Whether you’re in need of a romantic escape for two or an unforgettable family vacation, weekend getaways from Albuquerque are necessary every once in a while! Luckily, there are many spectacular destinations to visit near the Duke City. Of them all, Chimayo, NM is definitely one that tops the charts. With a rich history and culture to immerse in and nearby attractions to explore, your weekend will be filled with a wide variety of things to do. Here are just some of our best ideas for unforgettable weekend getaways from Albuquerque that you won’t want to miss.
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Follow the Turquoise Trail to Chimayo
Following the Turquoise Trail to Chimayo is one of the best road trips from Albuquerque! This scenic byway encompasses 15,000 square miles in the heart of central New Mexico. Not only does it pass through major cities like Albuquerque and Santa Fe, but it also includes interesting things to see and do on the way to Chimayo. Be sure to stop by small villages such as Sandia Park, Madrid, and San Marcos for activities like hiking, shopping, and theater productions.
Where to Stay in Chimayo
For memorable weekend getaways from Albuquerque, we invite you to stay with us at our Chimayo bed & breakfast! Meaning “hidden house” in Spanish, Casa Escondida provides a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere that is perfect for couples and families. Plus, the traditional decor and architectural elements of each guestroom make you feel like you are staying in an authentic, rustic Southwest lodge. Guests of Casa Escondida are treated to that famous Southwest hospitality, modern amenities, and a hot breakfast each morning of their stay. It’s everything you need and more for relaxing and fun short trips from Albuquerque.
3 of the Best Things to Do During Weekend Getaways From Albuquerque
With so much to see and do in Chimayo and Santa Fe, you’ll hardly be able to do it all in one weekend. To help you get started in your planning, here are some of our top New Mexico weekend getaway ideas that you’ll want to add to your itinerary!
Visit the El Santuario de Chimayo
A trip to Chimayo is never complete without stopping by the El Santuario de Chimayo! Learn the story of the miraculous wooden crucifix, participate in mass, stop for prayer, or test the healing properties of the holy dirt for yourself. Whatever you decide to do, your visit to this exalted chapel is sure to be an experience you’ll never forget. This historic chapel is also the final destination of the annual Holy Pilgrimage, a gathering of thousands of pilgrims during Easter weekend.
Dine Out at the Rancho de Chimayo
For over 50 years, the Rancho de Chimayo has been serving delicious New Mexican cuisine rooted in ancestral family influences. This award-winning restaurant is the jewel of Chimayo! It has also been credited with playing an integral role in bringing authentic New Mexican foods into the international spotlight. You and your sweetheart and/or family will love the wide variety of traditional dishes and irresistible cocktails. Be sure to make your reservations in advance! The restaurant tends to book quickly.
There are also hundreds of incredible restaurants in Santa Fe to choose from! From casual eateries to fine dining establishments, you’ll be sure to find a place that satisfies all of your cravings.
Did you know that Santa Fe is recognized as one of the nation’s top hiking destinations? With that in mind, a hiking expedition during your visit is a must! With dozens of hiking trails to choose from and spectacular mountain scenery, you’re in for the experience of a lifetime. If you and your sweetheart are lovers of nature, here are just some of the trails we most highly recommend:
Don’t forget to take advantage of our exclusive New Mexico High Country Hiking Package that includes everything you need for a full and safe day of exploring the mountains.
Make Your Weekend Getaways From Albuquerque Even More Memorable
Whether you want to treat your sweetheart/family to an extra special surprise or simply treat yourself, we’ve got you covered! Our wide selection of vacation packages and specials are the perfect way to enhance your experience with us. Find the one that best fits your style and budget and don’t forget to make your reservations today!