The Whitman Mission National Historic Site pays tribute to the tragic events that unfolded in 1847 between the Native Cayuse Peoples and the Whitman Family, missionaries that came to their land from the East Coast. The preserved space is a great place to visit for historical information at the Whitman Mission Museum, stretching your legs on the trails and enjoying a quiet picnic in this pastoral landscape.
There are so many things for history buffs to do in the Walla Walla area. From strolling the historic grounds of the Whitman Mission to educating yourself about the native peoples of this land at the Tamástslikt Cultural Institute. One of the most popular places to visit is Pioneer Park, right in the heart of Walla Walla. The Fort Walla Walla Museum offers a 17-building pioneer settlement, five large exhibit halls with artifacts, and stunning gardens.
As a guest at Cameo Heights Mansion, you’ll be less than 30 minutes from the Whitman Mission. Visitors often spend a couple of hours here, depending on how much hiking you’d like to get in. We suggest joining us for our delicious three-course breakfast service before you set out. There’s plenty to explore, and there’s no better place to call your home away from home than our luxury Walla Walla bed and breakfast. Book your suite today!
Experience History Up-Close at the Whitman Mission
As a visitor to the Whitman Mission, there are a few main points of interest that you’ll want to experience. Firstly, plan on stopping by the Whitman Mission Museum and Auditorium. Here, you’ll learn about the complicated past of the settling of Walla Walla. The exhibits include artifacts from the Cayuse, personal effects of the settlers (including the Whitman’s), and archeological items. Admission is free!
The most popular pastime at the Whitman Mission is exploring the grounds and trails. The main Mission Grounds Loop is only half a mile and includes essential landmarks, such as the footprint of the old Mission building, covered wagons from the Oregon Trail days, gravesites, and a restored pond and apple orchard. Continue up the hill to the monument for sweeping views of the Walla Walla Valley and a place to reflect on the past, present, and future.
Pioneer Park: A Must Visit in Walla Walla
As we mentioned above, there are many places in Walla Walla to explore the history of our area. The number one top-rated Walla Walla attraction on TripAdvisor is the 43-acre Pioneer Park for a lovely stroll under big, old shady trees. This park is the oldest of the 15 public parks in Walla Walla. Established in 1902, Pioneer Park is home to an Aviary, a historic bandstand gazebo, rose garden, and wedding fountain.
After walking in Pioneer Park, head to downtown Walla Walla for shopping, wine tasting, and cafes. Classic tree-lined streets with brick buildings give Walla Walla an air of small-town charm with friendly and welcoming local business owners and residents. Stop by one of the many Walla Walla wineries for tastes of our award-winning wines and purchase bottles to bring back home. Now that sounds like a vacation!
Elegant Lodging in the Heart of Walla Walla Wine Country
After enjoying your day trip out to the Whitman Mission or Pioneer Park, you’ll love heading on back to our Walla Walla bed and breakfast. Plan an afternoon treatment at the Country Spa at the Mansion and a soak in our luxury hot tub for those looking to relax fully. Thankfully, you won’t have to go far for dinner reservations, as our on-site restaurant, The Vine Fine Dining, is the best place for a special meal.
The seven guest suites at Cameo Heights Mansion encompass luxury to the utmost degree. Our attention to detail is the key, as each internationally-themed room calls to a beautiful area of the world, with embellishments and features creating an atmosphere to fully unwind and reset. Sink into our comfortable king beds, curl up by the fire with a glass of Walla Walla wine, and take a deep breath. We can’t wait to host you; book today!