A love letter to Glenwood Springs
The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association provides a regular column that typically runs on our Monday business pages. This week’s submission, though, seemed right for Valentine’s Day. Enjoy the love.
Dear Glenwood Springs:
I recently took a vacation. I went to a place that I had visited hundreds of times previously, but I had never seen it in quite the same way.
During my 20-minute vacation (this is a lot of alone time when you have a 19-month-old) at the Glenwood Hot Springs, thoughts of my overflowing email inbox and my overflowing laundry basket evaporated for a short time. I had a moment to reflect on how fortunate I am to live in a beautiful place full of endless activities, quality amenities and wonderful people. My profound love for you, Glenwood Springs, was reinvigorated.
On this particular day, Red Mountain looked more beautiful than I had ever remembered. The red soil barely peeked out from the thick blanket of new snow covering its steep slope. The small amount of sunlight left in the day reflected on the light snow falling, transforming the flakes into specs of glitter. It was as if I was inside a Christmas snow globe.
It’s easy to see why you are a vacation destination for thousands of people each year. From your soothing hot springs to your roaring rapids, to your miles of bike trails and steep climbs, you have something for everyone.
It was my parents who decided to move our family here in the early 1990s after making the short trek from Leadville multiple times for mini-vacations. Who wouldn’t want to live in their favorite vacation spot?
As a teenager, I swore I would never move back here. While I had a wonderful childhood in Glenwood, I was going to move on to bigger and better things. My husband (yes, also my Glenwood Springs High School sweetheart) had the same sentiment. We went to college and both worked on the other side of the Continental Divide for several years. We loved coming home for a visit, but we didn’t want to live here. But guess what, Glenwood? You lured us back. Your healing waters, your proximity to world-class skiing, your two rivers and your hiking trails were on the top of our list for reasons to come back.
When we decided this was where we would raise our family, your award-winning hospital, great schools and so many other great amenities one might not expect to find in a small community made our decision that much easier.
You know what else, Glenwood? People who live here really care about each other. They like to visit their neighbors in the aisles of the grocery store, they solve challenges together and when a friend is in need, this community always comes together.
Lucky for me, Glenwood, over eight years ago I landed a job at the organization that is one of your biggest fans. In fact the Glenwood Springs chamber’s mission is all about you. “The purpose of the GSCRA is to provide leadership, promote commerce, encourage measured growth and continue to support such endeavors which will enrich the quality of life in our community.” I’m honored to have the opportunity to play even a tiny role in achieving that mission.
Glenwood Springs, I know you are not the same as you were 100 years ago or even 10 years ago. I know you will continue to change as the years go by. When it comes right down to it though, the heart of your existence has never changed, and it never will. You are like an old soul keeping up with the latest fashion trends.
Glenwood Springs, I love you! Since love is especially in the air on this Valentine’s Day, I also love Colorado and our Denver Broncos!
VP of operations, Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association
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