Worth getting out of bed for
After you’ve played with the baby goats, dipped into the pool, explored the gardens, sniffed the lavender products in the Farm Shop and snapped photos of Albert the peacock, prepare to spend some time exploring Albuquerque’s great outdoors.
Across from the hotel is the Los Poblanos Open Space, which has 100 acres of gardens and trails. For an all-American afternoon, see the Albuquerque Isotopes, the Triple-A team for the LA Dodgers at Isotopes Baseball Park on Avenida Cesar Chavez Southeast. One night, ride up the mountain via the 2.7 mile Tramway (the longest aerial tramway in the world, donchaknow), and dine on top of the Sandia Mountains at High Finance tavern (www.sandiapeakrestaurants.com), more than 10,000 feet above sea level, with views over 11,000 square miles.
New Mexico is famous for its turquoise, and the Sandia Indian Market Center (www.sandiapueblo.nsn.us) is one of the best places to buy some. Bien Mur sells handmade Native American arts and crafts, Navajo rugs, sand paintings and jewellery.
A short walk from the hotel on Mountain Road Northwest, Seasons (+1 505 766 5100; seasonsabq.com) uses local ingredients to prepare sweet-corn griddlecakes, rotisserie chicken and the best margaritas in town. Take a seat outside for the best mountain views. Farm & Table (+1 505 503 7124; www.farmandtablenm.com) on Fourth Street Northwest grows its own produce, and sources the rest, including beer and wine, from nearby producers for its seasonal Southwestern dishes. On the edge of Downtown, a 15-minute drive from the hotel, Artichoke Café (+1 505 243 0200; www.artichokecafe.com) consistently earns rave reviews from locals and visitors for its modern American dishes, including steamed artichokes and an excellent tea-smoked duck breast.
Travel three miles south of the hotel along Rio Grande Boulevard to visit the tasting room for prestigious New Mexico winery St Clair (+1 505 243 9916; www.stclairwinery.com). The restaurant pours the best local wines, and hosts live music most nights. For a wilder night, visit Burt’s Tiki Lounge (burtstikilounge.com) four miles away on Gold Avenue, and test a few of the extra-potent tropical cocktails and check out the roster of local bands.
Ride bikes or, better, horses to Flying Star Café (www.flyingstarcafe.com), a casual all-day restaurant a quick walk from the hotel. Try the NM Burger, a state specialty topped with local chillis and a slick of cheese. If you choose to pony up, there’s a hitching post right in front, and outdoor seating with a stone fireplace. The popular Gold Street Caffe (+1 505 765 1633; www.goldstreetcaffe.com), on Gold Avenue downtown, serves spicy takes on lunch and breakfast classics. Start the day with huevos rancheros or an overstuffed breakfast burrito. At lunch, spicy chicken salad and the fajita-style French dip are the best bets.