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... for some cool morning shots.
We toured many places as the sun rose high and hot. Not quite as hot has the previous day but still warm enough to appreciate the AC in the truck.
After lunch at a new Mexican restaurant in town (not that good), we took a siesta then drove out north of town into the middle of wheat country to find this huge vineyard all alone amidst the hills of ...
... burger place, an institution dating back to my high school days. The Iceberg still serves essentially the same menu with the addition of garden burgers. Had the best milkshake since the Chiracahua's last March. Our friennd Ric from Ananda Village used to work summers here during college days so I sent him the photo below of me and the milkshake.
Never get between a man and his milkshake!
Donna took us out today north of town into the ...
Fix'n ( a Colemanism) is a really neat word because it takes the place of: I'm getting ready to go to the store, (I'm fix'n to go to the store) I'm getting ready to eat dinner (I'm fix'n to eat dinner), etc. On Wed. I was fix'n to quit, and go home. I hadn't had a rest day in eleven days and my spirits were very low. I had so much rain, heat and now wind that It was not fun or an adventure anymore. I couldn't contact Linda or JJ because they did not have cell or internet ...
Reg and I left Dayton around 8:00 AM and rode 32 miles to Walla Walla. Quite a bit of uphill and finally a nice 11 mile descent into town. I was about a third of a mile in front and I thought Reg saw me take an off ramp. Apparently not and we were separated and never found each other. Also, ...
... up it with wonderful plantings on all sides and from the top, views across the Sound to Dead Man's Island. The garden was vast and magnificent - and the lady owner, who I met, is 87 and still gardens every day - I ran out of superlatives at this point.
The after show party was pretty good too - another lovely house in an even more stunning setting on the waterfront hosted by local rock musician Jim Valley (he plays a very mean piano and guitar) ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center Walla Walla
We have watched the rennovation of this hotel for the past few years and were interested in seeing the final product on our last visit to WW (Whitman Alumni). The property is stunning with a look to detail and according to the staff true to the period pieces, a little noisy in spots but that just adds to the old world "charm" of the place, Good Job!The service, on the other hand, is very dismal and lacked the ability to keep up with the surroundings. Long waits, uninformed waitstaff and a varying defensive or apathetic attitude about the less than average food was the norm. You can fill up nicely on breakfast but it is mostly gut bomb food with little or no imagination or regional tribute.As the hotel has been open some time now, we would have thought these obvious hospitality norms would have been addressed. We travel extensively and although the idea is great, in WW of all places, the final result is a sad echo of an ancient lady.
A trash pit
customer service and food quality. Very dissapointed in this the staff are not the best you can ask for the room are not cleaned
My daughter and I were making a quick visit to Whitman College and I thought the hotel looked interesting so I made reservations. About a week later I was checking out the internet for things to do in Walla Walla and I read three uncomplimentary reviews on the hotel (the only reviews posted at that time). I actually tried to cancel based on these reviews, but everywhere was full.We arrived tired and hungry after driving all day. The hotel staff went out of their way to be accomodating. The restaurant was full when we arrived and we were too tired to go anywhere else Though they don't have room service, the host put us in a little area off the bar and let us order off the menu and even offered to bring our food up to the room.The food was good, though I should know better than to order soft shell crab on the west coast. The room was spacious and clean. I wish we had been able to stay longer as the owner was there and would have taken us on a tour.Renovating a historic building is daunting at best, but a hotel and restaurant that then must cater to the public is a project only for those who are a little crazy and out of the ordinary. Thank goodness there are still people like that. Good job.
I recently attended a conference held at this hotel and although the banquet meal though fair, was edible, the food in the rest., Marc? was extremely poor. Added to that, the staff seemed apathetic and unwilling to correct it or compensate us for a meal my husband and I barely touched, down to a bald, sweaty man that was suppose to be the "chef" whom I saw wiping his hands on a filthy apron as he crossed the lobby to an adjacent banquet room.The room, we were relegated to a small and poorly maintained room in a wing that seemed very far from the check in area after walking to the front desk, was noisy and had not been cleaned.The only saving grace, as far as we were concerned, was the lobby and obvious renovations which were beautiful and charming to lounge in and a wonderful bellman who was very helpful and courteous and told us to eat at the Crawford House which is very close to the hotel. I recommend it highly.
Great Conference Center & staff
I wanted to let you and your entire staff know how impressed I am with your facility and employees. I attend the Northwest Press Users meeting at the Marcus Whitman last weekend. While I did not stay at the hotel (because I wasn't quick enough with my reservation) I was amazed at the building and service. Every staff member I talked to was extremely courteous and helpful. The food was spectacular. While I have attended scores of conventions around the country (and internationally), I have never attended a meeting at a facility any nicer. I look forward to coming back for a social stay. Congratulations to all. Stephen Schroeder Production Director The Wenatchee World 14 N. Mission Street Wenatchee, WA 98801 Phone 509-664-7127
We just recently attended a Press Users Conference at the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center and want everyone to know what a fantastic job they did for our large group.The Food was excellentThe Service was top notchThe Accomodations were exceptionalThe Conference went off without a hitchEvery element wnet smoothly from check in to check out!They even did a hospitality Suite for us!A wonderful guest Experience and one that you should try soon.Ms. Bolleman of Impressoins
Give it a try!
Superb job of restoring this landmark historic hotel. Very nice accomodations. Give it a try!
The property is obviously neglected and the service and quality of food (Cook, take some grease out please, if it is going to take a long time at least have it edible!)) and rooms (Hire somebody that actually does the work!) sees that.The guest interaction is so below what I had expected, it really diasappointed. More disappointing was managements lack of concern or follow through.
The hotel is beautiful, food was excellent but a bit pricey. Service was terrible and staff didn't seem to know the difference.
Poor Service, overpriced for the level of customer service and food quality. Very dissapointed in this hotel as a whole. The idea was good the follow through was extremely poor.
Would rather stay at motel 6 and eat at a Dennys, at least you know the level your getting.