West from Walla Walla lies farming country with a Midwestern look; this could just as well be Nebraska. Far to the southeast lie rolling tree-covered hills that rise into the Blue Mountains. A blanket of snow covers the summits till late summer.
Take a dip in a sea of purple at the Blue Mountain Lavender Farm (345 Short Rd., 509/529-3276, www.bluemountainlavender.com) in nearby Lowden. Owned by a French-American family, the farm was inspired by nostalgia for the extensive lavender fields in the south of France. An on-site gift shop sells dozens of luxurious items made from the local crop. Call ahead for tours.
© Ericka Chickowski from Moon Washington, 8th edition