“Walla In Your Faces” competes at Red Monkey Trivia Night!

For most of the week, the Walla Faces Team works hard to create a great experience for the guests in our tasting rooms and inns.  But on Tuesday nights, it’s time to relax with a night of trivia at the Red Monkey Bar and Lounge in downtown Walla Walla!

Beginning at 7:00, the typical Red Monkey Trivia Night consists of five rounds of ten questions each: the first two are often themed (topics have included Latin animal names, science facts, Gandalf-or-Dumbledore quote identification ), the third is a “picture round” where teams must identify visual images printed on sheets that the host hands out, the fourth is often a movie related round, and the fifth is an “audio round” that tests players’ ability to identify sound clip that can encompass anything from hip hop samples, to musicals, to the sounds of symphonic instruments.  There’s something for everyone at trivia night.  The prize—an eight foot trophy with a monkey on top, ceremoniously presented to the winning team at the beginning of the next week’s game, and, after eight weeks, a bunch of tickets to events at the county fair.

This past Tuesday, we headed to the Red Monkey at 6:30 to save a table big enough for our group (it gets full quick!).  After ordering drinks, dinner, and some delicious Gorgonzola fries, we scribbled our usual team name—“Walla in your Faces”—on the first of our five answer sheets.  The first two rounds were general trivia.  The third was not the usual picture round, but one that required teams to examine three words and come up with another word related to all three—as in “football, car, flying” (the answer was “squad”).  For the first time, we were ahead of everyone after round four!  But the audio round is always our weakness, and this time our sparse knowledge of country music held us back.

At least the fries were delicious…we’ll get that trophy next week!

The Walla Faces Team competes at Red Monkey Trivia Night every Tuesday at 7:00pm.   Inn guests are welcome to join us as part of the team!

An Honor for Walla Faces

Tripadvisor certifcateWalla Faces Inns at Historic Downtown and Walla Faces Inns at the Vineyard have been honored with the esteemed TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, an accolade that recognizes businesses for their exceptional hospitality.  Only 10 percent of the businesses on TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, receive this award, which is offered every year.  The award-winning properties range from one room bed-and-breakfasts to enormous hotels with over 6,000 rooms.

TripAdvisor calls the awards a “way of acknowledging the great work that many properties are doing, and helping them to stand out from their competition.”

To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, businesses must be listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months and, during this time, maintain an overall rating of at least 4 out of 5. The award criteria also take into account the volume of customer reviews about a particular property.  Both locations have admirable ratings of 4.5 stars.

Reviewers who stayed at the Historic Downtown location rave about the sophisticated décor of the Suites and the approachability of the Inn owners, who are always willing to recommend restaurants and attractions.  Guests who experienced the Vineyard are equally enthusiastic, praising the beautiful, relaxing setting.

One reviewer recalls a stay several years later, noting fondly that “The memories are still as vivid as the day I left… it felt as if I were staying in a friend’s apartment.”

Another reviewer enthusiastically says of the Vineyard “don’t stay anywhere else in Walla Walla!”

Debbie Johnson, co-owner of Walla Faces, thanks her loyal customers for their support and for their role in creating the warm, familial atmosphere that makes Walla Faces special.   She says that many people who stay at the Inns are return customers.  “We have customers who have become friends…it’s like having people stay at your house.”