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Walla Walla Named to Fodor’s List of 10 Best Small Towns in America

March 21, 2013

WALLA WALLA NAMED TO FODOR’S LIST OF 10 BEST SMALL TOWNS IN AMERICA World’s Leading Travel Publisher Cites Walla Walla’s Wine Industry, Lodging Variety and Culinary Scene as Deciding Factors

(WALLA WALLA, Wash.) — Walla Walla has once again found itself in elite company, having been just recognized as one of the 10 Best Small Towns In America by Fodor’s, the world’s largest publisher of English language travel and tourism information.

Fodor’s review of the winners, published March 19 on the fodors.com website, cited the winning destinations’ penchant for “attracting visitors with an often unexpected—and surprisingly sophisticated—array of independent and locally- minded cultural, outdoor, and culinary offerings, all minus the urban price tags.”

“Whether you’re a resident or a visitor, there are so many factors that contribute to making Walla Walla such a wonderful place to call home for a day, a weekend, a week, or a lifetime,” said Ron Peck, Executive Director of Tourism Walla Walla. “We’re thrilled that the editors at Fodor’s have recognized what Walla Walla residents have known for generations: that Walla Walla is a special place to live or visit.”

In identifying and honoring its recipients, Fodor’s considered criteria like population (all honorees are under 50,000 people), and draws like great local eats, interesting museums and cultural points, and noteworthy natural attractions or outdoor adventures. Walla Walla was recognized for its wine industry, quality hotels, and dining scene, including specific recognition of Gramercy Cellars, Amavi Cellars, Montelliet Fromagerie, Saffron Mediterranean Kitchen, and Inn at Abeja.