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City’s appealto AAA membersis no accident

Post Independent Writer

AAA members’ naming Glenwood Springs as the state’s top Labor Day weekend destination seems like a no-brainer – at least for those of us who don’t insist on taking it as a backhanded compliment.It’s no surprise Glenwood tops neighbors such as Aspen and Snowmass Village. Even with Jazz Aspen Snowmass actually happening this weekend in the latter, Glenwood makes a pretty good home base, with plenty of hotels and motels only 35 miles away from the upper Roaring Fork Valley. But what it lacks – the possible perception among the average tourist that the Aspen-Snowmass area might present more of a challenge for finding an affordable place to stay, as well as that late-summer empty-ski-town feeling – might count for even more.With the wrong spin, it’s certainly possible to take what makes Glenwood so popular as a backhanded compliment: It doesn’t require too much gas to get to, and it’s a great place to stay when you’re not checking out Aspen’s famous enclave, Carbondale’s art scene, the West Elk Loop to Gunnison and Crested Butte, or even Grand Junction and the Colorado National Monument beyond.But a jumping-off point that features such draws as the Hot Springs, the Hotel Colorado and Glenwood Caverns – and where you can still replace a lost wallet or get a haircut – seems to have an advantage over both destination resorts like Vail and Aspen, and the bedroom communities that provide access to them.But the honor from AAA’s members isn’t an occasion to gloat – rather, it’s a reminder to enjoy Glenwood, whether that means taking an extra day to hike to Hanging Lake Trail or enjoy the view from the deck of the Bayou – before the restaurant moves downtown and the Meadows development moves into view. There’s enough to do in Glenwood for visitors to take an extra day to explore and for locals to let the visitors remind us how good we have it.But the honor from AAA’s members isn’t an occasion to gloat – rather, it’s a reminder to enjoy Glenwood, whether that means taking an extra day to hike to Hanging Lake Trail or enjoy the view from the deck of the Bayou – before the restaurant moves downtown and the Meadows development moves into view. There’s enough to do in Glenwood for visitors to take an extra day to explore and for locals to let the visitors remind us how good we have it.


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