The prize is right

Terry Riddell, left, and her husband, Damon, of Glen Allen, Va., have spent the past week seeing the sights after winning a vacation at the Wine Country Inn on the television game show, “The Price Is Right.”

The Price Is Right winner Terry Riddell arrived in the Grand Valley this week to enjoy her winnings of a six-night stay at Palisade’s Wine Country Inn and visit many of western Colorado’s sights and attractions.

“I’ve never really won anything in my life, and it was just crazy, it’s been like a dream to win this stuff and get to do these things,” Riddell said.

Riddell, a Virginia schoolteacher, was visiting Los Angeles in June 2011 to celebrate her daughter’s college graduation when she won the showcase package.

Her winnings included a Ford Escape, a trip to Hawaii and a stay in Colorado’s wine country.

Riddell, accompanied by her husband, toured Colorado National Monument, Grand Mesa, Arches National Park in Moab, the Little Book Cliffs wild horse range and many local wineries.

“I had no idea how beautiful it is out here,” Riddell said. “I’ve never been here before, but I just love it, and we’ll be back. We’re not going to get everything done, there’s too much happening.”

Wine Country Inn general manager Joseph Scanlon said the Inn was contacted by producers from CBS last year about participating in the show.

After the success of this year’s promotion, the Wine Country Inn is planning to continue working with The Price Is Right.

“I think it’s a testament to the local businesses and all the attractions in the area, that two people coming in… not knowing much about the Western Slope of Colorado are having such a great time and seeing all that we have to offer,” Scanlon said.

“In Virginia we have the Appalachians, but they’re nothing like this,” Riddell said.

“You see these pictures in the movies (of Colorado), but it’s nothing like that when you get here. It seemed like… we were on top of the world.”

Scanlon said he hopes the exposure from The Price Is Right will help put western Colorado on the map as a tourist destination.

“I think the exposure ... kind of counteracts the general perception of what Colorado is. We’re more than just the ski resorts, we’re more than just metropolitan Denver, we’re more than the Plains and Colorado Springs,” Scanlon said. “One at a time, we will let the world know that (western Colorado) is a destination.”

Though the Riddells leave Palisade on Friday, they said they hope to return soon.

“It’s been wonderful and I appreciate the welcoming we’ve received,” Terry Riddell said. “We’ve got to share this with other people. There’s a lot more out here in addition to (what we’ve seen). There’s so much beauty out here.”


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