'Walla Walla, so good they named it twice' – or so the locals would have you believe. The quip probably seemed like a bad joke 20 years ago, when Walla Walla's best-known landmark was the state's largest penitentiary. But now there’s wine. Walla Walla and its surrounding vineyards concoct some of the best vintages in the US, challenging California in the same way the 'Sunshine State' once took on the French. Walla Walla, more than any other Washington town, has the ingredients to support a burgeoning wine culture: historic Main St, handsome college, warm summer climate and a clutch of fine restaurants pairing wine and food.
Walla Walla supplements its vineyards with pea and asparagus production, apple orchards and its famous sweet onions. Equally distinctive in the undulating countryside are 454 wind turbines belonging to the Stateline Wind Energy Center, a groundbreaking environmental project that’s a vital source of Washington's renewable energy.