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Escape from the ordinary family vacation in Walla Walla — Press release

June 8, 2018

ESCAPE FROM THE ORDINARY FAMILY VACATION IN WALLA WALLA
With small-town charm and kid-friendly attractions, Walla Walla’s acclaimed
food and wine scene can also be paired with family

(WALLA WALLA, Wash.) — School is out and once again parents everywhere are searching for a greater adventure than the ordinary family vacation. Known best for its world-class wines, imaginative culinary scene, and its famous Sweet Onions, Walla Walla is also an appealing destination for families.

Walla Walla offers endless opportunity to discover history, savor the great outdoors, or simply soak in the small-town charm that has long made Walla Walla, “A place so nice they named it twice.” From historical museums and cultural sites, to agritourism, birding, and hiking, a trip to Walla Walla can be adventurous, educational, and altogether refreshing.

“Walla Walla’s wine and culinary scenes entice adults from all over the world, but it might surprise some that Walla Walla is a great place to bring your family,” said Ron Williams, CEO of Visit Walla Walla. “This is a place where grandparents can take the grandkids berry picking at a family farm while the parents enjoy an afternoon of wine tasting. Then the family can come together for a dinner prepared with fresh ingredients grown locally, and finish the day enjoying the national pastime with ticket prices that families can still afford (and the beverage choices include local craft beer and wine). Really, the possibilities are endless.”

Fort Walla Walla Museum tells the story of the many people who have settled the Walla Walla Valley in a uniquely interactive way, while the Children’s Museum of Walla Walla offers hands-on exhibits perfect for curious, young minds. Farm tours can be just as educational, and the “Breadbasket of the Pacific Northwest” has many to explore, including Blue Mountain Lavender Farm, Lampson Blueberries, Frog Hollow Farm, Monteillet Fromagerie, Welcome Table Farm, or a trip to the Downtown Farmers Market.

Summer camps offer unique opportunities for kids to have hands-on learning experiences while creating endless moments of fun. Let the kids get on stage with Shakespeare Walla Walla’s Theatre Camp or learn more about the early pioneers with Fort Walla Walla’s Summer Kids Camp. With options like WWCC Kid’s College, Camp Fire Walla Walla, YMCA Summer Day Camps, The Day Camp at Walla Walla Country Club, and Walla Walla High School Summer Kids Camps, everyone is sure to find their fit.

What would summer be without the national pastime? The Walla Walla Sweets host 30 West Coast Baseball League games each summer in historic Borleske Stadium, offering a fun and nostalgic sporting option without the big league price tag. And with Wine Valley Golf Club, one of the gems of Washington, a round of golf can be shared between father and son, mother and daughter, or grandparent and grandchild.

Take a nature hike around Bennington Lake, cruise around this cycling mecca, or explore the diverse wildlife with a hike on your own or through the Learning on the Land series offered by the Blue Mountain Land Trust.

Don’t forget to visit Downtown Walla Walla, named one of Sunset Magazine’s “Best Main Streets.” The family will discover tasting rooms and incredible restaurants alongside kid-friendly shops like Inland Octopus and Book & Game. Bright’s Candies, purveyors of old-fashioned handmade confections since 1934, offers incredible treats and viewing windows that allow for an up-close look at the candy-making process. Every Saturday throughout the summer, the Walla Walla Farmers Market provides good eats, local produce, live music, and even a working blacksmith. And every Friday and Saturday, Summer Sounds on the Plaza invites all for a free concert in the heart of downtown.

Of course, in a region with more than 120 wineries, who can blame the parents for wanting to indulge in a little wine tasting? Parents and grandparents can take turns between savoring Walla Walla’s award-winning wines and experiencing the rest of the region’s many attributes with the kids. Many of Walla Walla’s wineries are themselves family-friendly, some with outdoor spaces for the kids to roam, including Three Rivers Winery, Waterbrook Winery, and Dunham Cellars. Families can also stop at local microbreweries Burwood Brewing and Quirk Brewing for a more casual Walla Walla experience.

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. For more information and to begin planning a trip to Walla Walla, visit www.visitwallawalla.com.

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