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Prettiest Painted Place (small town) in the Northwest Region, 2012
Ferndale outshines Port Townsend, WA;
Astoria, Oregon; and Wallace, Idaho.
Attractively painted neighborhoods, remarkable Main Streets, meticulously restored commercial areas, authentically preserved historical districts, exquisite outdoor mural programs, and creative flair in the use of exterior paint on everything from streets and sidewalks to life-size folk art. America in indeed blessed with an abundance of pretty painted places!
After four months of rigorous contact work, background research, and thorough evaluation of the nearly 200 exceptional communities who were nominees in this year’s competition, the judges chose one small town and one large town in each of six regions as the nation’s 12 “Prettiest Painted Places in America”:
- In the Northwest Region, the small town winner is The Victorian Village of Ferndale, California and the large town winner is Eureka, California.
- In the Northeast Region, the winners are Brookville, Pennsylvania and Downtown Frederick, Maryland.
- In the Southeast Region, the winners are Historic Downtown Smithfield, Virginia and Key West, Florida.
- In the North Central Region, the winners are Bay View Association, Michigan and Stillwater, Minnesota.
- In the South Central Region, the winners are Old Arabi Neighborhood, St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana and Lafayette Square, St. Louis, Missouri.
- In the Southwest Region, the winners are Tubac, Arizona and Manhattan Beach, California.
Because certain regions were so very competitive, there is a separate category of award for nine nominees who are not among the winners, but have “exceptional merit” as beautifully painted places. These communities are: Cape May, New Jersey; Crested Butte, Colorado; Old Louisville, Kentucky; Ottawa and Franklin County, Kansas; Owego Historic District, New York; Paducah, Kentucky; Historic Park City, Utah; Richmond, Indiana; and Original Townsite Historic District, Victoria, Texas.
Congratulations to the 12 national winners and the nine “exceptional merit” communities!
Ferndale is a Finalist in the 2012 Prettiest Painted Places Competition
Sixty communities -- 10 each from six geographic regions -- have been named finalists in a national competition to find the "Prettiest Painted Places in America." The competition is being conducted by the Paint Quality Institute (PQI), an informational entity whose mission is to educate the public about quality paints and coatings.
The finalists are a diverse lot, including communities both large and small, located on the coasts and in the heartland, some with long histories and others relatively new. But all have one thing in common: They have beautified themselves with exterior paint.
"For purposes of our competition, a 'prettiest painted place' is a very special town or neighborhood with exceptional community-wide 'curb appeal' due to visually appealing or very creative use of exterior paint color," explains Debbie Zimmer, paint and color expert for the Paint Quality Institute.
"Curb appeal is often defined by beautiful color schemes on homes or buildings, and that's typically the case, but exquisite outdoor murals and creative use of paint color on statues, signage, traffic signals, water towers, and even streets and sidewalks have elevated the appearance of many of today's prettiest communities, including some of our finalists" she said.
PQI began its search for the "prettiest painted places" by contacting state departments of tourism, convention and visitors' bureaus, chambers of commerce, historical societies, and Main Street programs in all 50 states. Eventually, nearly 200 towns and neighborhoods were nominated in the competition.
Judges with expertise in color selection, exterior painting, and home improvement then reviewed the entries and narrowed down the field to the 60 finalists. Later this month, after further evaluation and another round of judging, two of the 10 finalists in each of the six regions will be named the 12 prettiest painted places in America.
This is the third time the Paint Quality Institute has conducted a search for the prettiest painted places in America. It held the first competition in the 1990s, and another in year 2000.
According to Zimmer, the purpose of the competition is to give recognition to places that use paint to express pride in their communities, and highlight how an attractive exterior paint treatment can enhance the curb appeal of virtually any home, building or exterior structure.
Below are the 60 finalists, along with the region they represent. (Additional information on the competition is available at http://blog.paintquality.com/exterior-painting/prettiest-painted-places-finalists/)
Northwest: Albany, Oregon; Astoria, Oregon; Butte, Montana; Edmonds, Washington; Eureka, California; The Victorian Village of Ferndale, California; Northwest Crossing, Oregon; Port Townsend, Washington; Vashon-Maury Island, Washington; and Wallace, Idaho.
Northeast: Bristol, Rhode Island; Brookville, Pennsylvania; Cambridge, Ohio; Cape Cod, Massachusetts; Cape May, New Jersey; Chautauqua Institution, New York; Chester, Vermont; Downtown Frederick, Maryland; Owego Historic District, New York; and Wooster, Ohio.
Southeast: Downtown Bowling Green, Kentucky; Gulf Shores, Alabama; Historic Oakwood, Raleigh, North Carolina; Key West, Florida; Historic Occoquan, Virginia; Old Louisville, Kentucky; Old Town Alexandria, Virginia; Paducah, Kentucky; Selma (Ward 3), Alabama; and Historic Downtown Smithfield, Virginia.
North Central: Aurora, Illinois; Bay View Association, Michigan; Evansville, Wisconsin; Fargo-Moorhead, North Dakota/Minnesota; Galena, Illinois; Grinnell, Iowa; Lowry Hill East, Minnesota; Richmond, Indiana; Saugatuck-Douglas, Michigan; and Stillwater, Minnesota.
South Central: Downtown Historic Bastrop, Texas; Graham, Texas; Lafayette Square, St. Louis, Missouri; Lindsborg, Kansas; Natchitoches National Historic Landmark District, Louisiana; Old Arabi Neighborhood, St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana; Ottawa and Franklin County, Kansas; The Paseo Arts District, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Spanish Town Neighborhood, Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and Victoria, Texas.
Southwest: Crested Butte, Colorado; Lake City, Colorado; Manhattan Beach, California; Midway, Utah; Ouray, Colorado; Historic Park City, Utah; Petaluma, California; Prescott, Arizona; Redlands, California; Tubac, Arizona.
For more information on exterior paints and color, visit the Paint Quality Institute blog at blog.paintquality.com or the Institute's website at www.paintquality.com.
Lodging association chooses Ferndale’s picture-perfect Victorian Inn
The Victorian Inn, a boutique hotel in the Victorian Village of Ferndale, CA, has been chosen for the cover of The California Hotel & Lodging Association (CH&LA) and California Association of Bed & Breakfast Inns (CABBI) annual Resource Guide, 2012.
Established in 1893, the California Hotel & Lodging Association is a non-profit membership organization that calls itself “the voice of the California’s lodging industry.” The association represents and serves the unique interests of each segment of the state’s diverse lodging industry, from the smallest individual inn to the largest hotel chain.
The Victorian Inn is on the intimate end of the CH&LA spectrum. This 13-room inn was built entirely of native Humboldt County redwood in 1890. Known as Ferndale’s historic Russ Bank Building, it was a notable architectural testament to its time, a magnificent tribute to luxury, craftsmanship, and comfort. Each room has a unique story to tell, and the Inn has become one of the most photographed buildings in Northern California.
Innkeepers Lowell Daniels and Jenny Oaks purchased the Russ Building in 1999. Today the inn embodies the elegance and romance of the timber boom era. High ceilings, vintage fixtures and furnishings, beautiful appointments and private baths typify the Victorian Inn’s nostalgic guest rooms. A stay at the Victorian Inn includes a gourmet breakfast, and the onsite VI Restaurant and Tavern serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks seven days a week.
Innkeepers Daniels and Oaks are active in the Ferndale community through their participation in the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce, Ferndale Rotary, Ferndale Repertory Theatre, Portuguese Hall Association, Humboldt County Convention & Visitors Bureau and other local organizations. They are passionate about promoting the local visitor industry. Dedicated to making each Ferndale stay a cherished memory, every day they look for new ways to encourage visitors to sample the adventures unique to the Redwood Empire and Pacific Coast areas that surround the Victorian Village of Ferndale.
Like the Ferndale innkeepers, the volunteers guiding and driving the CH&LA’s boards, councils, committees and task forces promote the lodging industry. Their support is part of the reason that California’s visitor industry is on the upswing. According to the 2010 Prelim. State Estimates by Dean Runyan Associates, Inc. (April 2011), and California Travel Impacts by County, 1992-2009, California travel and tourism in 2010 generated $95.1 billion in spending (an increase of 7.4 percent over 2009), and directly supported 873,000 jobs.
A partner of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, CH&LA is the most influential state lodging association in the nation. For more information about CH&LA and CABBI, visit CALodging.com or CABBI.com.
“Your room is ready!” at the Victorian Inn. Click here to find out more about the boutique inn, or call 707-786-4949 (888-589-1808 toll free).
Ferndale in Legoland!
Ferndale Enterprise reports that Ferndale buildings have been reproduced in Miniland at
California's new Legoland Theme
Park, along with other, more well-known American sites. What an unexpected
Discover The Victorian Village of Ferndale, full
size, on California's North Coast. From California Highway 101, take
the Fernbridge/Ferndale exit. Cross historic Fernbridge and drive through
five miles of pastoral views to Ferndale's Main Street.