Grand Junction not winner of most romantic places contest

Grand Junction was not the winner of Korbel Champagne’s online contest to select “The Most Romantic City in America.” In fact, it didn’t even rank in the top three.

The winning city is Hana, Hawaii, followed by Indialantic, Florida and then Asheville, North Carolina.

One wonders how Grand Junction could have competed with the idyllic tropical paradise, after reading the description in the winning entry.

“For me, the most romantic city in the United States is not actually a city. It’s a small village on the northeast side of Maui called Hana. I was lucky enough to visit Hana on an amazing vacation with my boyfriend to Hawaii. We spent our days relaxing on the red sand beach or hiking through a bamboo forest to Makahiku Falls — a massive waterfall with a more than 200-foot drop. At the base of the falls is the Ohe’o Gulch — also called the Seven Sacred Pools, a series of pools and waterfalls which empty into the Pacific Ocean in a magnificent display of Mother Nature’s wonder. At night we took moonlight walks along Hamoa Beach dreaming up ways we could stay longer. Sometimes at night I can still hear the sound of the wind rushing through the bamboo forest and feel the gentle trade winds on my face.”

The competition between the top three winners was very close. received more than 2,000 votes, and just 200 votes separated the first- and second-place cities. A mere 10 votes separated the second- and third-place winners.

The author of the winning nomination will get an all-expense paid weekend to Sonoma, Calif., and a private tour of the Korbel Winery.

For many, such as Dan Wison who nominated Grand Junction in the contest, romance is about being with the one you love, rather than an idyllic backdrop.

As Wilson said in his Grand Junction entry: “If you love holding hands at sunset, a drive into the mountains, a day of skiing in the soft powder snow; If you love picking fruit in an orchard, walking in a vineyard, winding along the Colorado River” then Grand Junction just might be paradise.


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