Glenwood blushing over ‘Prettiest Painted Places’ nomination |

Glenwood blushing over ‘Prettiest Painted Places’ nomination

Kelley Cox Post Independent

Glenwood Springs is among six Colorado mountain towns to be named a finalist in a national competition, “Prettiest Painted Places in America,” sponsored by the Paint Quality Institute.

The other Colorado nominees are Crested Butte, Durango, Lake City, Ouray and Salida.

Nearly 200 towns and cities across the country will vie for regional and national honors. Judges with expertise in color selection, exterior painting and home improvement will review the entries and make selected site visits.

Nominees include well-known places such as Cape Cod, Mass., and Napa, Calif., to hidden gems like Vashon-Maury Island, Wash., and Bell Buckle, Tenn.

Finalists will be announced in late September, and the nation’s 12 “Prettiest Painted Places” will be revealed in mid-October.

The Paint Quality Institute has hosted the competition twice before, most recently in 2000. Its purpose is to vividly show how an attractive paint color scheme can enhance the curb appeal of any structure’s exterior.

“We feel there is no better way to demonstrate the importance of exterior paint color than to focus on these beautiful real-world communities that take so much pride in their appearance,” said Debbie Zimmer, paint and color expert at the Paint Quality Institute.

“The places involved in our competition are a tremendous inspiration to us all, and by giving them recognition, we hope to instill in the public a better appreciation for the role exterior paint can play in protecting and enhancing the appearance of any home or building,” she said.

Names and locations of all of the nominees are posted on the Paint Quality Institute website at

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