OK, out of the goodness in my heart, I took a scouting trip to Walla Walla. (Happened to be on our college tour.) Very neat place to visit. GO! Stayed at the Marcus Whitman. It's no doubt a bit more than some chains, but it is classy, within walking distance to many tasting rooms (some accessed from the lobby) and serves a killer breakfast buffet, gratis. Also ate at the Mill Creek Brewpub. It was ok. We will definately return for a wine tour weekend.