Fodor’s, the Random House division that publishes travel and tourism information, has listed Walla Walla as one of the 10 Best Small Towns in America.
The community was named with places such as Sedona, Ariz., and St. Augustine, Fla., on the listing posted Tuesday by Sandra Ramani.
The selection focused on places that are both authentic and unexpectedly robust with culture, outdoor and culinary offering — “all minus the urban price tags.”
Winners all met specific criteria: a population smaller than 50,000 people with “great local eats, interesting museums and cultural points, and noteworthy natural attractions or outdoor adventures.”
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What did they say about Walla Walla?
“An influx of quality hotels and dining have helped make Washington’s thriving wine country so nice, they named it twice.
“Since the late-1970s, over 100 vineyards and wineries have taken root in Eastern Washington, helping to put Walla Walla (population 32,148) on the gourmet map. Get a taste for the award-winning reds at Gramercy Cellars, or enjoy sweet desert wines — and a look at sustainable farming methods — at Amavi Cellars. Lunch at Monteillet Fromagerie is, of course, a cheese-lover’s dream, while Saffron serves homemade pastas and cured meats on converted champagne riddling racks. Your room at the luxe Inn at Abeja, a restored turn-of-the-century farmstead, will most likely offer vineyard views, so you’ll never be far from the vines.”
Others that made the list are Healdsburg, Calif.; Bozeman, Mont.; Provincetown, Cape Cod, Mass.; Brattleboro, Vt.; Traverse City, Mich.; Door County, Wis.; and Galena, Ill.