For our 10th wedding anniversary G surprised me by booking a weekend at the Abeja Inn in Walla Walla in August. Just his initiative for the surprise weekend was enough to make it a big hit. But the entire experience grounded from our stay at the Abeja Inn was spectacular to say the least. The Abeja Inn
The weekend started by arriving at the Inn met by the Innkeeper,Mary, who greeted us with a great glass of their '06 Cabernet Sauvignon. She escorted us to our exquisite suite and we were so happy to be there for a 2010 Walla Walla adventure.
Then Mary, the Innkeeper, helped us plan a special evening out to celebrate our 10th anniversary. She recommended that since we had already been to some of the few "special event" restaurants in Walla Walla several years ago that we might try something different. So we did! Upon her recommendation we drove a few miles out to Waitsburg for our dinner.
After a great day of visiting some wineries including; Trust, Northstar, Rulo (our personal 'fav' of the day), Dunham Cellars and Walla Walla Vintners we started the evening @ the JimGerman Bar. There we had an amazing Chorizo appetizer and two handcrafted, infused cocktail concoctions. The dinner after at Whoop 'emUp Hollow Cafe was a very pleasant surprise to be found in this small, old farming town.
It was a bizarrely cold August weekend the weekend that we were there in Walla Walla, but I was determined to still eat outside on the patio. We started our meal with a basket of Whoopemup Hushpuppies, light, crispy & wonderful. G had the Cornmeal Catfish and I had the Famous Jambalaya. Both of our meals were amazing. We had a bottle of Maison Bleue Syrah with our meal (another favorite first tasted during a Prosser Crush weekend). Overall it was spectacular and when the bill arrived we were both shocked how little for the whole meal given the amazing food and experience that we had that night.
We topped off the meal back at the JimGerman Bar where the owner asked us what some of our favorite drink flavors were and he then created us each a personalized "night cap." G also tasted some of the cured ham that the owner had in the case.
I didn't even mention the scrumptious breakfasts during our stay at the Abeja Inn. Mary created 2 amazing meals during our weekend. The first was a Smoked Salmon Hash with Horseradish cream that literally was to die for. It may have been the best breakfast of my life. (Actually I tried replicating the breakfast last weekend myself, it turned out pretty good I must say, but not an equal comparison to the original.) The next day was buttermilk waffles with a lemon curd raspberry sauce. It started with a baked egg with cream sauce. "Oh my" is all I can remember saying.
Our entire Anniversary weekend in Walla Walla was truly perfect, with exception of the uncommonly cool weather (which really could have been a blessing I suppose.) On the way out of town we hit Three Rivers and Reininger Wineries. We intended to go to one of my favorites, L'Ecole, but decided to skip it this time and drive straight through to Prosser to go to a new favorite; Mercer.
If you are going to Walla Walla there isn't one place mentioned that we wouldn't highly recommend. We can't wait to go back to the Abeja Inn and experience our next Walla Walla adventure maybe this time with some friends in tow too.