the quality of its wine, and of course the famous Walla Walla Sweet Onion. An easy and scenic four-hour drive from Seattle, Portland, or Boise, Walla Walla can also be accessed via Alaska Airlines’ daily non-stop flights from Seattle, or through nearby Tri-Cities Airport, with daily non-stop flights to most major Western hubs. For more information on planning a trip to Walla Walla, visit visitwallawalla.com.

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