Life in Walla Walla
People like to say that Walla Walla is a place so nice they named it twice. It sounds silly, but this really is a wonderful town to call home. If you're unfamiliar with our community, do a quick Google search and you'll find write-ups from The New York Times, Vogue, Forbes and Travel + Leisure, to name a few.
Here are some of the many reasons people choose Walla Walla as the place they call home:
With more than 30,000 people and thriving business, agriculture and viticulture industries, Walla Walla is experiencing tremendous economic growth. Jobs, housing and a great quality of life are all attainable here.
We're proud to be the home of three stellar higher learning institutions—Whitman College, Walla Walla University and Walla Walla Community College. Each offers opportunities to continue education. They also bring in nationally recognized speakers, musicians and artists who add to our town's cultural fabric.
In terms of early education, both private and public schooling is available here. The Walla Walla Public Schools offer a growing Spanish-English dual-language program for families interested in getting a head start on language development.
Dining options in Walla Walla include French, Mediterranean, Italian, Mexican, Thai, Japanese, American, Chinese and Southern comfort food. It's metropolitan dining without the struggle to find a parking spot. And if home cooking appeals more to your sensibilities, you'll love the fresh produce available at the Farmers' Market.
An outdoorsy setting
Our close proximity to the Blue Mountains makes for great hiking in the summer and skiing in the winter. And with miles of country roads winding through picturesque vineyards and wheat fields, we attract cyclists from all over. For those who love water sports, you won't have to go far to reach the Columbia and Snake rivers.
An active arts community
Walla Walla attracts a talented group of musicians, artists and actors who treat us to performances and gallery openings all throughout the year. We're proud to be home to the Walla Walla Symphony—the longest operating symphony orchestra west of the Mississippi. Don't miss the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival, First Friday Art Tour or a play at the Gesa Powerhouse Theatre.
We believe kids should have things to enjoy too. With a drive-in movie theater, a large community pool (complete with water slides), and fun events like our annual hot air balloon festival and the Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days, Walla Walla keeps kids busy and happy.