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“Walla Walla dogwoods”
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Spokane, WA
Level 4 Contributor
19 reviews
5 helpful votes
“Walla Walla dogwoods”
Reviewed October 8, 2009

Who needs Napa? We have Walla Walla with over 100 wineries, great restaurants like the Creek Town Cafe and Whitehouse Crawford. A neat VRBO called Juniper house. And Spectacular dogwoods in May!

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Granbury, Texas
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
21 helpful votes
“Great get away or place to live”
Reviewed March 18, 2009

Walla walla is a great place to visit, or move to
The people are very friendly and helpful, the town is easy going, well maintained
A slower life style
Beautiful vineyards
A VERY RELAXING COMMUNITY

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northwest
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
38 helpful votes
“MUCH Ado about NOTHING!!!”
Reviewed January 19, 2007

This place was way overated. Expensive, poor restaurants with very high pricing, and a wine industry totally invented (the grapes are usually grown elsewhere and the wines are way too pricey compared to even California). In fact go to California etc. you will have a much better time in a more beautiful and accessible setting. Yes it will cost, but at least you can get good quality.

Walla Walla hotels had outskirts of Seattle prices, restaurants were some of the highest I have seen in extensive wine country traveling, and the wines were way overated. Hey I think the first wine in Washington to get a perfect Robert Parker rating was not even from this area but toward the Cascades! Just because big red grapes produce big, young flavor does not mean you should price big.

Looks like the local tourist board has sold a doosey. It takes forever to get here, try flying in on a jet, you cannot, you have to do TriCities (1hour on tiny, crowded jets) or Spokane (over 2.5 hours away!). Hardly convenient. Pollution and weather are very bad too. Farmers burn fields and the county has a bottom 10% in country rating on EPA website. Wet cold in winter and hot hot in summer when I was there. I am told fall and spring are better but they cannot be much worse.

Try finding good products or food if you come from a service urban area. It is a joke. Seems like they send all the seconds to Walla Walla. Not kidding. Just about everything we purchased either broke or was faulty. I should think the local city council or whoever is running the tourism end is behind this. I did some background research and this place is really being invented as a tourist destination out of nothing. Like Cancun was in Mexico, you know a few ruins and dirty beaches, along with jungle and wallah (or Walla) and there you have it.

Go some place special, but not here! there are a few small colleges, a decent historic downtown, but service, food quality, prices, hotels, you name it, all are way below their price mark standard. Oh and terribly hard to find a good steak or decent meat in general. The Homestead Cafe was ok when some Alaska salmon was in, but all the highpriced eats were like playing craps. Roll the dice hope one out of three way overpriced meals was anygood. That includes The Marc, Whitehouse, etc.

Here are just some of the whoppers I was told when traveling there over the last few years.

Big balloon festival. Hah! This thing was tiny like amateur nite compared to say Albequerque.

World's first hamburger, really! I mean I saw an argument with a restaurant owner over this! Amazing! I thought it was a joke at first.

The Wine industry. The grapes are grown elsewhere, and mostly these are overpriced botique or craft wineries. There is some decent high end stuff, but please. Waiting lists are for California wineries or south of France. This stuff does not compare. Just look at the awards, no one here has even gotten a perfect wine score, even though it has happened elsewhere in Washington.

Real estate is way overpriced too. Its my business I ought to know. Poor quality, questionable realty practices, and lots of fibbing do not make a good tourist spot.

Hey whether you agree with the local values and beliefs, is just a personal choice, but to represent it that way to outsiders who spent their hard earned dollars is another thin entirely.

Walla Walla like much of the inland northwest, is a quagmire. Crime is actually quite high just check the US Census website for places WW or Spokane, you will be amazed. The rates and especially certain categories like child molesters etc. are extremely high. Not sure why.

It is a place with an inferiority complex, a chip on its shoulder. I do not know if it is playing tiny brother to Seattle or what but the defense is to present itself as superior to everyone else. Yet the evidence is overwhelming. Just compare it to other vacation wine destinations, the proof becomes clear.

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