Here at Hotel Andaluz we are in full scale Holiday Season. And with Hanukah in full swing and Christmas just around the corner we thought we’d share some hot spots around Albuquerque for unique and LOCAL gifts. In case you didn’t know Albuquerque and Santa Fe have become huge art destinations in the past two decades. With local and international artists descending on these communities, the shopping is endless for LOCAL truly New Mexican gifts.
Since we can’t go over everything, we thought we’d focus on a couple shopping destinations that are worth a visit regardless of your shopping needs. The best part about finding these great gifts to share is that 9 times out of 10 you’ll be shopping local, and as a locally owned hotel we can’t stress just how important this is, not only in Albuquerque, but every community.
Our first stop on the list would be Old Town Albuquerque, really a community hub since 1706. Old town is now home to dozens of shops and galleries. This is the spot to be, especially if your shopping in the evening time, as old town lights up with a large Christmas tree and luminarias (or Fajarlitos) lining the walk ways and adobe rooftops. Old Town Albuqueruqe is your best bet when looking for art and handmade Navajo and Zuni Jewelry. With dozens of decades old trading posts, you’ll find a souvenir gift for just about everyone on your list. Visit http://albuquerqueoldtown.com/
For a more contemporary take on local holiday gift giving… then head just up the street from Hotel Andaluz to Albuquerque’s hip and trendy Nob Hill. Along the famed route 66 lines dozens of shops and restaurants, making it ideal for a Saturday stroll and perhaps a lunch break during your search for gifts. On Nob Hill you’ll find contemporary and local Jewelry at big names like Gertrude Zachary. Clothing for everyone at Lilly Barrack, Elsa Ross and other local boutiques. The style of Nob Hill is undoubtedly New Mexico and Nob Hill is a must see if your visiting. Visit http://rt66central.com/
Where ever you may be doing you Holiday Shopping this year be sure and think local first. This effort not only helps a local economy, it’s really about bringing identity back to communities and keeping places like Albuquerque unique. Until next week… Happy Holiday’s from New Mexico!