Walla Walla Wineries with Lodging Accommodations
By: Kirsten Telander. It’s nearly impossible to not love looking at an expanse of grape vines, no matter what time of year. There is something calming about the tidy, manicured rows, the way the light reflects off the dormant vines in the winter, the buds in the spring, and full leaves to follow. With harvest in full-swing, and the promise of another beautiful vintage in bottle, it’s not too early to start thinking about lodging options for your next wine touring trip to our valley. Something to consider is staying at a location that provides a room with a view… of the vines.
Basel Cellars Estate House is a go big or go home kinda deal. It’s like the Disneyland for adults in wine country. To list off just some of the amenities: 8-bedrooms sitting on 97 acres that include the estate vineyard, flower gardens, bridges, waterfalls, and streams, a heated pool complete with water slide, large hot tub, game room and in-house theater, chef’s kitchen, and wine tasting. Many don’t know that Basel Cellars offers accommodations for groups of four or less, with the same luxury amenities as the Estate House, in the Cabana House – and who can resist a cabana?
2901 Old Milton Highway Walla Walla
The Bryant Barn may not sit on a vineyard or give you a view of one, but it makes the list because you can sleep in a wine barrel! Not just any wine barrel, but a super cozy, one-of-a-kind, giant French Radoux Tun barrel complete with a full size bed, windows, air conditioning, and heat. Calling the lodging a barn makes sense because, it was a turn-of-the-century barn renovated into a hip urban feeling contemporary space with concrete floors, an open floor plan and lots of light. There’s a pool, lush gardens, plenty of grass for lawn games, and a fire pit for gathering at the end of the day.
1222 Bryant Ave, Walla Walla
Girasol Vineyard & Inn
Location, location, location. Girasol Vineyard & Inn is tucked in an enviously delicious nook of vineyards and orchards, including their estate vineyard. Smack in the midst of what is often referred to as the Rodeo Drive of the Walla Walla Valley, there are over 18 world-class wineries within a two-mile radius. There is free wine tasting at several local wineries included when you stay at Girasol. This European-style inn provides casual luxury with private entrances for the rooms which allows for autonomy when desired. The complimentary gourmet breakfast provides for a chance to meet other guests, as does the common gathering room with a fireplace and cushy chairs.
504 Basel Lane, Walla Walla
Inn at Abeja
Refined luxury is a descriptor that gets thrown around a lot, but it’s hard to think of another phrase that best describes the Inn at Abeja; “bee” in Spanish, that lies adjacent to the Abeja Winery. This turn-of-the-century farmstead comprised of immaculately restored original outbuildings is simply exquisite, and a perfect choice for those who want privacy and quiet. There are thirty-five acres of gardens, lawns, creeks, and of course, vineyards to explore. Upon check in, guests are presented with a glass of highly coveted and often sold out, Abeja wine, and depending on availability, guests are offered an in-depth tasting, otherwise reserved only for members of their mailing list.
2014 Mill Creek Road, Walla Walla
Vineyard View Estate
Here is your chance to really feel like you live on a vineyard, even if only for a couple of nights. Completed in 2015, this property is new to the vacation rental market and is located near Abeja on pastoral Mill Creek Road. Locals and visitors alike admiringly watched the new construction in progress, not knowing it would be available to rent. The private vineyard beckons from the front with pasture views in the back. This well-appointed 3-bedroom home, with room for two more guests upstairs, has a chef’s kitchen listed among its many amenities, and is the ultimate in privacy for your wanderlust wine country experience.
Walla Walla Inns at the Vineyard
Owned by the Walla Walla Faces Winery folks, this upscale, contemporary inn is just 10 minutes east of downtown Walla Walla perched above their 10-acre estate vineyard. Upon arrival guests are presented with a bottle of Walla Faces wine made from the grapes grown on the premises. With outstanding views of the valley, the three tasteful suites all open out to the saltwater pool, where guests often compare notes from their day of wine tasting, shopping, and dining. For larger parties, or for guests wanting more room and a full kitchen, the guesthouse also includes a barbecue, private hot tub, and killer views of the vineyard. Locals have been known to book the inn as a “staycation” – as this property is close to town but feels delightfully remote.
254 Wheat Ridge Lane, Walla Walla
Something that is working its way into our valley; wineries offering their wine club members exclusive lodging. For example, cult-favorite-turned-big-time Sleight of Hand Cellars offers its wine club members a three bedroom, two bath house on their property located on JB George Road for a screamin’ $200 a night.
1959 JB George Rd, Walla Walla