12 hours in Walla Walla, Washington

After spending time in the Wallowas, I needed a shower and a good sleep! Mostly a shower. So, I headed to Walla Walla, a town over the Washington border. It's mostly a small college town, but there is plenty to fill a single day with.

Here's how I suggest you spend 12 hours in Walla Walla! 

8:00 a.m. // breakfast at Bacon & Eggs

Bacon & Eggs opens at 8:00 a.m. and there is a line out the door right at opening. I suggest getting there right on the dot or suffer a wait time. The cocktails are somewhat reasonably priced {$8 mimosas} as is the rest of their menu. I opted for a cappuccino since caffeine these days is a treat for me.  I give high praise to the 'Texas Eggs'! I didn't eat the eggs, but the spiced black beans, brown rice, pico de gallo, and jalapeno cornbread were beyond delicious! 

10:00 a.m. // walk around downtown

Downtown Walla Walla is home to beautiful buildings, locally owned shops, and pretty street art. I spent a good hour digesting my meal at Bacon & Eggs by wandering into bookstores and snapping photos of the charming main street. 

11:30 p.m. // grab food to-go from Walla Walla Bread Co.

It's almost time for lunch! I suggest grabbing takeaway or a simple, fresh loaf from Walla Walla Bread Co. for a picnic. 

12:00 p.m. // picnic in Pioneer Park

Take the food you grabbed from the downtown area to Pioneer Park. You can sit under the cherry blossom trees while you eat your lunch! 

1:00 p.m. // explore the Aviary at Pioneer Park

Once you've finished taking in all the pretty pink blossoms and you've eaten your lunch, you can walk around the park to the Aviary. You can't feed the birds that live in the Aviary, but it's fun to look and learn about the waterfowl and land-dwelling birds that live on the property. 

2:00 p.m. // wine tasting

Walla Walla is known for its wineries. I have been off alcohol for a little while for no real reason I suppose. Regardless, I didn't feel up to driving from vineyard to vineyard. If that's something you'd be interested in, you should totally make an afternoon of it! I have friends who went to Whitman and they all highly recommend touring the vineyards surrounding the town. Most wineries in the area charge $5-$10 for tasting, but they waive the fee if you end up buying a bottle.

4:00 p.m. // hike Bennington Lake

There are so many hiking trails near and around Bennington Lake. It's only a 15-minute car ride from the center of town to the lake. There are multiple hikes to complete, all of them vary in distance from 2-5 miles. The trail I hiked was more like a walk, as it was almost entirely flat. You may encounter people riding the trails on horseback or walking with their dogs. If you go in the Spring, be prepared for muddy tracks. Free parking is available at the trail-heads. 

7:30 p.m. // dinner at Phoumy's Thai

I'm pretty picky when it comes to Asian food. Once you've lived in a place and learned what authentic cuisine from a country tastes like, it's hard to go back to the Westernized versions of your favourite dishes. However, dinner at Phoumy's Thai proved that a quality Asian meal can be found in off-the-beaten-path places, like Walla Walla. Try their Vegetarian Phad Kra Pao. Their tofu was firm and crispy. The 4-star spicy was perfect for someone who loves chili and garlic like I do. 

You don't have to be in a booming city or exotic country to have an adventure! Walla Walla, once again, affirmed that belief for me, like many places have before it. There are so many places in the U.S. I still need to explore-- Alaska, Hawaii, Chicago, the Key West. There are even places I'd love to revisit in the states-- Jackson Hole and the Oregon coast. Travel doesn't have to include a passport and a $1,000 plane ticket, ya dig? Which brings me to Friday's blog: 'How to Avoid Going Crazy When You Aren't Traveling.'  See you then!