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Glenwood among 10 ‘Coolest Small Towns’

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – It may not have been the winner, but Glenwood Springs is still getting some decent travel press for its showing in the voting to become Budget Travel’s “Coolest Small Town.”

Lititz, Pa. ended up being the “undisputed winner” in the online voting for the 2013 honor, according to a Yahoo.com Travel article by Budget Travel that came out earlier this week.

Glenwood Springs was among 15 finalists vying for online votes and comments on Budget Travel’s website in an effort to become America’s best little town of less than 10,000 population.



Through early February, Glenwood Springs was bringing up the rear in the voting. But a last-minute campaign for votes by local tourism marketers must have paid off.

The Yahoo article, dated March 18, mentions Glenwood Springs among the top 10.



“We sent out emails to around 50,000 leads we generated over the last couple of years encouraging people to come to Glenwood Springs to enjoy Valentine’s Day, and to vote,” said Lisa Langer, vice president of tourism marketing for the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association.

“It’s pretty exciting if we made the top 10,” she said. “Budget Travel is very well followed, especially by families who want to know where they can go to enjoy all the amenities, but not spend so much they break the bank.”

The Yahoo article calls attention to Glenwood Springs’ location at the confluence of the Roaring Fork and Colorado rivers and to the largest natural hot springs pool in the world at Glenwood Hot Springs.

“For a Rocky Mountain town, Glenwood Springs is surprisingly focused on water,” state the travel writers. “In addition to soaking in the steamy springs – even when there are feet of powder on the ground – you can try water-centric activities from whitewater rafting to fly fishing to kayaking.”

The article also speaks to the uniqueness of the Glenwood Caverns, “filled with creatively named formations like cave popcorn, moonmilk, soda straws and cave bacon.”

Vicky Nash of Resort Trends Inc. in Glenwood Springs said the “Coolest Small Towns” are expected to be listed in order based on the voting in the April edition of the Budget Travel magazine.

Glenwood Springs is one of only two finalists west of the Mississippi River, the other being Quincy, Calif.

Also receiving write-ups in the Yahoo article, in addition to winning town of Lititz, Pa., were: Bay St. Louis, Miss.; Camden, Maine; Elkhart Lake, Wis.; Flagler Beach, Fla.; Greenville, Ky.; Gulf Shores, Ala.; and Watkins, N.Y.

jstroud@postindependent.com


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