Jewel of the Canyons Bed and Breakfast
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What a nice looking B & B
My wife and I decided to break up our trip from New Mexico to our home in Fort Collins by spending a night in Canon City and seeing the Royal Gorge, which we had never visited. We are so glad we chose the Jewel of the Canyons to stay at. The painter and Lyn were just finishing up repainting the exterior of the house, and it looks so nice in it's new color scheme.
Friendly owners, Lyn and Wendy, are excellent hosts, and breakfast was so good. The room we stayed in, as well as the entire house, was restored and looked awesome.
We had a great dinner at Merlino's, and would recommend this restraunt if you like italian food. The next day we enjoyed a couple of hours at the Royal Gorge Park. We certainly recommend Jewell of the Canyons if you are in Canon City.
Yes, it is a jewel
As always, a B&B is largely defined by the personality of its owner. At Jewel of the Canyon, that personality is Wendy: bubbly, patient, always solicitous of her guests' happiness. She runs an immaculate and very comfortable restored house from Canon City's glory days, and goes to great lengths to advise on area attractions, make restaurant reservations, etc. The inn is small and very personal; as so often happens in B&Bs, I wish that there were fewer seemingly personal "antique" knicknacks that we have to hide in cabinets and drawers in order to have enough space for our own stuff . And the truly scrumptious breakfasts might be a tad less lavish in the calories! These small caveats aside, our October, 2006, visit was our second, and won't be our last.
Best place to stay in Canon
We have stayed at The Jewel of the Canyon twice this year. We stayed for 2 days in April and again 7 days, the first week of October 2006. Lynn and Wendy are some of the most friendly and accomodating people you will find. We stayed in the Red Rocks Canyon room and it is the best room I have stayed in. I rarely sleep more then 6 hours at home. The room there is so dark, quiet and the bed is so comfortable, I slept between 8 to 8.5 hours each night.! That is a HUGE testament to the room, the house and the owners. Wendy cooks a breakfast that will please anyone and she will bend to your will and make you what you want. The porch has a double rocker and 2 individuals rockers. My wife and I sat on the double rocker everyday and had the best time and enjoyed the Colorado air and very friendly neighbors. If you want to cheat yourself, stay someplace else. If you want to stay in the best place in Fremont County, book your room now and tell Lynn and Wendy that Danny says Hi! You WILL enjoy yourself. We will stay there again and again as we bought land there and will stay there every year. We can't wait to go back. Have fun!
Worth a visit
Spent a couple of nights here in late August, and enjoyed our stay. The house was beautifully furnished throughout and our room (Queens Canyon) was large and comfortable.
Lyn and Wendy were excellent hosts, ensuring that we had all we needed and providing great conversation in the morning to accompany the wonderful breakfast. Just to make sure we wouldn't go hungry later on in the day, Wendy also provided us with some homemade squares to take with us. These were particularly welcomed as we hiked the trails in nearby Red Canyon Park. Other highlights of our stay included antique shopping in the neighboring town of Florence, taking the train through the Royal Gorge and an early morning walk on the Tunnel Drive Trail before breakfast.
If you are looking for a comfortable and central location from which to explore the area, this is it. You won't go away disappointed.
B&B as it should B
Lynn and Wendy welcomed us into their home in Canon City with a genuine smile and the wonderful aroma of maple syrup. This lovely B & B is a quiet oasis from which to venture out to many locals, including Colorado Springs. The home was impeccably kept and a delightful Victorian restoration. The beds were comfortable in the well-decorated rooms. The baths were good-sized. Wendy is a fab cook who served hearty, imaginative breakfasts. Lynn volunteered to make rafting reservations for our two older boys and both recommended a great place to overlook Canon City where we even found dinosaur bones! This is a great place to stay for the wonderfully low price!
(Only drawback? One can't do laundry here and we had lots of dirty clothes we had to take to the very hot, fly-infested laundry mat one afternoon). I also don't recommend this for loud or smaller children. It is a small home with wooden floors so one must be very quiet to avoid disturbing others. If one doesn't mind the feeling of staying in someone's home, this is the best place to be, bar none! We hope to return soon.
FYI: We can't recommend the Royal Gorge Railroad trip through the Canon Gorge that is so hyped. The trip had the ingredients for a miserable time: hot wait in the sun to board, hot cars, awful food that arrived too slowly, poor service, broken and stinky bathrooms, and they left an hour late while refusing to serve any drinks. WAY overpriced! If you must go, buy the cheapest ticket because you can move around at will and no one cares. Also, sit only on the left side of the train facing the station--this is the only side with a view the entire ride to and from! Eat FIRST! Frankly, one can drive along an even lovlier canyon route by going from Canon City to Aspen! Now that was delightful, not to mention free!
We decided to check out Canon City as a possible retirement area and stayed at the Jewel for three nights. I should preface this review by stating that we are not huge B&B fans due to the fact that even if the home/inn is physically appealing, the proprietor can alwys be odd or even unpleasant making for an uncomfortable stay. However, this is certainly not the case at the Jewel. The owners Lyn and Wendy, a young couple, are very friendly, helpful and accomodating. Wendy is an excellent cook (best French Toast we've ever had) and Lyn is more the public face since Wendy spends a good deal of time in the kitchen. The room we stayed in was a good size and nicely decorated. If we were forced to say something negative about the Jewel, it would be that as it is located on a corner, you do hear a bit of street noise in the early morning that perhaps might awaken a light sleeper, but that's being very picky. In the end, we came to Canon City to have a look at the area and then some land and ending up buying there. We both feel that part of the reason was the friendly comfortable feeling we enjoyed while staying at the Jewel. Go there!
What a Gem!
A long-time friend from Georgia and I recently spent a delightful night at Jewel of the Canyons Bed and Breakfast in Canon City, Colorado. Our hosts, Lyn and Wendy, couldn't have been friendlier or more helpful, greeting us with a smile and a lovely basket of fruit and caramels. They made excellent suggestions as to shopping and dining, even making our reservations at a local french restaurant which we also enjoyed tremendously. Our suite adjoined the parlor which afforded us use of that area, as well. The suite itself was quite charming and very adequate for the two of us. Since our time together is so limited (we try to take a "girls only" trip every other year) we have to make every moment count, so we were very pleased that Jewel of the Canyons turned out to be such a treat, visually and every other way! Oh, did I mention the fantastic breakfast?!!!! Our weekend trip to the Royal Gorge Railroad was a great success and our experience at Jewel of the Canyons was icing on the cake! I can't wait to bring my husband here so I can enjoy the experience all over again.
A "Jewel" to say the least!
This b&b was so wonderful. The house is elegant, clean and the host and hostess are the best they come. Couldn't have been better.
Jewel of the Canyons was a great place to stay. I am so glad we did not choose to stay at a hotel instead, because we would not have tasted the absolute best breakfast. Wendy is a fantastic cook. She made the best breakfast each morning and it was always satisfying. Some days I was not even hungry by lunch time. Our room was very comfortable too. We stayed in the Queens Room, and the bed was heavenly. Wendy and Lyn were very friendly and we just loved their little dog, Abby. The B&B is located only 2 blocks from Main Street, so we were able to take a stroll in the historic downtown area. If you are going to Canon City you must stay here!
Loved the Jewel of the Canyons Bed and Breakfast
One of the highlights of our recent trip through Utah, New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado was our stay at this beautiful bed and breakfast. We were made comfortable and welcome the minute we entered the lovely restored home and wished that we had been able to stay a few more days. Not only were the host and hostess friendly and informative, but the breakfast was to die for. Wendy's muffins and breakfast burritos started our day off on the right note, and we enjoyed the company of the other guests as well. If you are ever even close to Canon City, please make it a point to stay at the Jewel of the Canyons. You will surely be happy you did.
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... dining cars all came from CN. Some of locomotives have 1500hp, V16 engines; they also have an even newer one that is referred to as “the beast”! The train ride is 20 miles long, climbing uphill all the way. It returns on the same track. The trip is approximately 2 hrs long. The lines and poles you see are mainly telephone lines that the train uses for communication. On the ...
... as we drove up but this is the first time we have seen some being paddled in a pontoon boat! Here are some pics from our cabin. The Arkansas River widens at Canon city and flows 1900 miles east to the Mississippi.
Our host has recommended some short drives – the first, to Westcliffe, goes through the hills to a large valley that extends all the way down to New ...
Well staying in Canon City was a great decision. The first 8 miles out of town were straight up. I was in the middle chain ring and the bigger gears in back doing 4 to 8 mph. I imagine Monarch will be similar tomorrow. I must still have the sign on my back that says if you are lonely come talk to me. Eating this morning the newspaper vending machine man came over for about half hour. ...
... posted signs promote his beliefs about government intrusions into his life.
The small town of Westcliff was much more appealing and charming. Once a ranching town, fewer than 1,000 people live there today. We enjoyed tasty burgers for lunch at the only open restaurant, while a touring musical group began their performance at the park across the street. Shortly after leaving Westcliff we had one of our better wildlife sitings, a mature Golden Eagle. It ...
... the way to the campground.
We stopped at a place called Mile 8 Bar and Grill and had a burger and beer on the way home. This is the first meal that we’ve eaten out since we started our trip. I’m sure it won’t be the last. We are now watching the Little League World Series and then we’ll call it a night. We might be on Central Time, but haven’t adjusted to Mountain Time yet, so we’ll be in bed ...