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50 Places Across North America Where You Can Find Pantone’s 2022 Color of the Year

This year's hue is born in the purple.

The Pantone Color of the Year 2022 is named “Very Peri”—it’s a periwinkle blue hue with violet-red undertones, meant to inspire a sense of positive emotion and symbolize the dynamic transformations that have taken place this past year while looking toward an optimistic future, ahead. This color can be seen in fields of blooming flowers, shades of purple mountain’s majesties across the Midwest, painted historic adobe buildings in the desert, and the brightly lit casino facades of more urban-centered outposts. Here’s where to spy this picturesque pigment in destinations across America.

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Sunset Skies

At Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge on Vancouver Island, nestled along the shore of the protected Clayoquot Sound, visitors enjoy an eco-safari experience under some of the most stunning evening Peri-colored sunset skies. In Lake Tahoe, twilight casts a purple glow over the mountains and contrast and reflect against the deep blue hues in the depths of the largest alpine lake in North America. On Florida’s Space Coast, Seagull Beach Park’s sunset skies are a sight to behold, with shades of purple cascading from the ocean up to the heavens. In Spokane, Washington, candy-colored clouds frequently flourish in Very Peri hues above Mount Spokane State Park. In Death Valley National Park, the sky is anything but dead in the morning and evening light, before summer’s temperatures can rise upwards of 130 degrees Fahrenheit.

 

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Marvelous Murals

Panama City, Florida’s “Flutterby” mural by Cameron Moberg features a group of butterflies immersed in a beautiful color gradient within a work indicative of the metamorphosis that Panama City has undergone since October 2018 when Category 5 Hurricane Michael ravaged the area. Portland, Oregon, is known for its nearly 2,000 public art pieces—but one special, peri-vibing mural located on SE Division and SE 9th adorns the building of beloved Cuban-inspired bar and restaurant, Palomar. The work, called OSolTerrae or Woman-Sun-Earth, was created by artist Fin DAC and is intended to emit a feeling of calm. On “Prince Street” in Cleveland’s popular Ohio City neighborhood at the intersection of W. 25th Street and Main Ave, a peri-hued mural by local artist Glen Infante features none other than the artist Prince himself munching on a donut as the sassiest of backdrops for selfies.

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Fabulous Flowers

Behold baby blue eyes, pacific hound’s tongue, lupines, Douglas iris, blue dicks, and western blue-eyed grass flowers in California’s Sonoma County, which has an extra-long wildflower season lasting from late winter into summer that offers endless shades of peri. And Marble Falls, Texas, is a top destination for bluebonnet and wildflower chasers in early spring. Each June, the White Mountains of New Hampshire transform abloom with stunning lupine flowers. The Lily Fields of Camas outside Vancouver bloom each year in early spring line the trails of Lacamas Lake Park, offering a fairytale-like storybook experience to traverse Peri-colored pathways. In California, Asilomar State Beach is blanketed in a sea of periwinkle ice plants, often referred to as the “magic carpet” in late spring. And the Ojai Valley Inn and Carmel Valley Ranch in California both feature their own on-site lavender fields to explore, right on the property.

 

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Mother Nature’s Masterpieces

At Sheldon Chalet in Alaska’s Denali National Park, visitors can spy the aurora borealis from September to May and catch a glimpse into a rare look at blue and purple northern lights. “Very Peri” sparkles on display at Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s Hillman Hall of Minerals and Gems in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which features 1,300 natural specimens from all over the world. “Dive deeper” as a PADI certified explorer to become immersed in the underwater views of California’s Farnsworth Banks, which is one of the best places to explore the rare California hydrocoral’s pink and periwinkle varieties. In Arizona, The Grand Canyon becomes shades of pink and purple right after sundown when the light reflects against the canyon walls.

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Hotel Hues

The Rally Hotel in Denver was developed in tandem with (and overlooks) The Colorado Rockies Major League Baseball team. Since the colors of the Rockies encompass a purple-ish “very peri-esque” tone, visitors will find these purple accents throughout the hotel’s many spaces, including a secret floor called the “mile high floor,” which is exactly 5,280 feet above sea level and features views of the stadium. In Orlando, Lake Nona Wave Hotel’s impressive light display at the entrance features Very Peri hues in a striking façade of curved glass inspired by a wavelength of energy, creating an experience elevated by technology yet grounded in wellbeing. And at the Pond Casita at Taos Goji Eco Lodge Retreat, the window panes are painted a perfectly matched peri purple color.

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Delightful Drinks

W Seattle’s Living Room bar took its inspiration from the 2022 Pantone shade literally and is serving a cocktail called “Very Peri” on-site. The talented mixology team at The Belvedere in Los Angeles created a cocktail inspired by Very Peri, called “Eau de Lavande,” tinted to a beautiful shade of purple as a result of one ingredient, Crème de Violette. At sea, Princess Cruises’ Good Spirit Bar serves an enchanting cocktail called “The Butterfly,” which “transforms” when mixed from blue into a light purple. At Telefèric Barcelona in Walnut Creek, California, the “Ibiza Gin & Tonic” mixes dry gin, silver dust, butterfly pea, tea ice, and kaffir lime to concoct a peri-colored masterpiece. The Lavender Butterfly Latte at True North in the heart of downtown New Albany, Indiana, serves an herbal tea made from flower petal base, infused with lemon juice and lavender syrup, served with coconut milk.

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Amazing Architecture

In South Carolina, Rainbow Row is one of Charleston’s most photographed sites. Each of its 13 houses contains its own unique history and distinctive shade, including Very Peri. In Miami, Oasis Wynwood is a one-of-a-kind outdoor/indoor venue serving as a restaurant, bar, and music venue hybrid with a particularly peri-hued purple container that’s very commonly used as an Insta photo backdrop. Barrio Viejo in Tucson, Arizona, is known for its rich cultural history and its vibrantly painted original adobe row houses, colored in bright shades evocative of Very Peri.

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Exceptional Eats

Popbar in Charlotte’s NoDa neighborhood is known for its Very Peri brick exterior, but it’s not just a popular photo spot—the shop even sells tasty popsicles and shakes to match! At White Rice, a Filipino rice bowl food stall in San Diego’s historic Liberty Public Market, the Ube Pandesal is a perfectly purple Filipino sweet roll made with peri-hued ube. Minneapolis-St. Paul’s Nikkolette’s Macarons is a local bakery serving some “peri” colorful macaroons, like the peri-esque blueberry cheesecake flavor. At the 24/7 donut shop SLODOCO in San Luis Obispo, California, legendary Galaxy Donuts are painted with bright shades of peri frosting. And Clementine’s Creamery in St. Louis took serious inspiration from the Pantone Color of the year, creating a twist on the classic Aviation cocktail, crafting the Vegan Aviator ice cream flavor—a purple-colored, boozy ice cream sensation.

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Mood Lighting

In Funner, California, Harrah’s Resort Southern California is positively glowing each evening, shining bright with Very Peri-colored lights all over the outside of the building. During the summer in Redding, California, the town’s famous Sundial Bridge radiates a vibrant shade of peri purple, popping against the stars of the night sky. At The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, periwinkle-purple colors can be found in the lighting throughout the property—from the Chandelier Bar to the casinos and beyond, emitting a sense of positive energy onto the Las Vegas Strip. At YOTEL Boston, shades of violet and peri hues are used as mood lighting throughout the hotel, accenting each room and common space.

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Interior Design and Decor

The Lilac Suite at Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island in Michigan is outfitted in soft hues of purple–from the carpeting and curtains to the sheets and backdrop of a soothing, waterfront lilac field on the wall behind the beds. Bonheur Ice Cream and Pie in Easton, Maryland, a chic ice parlor inspired by the fashion designs of Coco Bonheur Chanel, has an interior adorned with peri-esque shades of purple in a retro-inspired space. And over along the San Antonio River Walk, Elsewhere lines its entryways with droves of hanging peri-purple flowers in the spring. At the Conrad New York Downtown, the thirteen-story Loopy Doopy (Blue and Purple) art installation designed by Sol LeWitt can be found in the hotel’s atrium lobby. This enormous creation took more than 3,000 hours to craft and required more than 100 gallons of paint.

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Purple Mountain Majesties

There’s a reason the poetic lyrics “purple mountain majesties” have stood the test of time. In fact, Katharine Lee Bates was actually inspired to write America the Beautiful during a visit to Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak in 1893–and Colorado’s Rocky Mountains turn picture-perfect shades of very peri when the light is right. At sunrise or sunset at Montana’s Glacier National Park,  the majestic mountains turn a vibrant violet hue backed by the spacious big sky above. In Utah, Powder Mountain’s alpenglow color palette boasts Very Peri at its core—outdoor enthusiasts are immersed in its stunning ambiance from the groomed ski runs to the rugged backcountry trails as the sun reflects off the mountain just after the light fades at twilight. And the peaks of Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountain Range turn a gorgeous pop of periwinkle at both sundown and sunrise.

 

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Sand Dune Spectacular

In New Mexico, the dunes of the White Sands National Monument come alive with color at twilight, becoming gorgeous shades of very peri. At the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan, the light reflects off the lake and transforms the land and skies into a spectacular show of bright blues, purples, and pinks. And the views at Colorado’s Great Sand Dune National Park at sunrise and sunset are unmatched.

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