New Mexico Restaurant Week 2013

February 13, 2013 by  
Filed under Lodging, Restaurants & Bars, Weekend & Day Trips

Comments Off on New Mexico Restaurant Week 2013

New Mexico Restaurant Week 2013 offering savings at fave restaurants in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Taos. Don’t be confused by the name though, as the Restaurant Week promotion actually runs over three weeks from February 24 to March 17. Who says we can’t count in New Mexico? Hmm, we may not count so well, but we eat FABULOUSLY, especially when it’s on the cheap!

The 2013 New Mexico Restaurant Week promotion offers multi-course menus for a flat rate, with several options in each course, including vegetarian choices at some restaurants.  Dinners are usually three courses, and some restaurants offer lunch menus too. Depending on the restaurant, dinners are priced at $20, $30, or $40 per person, and some restaurants will offer a super-bargain meal at $25 for two people.

It’s a great opportunity to eat out at some places you haven’t tried before, and the fixed price menus are especially good value at the more upscale places, compared to their regular à la carte menus. Reservations are heartily recommended where possible.  Participating hotels in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and Taos are also offering special rates during Restaurant Week.

NM Restaurant Week 2013 runs in a different city each week.

Santa Fe Restaurant Week is from February 24 to March 3. Participating Santa Fe restaurants include Restaurant Martin (one of my favorites), The Compound, Geronimo, Anasazi Restaurant, Jambo Cafe, Blue Corn Cafe, the always lively Cowgirl BBQ, and both Plaza Cafe locations.

Taos Restaurant Week is from March 3 to March 10. Choices include El Meze, where Chef Fred Muller can be relied upon to serve up the sublime; Doc Martin’s Restaurant in the Taos Inn (I’m pleased to see their delish Chile Relleno is on the menu); El Monte Sagrado Resort and Spa, and The Gorge Bar & Grill, which is owned by the same folk who run Seasons/Zinc/Savoy in Albuquerque.

Albuquerque Restaurant Week is from March 10 to March 17. They’re saving the best till last, huh? Some of my fave participating restaurants include Artichoke Cafe, Scalo, Lucia at Hotel Andaluz, Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro, Gold Street Caffe, Sandiago’s Mexican Grill at the Tramway and High Finance at the very t-o-p of the Tramway, and both locations of Jinja Bar & Bistro.

Other restaurants are still joining the party, so no doubt there will be more options for dining on the cheap nearer the time. Some foodie and cooking events are also planned, although right now they are only listing Santa Fe cooking events, and I wouldn’t call them bargain basement, although they look like fun experiences.

For example, How to Make Gnocchi Like an Italian Grandmother (Feb 24) and How to Make Fresh Pasta (Feb 26), both at Terra Restaurant at the Four Seasons Rancho Encantado resort, and The Art of Making Empanadas at Anasazi Restaurant (Feb 26). These Santa Fe events all cost $20. I’m sorely tempted by the Sake Seminar and Tasting at Shohko Cafe on February 26, with admission at $18 and if you stay for dinner you get $5 off a bottle or a demi of sake.

Online reservations are required for events as tickets are limited. Find out more at the New Mexico Restaurant Week website.

–Tania


Share

Bishops Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa Deals

December 14, 2012 by  
Filed under Lodging, Weekend & Day Trips

Comments Off on Bishops Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa Deals

Choose from two deals at Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa in Santa Fe to celebrate their 95th anniversary year, using the promo codes.

I’ve stayed at Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort and Spa and gave it a good review in a city guide I wrote for AOL Travel. It’s a gorgeous property.   The resort is in a beautiful location in the peaceful Tesuque Valley surrounded by Santa Fe National Forest, yet it’s only about a 5 minute drive from Santa Fe Plaza. (Yes, I’ve timed it.) It has a pretty good restaurant too.  If you’re looking for a Santa Fe getaway, these two deals could help you save some dollars:

1) Rooms from $95 per night to kick off the 95th anniversary year using the promo code 95ANN
According to an email, the  rate is for a traditional room, for dates from December 14 – 20, 2012, and January 1 – 31, 2013.

2) Stay 2 nights get the 3rd night free using the promo code BACKTOTHERANCH
The offer is valid on Sundays through Thursdays until April 30, 2013. The third night free deal excludes holidays.

Book online at the website or contact the Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort and Spa in Santa Fe directly to make a reservation by phone on 1-800-768-3586.

–Tania

Share

Nativo Lodge Hotel Second Night Free & Other Promos

July 26, 2012 by  
Filed under Lodging

Albuquerque’s Nativo Lodge deals include a second night free, a New Mexico resident discount, and a third night for a cut-price $19.12.

Locals will recognize the Nativo Lodge from the colorful patterns on the exterior, you can see it from I-25 near the San Mateo intersection. The rooms are decked out with Native American style furnishings, and I can tell you from experience that the beds are rather plush. I know because I tested a bed purely for research purposes while writing the hotels chapter for my guidebook Insiders’ Guide to Albuquerque. Oh, how I suffer for my work…   

Right now they’re offering a second night free at Nativo Lodge when you pay for one night. You can upgrade to a deluxe room with this deal for an extra $10. Book online or call for reservations using the promo code: FREE

I’m told this offer runs on dates till August 31, 2012, but I just tried a test booking on a room to stay in September and the promo code worked for that too, so maybe it’s on bookings made BY the end of August. Not sure, but if you’re interested hop over there fast and see what you can get!  

Other current Nativo Lodge hotel deals are:

  • New Mexico Residents get 20% off the best available room rate with no minimum stay, using the promo code: NMLOCAL
  • New Mexico Centennial Package with the third night stay for $19.12 (because NM’s state centennial celebrates the year 1912) when you book for three consecutive nights, plus a dining discount card the hotel restaurant and bar. Use the promo code: CENTENNIAL
  • Stay three nights or more and get a $30 dining credit at the hotel’s Spirit Winds Cafe using the promo code: STAYMORE  – although I think if you’re staying three nights you’re better off with the Centennial Package.

Nativo Lodge also offers a Pet Friendly Hotel Package (from $119) which waives the usual pet fee, and gives a doggie bag with treats and toys. You have to phone up and speak to an actual person to request that one.

For hotel deals, either book at Nativo Lodge online or call 1-888-628-4861. Promotions can’t be combined.

And if you’re going, use this printable coupon to get 50% off Nativo Lodge food, good on one food item purchase.

Nativo Lodge is located at 6000 Pan American Freeway NE, Albuquerque, near the I-25 and San Mateo intersection.

–Tania

Share

Los Poblanos Pick Your Own Lavender

July 2, 2012 by  
Filed under Lodging, Shopping

Comments Off on Los Poblanos Pick Your Own Lavender

Lavender photo by Anja BierI often pick up lavender gifts at the Los Poblanos Inn farm shop, but this is a whole other way of picking up some lavender!

We all know Los Poblanos is famous for its gorgeous organic lavender, made into soaps, salves, and potions for hair and skin. This week you can Pick your own lavender at Los Poblanos Inn and Organic Farm for $8 a bundle. Hours are from 9 am to 5 pm, through Sunday July 8, 2012.

They provide scissors and rubber bands, you just turn up and pick, and no advance registration is needed. Whether you consider $8 a bundle cheap or not, might depend on how much of a lavender fan you are, but I often see dried bunches of lavender costing that much or more, and fresh lavender is so much lovelier – you can always dry it yourself.  I’m also not sure how big the bundles are (so if you get there before me, let us know!) but it sure sounds like a fragrant way to spend an hour roaming in the lavender field!

Los Poblanos Inn & Organic Farm is located at 4803 Rio Grande Boulevard NW, Los Ranchos de Albuquerque.

–Tania

Share

Nativo Lodge Hotel Second Night Free & Other Deals

March 3, 2012 by  
Filed under Lodging

Comments Off on Nativo Lodge Hotel Second Night Free & Other Deals

Albuquerque’s Nativo Lodge has a couple of deals running, and some packages…

Locals will recognize the Nativo Lodge from the colorful patterns on the exterior, you can see it from I-25 near the San Mateo intersection. The rooms are decked out with Native American style furnishings, and I can tell you from experience that the beds are rather plush 😉  No, don’t have a dirty mind. I tested a bed purely for research purposes while writing the hotels chapter for my guidebook Insiders’ Guide to Albuquerque.

You can get a second night free at Nativo Lodge through March 31, 2012, when you pay for one night. Rates start at $109 and you can upgrade to a deluxe room with this deal for an extra $10. Book online or call for reservations using the promo code: FREE

Other current Nativo Lodge deals (with no expiration date showing) are:

  • Stay three nights or more and get a $30 dining credit at the hotel’s Spirit Winds Cafe using the promo code: STAYMORE
  • Albuquerque Shopping and Style Hotel Package (from $119) including breakfast, cocktails for two, a care package, and tips on where to shop in Albuquerque. (Locals don’t really need shopping directions, but it could be useful for visitors who haven’t had the sense to buy my book.) Use coupon code: NATIVOSHOP
  • Romance Package from $139 including an upgrade to a Deluxe Honeyroom room, a bottle of bubbly, and chocolate-covered strawberries, using the code: ROMANCE
  • Pet Friendly Hotel Package (from $119) which waives the usual pet fee, and gives a doggie bag with treats and toys, using the code: PETPKG
  • Bed and Breakfast Package (from $99) for two people staying in superior accommodations including breakfast in the Spirit Winds Cafe. Use promo code PETBNB

See the details of all the Nativo Lodge hotel deals and packages and book online or call 1-888-628-4861.

And if you’re going, use this printable coupon to get 50% off Nativo Lodge food, good on one food item purchase.

Nativo Lodge is located at 6000 Pan American Freeway NE, Albuquerque, near the I-25 and San Mateo intersection.

–Tania

Share

New Mexico Restaurant Week

March 1, 2012 by  
Filed under Lodging, Restaurants & Bars, Weekend & Day Trips

Comments Off on New Mexico Restaurant Week

New Mexico Restaurant Week actually runs over four weeks in March – offering savings at fave restaurants in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Taos. (Who says we can’t count in New Mexico? Hmm, we may not count so well, but we eat FABULOUSLY, especially when it’s on the cheap!)

The 2012 New Mexico Restaurant Week promotion offers multi-course menus for a flat rate, with several options in each course, including vegetarian choices at some restaurants.  Dinners are usually three courses, and those restaurants offering lunch vary between two or three courses.

It’s a great opportunity to eat out at some places you haven’t tried before, and the fixed price menus are especially good value at the more upscale places, compared to their regular a la carte menus. Reservations are heartily recommended where possible.

NM Restaurant Week 2012 runs in a different city each week.

Santa Fe Restaurant Week is from March 4 – 11. Participating Santa Fe restaurants include:

  • Vinaigrette ($25 dinner)
  • Vanessie of Santa Fe ($35 dinner)
  • Anasazi Restaurant ($30 dinner / $20 lunch)
  • Restaurant Martin is one of my favorites ($35 dinner / $20 lunch)
  • The Compound ($45 dinner)
  • Geronimo ($45 dinner)
  • Jambo Cafe ($19.95 dinner / $16.95 lunch)
  • The Palace Restaurant – another personal fave with excellent flavors by chef Joseph Wrede ($30 dinner)
  • Santacafe ($35 dinner includes a glass of Gruet fizz or sparkling cider plus tea or coffee)
  • Cowgirl BBQ ($19.95 dinner)

Albuquerque Restaurant Week is from March 18 – 25. Some of my fave participating restaurants include:

  • Pars Cuisine ($26 dinner including wine/tea/coffee and $13 lunch)
  • Artichoke Cafe ($35 dinner / $18 lunch)
  • Scalo ($22.50 lunch)
  • Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro ($34 dinner)
  • Jinja Bar & Bistro  both locations ($21 dinner / $13 lunch)
  • St Clair Winery & Bistro ($30 dinner including wine sample with each of three courses!)
  • Seasons Rotisserie & Grill ($30 dinner / $15 lunch)
  • Sandiago’s Mexican Grill at the Tramway, which you’ve just got to love for the sunset views… and the $20 PER COUPLE dinner menu!

I know more Albuquerque restaurants participated in Restaurant Week last year than I see in the list for 2012. Some heavy-hitters are sadly missing. But maybe they’ll come on board later. I’ll update nearer the time!

Taos Restaurant Week is from March 25 – April 1.  The knockout choice here among participating Taos restaurants so far is El Meze, where Chef Fred Muller can be relied on to serve up the sublime ($35 dinner).  I can’t see a menu price yet for The Gorge Bar & Grill, but it’s in a cool spot and it’s owned by the same folk who run Seasons/Zinc/Savoy in Albuquerque.

If you’re wondering about the missing week? That’s Las Cruces Restaurant Week from March 11 – 18, but there’s only one restaurant playing (Double Eagle) and it’s a bit out of the way for most of us anyhow.

The promo mentions New Mexico lodging deals and foodie events to coincide with these weeks, but right now most of the action is around Santa Fe and even they’re pretty vague on hotel deal details. Maybe we’ll get more on board for Albuquerque, and I’ll keep you posted of anything super-special. Meanwhile, if you’re interested, keep an eye on the details at the New Mexico Restaurant Week website.

–Tania

Share

Night Skiing At Angel Fire

March 1, 2012 by  
Filed under Lodging, Sport & Leisure, Weekend & Day Trips

Comments Off on Night Skiing At Angel Fire

The snow is GOOOOOOD in New Mexico ski resorts this year, so here’s an after-dark deal for skiers and snowboarders! I reckon night skiing at Angel Fire is a steal at $24 and it sounds like a lot of fun. It’s even cheaper – $12  – if you’re upgrading a day lift ticket from the same day.

If you missed our earlier post on this, you can ski or snowboard 50 acres of the mountain’s easier trails from 4 – 8 pm on select dates in March. You’re not sliding around in the dark,  the mountain is lit up, including terrain park jumps, rails, and boxes. In between the white stuff, you can get your groove on at The Village Haus with live music, food, and a bar.

The final dates for Angel Fire Resort night skiing in this 2012 season are from 4 – 8 pm on:

  • Friday and Saturday March 2 – 3
  • Every evening for Spring Break, March 9 – 25
  • All dates may change depending on weather and conditions, so check with Angel Fire before setting off.  

Current Angel Fire lodging deals include:

  • Get a free night’s stay in the Angel Fire Lodge when you buy 4 lift tickets, on the nights of March 4-7, and March 18-21. Call (575) 377-4320 and mention the ‘Free to Stay’ promotion. The lift tickets can mix adult and child tickets.
  • Fourth Night Free in an Angel Fire condo or vacation rental when you pay for three nights through March 25th, excluding blackout dates of March 9 – 15. Plus they’re offering a 33% discount on lift tickets with this accommodation deal at time of writing, for everyone staying in the group. Call 866-383-7971 to reserve.

Angel Fire Resort  is about 24 miles east of Taos. Get Mapquest directions,  it’s approximately a three hour drive from Albuquerque.

–Tania

Share

Bishops Lodge 50% Off Sale

February 27, 2012 by  
Filed under Half Off Deals, Lodging, Weekend & Day Trips

Comments Off on Bishops Lodge 50% Off Sale

Get half price rooms through December 31, 2012, at Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa in Santa Fe if you book by Wednesday February 29 using the sale Promo Code.

I’ve stayed at Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort and Spa and gave it a good review in a city guide I wrote for AOL Travel, and it’s a gorgeous property.  ESPECIALLY at 50% off!

The resort is in a beautiful location in the peaceful Tesuque Valley surrounded by Santa Fe National Forest, yet it’s only about a 5 minute drive from Santa Fe Plaza (yes, I’ve timed it). It has a pretty good restaurant too.  If you’re looking for a Santa Fe getaway, this is a great opportunity to treat yourself to a little luxury for half the dollars.

Some blackout dates apply, but as far as I can see by checking a few dates, the sale is also valid for bookings during the 2012 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. So if you’re one of those locals who thinks Balloon Fiesta is the perfect time to escape from Albuquerque as everyone else floods in, check out the deal. 

  • Reserve the Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa 50% Off rate using the promo code: J48S
  • Sale ends on Wednesday February 29, 2012, but I’ve no idea what time they’re closing down the discount, so book soon if you’re interested.
  • Stay through December 31, 2012
  • At this half price rate, reservations are non-refundable
  • Some blackout dates apply

Or contact the Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort and Spa in Santa Fe directly to make a reservation by phone on 1-800-732-2240.

–Tania

Share

Ten Thousand Waves Santa Fe February Discount

February 14, 2012 by  
Filed under Lodging, Spas & Health, Weekend & Day Trips

Comments Off on Ten Thousand Waves Santa Fe February Discount

Ten Thousand Waves spa in Santa Fe celebrates its 31st anniversary this month, with some 31% discounts valid through February 29, 2012.

Ten Thousand Waves Spa discount:  Get 31% off any private baths, facials, massage, and spa treatments when you book 3 or more hours of “a la carte” services on Monday to Thursday. The services must all be booked on a single day and you get 31% off the total, excluding the blackout date of February 20.  You need the Ten Thousand Waves coupon to get the discount spa deal.  That’s nearly a third off – a pretty awesome deal!

If you’d rather book one of the Ten Thousand Waves ready-made spa packages instead of choosing your own services, the packages are already discounted but they’re giving an extra 21% discount through February 29.  Again, take the  Ten Thousand Waves coupon.

Ten Thousand Waves Lodging Discount Get 31% off the second night and all subsequent nights when you pay the regular price for the first night’s stay, in an offer valid on Mondays through Thursdays. Subsequent nights must be of equal or lesser value to get the discount and blackout date is February 20. No coupon is needed for the lodging discount.

These deals are all valid through the month of February 2012 – and you need to book in advance.

Ten Thousand Waves is located at 3451 Hyde Park Road, Santa Fe. Allow an hour and 15 minutes for the drive north of Albuquerque via 1-25.

–Tania

Share

Santa Fe and Taos Getaway Deals on Lodging

December 21, 2011 by  
Filed under Lodging, Weekend & Day Trips

Comments Off on Santa Fe and Taos Getaway Deals on Lodging

Santa Fe and Taos lodging deals if you fancy a break away or a ski trip, including 50% off and a third night free deal.  Some are available for a limited time only, to book ahead for 2012 stays.

Get 50% off the Bobcat Inn in the Santa Fe foothills at $191 (usually $383) for a two night stay for two people  including gourmet breakfasts, a chile and chocolate basket, and a bouquet of six roses.  I haven’t stayed at the Bobcat although I’ve heard very good things about it, and it looks like a lovely spot for a relaxing break, soaking up the views and hiking the trails, about 8 miles outside Santa Fe. The offer via Groupon is available to purchase now for a limited time, then stay from January 2 through April 30, 2102. You can buy two deals if you want to stretch your stay to four nights. Other Groupon Getaways include Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Fiji, Florida, Niagara Falls, Reno, and Lake Tahoe.

To stay in central Santa Fe, get over 50% off the Luxx Plaza Hotel for a one night stay for two at $69 (usually $159) in a standard suite on Sunday through Thursday nights. For a Friday or Saturday night stay the discount price is $89. The boutique hotel is two blocks from Santa Fe Plaza, and the offer via Living Social is available now for stays through April 30, 2012, excluding certain holiday dates. You can get the deal to stay on those holiday dates but the price goes up to $149, which is probably still a good price for those peak times, but obviously not quite such a bargain! Other discounted Living Social Escapes include Arizona, Colorado, Texas, Florida, California, New York, Fiji, and Mexico.

At the Taos Inn, in (you guessed it) Taos, they’re offering a  Taos Inn third night free deal to celebrate their 75th anniversary. So when you pay regular rates for two nights, the third consecutive night is free! The historic Taos Inn is right in the heart of Taos, and a great base to explore from, with a comfy bar, the very good Doc Martin’s restaurant,  and live music every night.  The Taos Inn lodging deal page says the offer is valid through the end of April 2012 excluding holidays, but from a recent conversation with the manager, I have the impression that if you book early enough, the offer *might* be extended for later dates in 2012. No guarantees on that, but it can’t hurt to ask if you want to stay later in the year, call the Taos Inn at 888 518 8267.

–Tania  FYI – I’ve given my Groupon and Living Social affiliate links for those deals. To help support ABQ on the Cheap (it doesn’t cost you anything), please use the links. Thanks!

Share

Next Page »

I WISH YOU A GOOD LIFE.