The Art of the Hunt: An Art, Wine & Vintage Tour
An itinerary with recommendations from Mary Derby, Winemaker & Owner of DAMA Wines.
This itinerary was a part of WWander Walla Walla Valley Wine in the fall of 2018.
This itinerary is all about the hunt for vintage treasure. One never really knows what that might be until it’s in plain view and in my mind, brings personal joy. I collect heart rocks from around the world and with each new find, my heart immediately fills with joy. Whether it’s a perfect vintage dress, trinket, boutique winery or a story along the way, to me WWander Walla Walla Valley represents a treasure hunt of what our charming village has to offer and I hope that this journey brings you joy and a few surprises.
Start your day with a dry cappuccino and gougère at the Colville Street Patisserie and traipse through Whitman College campus taking the many works of art. One of my favorite sculptures is by the world-renowned artist Jim Dine, Carnival. Created in 1997, it is a modern version of Venus de Milo. Head towards the Penrose Library, there you will another favorite, Styx, by Deborah Butterfield. This statue appears as if it’s sculpted from driftwood but is actually crafted from metal. Both Styx and Carnival were cast here at the Walla Walla Foundry.
Head back to Downtown Walla Walla via Boyer Avenue and spend some time at Studio Two Zero Two wine and art gallery. Local wines are paired with local artists, gaze upon the beautiful pottery of Walla Walla resident artist, Penny Michel.
Next stop, make a reservation at DAMA Wines where we have created a space that is artful, playful and soulful. Enjoy a tasting of our wines on our Main Street patio.
Keep strolling along Main Street to Tra Vigne, a funky vintage, antique store where you’re sure to find a treasure or two.
The Telander Fine Art Gallery is one block off Main on Colville Street. We are so lucky to have several artists living in our community and Todd Telander is one of the finest. From Walla Walla landscapes and birds to portraits, his works of art will not disappoint.
Time for lunch on the gorgeous patio at TMACS, located on Colville Street! They have a selection of delicious salads and sandwiches, or you can opt for one of their well-known pasta dishes.
To round out the afternoon, head towards the Airport District with a stop at Country Store Consignment, this is a wonderful old time antique mall on Issacs Avenue where I have found quite a few gems, but I must forewarn you, you have to appreciate the “dig!”
Make your way to CAVU Cellars in the Airport District for a tasting appointment, another great winery and art gallery.
Hit the Walla Walla Roastery for a recharge and then visit my secret spot for mid-century finds, DeBouche. Owner Amy Baker Reser has an impeccable eye and I am certain there is a treasure there for you!
Your last stop on your journey before dinner at Brasserie Four, is the Foundry Vineyards Tasting Room & Gallery – reservation recommended for both. At Foundry Vineyards you will enjoy artful wines in a world-class gallery along with a carefully curated gift shop.
Disclaimer: Please note that currently most Walla Walla Valley wineries are recommending that guests reservations to ensure social distancing and the best wine experience. Browse wineries and make reservations here.