Things to do in Albuquerque
There are plenty of things to do in Albuquerque besides the Balloon Fiesta. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta ends around noon, therefore you have the rest of the day to explore the town. I found some pretty cool things to do in Albuquerque! You will not find any of these places on the main tourist lists of things to do besides Old Town. One thing I did not do was the Sandia Peak Tramway. The line was really long and my friend and I were feeling very antsy. I would only consider doing this during the balloon fiesta. Below are a few places that I fell in love with when visiting Albuquerque:
1. Old Town
Old Town is a short drive from downtown Albuquerque. Like the title, it is the oldest part of town and has some great shops and restaurants. This is definitely the place to be if you want to bring back some great souvenirs. A friend and I ended up getting lunch here at Quesadilla grill and had a few fresh margaritas!
2. Casa Rondena Winery
Case Rondena winery was an AMAZING find. It is a winery, restaurant, and there are vineyards on the property. Casa Rodena is probably a 15 minute drive from the Balloon Fiesta. During the Balloon Fiesta weekend this place was pretty packed with locals coming in for wine tasting. My friend and I ended up hanging out there the whole day after the Mass Ascension on Saturday. Out of all of the things to do in Albuquerque, this was my favorite.
3. Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm
Just up the road from Casa Rondena is an Organic Farm and Inn. I am actually considering staying here the next time I come to Albuquerque. They have cute villas to stay in and the restaurant cooks organic meals each day. They pride themselves on the lavender they grow and it is definitely a sight to see. The farm story was my favorite though. It is a small shop you can find next to a barn with turkeys. Inside they sell lavender products they make and other cute items. I strongly encourage you check it out.
4. The Fruit Basket
This little market is near downtown and has live chile roasting in the parking lot. Once you are done watching the roasting, head on in to the market. They sell medium and hot bags of the peppers, and they are quite tasty.