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Toast a Reimagined Holiday Barrel Weekend

By Vicki Hillhouse What do you get when a homespun holiday kickoff in a picturesque town pairs with a celebration of world-class wine and food? A packed weekend with something for everyone. Two longstanding Walla Walla traditions combine Dec. 1-3 for a reimagined Holiday Barrel Weekend. Wend your way through new vintages and savor a … Read More

Walla Walla Grit — ‘Where the rubber leaves the road’

By Vicki Hillhouse Walla Walla’s rolling rural roadways and stunning views have long made the community a bicycling haven. But have you ever dropped your wheels in 10 inches of “moon dust” or “rocky peanut butter mud?” Gravel riding thrill-seekers on two wheels can never be quite certain what conditions they’ll face each September at … Read More

Fun, fun, fun at the Walla Walla Fair

By Vicki Hillhouse Get ready for “Fun in Fair-A-Dise.” With a theme that promises entertainment, the Walla Walla County Fair & Frontier Days aims to deliver with five days of musical acts — including opening day concert headliner The Beach Boys — a sold out demolition derby, three nights of PRCA rodeo action, vendors, exhibits, … Read More

Make the journey for Wheelin’ Walla Walla Weekend

By Vicki Hillhouse Classic car lovers: It’s time to rev up for the 27th annual Wheelin’ Walla Walla Weekend. Every September on the weekend after Labor Day, classic cars, trucks, motorcycles and rat rods cruise through the community in a prelude to a daylong epic Show n’ Shine, where the only vehicular traffic through downtown’s … Read More

Adam West Day honors Walla Walla man behind the mask

By Vicki Hillhouse Whether you know Adam West for his role as Batman, the mayor of Quohag or Sgt. Steve Nelson, there’s only one place that celebrates them all. Just follow the Bat Signal to Walla Walla. The sixth annual Adam West Day takes place Saturday, September 9. An intimate and casual tribute to Walla … Read More

Winter in Walla Walla

What’s happening during DECEMBER, JANUARY & FEBRUARY: A quieter and slower pace greets those who visit Walla Walla during the winter, but the season offers plenty to do to and keep visitors busy (and fed)! The first weekend of December, holiday spirit abounds with area wineries hosting Holiday Barrel events throughout the Valley and downtown … Read More

Terry Martin & Ken Melhus: Harmony in custom guitars

By Vicki Hillhouse Terry Martin and Ken Melhus spent years between them playing guitars before they combined forces to make them. At their Walla Walla Guitar Company, their expertise in design, manufacturing and a love of music is behind their business’s mission to “create instruments that are visually exciting, unique and play like an old … Read More

Penny Michel: Unearthing a vision

By Vicki Hillhouse There’s a reason Penny Michel’s ceramic sculptures often look as if they could have been part of an archaeological discovery. The lines, textures, shapes and figures in her pieces are inspired by a childhood among Roman and Phoenician ruins in Carthage, Tunisia. A resident artist at Telander Gallery, she started in ceramics … Read More