Whether traveling for business or pleasure, a Colorado B&B is waiting for you. This month, check out our special Scenic Byway feature in South Central Colorado on the Gold Belt Tour in the Pikes Peak and Canon City area while you plan your stay in Colorado Springs, Chipita Park, Cascade, Woodland Park, Divide, Cripple Creek, Pueblo or Canon City…
Our distinct Colorado B&Bs are ready to welcome you with a genuine smile, personalized service, clean and comfortable accommodations and a delicious homecooked breakfast. Savor special delights, prepared by loving innkeepers. This month, try Ambiance Inn’s creative Breakfast Pizza It’s the perfect accompaniment to your breakfast brunch and so delicious that you’ll want to travel to one of our Bed & Breakfast Innkeepers of Colorado member B&Bs just to personally sample our breakfasts inn-style! (photo right- Our Hearts Inn)
Simply driving the Gold Belt Tour in Colorado is an adventure in itself. While following historic railroad and stagecoach routes leading you to North America’s greatest gold camps, you will find yourself traversing between narrow canyon walls and along excitingly steep drop-offs. Although the area is no longer bustling with the activities of the gold rush, you can still “strike it rich” with views of outstanding scenery and limitless recreational activities. (Photo left: Red Canyon)
As you drive the byway, watch for the hundreds of historic gold mines that surround the communities along the way. Get a real feel for the gold rush days when you visit Victor’s National Historic District and Cripple Creek, the historical hub of the mining district and a National Historic Landmark. Most of the buildings built in the early 1900s have been restored to their original likeness, and will give you an authentic look at what life must have been like on the road to riches. Once you’ve discovered gold mining of the past, visit Victor’s new active gold mine. See for yourself the toil and backbreaking labor that went into gold mining in the 1890s and how technology has improved the miner’s endeavors today. (Photo left: Royal Gorge Bridge)
Mining isn’t the only attraction from the past to be found on the byway. Get a glimpse of what life may have been like long before gold miners came to the area when you visit the three fossil finds located on the byway. See evidence of Earth’s prehistoric life in the 80,000 fossilized specimens of tree stumps, insects, seeds and leaves at the internationally renowned Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. It’s a great place to stop for a picnic lunch and to learn about the past.
Communities along the byway supplement the rich culture of this area. Cañon City is currently the byway’s largest community. The Royal Gorge Route Railroad is one of the city’s most distinctive historic sites. You can go to the Santa Fe Depot to purchase tickets for a ride on the Royal Gorge Railroad. Enjoy community events such as the Music and Blossom Festival. In the summertime, old-fashioned entertainment thrives in Cañon City’s Park. Visit the Rudd Family cabin, and then spend the afternoon shopping and exploring the city’s two museums. For more history and museums, make a stop in Florence. The Pioneer Museum contains pieces of Florence’s past. The area downtown is filled with more shops and restaurants. You’ll find plenty of recreational opportunities on the Gold Belt Tour.
If you love the great outdoors, this is the place to be. Enjoy some great fishing, camping, and hiking areas. Or take advantage of the dirt roads for mountain biking and horseback riding. If the steep rock cliffs of the Shelf Road don’t intimidate you, you may want to go over the edge and do some rock climbing. For a thrilling adventure, take a drive over the Royal Gorge Bridge. The drive can be a little nerve-wracking and you may find yourself holding your breath as you drive across the world’s highest suspension bridge spanning the Royal Gorge 1,053 feet above the water of the Arkansas River. You can walk or drive over the bridge, or take the world’s steepest incline railway to the bottom of the Royal Gorge. Whatever adventure you may be after, the rugged terrain of the Gold Belt Tour has something in store for you. (Photo above: Shelf Road)
The Pikes Peak Region offers unparelled beauty and variety. From the plains to the east and south to the mountainous terrain on the west, there is outdoor adventure including local, state and national parks and monuments, historical attractions and museums, archeological finds, nightlife, festivals, fairs, arts and culture. Check out PeakRadar.com where you’ll find a list of many of the area events throughout the area. To watch a video of the Pikes Peak area attractions, click here.
Recipe Preview of the soon to be released “Colorado Culinary Inn-Spirations” Cookbook
Ambiance Inn, Carbondale, CO Breakfast Pizza 1 pound sausage 1/2 cup onions, chopped 1/2 cup green pepper, chopped 1 (4 ox.) can mushrooms, drained 1 (8 oz.) package crescent rolls 1/4 cup milk 4 eggs, beaten 8 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese
Directions: Brown sausage, drain, saute peppers, onions and mushrooms. Line a 9″x12″ baking pan with crescent rolls, pat into pan. Pour on the sausage mixture, add combined eff and milk mixture, sprinkle cheese over the top. Bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes.