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Walla Walla Revisited

November 21, 2010

The uniqueness of Walla Walla never fails to astound me. It’s a town having just over 30,000 inhabitants with over 100 wineries. How’s that possible! But more than just wineries and well-maintained vineyards, Walla Walla has plenty of museums, top-notch restaurants, outstanding colleges, and plenty of sweet onions for grilling. It’s a convergence of rural splendor and urban elegance.

If it sounds like I'm gushing over Walla Walla, I am. This past Friday evening I rolled into town on the new Hwy 12. It was dusk and the snow covered Blue Mountain foothills stood in stark contrast to the twinkling lights of the city. I felt I was coming home. I'm sure if you strapped a blood pressure meter to me, my BP had dropped 20 points. My tail started wagging.

Could a Seattle guy be happy in Walla Walla? Sure. No problem. I wouldn't miss the traffic jams. I wouldn't miss the 200+ cloudy days. Even the evening crime report on the news would not be missed.

If my wife is reading this, don't worry my dear. We ain't movin to Walla Walla...well at least not in the near future. This WineTrail Guy has a day job keeping me firmly ensconced in Seattle. Moreover, Seattle has one great feature that other villages lack: It's a great base for visiting wine country regions like Walla Walla. Let's just say that Walla Walla is my home away from home. She's like a mistress and a not so secret lover.

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