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Lucky Shutterbugs Can Win an Inn in Leadville, CO

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  Site Where: 127 E. 8th Street [map], Leadville, CO, United States, 80461
June 16, 2009 at 4:23 PM | by | ()

Okay, this is one of the wackier promotions we’ve heard of in awhile. The Leadville Inn is having a photography contest to give itself away. In a difficult economic market, owners Tracey Lauritzen and Dan Houtchens have gotten creative in their efforts to unload the property in an attempt to ultimately travel to the high-altitude town.

Here’s how it works: Snap a pretty picture (it looks like it can be a photo of anything, but no nudie shots, please!) and enter it into the contest by August 31st, 2009 (midnight Mountain Time) with an entry fee of $275. Contest organizers are only accepting 3000 entries and you must at least be 18 years old as of the date of entry. There is a whole lot of legalese on the online contest page, but it all looks legit, so give it a quick gander before you enter. Entries will be evaluated by three independent judges.

Here’s what you win: An eleven room Victorian Inn with 10 ½ baths in the Rocky Mountain town of Leadville, Colorado, the highest incorporated city in the US and home to the Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race, Ultramarathon, Ski Cooper, Turquoise Lake; less than 40 minutes to Vail, Copper Mountain, Frisco and 60 miles from Aspen.

If you win the Inn and want to continue to operate it as a Bed & Breakfast, everything is included to make it a turn-key operation. All rooms come furnished (except the manager's apartment) and the Inn includes linens, towels, a commercial kitchen, hot tub, and beds. The approximate value of this residence is $625,000.

P.S. If you don’t take home the house, there are still 3 more opportunities to win some cold hard cash. If you’re one of the first 1500 entries, you’re in the running for an early entry incentive prize of $2,000; there’s also a $10,000 second prize, and a $1,000 third prize. Pretty cool, eh?

Archived Comments:

pointed out to me

Pointed out to me by eagle-eyed leadville-area resident sibling: $275 entry fee x 3000 entries could get them more money then the place is actually worth. oh. duh.


omg. Than. not then. Than.

Smart Selling Strategy

Exactly. I think it's a briliant plan to unload a property in a less-than-stellar economy. If they can attract the 3,000 entries, that is.