take some walla with ya!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Yes it's mid-January, as bleak a time of year as can possibly be imagined (well, it could get worse – Pro Bowl weekend is really the pits). But it is not too soon to start planning your springtime visit to Washington wine country. Many fine options are available, but one you may not have considered is flying rather than driving. The Walla Walla Wine Alliance and Alaska Airlines want to make it as attractive as possible, and today are launching an interesting promotion linking air travel, tasting room passes, and special deals on dining and lodging throughout the region.

Continuing a successful marketing partnership launched this past fall, Alaska Airlines and the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance are now offering special savings on round-trip airline tickets, waived tasting fees at over 75 wineries, special lodging and restaurant offers, and 2 for 1 ski lift and museum tickets. Take Some of Walla Walla Home with You is the name of the new campaign. And as before, you can still take home a case of wine with no baggage handling fees.

WWWA Executive Director Duane Wollmuth explains that “the thinking behind this campaign is for Walla Walla visitors to take home not only wine, but a barrel full of memories as well. That’s what makes the Walla Walla area so attractive. Not only do we have great wine and wineries, but also outstanding lodging, restaurants, historical sites, arts, and outdoor recreation. We want visitors to have the opportunity to experience it all.”

Here are the details.
• 20% discount on Alaska Airlines flights to Walla Walla
• No baggage handling fees for first case of wine checked outbound
• Tasting fee waivers at over 75 wineries
• Two-For-the-Price-of-One tickets to Ski Bluewood
• Two-For-the-Price-of-One tickets to the Fort Walla Walla Museum
• Pay for two nights and get a third night free at participating businesses
• Complementary soup, salad, or dessert with any full priced entrée at restaurants throughout Walla Walla, Waitsburg, and Dayton

Alaska Airlines will be sending out this promotional offer to their database of three million customers across the country. This will mean extensive exposure for all of the businesses in Walla Walla, Dayton and Waitsburg who are participating in this promotion. It will also mean that if you want lodging and a good meal at one of the top area watering holes during one of the high season weekends, you’d be well advised to book early.

Other promotions and stories in the national press are coming this spring, which means it is going to be a very busy tourist season for the Valley. It gets rolling in early April, when Cayuse has its annual open house (for mailing list customers only). Here are some of the most important dates upcoming:

Cayuse weekend (April 6 – 8)
Feast Walla Walla (April 14)
Spring Release weekend (May 4 – 6)
Balloon Stampede weekend (May 11 – 13)
Memorial Day Weekend (May 25 – 28)
Vintage Walla Walla (June 14 – 17)

Last but certainly not least! For information on booking one or both of our Waitsburg Cottages please click here!

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