Glenwood faces Port Angeles, Wash., in Best Town voting |

Glenwood faces Port Angeles, Wash., in Best Town voting

Hanging Lake, among Colorado's most popular hikes just east of Glenwood Springs, is one of the town's many attractions.
Randy Essex / Post Independent |


Voting is under way at Round 3 continues through Monday.

Glenwood Springs made it to the sweet 16 of Outside Magazine’s 2015 Best Towns competition, narrowly topping Whitefish, Montana, in Round 2. Voting ended Wednesday evening with the good guys winning by 9,994 to 9,922.

Glenwood more easily topped Victor, Idaho, in Round 1.

Winning Round 2 was a big deal because Outside will feature the final 16 towns in September’s issue.

However, Port Angeles, Washington, Glenwood’s third-round foe, netted more votes than Glenwood in its Round 2 win over Bainbridge Island, Washington, by a final tally of 10,646 to 10,358. Port Angeles also jumped out to a quick lead of a few hundred votes in this round.

Port Angeles has about twice the population of Glenwood, at 19,000, and was the birthplace of John Elway. It hosts the headquarters for Olympic National Park. It’s on the northern edge of the Olympic Peninsula across the across the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Victoria, British Columbia. (So it’s even closer to Canada than Whitefish was — are we sure these are even U.S. cities Glenwood is being pitted against?)

Port Angeles is off to a fast and substantial lead in the early voting, which started Wednesday night and continues through May 18. People may vote once a day. (Hint: You can vote both at work and at home.) Voting is under way at Outside’s Best Town will be revealed on Aug. 1.

At the outset of the competition, Mayor Michael Gamba told the PI why Glenwood should win.

“Living, working and playing in Glenwood Springs is an alternative lifestyle choice — the best alternative,” he said. “We have so many unparalleled options for how we spend our weekdays and weekends. We take it for granted that our backyard includes hot springs, miles of hiking and biking trails, world-class fishing, rafting, skiing and breathtaking scenery. Our restaurant and summer music scene is exploding, and our civic amenities continue to improve and support the livability of our community. I wouldn’t live any place else.”

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