Friday, December 15, 2017

Walla Walla 99362

What a cool town!  The town so nice they named it twice is an often heard slogan.  Walla Walla, Washington whose population is 40,000, give or take, is located in the southeastern portion of the state.  The town is surrounded by the rolling hills of the Palouse and the snow capped Blue Mountains.  In the summer it has a hot Mediterranean climate so voila!, grapes grow well here and vineyards have exploded, which only add to its already romantic appeal.

My travel buddy and I spent a wonderful afternoon roaming the streets of downtown Walla Walla--even its name is cool.  As an added bonus is the cool public art transforming Main Street into an outdoor art gallery.  Cool.  Cool.  Cool.   (Okay--got that overused word out of my system, I promise.)
I'm afraid my travel buddy pooped out after a couple of hours so he waited for me in a wine tasting room while I popped into a few more stores.  I couldn't get enough of them.  I've been in a shopping drought of late and what the heck, Christmas gives me a reason to shop, right? 

I miss that camaraderie I had back in Santa Barbara with fellow fashionistas at the store I worked at, so when I found a woman who wanted to show me every single item in her new boutique, I happily agreed.  I took six outfits into the dressing room and she brought me six more.

  "I just want to see what they look like on," she said.  "No pressure."   

I ended up buying two sweaters.  Mimi models them below.

But my shopping didn't end there.  I walked into the Bontzu Cellars tasting room with six shopping bags (and came out with seven).  The stores here are exceptionally good and so is the wine.  I fell in love with Bontzu's Carmenere--a grape that is common in Chile, but not so much in the U.S.  

We then walked across the street to the Walla Walla Bread Company and had an excellent dinner.  My travel buddy had the cioppino and I had a meat and cheese plate--all accompanied by more wine, of course.  

Where there's good wine, the food will follow.  There are many restaurants in Walla Walla and I can't wait to return for a full two days of food and wine touring next summer when the vineyards are filled with grapes and the tasting rooms are all open.


Walla Walla.
Very Cool.

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