Strawberry Days isn’t all Glenwood has to offer |

Strawberry Days isn’t all Glenwood has to offer

Glenwood Springs Tourism UpdateStephanie Keister

Glenwood Springs, for more than a century, has been known for our Strawberry Days Festival each June. Music lovers from all over are drawn to Telluride for their fantastic summer music festivals. Culinary professionals and connoisseurs travel each year to Aspen for the Food and Wine Classic. And the Wildflower Festival in Crested Butte is a must for nature lovers throughout Colorado. While very different in nature, these events have much in common. Each one of these events, as well as similar events throughout the state, provide communities with the opportunity to attract visitors to various regions throughout Colorado – offering tourists (and locals, for that matter) the chance to take part in a great evening, day, weekend or weeklong event in addition to exploring the many amenities that a particular destination offers.For Glenwood Springs, special events are an important part of our tourism economy. Certainly we’re known for Strawberry Days, but we have so many other wonderful events to offer our visitors, like Summer of Jazz, the Downtown Market, the Classic Car Show, the Fall Art Festival, the Culinary Arts Festival, the Yagatta Regatta, and the Historic Ghost Walk. It’s impossible for one entity to conceive, create, market and implement all of a town’s special events. It is imperative for community businesses and organizations to work together to produce quality events that are appealing and successful. As we enter our busy summer season, the tourism community thanks all of the wonderful groups that have planned events for 2006, and I, personally, am very interested in hearing any ideas that businesses or organizations may have for new events we can bring to town in 2007. On another note – as a community that offers an inviting and fun place for tourists to visit, it’s important that we keep safety in the forefront. Our popular paved canyon path is now open, and it will soon be bustling with visitors and locals alike, enjoying walking, biking and rollerblading. It’s important for all of us to remember safety and etiquette when using the paved trail. First and foremost, wear that helmet. And make sure it fits properly. Second, remember to be aware of your surroundings. While it is easy to get lost in the beauty of the scenery of the canyon, it’s important to remember to keep an eye out for others around you. Keep to the right of the path when walking, riding or blading. Cyclists, remember to give a polite ring of your bell or a shout of “behind you!” or “on your left!” when coming upon walkers on the path, and walk your bike when designated to do so. And walkers, be sure to be listening for those approaching from behind, as stepping in front of a cyclist who is trying to pass can result in an injury for both parties. A safe path will be one that locals can enjoy daily and visitors will cherish in their memories.Here’s to a great summer! Stephanie Keister is director of tourism marketing at the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association.

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