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. Downtown 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 Walla Walla 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 from Thursday-Sunday with room rates of $159. To make reservations, attendees need to call the hotel directly at 866-826-9422 and refer to the Wine Bloggers Conference. Cutoff date: Sept. 4, 2018 Please note the hotel is nearly sold out Wednesday night. At this time, pre-conference excursions are not scheduled to end in Walla Walla on Wednesday or start in Walla Walla on Thursday morning, so Wednesday night hotel rooms should not be needed.
Additional Hotel Rooms
The Holiday Inn Express in Walla Walla is our backup hotel for additional hotel rooms. We have a group block from Thursday-Sunday with room rates of $130-$145/night. To make reservations, click here. When you use this link all information will be automatically entered except the dates, number of rooms, and number of guests. Once you enter that information the room types and rates will automatically generate with the group discount. Please note this hotel is not within walking distance to the conference hotel and you will need to use Uber, Lyft, a taxi or rent a car to go from one to the other.
What is Included
Please see the Register page for details on costs. The conference includes multiple wine tastings, Friday excursions into wine country including a dinner, the Saturday banquet 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, optional pre-conference and post-conference excursions, and optional dinner excursions 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 are not participating in a pre or post-conference excursion, 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.
If you plan to participate in pre-conference or post-conference excursions, which might include transportation from nearby airports, please review the excursion page for airport details.
The Grape Line offers pickups at the Walla Walla and Tri-Cities airports. Click here for the schedule and to reserve a seat. They will only make stops if they have paid-in-advance reservations.
- A-1 Tri-cities Taxi (509) 547-7777
- $125.70 from the Tri-cities Airport to the Marcus Whitman
- On Time Taxi (509) 460-6850
- Rad Cab (509) 585-2944
- Taxi 1 (509) 547-7877
- City Cab (509) 318-5181
Tri-Cities rental cars:
- Avis Car Rental (509) 547-3210
- Budget Car Rental (509) 547-6902
- Renting a car from October 3-7 is $215.00
- Enterprise Rent a Car (509) 547-3310
- Hertz Car Rental (509) 547-0111
- National/Alamo Car Rental (509) 545-9266
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.