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Pacific Meeting Guide: Washington

Walla Walla’s wineries welcome tastings and events.
Photo courtesy Walla Walla CVB

Walla Walla  

Walla Walla, Wash., is one of the most fertile agricultural regions in the country. Some say its wine country — more than 100 wineries to date — is comparable to Napa Valley, Calif.

“There are several wineries with stunning venues in the middle of vineyards,” said Justin Yax, who handles public relations for Share Walla Walla. “You have an inspired setting where you look out over acres of vineyards while sitting in your meeting. Two vineyards that come to mind are Long Shadows and Walla Walla Vintners.”

For venues beyond the ballroom, there’s Fort Walla Walla, a restored U.S. Army outpost from the 1850s to 1880s with its own museum and the Gesa Power House Theater, a decommissioned utility station from the early 1900s turned state-of-the-art theater. It’s ideal for entertaining groups in the evening or as a site for the meeting. “There’s lots of open reception and breakout meeting space available at the theater,” said Yax.

After the wineries close, a stroll through downtown Walla Walla, which has one of America’s most acclaimed small-town main streets, is suggested.


Dan Dickson

Dan has been a communicator all his professional life, first as an award-winning radio and TV news reporter for two decades and then as a communications director for several non-profits for another decade. He has contributed to The Group Travel Leader Inc. publications since 2007.