Dis­cov­er­ing the Au­then­tic­ity of Al­bu­querque

LuxeGetaways - - Travel -

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 and desert. Photo: Mar­ble Street Stu­dio / Al­bu­querque Tourism Al­bu­querque Tourism: www.vis­i­tal­bu­querque.org Los Poblanos His­toric Inn:...

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.