Sunset Magazine has featured Walla Walla again in its March edition. The cover feature is "20 best small towns", it features a great shot of Main St. All of the articles are one page splashes, but it is nice to still be recognized as a great place to live. Other towns featured are: Corvallis, OR, Moab, UT and Capitola, CA. Others mentioned range from Salt Lake, UT to Yountville, CA.
Quite a diverse grouping, but that is what makes the West such a great place to live and work, if you can't find something to entertain you and occupy your time, you had better check for a heartbeat!
I often have potential buyers ask me what Walla Walla has that would make one want to live here, my response is "jump in my car, let me give you the 25 cent tour and see what you think", 9 times out of 10 what I hear after an hour in the car viewing our wonderful area is "this is a great place, I could live here."
My point being, we don't have a big mountain to ski, or a Madison or Wood River to drown flies in, or miles of ocean front to stroll, but we do have a great little family ski hill that has some of the best tree skiing in the Northwest, we have Mill Creek, the Walla Walla and Touchet Rivers that provide some excellent fly fishing for trout and steelhead and the Snake and the Columbia to fish for everything from salmon to sturgeon. Or crank up the boat to water ski or jet ski until you have to go get a loan for fuel. The Pacific Crest Trail does not traverse the Blue Mountains, but they provide some wonderful hiking and horseback trails.
Throw in the excellent schools, both public and private, two outstanding four year colleges and a community college that is on par with any CC in the Northwest, people who look you in the eye when they say "Hi", did I mention a winery or two? And it is pretty easy to see why Sunset Magazine put Walla Walla in the best of the West........... again.