We’ve been in this crazy business for 8 years, and every now and then we discover a new inn we’ve never heard of—and we think HOW is this inn not universally known??? We recently had this experience shooting the spectacular Inn at Abeja in Walla Walla, Washington. In our pre-production meeting with the owners and innkeepers, they kept repeating “it’s all about the details here”. We hear that all the time…and frankly it’s become a bit of a cliche. At Abeja, though, it rings true. The inn is full of one-of-a-kind textures, surfaces, architectural elements, whimsical features, and sensitive touches. Everything at this beautifully-restored farm is steeped in love, care and thoughtfulness. Innkeepers and owners Ken and Ginger Harrison, partner Molly Galt and chef/innkeeper Mary Besbris are a great team; they offer hospitality and food to match this premium property and its gorgeous setting in the beautiful Palouse Hills of Walla Walla Wine Country. By the way, did I mention they also run an incredible winery with some of the best Cabernet were ever tasted?

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The vineyards and magical rolling hills that surround the property

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The winery at Abeja, their vineyard and the hills around Walla Walla

 

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The Locust Suite at Abeja. The ceilings are never an afterthought at Abeja

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The Locust Suite Bedroom

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The exterior of the large barn which contains The Hayloft Suite. Inside the cupola is a sitting room.

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The dramatic interior of the cupola in the Hayloft Suite

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A couple enjoying one of the terraces overlooking their perfect herb garden

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Locally-sourced morel mushrooms that Chef Mary uses in breakfast dishes

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More wonderful ingredients that make breakfast truly special

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Individual strawberry-rhubarb tarts were on the menu when we visited. Amazing!

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Who else has a wood-burning pizza oven outside their kitchen? Chef Mary uses the oven for inspired breakfast inventions, like this flatbread

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We’ve seen a lot of fruit over the years. Love these mini-melon balls and the presentation.

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Flowers grown right on the property fill a beautifully composed and themed arrangement on the dining room table. Its all about the details!

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Abeja offers in-room breakfast, naturally…the presentation is wonderfully farm-themed and beautiful

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The old chicken coop, reborn as the Chicken Coop Suite, has chicken-wire embedded in the glass. This is the stuff that makes this place so cool–thoughtful surprises at every turn

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A very early morning (early, like 5:00am! ) garden scene with wonderful fragrances and a singing bird…perfect moments like these abound here

 

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A couple outside the Bunkhouse Cottage at sunset with a visit from Abeja’s resident cat

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One Response to “It’s All in the Details: The Inn at Abeja”

  1. Jeanette says:

    Beautiful! The top photo of the vineyard looks like a painting. Thank you for sharing this lovely place