Explore Albuquerque: Stroll the Plaza!
Having hosted hundreds of travelers who are amidst their explorations of the southwest desert, we love pointing guests in the direction Albuquerque’s historic Old Town Plaza, just a short 1.2 mile walk from the B&B, makes it a great destination to stretch the legs after a long drive. Grab an umbrella for shade on your way out of the B&B and enjoy the uniqueness of Albuquerque’s downtown residential neighborhood with its Victorian style architecture. Once you begin to see the beautiful bell towers of the San Felipe De Neri Church beginning to peak above the bright orange walls of the ancient adobe buildings you will know you have reached Old Town. Most tourists are happy to see the original streets of Albuquerque which are still occupied daily by vendors and artists, creating host of culture. Though it is small in size, you will find there is plenty to do which will keep you busy for hours.
Start by indulging in a famous New Mexican meal that every local has bragged about since you crossed into NM territory. With La Hacienda, Church Street Cafe, Back Street Grill, and High Noon located inside the walls of old town you will not have any trouble getting your hands on a traditional enchilada, or a deep fried chile relleno stuffed in cheese and smothered in green chile. Be warned- our local salsas are delicious and typically served as an appetizer so remember to save room for dinner by trying to resist that second basket of chips while you wait. The portions you receive will mostly likely be enough to share, but remember each room at the Mauger Estate is equipped with a mini fridge, perfect for leftovers.
After a hearty New Mexican meal, you will find that a walk through the plaza will be quite inviting. Drop in on the surprisingly large gallery show rooms which are packed full of souvenirs, art, jewelry, clothing, and culture. Take this opportunity to buy yourself or your someone special a piece of authentic New Mexican jewelry. Talk to the shop owners and artists in person who typically create their works behind the counters while guests browse their massive collections of handmade inventory. Admire original art works by renowned local artists like Sean Wells and David Behren. Take a moment to be immersed in the culture that makes the southwest desert a favorite for so many.
For a great nighttime adventure, take one of the Ghost Tours of Old Town, offered nightly at 8:00pm. Or, relax on the patio at Season’s Restaurant, and listen to some live music.
For special events, which happen quite often, check the city of Albuquerque website www.itsatrip.org. On any given weekend, you may find the plaza is hosting a fiesta, or concert series, or witness a lovely wedding in the beautiful Old Town gazebo. Just another example of how the plaza is thriving as the city’s tiny hub of history and culture.
written by Krissy Bencomo