As the air crisps and the leaves begin to turn, Autumn inches closer. And with that is one of the most wonderful times to visit Walla Walla, Washington: Fall Release Weekend!
During the first weekend of November each year (November 5-7, 2021), wineries showcase their newest releases – often wines that are exclusively available at the tasting room or winery – and host a myriad of events. While this year may look a little different than the large-scale hurrahs of the past, wineries are honing in on a more intimate tasting experience.
Opportunities to meet with winemakers offers wine connoisseurs and casual imbibers alike insight into what made this vintage unique. And each Walla Walla Wine District (Downtown, West Side, Airport, East Side, Southside, and The Rocks in Milton-Freewater) offer visitors a different ambiance and a distinctive experience. No matter how you pour it, Fall Release proves to be an action-packed weekend throughout the entire town.
Walla Walla Wine – Fall Release Weekend
Our friends at Walla Walla Wine have created a great directory for you to peruse individual winery events and activities and to help you in planning the “wine” portion of your Fall Release Weekend in Walla Walla itinerary. For 2021, the ability to host large-scale events is limited. However, most of our area wineries have put together individualized experiences and smaller-scale private events to take advantage of, like Armstrong Family Winery’s Wine & Jazz Friday Night, or Balboa’s Wine Education Series on Saturday, November 6, and the Walla Walla Petanque Club‘s weekly game at 11am on Sunday at Tertulia Cellars.
Where to Stay
From charming vacation rentals to luxurious resorts, Walla Walla offers a variety of accommodations to explore on your Fall Release getaway. Many of the boutique lodging properties book up quickly, so it pays to research and plan your stay well in advance. For example, The Inn at Abeja is currently allowing reservations as far as 14 months in advance. While Fall Release Weekend is certainly a marquee reason to visit Walla Walla, you could plan your visit for the week before or after the bigger event. Mid-week stays tend to accommodate a broader selection of lodging availability AND most everything you enjoy doing on a weekend is also open mid-week. If you’re curious about mid-week getaways, be sure to check out our post all about why now is the best time to stay in Walla Walla mid-week.And here’s an insider tip: our Plan Your Stay tool allows you to conveniently search for lodging properties and pricing for the dates of your visit.
Like lodging properties, some of the most coveted spots (and time-slots) for dinner are reserved well in advance for Fall Release Weekend. It pays to research your must-stops ahead of time, call ahead, and take advantage of tools like Resy’s “notify me” to get on a waitlist if your favorite restaurant happens to be booked for the time and date you desire. If you’re flexible on reservation times, earlier or later reservations tend to be more easily accessible as the event draws closer. Most of your favorite fine dining establishments in Walla Walla boast a robust local wine list so you don’t need to cut your Walla Walla wine tasting experiences too short by booking a 5pm dinner reservation!
Come for the wine, but stay for everything else…
A host of evening events, outdoor recreation, and community activities tend to coincide with Fall Release Weekend as well, so your Fall Release Weekend in Walla Walla needn’t be relegated to simply wine tasting! Take in a show at the Gesa Power House Theatre. For Fall Release Weekend 2021, the theatre is hosting the Matt Baker Comedy + Stunt Show on Saturday, November 6. Enjoy a fall round of golf at Wine Valley Golf Club or Veteran’s Memorial Golf Course. If the weather isn’t cooperative for 18 holes outside, check out Divots and play some of the top courses in the world, virtually! Take a self-guided tour of the Whitman Art Sculptures or visit a variety of art galleries downtown.
Fall Release Weekend is a Wonderful Time to Get Away to Walla Walla Wine Country
As you can see, a world of Walla Walla wine, food, recreation and more is waiting for you. If you’re looking to plan your getaway to Walla Walla, Washington as a respite for all things wine, Fall Release Weekend is a terrific time to do it.