Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Queen Anne Tea House - Canon City, CO

Company Profile submitted by Suzanne Trantow


While summer is on its way out and fall is on its way in, enjoy a short day trip to The Cañon City Queen Anne Tea House (, for a Afternoon/Lunch Tea or a High/Dinner Tea that you won't forget.

Not just another tea house, this fine dining establishment in a historical 1889 Victorian house has many stories to tell. Al and Linda Ballard, a determined and energetic couple, came out of semi-retirement to fulfill a lifelong dream of Linda's purchasing the Victorian house in 2002. The Ballard's have renovated the house to its former glory and even added a 1,000 square foot wrap around veranda.

The first floor has four themed tea rooms, seating 30 people; the Victorian, the Roman, the English and the Old Country, as well as seating on the veranda, weather permitting. They have been awarded a perfect score by the health department since opening 12/10/07.

“All Teas” are served on fine china with cloth napkins and include freshly brewed tea, baked scones with devonshire cream.

AFTERNOON TEAS/lunches (11 a.m. and 2 p.m.) include specialty sandwiches on croissants, muffellata’s, panini’s and quiches; finger foods, mini desserts and chocolates, $16.99 per person.

HIGH TEAS/five course dinners (6:00 p.m.) include soups, salads, main course to include steaks (organic choices available,) beef wellington, salmon, shrimp, chicken cordon blue, cornish hen; starch, vegetable and specialty desserts. Complimentary Glass of Champagne, Sparkling Martinelli’s, Wine, upon request, $27.99 to $43.99 per person.

In addition to serving elegant teas, they host special events like anniversaries, baby showers, birthdays, bridal luncheons, personal tributes, retirement parties, in a beautiful environment. The Queen Anne is Media Center equipped for celebrations, meetings, receptions. They offer Baking and Cooking classes, demonstrations on the third Saturday of each month at 2 P.M., cost is $30.00 per person and includes scones, devonshire, tea, recipes, tips, handouts. The September session will be “Tea tasting;” the October session “Cake Decorating” and November session “The Art of Pie Making,” with Linda Ballard.

The Cañon City Queen Anne is open Tuesday through Saturday.

Historical structure, Owner information, Tea memory photos can be found at

The Queen Anne is located at 813 Macon Avenue, Cañon City, CO., which is 1 block north of Main Street, 1 block west of 9th Street.

Reservations necessary, (719) 275-5354, phone or text; email:

If you prefer to stay overnight, there are several bed & breakfasts in the area. The Ballard's recommend the Florence Rose Bed & Breakfast or Jewel of the Canyons Bed & Breakfast. Please visit for more information.

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