Wine Valley Golf Club is located in Walla Walla, Washington, a small town amongst hundreds of wineries in Eastern Washington. This is one of my favorite weekend destinations for fantastic golf, tasting Washington’s many wines and fine dining.
Wine Valley Golf Club is a stunning links-style course designed by architect Dan Hixson. This course plays over rolling hills in the shadow of the Blue Mountains. Each hole allows multiple lines of play ensuring a great round for every type of golfer. The course has broad fairways, which accommodate challenging conditions including dramatic bunkers and bold putting greens.
Spend at least a day visiting the local wineries – it’s also a perfect post-golf activity. Wine weekends run from early April through the Holiday Barrel Tasting in December. The Walla Walla Wine Alliance posts a complete list of wineries on its website. My favorites include Va Piano, Pepper Bridge, K Vitners, Seven Hills, a Maurice, Woodward Canyon, and Long Shadows.
There are several options to stay overnight in Walla Walla for every budget – just remember to book ahead during the summer months!
The Inn at Abeja is quite possibly the most amazing place I’ve ever stayed. It’s a stunning turn-of-the-century farmstead where original outbuildings have been restored to lovely, spacious, individual and private guest accommodations. The Inn is surrounded by thirty-five acres of vineyards, gardens, lawns and creeks for guests to enjoy. It provides the ultimate relaxation.
Upon arrival, guests are greeted to glasses of wine in their suites:
The complimentary breakfast served on the patio was literally the best I’ve ever had (come hungry!):
Other options include the town’s famous Marcus Whitman hotel and if you’re looking to save more money for wine (always!), I recommend the centrally located La Quinta Inn Walla Walla.
Definitely have dinner at Whitehouse Crawford – prepare to be wowed. This restaurant is set in a renovated wood-planing mill and spotlights local meats, poultry and produce, featuring regional wines. Also hit up T. Maccaroni and Saffron Mediterranean Kitchen, both of which will contribute to a fantastic weekend. If you plan on tasting at Woodward Canyon, you really ought to have lunch on their patio. It’s a scenic location and you’ll be served fantastic food.
If you haven’t already, start planning your Walla Walla golf and wine weekend now! Don’t forget to let me know how it goes.