America's Prettiest Winter Towns
Walla Walla, WA
Forget visions of rainy Seattle. This town in eastern Washington gets its fair share of sunshine: more than 180 days per year contribute to the fine wines that hail from here. Those rays make this park-filled college town all the more attractive as an escape from the Northwest winter blahs. Walla Walla’s friendliness and beautiful Beaux-Arts and Victorian buildings—occupied by independent coffee shops, boutiques, and bistros—do wonders. The region’s 100-plus vineyards, and bars that pour their wines, will also do their part to lift your spirits.
Winter Fun: Perfect your spins or try your hand at broomball at the YWCA Ice Chalet Ice Skating Rink, an indoor rink playing retro disco and ’80s music. Bluewood Ski Resort is 52 miles away, and the hills of the nearby Umatilla National Forest offer cross-country and snowshoeing.