Bud break, spring release, the outdoors, fresh farm-to-table fare, and typically mild and sunny days make spring a special time

(WALLA WALLA, Wash.) — Spring in Walla Walla is always a time for rebirth. As winter fades, the bud break in Walla Walla’s vineyards signals the start of the valley’s next great vintage. Walla Walla’s charming downtown buzzes with wine tasters, art lovers, and foodies, alike, and cyclists from around the Pacific Northwest take to the country roads of Walla Walla for an unforgettable ride through wine country.

Named by Sunset Magazine as the “Best Wine Town” in the West for 2018, Walla Walla’s rural chic Americana vibe makes it forever an enticing place to visit. But spring is indeed special. It’s a time to get outdoors again for birdwatchers, hikers, golfers, fisherman, and more. Foodies will enjoy Walla Walla’s farm-to-table restaurant scene, which is freshened each spring with a new bounty.

Of course, with more than 120 wineries, wine is never far from mind in Walla Walla, and in spring, talented local winemakers unveil and offer a taste of their newest vintages and varietals during Spring Release. And devoted wine lovers have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the making of Cabernet Sauvignon and gain a worldly perspective during the annual Celebrate Walla Walla Valley Wine event.

“Perhaps it’s the sunshine and blue skies, the mild weather, or the longer days, but spring always brings a welcome energy and a renewed optimism to Walla Walla,” said Ron Williams, CEO of Visit Walla Walla. “It’s fun to feel the downtown restaurants, wineries, outdoor hotspots, and more begin to buzz again, and it’s no doubt one of the most refreshing times to be here.”

Here are some of the highlight events this spring:

Walla Walla Symphony Series (April 9 and May 7): Founded in 1907, the Walla Walla Symphony is the longest continually operating symphony orchestra west of the Mississippi. This season includes “Bluegrass to Beethoven” with mandolin player Sierra Hull (April 9), and “A Night at the Opera,” featuring featuring soprano Jennifer Welch-Babidge (May 7).

Tour of Walla Walla (April 12-14): Celebrating its 21st year, Washington’s premier stage road race draws cyclists from around the West and beyond with four stages over three days. Whether a competitor or a spectator, the Tour of Walla Walla puts this cycling mecca on full display.

Spring Release Weekend (May 3-5): Enjoy newly released wines, some of which are only available in the wineries and tasting rooms themselves, and mingle with winemakers across the valley as local wineries swing open their doors.

First Friday Art Tour (First Friday of every month from May through October): Walla Walla welcomes all to explore its locally owned galleries, wineries, restaurants and businesses, each showcasing a variety of works by local artists in a monthly celebration of local art and wine.

Downtown Farmers Market (Saturdays from May 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.

Walla Walla Sweets (Season begins June 4): With 30 West Coast Baseball League games played each spring and summer in historic Borleske Stadium, the Sweets offer a nostalgic trip for baseball fans and inexpensive event for families.

Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival (June 6-29): Musicians bring to life the works of Beethoven, Mozart, and more with performances and live rehearsals set in intimate wineries, galleries and theaters throughout the Walla Walla Valley.

Celebrate Walla Walla Valley Wine (June 13-15): Explore “The World of Cabernet Sauvignon” with a weekend of social and educational wine festivities, featuring more than 60 Walla Walla Valley winemakers, three internationally known guest winemakers, and well-known wine critics and experts.

For more information on planning a trip to Walla Walla, go to the redesigned 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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