Albuquerque, New Mexico has been receiving a lot of good press lately.  Sunset magazine recently included Albuquerque as of one of its “20 best places to live” towns in the west.  Travel and Leisure magazine listed it as one of its “50 best places to travel in 2018” picks along with exotic destinations like Buenos Aires and Croatia.

Albuquerque has been one of my favorite vacation destinations for several years.  Our most recent trip to Albuquerque was December 2018.  Most of our trips have occurred in either March or December (school breaks) and both times of year, the weather has been very mild with high temperatures between 50-65 degrees.  Ideal weather for exploring the many hiking trails in the area.

Albuquerque has a wide range of accommodations with prices for every travel budget.  We have stayed at the Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town several times because it has a great location and offers great deals for budget travelers even over the Christmas holidays.  There is also a convenient and delicious New Mexican restaurant in the lobby called Garduno’s at Old Town. Since we were traveling over the holidays, we wanted to be sure to have a place to eat on Christmas Day and it does not disappoint.  The food and service are always very good.  Hotel Albuquerque also provides a Christmas Eve and Christmas Day buffet option, but we avoid the crowded buffet lines and dine in the hotel restaurant on Christmas Day.

Hotel Albuquerque lobby during the Christmas season


So why do we keep returning to Albuquerque?  Several reasons including mild weather, history, nature, friendly people, and delicious New Mexican food.

Albuquerque is a high desert city which boasts 310 days of sunshine a year. The setting with the Sandia Mountains and the Rio Grande makes for a beautiful location. There is something for everyone including miles of hiking trails, beautiful golf courses, historic Old Town, the ABQ BioPark, a minor league baseball team, casinos, a section of historic Route 66, and some amazing museums.

Albuquerque has several distinct neighborhoods including Old Town, Nob Hill, Downtown, Uptown, and University/Midtown.  Each of these areas has something to offer visitors.  It really depends on your interests.  We prefer to stay in the Old Town area because we enjoy the historic area as well as nearby city museum district.  From the Hotel Albuquerque, it is an easy walk to historic Old Town and several museums.  One of my favorites is the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science.

San Felipe de Neri Parish, built in 1793, located in Old Town
Albuquerque sunset – no filters needed – it really is this beautiful!