ENVISION THE SCENE: After a sun-kissed day spent exploring the winding paths and sprawling vineyards of Walla Walla, you arrive back at your home base at The FINCH. Perhaps you reflect on your adventures in the Map Room or plan your next excursion, scribbling in a brand-new Field Guide travel journal (gifted to you upon check-in). Or maybe you chat with new friends around the outdoor wood-burning fireplace—a glass of local cabernet swirling casually in your hand. After a brief respite, you’re ready to stroll out the door to see what delightful Main Street treasures await. Think friendly folks, delicious locally-sourced fare, and, of course—in our humble opinion—some of the best wine around.
Located on the “dry side” of the Cascade Mountains, Walla Walla boasts 260 days of sunshine annually plus optimal soil and weather conditions that make it a coveted hub for growing award-wining wine. The region is home to more than 120 wineries and tasting venues and 35 tasting rooms can be found just beyond The FINCH’s front door in downtown Walla Walla and along historic Main Street. Annual events like Spring Release Weekend (May 1–3) and Celebrate Walla Walla Valley Wine (July 16–18) fete the latest vintages in style, too. No matter the season, there’s always good reason to raise a glass around these parts.
An exciting addition to downtown Walla Walla, The FINCH enjoys an ideal address on Main Street, sitting on the pulse of all the laidback action. This community-powered headquarters for adventurous, independent travelers—smartly renovated from a former motel built in 1967—holds onto elements of the building’s original architecture. Yet modern details, a refreshing open-air design, and attentive service create a vibe that encourages guests to connect with team members (who double as uber-knowledgeable local guides). Be sure to fuel up each morning with a local cup of Livit Coffee Co. or some loose-leaf herbal tea before setting out for your day’s adventures.
The FINCH features 80 modern guest rooms that provide streamlined comfort with plush mattresses, MALIN+GOETZ amenities, cozy bathrobes, walk-in tile showers and unique décor that tells a story about Walla Walla’s many facets. Spaces show off custom wall installations that connect guests to their Northwest surroundings, whether through a representation of the region’s rolling ranges or an infographic about the state bird. Choose between eight accommodation types, ranging from the 340-square-foot FINCH King room to the Bunk + Bunk room, which features two twin-size bunk beds and a classic Nintendo. Three suites named after regional biking routes offer spacious, functional layouts, too.
The hotel’s thoughtful amenities include two cruiser bikes to borrow, sourced from local Allegro Cycling, and a tune-up station and storage pods for guests traveling with their own bikes. It’s true, Walla Walla offers enough recreational opportunities for every day of the week, in any season—from skiing and hiking in the Blue Mountains to bird-watching at nearby wildlife refuges. Yet the best news of all? After soaking in all that beauty and adventure, warm hospitality awaits at The FINCH, where you can dive into a friendly game of pétanque or gather around in one of the many outdoor common areas to savor conversation and a glass of local wine while sharing stories of your Walla Walla adventures.
Ready to set out and save big? For a limited time, The FINCH is running can’t-miss early season and opening specials for up to 25 percent off! Explore options for weekday adventurers, early bird bookers, sweethearts, skiers, and more at finchwallawalla.com/specials. And to learn more about all things The FINCH, call or visit finchwallawalla.com