Start planning your Walla Walla escape.

With short odds on sunshine and an adorable historic downtown—and tasting rooms pouring some of the best wines in the region—Walla Walla should top any wine lover’s bucket list. But this fall, there are new reasons to visit (or revisit): the opening of a major new resort and two celebrated new dining options. Add to that the recent arrival of Uber, and you’ve got near-perfect conditions for a stellar wine tasting getaway.

Slated to open sometime this fall is E’ritage, a multimillion-dollar collaboration between Va Piano Vineyards owner Justin Wylie, Seattle chef Jason Wilson and a number of investors. The first phase of the resort, which is located north of town, will include a 10-room bed-and-breakfast and an onsite restaurant tucked along the shores of an artificial lake.

There are increasingly more options to the dreary chain hotels that ring the town or the default accommodation, The Marcus Whitman hotel. (Plans were recently announced for the multi-story Penrose in downtown Walla Walla, with a projected 2018 opening.) Plan well in advance to score one of the cottages at The Inn at Abeja, a lovingly restored farmstead on lush, sprawling grounds, or settle into a quiet, comfy fireplace suite at Walla Faces Inn at the Vineyard. Then, map out your strategy for sampling some of the best wines in the state.  Read More »