How to Stop Your Dog from Whining - Walla Walla Style
(Photo by Winery Dogs of Washington by Barbara Whatley, photography Tim Hall)
Jump in the car and head to Walla Walla, WA. There will be no time for whining in this dog-friendly town. Located in the heart of Southeast Washington's wine country, you and your dog will find endless outdoor activities. The name Walla Walla is of Indian origin and means "many waters." The many streams and rivers which give the region its name flow to the mighty Snake and Columbia Rivers. If you do not have a water dog, head to the Blue Mountains which tower majestically above Walla Walla valley. Tails will be wagging and tongues hanging as you hike through miles of unspoiled forests with breathtaking views of the valley. (Photo by Taileigh Prickett Photography)
Another hiking area that is a favorite with the local dogs is Bennington Lake. Bennington Lake is part of over 20 miles of multi-purpose trails that follow Mill Creek from Walla Walla to Rooks Park and then wind around the lake.
(Photos by Winery Dogs of Washington by Barbara Whatley, photography Tim Hall)
Voted the Friendliest Town in the U.S.A. by Rand McNally's Best of the Road contest in 2011 and named one of America's Great Main Streets by the National Historic Preservation, visitors and locals love the historic downtown with its art galleries, shops, cafés, historic tours, outdoor concerts and tasting rooms.
Winemakers love dogs. Wherever wine is made, you're likely to find a winery dog or two. With more than 100 wineries, you will never have to worry about getting your "dog fix" to go with that great glass of wine. Of course, even the most desperate of dog junkies cannot meet them all. That is why Dog About Town NW recommends:
Meet the Winery Dogs of Walla Walla and the newly unleashed Winery Dogs of Washington.
Meet the winery dogs in style with Racing Limos, offering tours in both Walla Walla and the Columbia Basin.
Haute Dog Pet Resort, Walla Walla's only luxury pet resort. While you enjoy "human only" activities, your dog will enjoy exercise, socialization and excellent supervised care. Your dog will have fun while you have fun!
Saffron Mediterranean Kitchen
Located at 125 W. Alder St. The dog crazy staff makes sure your dog has water before you do. Relax and enjoy a little slice of the Mediterranean on their pet-friendly patio.
Olive Marketplace & Café
Located at 21 E Main St. Delicious pastry made in house daily to go with your cup of coffee or try one of their specialty pizza's with glass of local wine. The patio is the perfect start or end to a beautiful Walla Walla Day with your 4-legged friend.
The Marcus Whitman Hotel
Warmth, comfort and pleasures unexpected await guests at the Marcus Whitman Hotel and Conference Center in beautiful downtown Walla Walla. Originally opened in 1928, the hotel offers 127 guest rooms. Enjoy the chef's unique talents with twists on Pacific Northwest Cuisine in The Marc Restaurant while savoring the selection of regional wines in The Vineyard Lounge.
Fat Duck Inn
Dog-friendly bed and breakfast. The Widgeon Suite is ideal for the 4-legged guests as it has a door to a private fenced patio. $25.00 per dog/per night, two dog maximum.
Guest House Rentals
Guest House Rentals has a variety of pet-friendly houses and cottages. Plan a weekend with family, friends, wine and dogs. Look for the "dogs welcome" icon. $25.00 per dog/per night.
Walla Walla Dog Park:
(Photos by Taileigh Prickett Photography)
First Friday Art Walk: First Friday of every month from 5pm - 8pm. Located downtown.
Farmers Market: Every Saturday and Sunday from 9am - 1pm Located on 4th and Main Streets.
Fall Release Weekend, November 2-4, 2012
Cellar doors are opening this time of year and new releases are available for tasting. Mapping out a fun weekend adventure touring the wineries is a great fall tradition. In addition, the Valley embraces the cooler weather with winemaker dinners, live music, art festivals and many more activities. Walla Walla Fall Release Weekend is an exciting time to savor the refreshing, brisk fall in the Valley.
Holiday Barrel Tasting, December 7-9, 2012
This annual event held the first full weekend of December is certain to inspire your holiday spirit. Amidst the festive atmosphere of the season, winemakers and cellar staff provide samples of future releases straight from the barrel.