Visiting the Land of Enchantment for the first time? If you’re making a trip out for one of the Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festivals, we encourage you to venture out and explore this beautiful state we call home! Artists have made it a tradition to visit, sell their work in the show, and enjoy a patio in old town or a full-fledged desert vacation. The breweries are cool, the green chile’s hot, and there’s just no place quite like New Mexico. What can we say, we love it here!
Following are our personal ‘bucket list’ suggestions!
If you’d like see the city from above, plan a hot air balloon trip during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, or take a ride on the “World’s Longest Tram” up the dramatic Sandia Peaks just before sunset. If you enjoy the outdoors, the high-altitude city of Albuquerque offers 310 days of sunshine, challenging terrain and plenty of trails for hiking and biking. New Mexico is also a great destination for skiing and snowboarding, and has several spectacular golf courses.
Here just for the art scene? With Albuquerque and Santa Fe both being established art destinations, talent is everywhere you look! Right near our two indoor shows, you’ll find the eclectic and artsy Nob Hill neighborhood, with vintage neon signs lighting up the nightlife & great restaurants. There are a variety of museums throughout the metro area, must-see galleries dotting Santa Fe’s famous Canyon Road, and live performances every night at Albuquerque’s historic Kimo Theatre. Learn from glass blowers at Tesuque Glassworks near Santa Fe, and then wander down the road see bronze pourings at the Shidoni Foundry.