Take in this historic and laid-back Washington wine region.

By Travel & Leisure
September 04, 2012
Walla Walla Wine Tasting
Credit: Gramercy Cellars

Washington’s premier wine destination is polished—with cafés and galleries clustered in a historic downtown—but not pretentious. Its Native American-derived name means “many waters,” but today wine is the only liquid that flows abundantly in this dry landscape. Sip cabernet sauvignon and merlot on half- or full-day vineyard-hopping tours.

Inn at Abeja

The light-filled country-chic cottages at this farmstead have full kitchens and are secluded by 35 acres of gardens.

Woodward Canyon Winery

Almost everyone starts the winery crawl at this winery, known for its cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and chardonnay.

Pioneer Park

This charming aviary has more than 200 exotic birds.

Whitehouse-Crawford Restaurant

Sophisticated cooking (house-made tagliatelle with mushrooms and Oregon black truffles) shines in a swanky open space with exposed brick and beams.

Cameo Heights Mansion

The boldly decorated suites range from the crisp white linens and dark woods to opulence and all-red walls.