Walla Walla is the county seat of Walla Walla County in southeastern Washington. It is home to one of the top small private colleges in the country, Whitman College. With just under 32,000 residents it is a reasonable size and growing steadily. It makes an excellent retirement community - in fact Money Magazine at one point ranked it as the #1 place to retire in the country!
The Walla Walla area, infamous for an Indian massacre of white settlers in frontier days, now boasts wineries and the world famous Walla Walla onions. The charming downtown is being restored with bookstores, cute shops and restaurants. The main street is like that of Salt Lake City,wide enough to turn a wagon around in. Quiet residential streets and multiple parks give this small city a very livable quality. There are so many wineries in the area (over 100) it is being called by some as the Napa of the North. Some of those include Dunham, L'Ecole and Woodward Canyon.
For more information on what it is like to retire in Washington State. Here are our reviews of Bellingham, San Juan Islands, Olympia, and Seattle as retirement communities. Photo of downtown Walla Walla and Whitman Hotel courtesy of Williamborg and Wikipedia.