Albuquerque is a city for lovers and not just on Valentine’s Day. With the magical views and a beautiful landscape, leave the novices February 14th and show your romantic side on the other 364 days of the year. Here are a few of our favorites and perfect for making your special someone feel like he or she is on The “A” List.
If you are looking for a romantic daytime encounter, there is nothing more beautiful in the spring and summer than the blooming ABQ Bio Park’s Botanical Gardens. Rated as Travel Channel’s “Best Botanical Gardens in the US”, the gardens are set on 36 acres of land and scenes include a castle, a butterfly pavilion, the rose gardens, a Japanese garden and a desert conservatory. The colors will open your eyes to what can be found in the desert southwest. Bringing a blanket and picnic basket, stroll through the grounds looking at all the beauty of nature and set up lunch “al fresco”. A gem of the City of Albuquerque, they’ve even provided a list of the most romantic spaces to help you properly plan your outing. You can find the list here. If you enjoy a more active rendezvous, start at the botanical gardens and walk over to the nearby Bosque trail. The 16 miles of trail run North and South along the Rio Grande and are great for long talks.
As mentioned, the vistas in Albuquerque are breath taking, so if you’ve never been on the Tram, here’s the perfect excuse. According to the Sandia Peak website, the distance of the aerial tram is 2.7 miles and transports along the side of the Sandias with views of the rugged terrain and magnificent canyons. If you’re afraid of heights, even more reason to go with a loved one because you snuggle in tight for comfort. The best time to go is just before sunset when the skies delight with golds, reds, purples and royal blues. The restaurant on top of the Sandia Peak is undergoing renovations (according to the website, reopening in Spring 2018), so pack two glasses and a bottle of champagne and take advantage of observation deck atop 10,378-foot peak which, “offers an 11,000 square-mile panoramic view of the Rio Grande Valley and the Land of Enchantment”. This is something you can take advantage of almost every day of the year, it just depends on how much you want to bundle up in the winter months. The tramway makes a trip every 20-30 minutes throughout the hours of operation and hours change based upon the season. For more information and ticket prices, visit sandiapeak.com.
There are so many great restaurants to start your evening. However, if you are looking for a quiet or secluded spot to have that important conversation, you can reserve a Casbah in the hotel. The atmosphere takes you off to a faraway Mediterranean land and the menu and wine list from Mas is a great aphrodisiac to a starry-eyed evening. Other nearby options include Restaurant Antiquity, which is nestled in Old Town. Open from 5:00pm to 9:00pm, nightly, the restaurant boasts, “cozy accommodations for couples”. Located at 112 Romero street, don’t be fooled by its nonchalant and unpretentious exterior, impressive many first dates, wedding proposals and anniversaries have been celebrated here. Another favorite location for dinner that excites the senses and sets the mood is Farm & Table. This converted north valley hacienda was converted for the farm to table eatery concept. Many of the ingredients are farmed on the backyard acreage and in the green houses on the property. Other ingredients are locally sourced. From the celebration of local foods to the carefully crafted beer and wine list, other added pleasures are the views of the fields and the blazing sunsets from your table. You can sit outdoors throughout the year (clear enclosures, heaters and blankets are added in the colder months) or you can sit in the “farm” house near the roaring fire. The care you receive at either location feels like you’re having a home-cooked meal at your mother’s house. Because of the intimacy of these restaurants, reservations are HIGHLY recommended.
If you enjoy the saturated hues of dusk into the twinkling lights of the city reserve a table at our own Ibiza, the hotel’s rooftop bar and patio. With the new enclosed patio space you can enjoy the views all year round while feeling like you’re atop the city. Order cocktails and feel the warmth from the fire water feature. We suggest the Aqua de Sandia, which light and refreshing and cocktail competition winner or if you’re a beer drinker there are sunset specials from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm daily. Enjoy your signature cocktail while being mesmerized by the city lights twinkling in your amour’s eyes. To spice up your week, I suggest a mid-week rendezvous vs the popular weekend nights. Another romantic option would be to reserve a Casbah for a private and utterly romantic dining experience. An ideal ending to this evening would be to retire to the Penthouse Suite and draw to bath in the clawfoot tub for two while the fire in the fireplace creates that perfect ambiance. Because the hotel is made for lovers, you can always find our romance packages here.
Taking on a different view, maybe your conversation lasts all night long and you want to catch the sun rising over the Sandias as it breaks into a new day. Jump into your vehicle and head over to the Petroglyph National Monument on the Westside of Albuquerque. Near Montano and Unser, you will be high above the city, and early in the morning feel like you’re the only two alive. Serene with feeling a of rich history, you’ll wonder how many other couples stopped to watch the sunrise holding on closely to each other.
These are just a few ideas to show your romantic side throughout the year.
Ciao until next time,
The “A” List