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Perfect Daytrips from Walla Walla: Waitsburg & Dayton

March 09, 2019

Just a short drive away the historic towns of Waitsburg and Dayton are full of Eastern Washington history, charming shops and great food. Surrounded by the rolling hills and wheat fields, the drive there is just as much fun as the stops.

Start your day at 10 Ton Coffee in Waitsburg’s historic downtown, just a 20-minute drive from Walla Walla on Route 12. Sip locally roasted coffee, enjoy a house-made baked good and admire the art in this coffee shop/gallery. Then take a stroll through downtown among its bronze statues and peruse Nothing New Antiques.

Continue your scenic drive on your way to Dayton and stop in for a wine tasting at Dumas Station Wines, then visit Blue Mountain Station for a variety of local foods and products. Be sure to do a spirits tasting at XO Alambic and satisfy a sweet tooth at Mary’s Candies. If you loved your morning cup of java, buy a bag to take home from its maker, Rey’s Roast in the artisan market and maybe pick up some Joesph’s Grainery multi-grain pancake mix from nearby Colfax.

If you make an appointment, visit the home of Monteillet Fromagerie – goats, sheep, garden and all, where they make their highly acclaimed goat and sheep’s milk artisan cheese.

Route 12 will soon take you through downtown Dayton, where you can shop more antiques and unique shops like the historic Weinhard Hotel’s gift shop and Azure Mountain Handcrafted Artisan Soap.

History buffs will enjoy the museum at Dayton Historical Depot and the Boldman House Museum. And a trip to Wenaha Gallery will acquaint you with inspiring art from nationally recognized artists focusing on the Western experience as well as renowned local and regional artists.

Lunch is pizza and brews (try the reuben pizza) at Fire & Iron Pub, where in the summer you can sit on their back porch among hop vines. Leave room for an old fashioned milkshake at Elk Drug's soda fountain.

Head out of town for more scenic views at the Lewis & Clark at Patit Creek statues. A series of 80 steel silhouettes marks the exact people and animals present at their campsite as they passed through.

If you’re looking for a longer day, visit Ski Bluewood for winter skiing or warm-weather hiking or drive farther into the Palouse canyons to Lyons Ferry State Park at the confluence of the Palouse and Snake rivers or the magnificent 200-foot Palouse Falls, encircled by basalt cliffs.

On your way back to Walla Walla stop in for a beer at Laht Neppur Brewery.


Read about another perfect day trip here.