Discovering the Authenticity of Albuquerque
Dining options in the city provide a range of choices from traditional New Mexican cuisine, and a New Mexico staple in town is El Pinto [10500 4th St NW | (505) 898-1771] and the popular chain, Sadie’s of New Mexico [15 Hotel Circle NE | (505) 296-6940]; to Latin American eats at Pasión Latin Fusion Restaurant [722 Lomas Blvd NW | (505) 503-7880], an old-world bakery and gourmet pizza at Golden Crown Panaderia [1103 Mountain Rd NW | (505) 243-2424], and a long-time favorite in Old Town serving quality steaks and tequila at High Noon Restaurant & Saloon [425 San Felipe St NW | (505) 765-1455]. Los Poblanos [4803 Rio Grande Blvd NW | (505) 344-9297] is a charming, upscale B&B option in Albuquerque that is set amid 25 acres of lavender fields, gardens and organic farmland. Country-chic rooms and suites feature original carvings, ironwork and tinwork, and some rooms also have kiva fireplaces. There is also a refreshing saltwater pool, and even a couple of peacocks that call the inn home. For an artful stay, the Nativo Lodge [6000 Pan American Freeway NE | (505) 798-4300] provides an authentic Southwestern experience blended with Native American culture. Albuquerque is a driving city, and both of these options are just under 15 minutes away from Downtown and Nob Hill. Do not forget to also visit the nearby famous Old Town, a historic district that is popular for shopping and sightseeing, which dates back to the founding of the city by the Spanish in 1706.
No visit to Albuquerque is complete without experiencing the natural beauty of its mountains and desert. Do this by exploring the Sandia Mountains that surround the city (which you can climb via a tram), visiting the Petroglyph National Monument to combine art with hiking, or hot air ballooning (it is the American capital of the sport, as the city is based a mile above sea level). Rainbow Ryders is not an LGBT-specific company (even with rainbow in the name), but they are super friendly, as all Albuquerqueans are, and they host morning rides that are worth the sacrifice of getting out of bed at 6am for this experience of seeing the turquoise sky at sunrise.
No visit to Albuquerque
is complete without experiencing the natural beauty of its mountains
Photo: Marble Street Studio / Albuquerque Tourism
Albuquerque Tourism: www.visitalbuquerque.org Los Poblanos Historic Inn: www.lospoblanos.com
Nativo Lodge: www.nativolodge.com