A nice fall day in Penrose, Cañon City, and Florence

Penrose, Cañon City, and Florence are three little towns about 30 minutes south of Colorado Springs. Penrose is know for its farms. Cañon City is known for river rafting and the Royal Gorge Bridge. Florence is known for its many prisons, including Colorado’s SuperMax.

We go down there every year because those towns are a great place to experience an oldey-timey farm-ish fall day. We usually pick apples, check out some antique stores, have some lunch, and look at the changing leaves on the little country roads and bridges.

We had some weird luck this year, tho.

First off, we went a week or two earlier than we usually do so none of the leaves were really changing yet. Then, we started the day sort of late and got down to Florence when all the cafes were already closed (apparently they all close at 2:00). So we wandered around and rummaged thru a couple of antique stores on Main Street before becoming insanely starving.

There are several good antique stores on Main St. in Forence, CO

There are several good antique stores on Main St. in Florence, CO

Hotel Florence under renovation, Florence, CO

Hotel Florence under renovation, Florence, CO

Victorian brick building in Florence, CO

Victorian brick building in Florence, CO

This old church is for sale- it would make a neat  live-work space. Florence, CO

This old church is for sale- it would make a neat live-work space. Florence, CO

Since there was nothing open in Florence for lunch, we headed over to Canon City to a burger stand we heard about. We realized that one of my favorite farms, Colon Orchards, was on the way. We had the most fabulous apple turnover there one time and wanted to have another one. Alas, they don’t sell the apple turnovers there anymore! They did have my favorite honey, Bizzy Bee, which I was pretty happy about because just the day before I was trying to remember where it came from as I emptied the jar.

This farmhouse and pumpkin patch are for sale, across the street from Colon Orchards, Florence, CO

This farmhouse and pumpkin patch are for sale, across the street from Colon Orchards, Florence, CO

On to the burger stand which just happened to be across the street from the most awesome antique store around, Uncle Sam’s. Last year we came across a Victorian casket stand that was really cool there. We didn’t buy it but wondered if it they still had it! They have several buildings full of junk and tons of neat old stuff out in their yard, too.

Uncle Sam's Antiques, Canon City, CO

Uncle Sam's Antiques, Canon City, CO

We decided to eat something at Big Burger World and then go over there.

Big Burger World, Canon City, CO

Big Burger World, Canon City, CO

It’s called BIG Burger World because most of their burgers are huge. Like half a pound or a pound or something insane. They also have a 3 oz. burger, so we got a couple of those and some fries and a blackberry milkshake to share.

3 oz. burger and fries from Big Burger World, Canon City, CO

3 oz. burger and fries from Big Burger World, Canon City, CO

Big Burger World, Canon City, CO

Big Burger World, Canon City, CO

We finished lunch at 4:00 and went over to Uncle Sam’s. Just as the guy was leaving. But the sign says it closes at 5:00, not 4:00! Whatever, Uncle Sam!  We might go back down there this weekend to check it out and to go to this other antique store in Canon City, Trails End Antiques, where they had a really cool old rusted out railroad crossing sign we think might look perfect on the wall in the pool room.

After Trails End we went up to 3rd St. Apples in Penrose. Alas, they close at 5:00 and it was 10 minutes till 5. That’s not enough time to pick apples! The people are super nice there and probably would have let us stay out there for longer but we didn’t want to put them out.

Anyhow, even tho we didn’t see any fall leaves, didn’t get to eat in a junky small town diner, didn’t buy any antiques, didn’t get to have an apple turnover, or pick any apples, it was still a very nice day and we discovered a great burger place and a fab new antique store.

Check out our posts from years past for more pictures of the area and all the stuff to do down there: 2007 , 2008 , 2009.