A Walk around Walla Walla and Waitsburg
Today I enjoyed a good deal of walking through downtown Walla Walla. I toured the Whitman College campus, which has some wonderful turn-of-the century buildings along with lush grounds that include water features, public art, and a stream running through the campus with seating and pedestrian bridges.
I then took a stroll through Walla Walla’s most historic park…Pioneer Park, which is situated on 58 acres and features a large gazebo, rose garden, lots of walking trails and two duck ponds. Pioneer Park celebrated its 110 year anniversary this year and has an interesting history…it was initially designed by John Olmstead, who also was responsible for Central Park in New York City.
Later that evening the owner of the B&B I’m staying at (Fat Duck Inn), invited me to have dinner and drinks at this hip little place she knew of just outside of town about 20 miles called, Waitsburg. Waitsburg dates back to the 1860s but has been attracting entrepreneurs who’ve been fixing up the old buildings and creating a very inviting downtown with art galleries, restaurants and some cool shops. We dined at Jimgermanbar, an urban chic little place to enjoy creative spirits and “Etruscan Snacks (aka Tapas).”
Tomorrow I’ll head south to check out the many wineries that are springing up in this area due to its fertile soil for growing Syrah and Cabernet grapes.