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Glenwood Springs featured in New York Times travel section

John GardnerPost Independent StaffGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS A recent article in the New York Times travel section featuring Glenwood Springs as more than a pit stop on the way to Aspen has Glenwood Chamber Resort Association president and CEO Marianne Virgili excited.We were very delighted with the article and photos, Virgili said. And we were very pleased to see locals interviewed in the article, too.The article, written by freelance journalist Helen Olsson, paints this quaint town as a workingmans town rich in history and low on glitter. And it runs through the plethora of activities and must-see sights for travelers.Publicity on this grand scale should have a big impact on the upcoming tourist season, according to Virgili.I think there will be a definite impact, Virgili said. An article in a publication like the New York Times is so valuable. The print ad of that size, in a publication like that, we could never afford. The online version is a two-page article with a 12-picture slide show illustrating the sites locals know all too well. It includes photos of the world-famous Hot Springs Pool, the Hotel Colorado, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and of course the popular nightspot for locals, Doc Hollidays Saloon on Grand Avenue.But this isnt the first time Virgili has witnessed Glenwood in a national publication. Glenwood has been featured as one of the top small towns to live in the nation and has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal and on MSN.com in recent years, according to Virgili. Most recently, the February issue of Field & Stream touted Glenwood Springs as the No. 1 small town to live in for fishing.Weve been featured several times in national publications, Virgili said. But its always exciting to see that type of thing.A spokeswoman for Glenwood Caverns, Mandy Gauldin, expressed similar sentiments after reading the article.Its always exciting when someone outside the state recognizes how exciting Glenwood Springs is, Gauldin said.Gauldin didnt speculate if the article would impact Glenwood Caverns upcoming summer season, but she was hopeful that it would generate interest among travelers.I dont know that one particular thing will cause a person to take a trip, Gauldin said. But anytime you get coverage on this scale you hope it inspires people in choosing their destination.The New York Times also recently focused on Garfield County in a story on people switching parties to participate in presidential caucuses and primaries this year.Contact John Gardner: 384-9114jgardner@postindependent.comOnlineTo view the complete New York Times story visit, http://www.travel.nytimes.com, and click on the link titled, In Northwest Colorado, the Workingmans Spa Town.


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