Walla Walla, Washington
A food lover's paradise, this small town—once best known for its onions—also now supports more than 100 wineries, many critically acclaimed. Residents don't just love the great restaurants and the cabernets, merlots, and syrahs that have put it on the map. They also appreciate the area's strong agriculture, which produces wheat, beef, and, of course, apples. About a five-hour drive from Seattle or Portland, Oregon, Walla Walla has its own lively art and antiques scene, and fun festivals such as its annual Balloon Stampede. Outdoorsy options are intense: hiking, camping, fly-fishing—especially for rainbow trout—and elk hunting, as well as plenty of winter sports.
- Vibe: Napa, minus the attitude
- Population: 30,794
- Median housing price: $144,930
- Average number of sunny days: 188