Take your pick when you stay at the Walla Walla Inns (123 East Main St., 509/301-1181 or 877/301-1181, www.wallawallainns.com, $115–325 s or d): Stay in one of the six rooms at its historic downtown property or at the more tranquil hilltop Vineyard property. Children of all ages are welcomed here. The Inn pulls out all the stops for canine companions, too. A $100 nonrefundable pet fee gets you toys, treats, furniture, and even a crate, so your tail-wagger can pack light.
A unique lodging experience (unless you could be considered “livestock”) is provided by the Inn at Abeja (2014 Mill Creek Rd., 509/522-1234, www.abeja.net, $235–285 d). The original outbuildings of this 100-year-old farm have been converted into tony, light-filled guest cottages and suites. The 35-acre vineyard property is the picture of country comfort. You can be proud to tell your friends you slept in a chicken coop. Reservations for popular local and winery events are filled by lottery.
Complimentary telescopes supplement the stellar accommodations at Touchet’s Cameo Heights Mansion (1072 Oasis Road, 509/394-0211, $179–249 d). The suites, a few of which have private entrances, are decorated after a variety of European, Mediterranean, and Asian styles. The rich breakfast might just convince you to stick around for the gourmet nighttime offerings, including an optional private four-course fondue feast.
© Ericka Chickowski from Moon Washington, 8th edition