Grand Junction up for title of nation’s most romantic city

Hannah Walz and Dutch Kissling found love in Grand Junction. Could it be the nation’s “Most Romantic” city?

Some Grand Junction residents were baffled when they heard the news that Grand Junction had been listed in the top 12 nominations as “Most Romantic City in America” by Korbel California Champagne

“Quite honestly that’s not the first thing that comes to mind when I think of Grand Junction,” said Emily Busall, sales associate at Zales Jewelry. She thought a larger city would be more romantic because there would be more things to do with a date.

Not so according the nomination by Dan W. on Korbel’s Web site. It says Grand Junction is romantic because of its easy access to soft powder snow, orchards, vineyards, plus its proximity to national parks such as The Arches and Canyonlands. It’s the place “If you love being in love with the one you love,” and features a picture of the granite walls of Unaweep Canyon.

Local couple Hannah Walz and Dutch Kissling thought perhaps Palisade’s wine country is what put romance in Grand Junction.

“That’s crazy,” Teresa Rens of Crossroads Wine and Spirits initially said. Then again, she thought perhaps it might be true because the liquor store does sell a lot of champagne this time of year.

Val Catt of Flowers by Lorraine was surprised by the nomination but whole-heartedly agreed that Grand Junction is a romantic place to live. “Valentine’s is always a fun and happy holiday here,” she said.

Other nominations include Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Bend, Oregon; Gold Beach, Oregon; Manhattan, Kansas; Indialantic, Florida; Hana, Hawaii; Mackinaw Island, Michigan; Charleston, South Carolina; Asheville, North Carolina; Duluth, Minnesota; and Kansas City, Missouri.

To vote for Grand Junction visit Voting ends Jan. 28 and the winner will be announced Jan. 29.


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