An Afternoon in Cañon City, Colorado: Royal Gorge Route Railroad and The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey

Diana Chan March 31, 2018 Colorado, travel, winery

Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River and is a popular destination for sightseeing and hiking trails.

We drove a little over an hour from Colorado Springs to spend an afternoon to experience the Royal Gorge Route Railway and have a wine tasting at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey.

Transportation: Rent a Car

The best way to get to Cañon City was to drive by car. As we don’t live in the US, we made sure to rent a car to make getting around more convenient.

Royal Gorge Route Railroad

Royal Gorge Route Railroad is absolutely stunning and is a must see when in Cañon City. The scenic ride lasts 2 hours and meanders around the stunning parts of the former Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad.

We were able to move freely from cabin to cabin and spent a lot of time on the outside deck taking in the beauty of our surroundings.

Instead of just riding the train, you can dine as well. They pride themselves of having firs-class dining and service aboard the train. As it was lunch time, we browsed through the 403 Grill menu and ordered their burgers and sandwiches as we stared off into the distance in the vista dome car. It was very filling and the quality was there.

I would highly recommend this excursion on the Royal Gorge Route Railroad for families, visitors and train-lovers.

They also have special events where you can really dine in style during the evenings.

The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey

Our next stop was The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey. They have a tasting room open daily to try a variety of their award-winning wines. Of their 14 wines, 10 of the are complimentary to taste. Their aim is to produce Colorado’s best wine. The other reserve wines are $1 each.

The Tasting Room

The tasting room has a large counter to fit a number of people interested in the tastings. Inside the room, you will find other wine trinkets and items for home.

The American Riesling is my favourite of the bunch. It is created with a blend of Washington and Colorado grapes. Upon first taste it is sweet with a honey and citrus notes. It’s a good price at $18 a bottle and pairs well with poultry and ham. This wine was awarded a silver medal at the Tasters Guild International.

If you’re in the area, stop by and there are no pressures to purchase. If you find something you like, the wine is very affordable. They can also ship to most places in the United States, if you live elsewhere.

Looking for more recommendations?

A big thanks to The Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau for helping us make the most out of our afternoon in Cañon City. Check out their website to help plan your trip to Colorado Springs. There is a plethora of activities to do.

If you are looking for more things to do in Cañon City, check out the city’s website.


About The Author

Diana started Foodology in 2010 because she just eats out everyday! She started a food blog to share her love of food with the world! She lives in Vancouver, BC and adores the diversity of food around her. She will go crazy for churros and lattes.

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