About Walla Walla
We last visited Walla Walla, Washington for the 2010 Wine Bloggers Conference. While we are not planning to simply repeat all our previous locations, Walla Walla is such a special place we thought it was worth visiting again.
Walla Walla is an extremely cute small city of 30,000 inhabitants. Once a sleepy agricultural town, the wine industry has provided a boost to the city and the region. The region boasts over 120 wineries and 2,800 acres of grapes and produces outstanding wines. Walla Walla itself now has over 40 tasting rooms, making it the perfect hub for the region.
In addition, Walla Walla is near to other major grape-growing areas including Red Mountain, Horse Heaven Hills, and the huge Columbia Valley region that produces most of Washington’s grapes.
Who Should Attend
- Citizen Bloggers or Writers who write about wine or the wine industry and who wish to network with other new media; learn from experts in writing, technology, and social media; and enjoy a fantastic weekend of meals and wines from Lodi and around the world.
- Industry Bloggers who maintain a blog to support their winery or other wine-related business.
- New Media Innovators who work in the world of blogging and social media.
- Wine Industry Members who would like to learn about new media or interact with bloggers.
The host hotel is the Marcus Whitman, an historic hotel in the center of town built in 1927 and the main hotel of the area since its inception. We have a group block with room rates of $159. Details will be provided soon on how to book your room.
What is Included
Please see the Register page for details on costs. The conference includes multiple wine tastings, one dinner, likely one or two lunches depending on sponsorship, and outstanding content. Not included in the conference price are your hotel, transportation to and from the area, the pre-conference and post-conference excursions, optional dinners on Thursday and Friday, and Wine Education Sessions on Thursday prior to the conference. We charge a small fee for some of these events primarily to establish exact participation numbers for our event hosts.
Arrival and Departure
If you plan to participate in pre-conference or post-conference excursions, which might include transportation from nearby airports, please do not book your travel to the region until we announce the excursions.
You have multiple airport options for reaching Walla Walla. Presented in order of distance from the city:
- The Walla Walla Airport (code ALW) is a regional airport with approximately three flights per day on Alaska Airlines to and from Seattle.
- The Tri-Cities Airport (code PSC) is about an hour from Walla Walla and has flight connections to Seattle, Salt Lake City, Minneapolis, and Denver. It serves as a regional hub and many of our 2010 attendees flew in using this airport. We will likely have at least one excursion pick up or drop off here.
- The Portland Airport (code PDX) in Oregon is 3:50 from Walla Walla and is Oregon’s largest airport.
- The Seattle-Tacoma Airport (code SEA) is 4:15 from Walla Walla and is the main airport for Washington state.
Weather & Dress Code
The average high temperature in Walla Walla in October is 63 degrees with an average overnight low of 43 degrees. It rains on average about seven days in October. So while the weather should be moderate, be prepared!
Dress is “wine country casual”. What does that mean? Really, you should dress as you feel comfortable. For daytime sessions, jeans and a polo shirt are fine. For excursions into wine country, you should have good shoes and protection from sun or rain. For the Saturday evening banquet, many people will dress up a bit.
The Wine Bloggers Conference is organized by Zephyr Conferences, the organizer of the:
- Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference
- International Food Blogger Conference
- Wine Marketing & Tourism Conference
- Beer Marketing & Tourism Conference
Zephyr Conferences is part of Zephyr Adventures, which has been running active tours around the world for the last 20 years. Please visit our website for information on our active food, wine, and beer tours.
In addition to Zephyr’s active tours, its sister company Taste Vacations runs wine, beer, food, and spirits tours that leave the physical activity at home.