Survival New Mexico: August 16-17

August 11, 2014 by  
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El Rancho de las Golondrinas asks how well we’d survive life in Colonial and Territorial New Mexico. Sometimes I wonder how good I am at surviving it right now in the 21st century, but certainly if you took away my fridge and I had to venture out hunter-gathering, I’d go hungry.

Hence the Survival: New Mexico weekend at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, just south of Santa Fe, caught my eye. The event is this Saturday and Sunday, August 16 and 17, 2014, with activities for adults and kids on traditional skills, and some handy modern day outdoor survival skills too.

If you’re in the mood for a day trip, admission for the Survival New Mexico event is $8 for adults, $6 for teens aged 13-18, and free for kids aged 12 and under. Seniors aged 62+ pay $6.

Activities and talks include:

  • An archery and atlatl workshop to learn how to shoot
  • Learn how to make fire when you don’t have any matches to hand
  • Make mini adobe bricks
  • The art of fiber arts – before wool there was yucca
  • Black powder weaponry demonstration
  • Civil War medicine – just a talk, not practicing it on each other 😉
  • Wilderness first aid by the American Red Cross
  • How to make a wilderness shelter
  • Learn how to cook ginger bread in a Dutch oven, weave a survival bracelet, attend the leather craft workshop, or kids can make a felt snake
  • Backyard composting, harvesting honey, and food preservation

Plus flintknappers, mountain man survival stories, horno bread, and more. Some activities are only on one day, and you can see the full schedule at the El Rancho de las Golondrinas  events page.

Survival: New Mexico weekend:

  • When: August 16-17, 2014
  • Time: 10 am – 4 pm
  • Where: El Rancho de las Golondrinas
  • Admission: $8 adults, or $6 for seniors (62+) and youth aged 13-18. Free for kids aged 12 and under

El Rancho de las Golondrinas directions to the living history museum on 200 pastoral acres just south of Santa Fe are pretty straightforward. It’s easy to find, off 1-25 exit 276. Take a left onto state road 599 and keep left. It’s well-signed and just a few minutes from that exit.

–Tania


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Discount Golf for NM Residents on Santa Fe Trail Courses

July 23, 2014 by  
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New Mexico golf courses are beautiful to play, especially when you’re saving dollars on green fees!  New Mexico residents can get a great deal on New Mexico golf that works out to just $25 per round including top notch courses like Paa-Ko Ridge, Twin Warriors, and UNM Championship. The offer is only for New Mexico residents.

This twilight golf pass gives a discount on Golf on the Santa Fe Trail courses, letting you play all eight for just $200. That’s 25 bucks per round, a very low par for these courses, saving over $150.

Twilight hours start at 2 pm, allowing plenty of time for a relaxed game, and the pass can be used Monday to Thursday. The pass is valid for one year from purchase date, to play all the Santa Fe Trail golf courses once each – see the trail map at the link. Six are around Albuquerque, the other two are north of Santa Fe:

  • Paa-Ko Ridge
  • Twin Warriors
  • Sandia
  • UNM Championship
  • Santa Ana
  • Isleta Eagle
  • Black Mesa
  • Towa

They say pass numbers are limited, although some form of this pass deal has been ongoing for a while now.  Still, golfers who want to try all these excellent area courses will stumble on their soft spikes to snap this one up.

To summarize the very fair deal conditions for the discounted Golf on the Santa Fe Trail pass:

  • You must be a New Mexico resident and can play each course only once
  • The pass can be used Monday to Thursday for tee times starting from 2 pm
  • Book tee times up to seven days in advance, for groups of no more than four players
  • The pass is good for a year from date of purchase

If you don’t play yourself, this could make a good gift for the golfer in your life. Buy the discount golf pass online.

If you’re not a New Mexico resident or if you’re taking an out-of-state guest, regular green fees are still very competitive (especially compared to other national courses of similar quality) at all the Golf on the Santa Fe Trail courses.

–Tania

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Entertainment Book = Two for $10

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The Entertainment Book is on sale at $10 for any two books plus FREE Shipping at this Entertainment Book website link. The regular price is $40 for the Albuquerque book.

We’re now into the Entertainment Book summer liquidation sale season for any city books remaining (some may have sold out already).  With some of the deals in the book, you literally only have to use one coupon to get the $5 back that you’ve paid for the sale-price books in the limited time two for $10 deal.

The two for $10 offer is good on any city’s book for about 120 locations nationally, including Albuquerque, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orlando, Denver, New Orleans, New York, various cities in Texas, Utah, and Hawaii.

The Albuquerque / Santa Fe Entertainment Book for 2014 contains more than 500 coupons including 2-for-1 coupons, 50% off discounts, freebies with purchase, and other ways to save. The coupons are for local attractions, entertainment, leisure, shopping and casual and fine dining. Right now I’m seeing 236 restaurant coupons and 115 shopping coupons, to name just two categories.

The book purchase includes online and mobile coupons, and the book is valid until December 2014.

Coupons may have changed, but last time I looked I spotted coupons for Tucanos Brazilian Grill, Golden Pride Chicken & Ribs, Pizza Hut, Burger King, Arby’s, Boston Market, Mary & Tito’s, Prairie Star Restaurant & Wine Bar, Albuquerque Little Theatre, Hinkle Family Fun Center, Albuquerque Indoor Karting, several bowling venues, Rattlesnake Museum,  Putt-Putt Golf & Games, ABQ Jump,  iT’Z, National Museum Of Nuclear Science & History, Best Buy, Payless Shoe Source, Famous Footwear, Family Dollar Stores, Big 5 Sporting Goods, The Gap, and too many more to mention…

See more details on the Entertainment Book 2 for $10 and Free Shipping sale at the link. The offer is on the coupon books for all American cities nationally, so you can buy two for Albuquerque, or also find one for another destination if you’re planning a trip elsewhere this year.

The limited time sale runs until July 27, 2014. UPDATE: The ‘last chance’ sale has been extended to July 31 2014, as they clear the shelves to make way for the 2015 book.

 

–Tania FYI I’ve given you my Entertainment Book affiliate links to help support this ABQ on the Cheap site.

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Santa Fe Opera Free Insider Days

June 23, 2014 by  
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Santa Fe Opera free summer talks and backstage tours, and they even throw in the coffee and muffins! Weekly until August 23, 2014.

Santa Fe Opera Free Insider Days give a behind-the-scenes view of the opera on Saturday mornings this summer 2014 through August 23.   Turn up at the Santa Fe Opera – I love that beautiful building high on the hill – and enjoy a free coffee and muffins reception hosted by Opera Guild members, followed by a talk by an Opera staff member, then a backstage tour.

Yep, you’ve got to get up early, they start at 8:30 am. But it’ll be worth it for the Santa Fe Opera free Insider Day experience, and of course the views are just gorgeous.

  • When: Saturday mornings until August 23, 2014
  • Time: 8:30 am coffee and muffins and talk, followed by the tour
  • Where: meet at The Santa Fe Opera Box Office
  • Price: FREE!

If you’d rather go on a weekday, regular Santa Fe Opera backstage tours take place each day at 9 am Monday to Friday until August 22, 2014, with a walk around the costume shop, scene shop and other areas to learn how they put the whole spectacle together. For that you pay $10 or $8 for seniors. Children and young adults aged up to 22 years go free! Again, you meet at the box offices and you don’t need to book in advance.

Santa Fe Opera directions: it’s located at Exit 168 of US Highway 84/285 seven miles north of Santa Fe.

–Tania

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National Public Gardens Day Free Admission ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden

May 7, 2014 by  
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National Public Gardens Day is on Friday May 9, 2014, and Albuquerque BioPark Botanic Garden joins in the celebrations with demonstrations, talks, and giveaways. The Santa Fe Botanical Garden is also involved.

You can get free admission to ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden on National Public Gardens Day, May 9 when you print out the free admission coupon at this link – click the yellow Get This Offer button. You will need to enter an email address and a zip code, but they don’t email the coupon to you – you’re taken straight to a page where you can print or download the coupon.

Last year the free admission tickets were via the Better Homes and Gardens magazine website and one coupon covered up to 10 people. This year I can’t see any info on how many people are covered by the coupon. So to be on the safe side, I suggest you download that coupon then print out one for each member in your party. That free coupon saves you $9 – $12.50 per adult admission!

The Santa Fe Botanical Garden at Museum Hill is the other participating New Mexico garden. You can go free on May 9 using the Santa Fe Botanical Garden free admission coupon. That saves $7 per adult admission.

If you’re traveling elsewhere, there are many other gardens in other states across the country participating in the National Public Gardens Day free admission offer.

National Public Gardens Day events at the ABQ Botanic Garden will run from 10 am – 2 pm on May 9, with demonstrations and talks on gardening in the southwest, including water-wise gardening. Activities include making a koi kite and recycled notebooks.

The ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden free admission coupon does not include the Aquarium – sorry! Stay outdoors and enjoy the spring scenery instead.

Albuquerque BioPark Botanic Garden is located at 2601 Central Avenue NW.

–Tania

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2 Nights Camping for the Price of One: May 9-10

March 26, 2014 by  
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Get a free camping night during Care Camps weekend 2014 when you pay for one night at a KOA campground.  The offer is good at Albuquerque camp sites, Santa Fe, Carlsbad, Las Vegas, and more New Mexico and out-of-state sites if you feel like a weekend away…

During KOA’s special free night camping weekend, if you pay to camp on Friday May 9, 2014 at participating camp grounds, you camp free at the same site on Saturday May 10.  This usually includes tent camping, RVs, cabins, and lodges, but check at individual sites for their terms.

New Mexico campsites participating in the KOA free night offer are:

  • Albuquerque Central KOA
  • Albuquerque North / Bernalillo KOA
  • Alamogordo White Sands KOA
  • Carlsbad KOA
  • Grants / Cibola Sands KOA
  • Las Vegas, New Mexico KOA
  • Santa Fe KOA
  • Lordsburg KOA
  • Raton KOA
  • Tucumcari KOA

As well as Albuquerque and New Mexico camping, there are more participating camp grounds in our neighboring states of Arizona, Utah, Colorado, and Texas, and across the country. See all the locations offering two nights camping for the price of one in the Care Camps weekend by selecting the state you’re interested in.

Spaces are limited so you need to make a reservation in advance, and the ‘pay for one night get the second night free’ deal is ONLY valid on Friday and Saturday May 9 and 10, 2014.

It’s all in a good cause – participating camp sites will hold charity events, fundraising activities, and collect donations in aid of KOA Care Camps for children with cancer.

–Tania

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50% Off Entertainment Book 2014

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The Entertainment Book is on sale  at 50% off plus FREE Shipping at this Entertainment Book website link. That brings the price of the Albuquerque book down to $20 (usually $40)  for the sale running through March 12, 2014. The half price promotion is valid for any city book.  You can start using the coupons and mobile coupons now, until December 2014.

The Albuquerque / Santa Fe Entertainment Book for 2014 includes 570 coupons including 2-for-1 coupons, 50% off discounts, freebies with purchase, and other ways to save. The coupons are for local attractions, entertainment, leisure, shopping and casual and fine dining. Right now I’m seeing 243 restaurant coupons and 139 shopping coupons, to name just two categories.

The book purchase includes online and mobile coupons.

Currently I’m spotting coupons for Tucanos Brazilian Grill, Golden Pride Chicken & Ribs, Pizza Hut, Burger King, Arby’s, Boston Market, Mary & Tito’s, Prairie Star Restaurant & Wine Bar, Albuquerque Little Theatre, Hinkle Family Fun Center, Albuquerque Indoor Karting, several bowling venues, Rattlesnake Museum,  Putt-Putt Golf & Games, ABQ Jump,  iT’Z, National Museum Of Nuclear Science & History, Best Buy, Payless Shoe Source, Famous Footwear, Family Dollar Stores, Big 5 Sporting Goods, The Gap, and too many more to mention…

See more details on the Entertainment Book 50% Off and Free Shipping sale at the link. The sale continues under March 12, 2014, and it is valid on the coupon books for all American cities nationally.

 

–Tania FYI I’ve given you my Entertainment Book affiliate links.

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Smithsonian Day Free Admission to NM Museums: Sept 28

September 23, 2013 by  
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Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day gives free admission to the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science, El Rancho de las Golondrinas and more, when you use the free admission coupon to print out or show on your smartphone.

Two people get free admission to participating museums across the country on Saturday September 28, 2013, on Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day.   Albuquerque museums joining the party are:

  • The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History
  • Albuquerque Museum of Art & History
  • New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science

You can’t just turn up and get in free. Sign up for a Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day free admission ticket and they’ll email it to you. The ticket covers two people’s admission and is only valid on Saturday September 28, 2013. Some museums allow you to show the ticket on your smart phone to save printing it out. (Check the relevant museum page at the participating New Mexico Museums link to see if they offer that option.)

Other New Mexico museums offering the free admission are:

  • El Rancho de las Golondrinas (Santa Fe)
  • Bradbury Science Museum (Los Alamos)
  • Los Alamos Historical Museum (Los Alamos)
  • Kit Carson Home and Museum (Taos)
  • Haak’u Museum (Acoma Pueblo)
  • Hubbard Museum of the American West (Ruidoso Downs)
  • Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art (Roswell)
  • Mesalands Community College’s Dinosaur Museum (Tucumcari)
  • University Museum, New Mexico State University (Las Cruces)
  • Western Heritage Museum Complex and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame (Hobbs)

Savvy cheapos might use their ticket for the higher cost museums – such as the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History, especially as it does not have a regular free admission day. But however you spend it, enjoy your free museum day!

–Tania

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Survival New Mexico: August 24-25

August 20, 2013 by  
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El Rancho de las Golondrinas asks how well we’d survive life in Colonial and Territorial New Mexico. Sometimes I wonder how good I am at surviving it right now in the 21st century, but certainly if you took away my fridge and I had to venture out hunter-gathering, I’d go hungry.

Hence the Survival: New Mexico weekend at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, just south of Santa Fe, caught my eye. The event is this Saturday and Sunday, August 24 and 25, 2013, with activities for adults and kids on traditional skills, and some handy modern day outdoor survival skills too.

If you’re in the mood for a day trip, admission for the Survival New Mexico event is $8 for adults, $5 for teens aged 13-18, and free for kids aged 12 and under. Seniors aged 62+ pay $5.

Activities and talks include:

  • How to make a survival bow, and an archery and atlatl workshop to learn how to shoot
  • Learn how to make fire when you don’t have any matches to hand
  • Make mini adobe bricks
  • Wagon rides
  • Black powder weaponry demonstration
  • Civil War medicine –  just a talk, not practicing it on each other 😉
  • Wilderness first aid by the American Red Cross
  • How to make a wilderness shelter
  • Make yucca soap, weave a survival bracelet, make a leather pendant, or kids can make a felt snake
  • Backyard composting, harvesting honey, and food preservation

Plus flintknappers, mountain man survival stories, horno bread, and more. Some activities are only on one day, and you can see the full schedule at the El Rancho de las Golondrinas  events page.

Survival: New Mexico weekend:

  • When: August 24-25, 2013
  • Time: 10 am – 4 pm
  • Where: El Rancho de las Golondrinas
  • Admission: $8 adults, or $5 for seniors (62+) and youth aged 13-18. Free for kids aged 12 and under

El Rancho de las Golondrinas directions to the living history museum on 200 pastoral acres just south of Santa Fe are pretty straightforward. It’s easy to find, off 1-25 exit 275. Take a left onto state road 599 and keep left. It’s well-signed and just a few minutes from that exit.

–Tania

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Two Nights Camping for the Price of One: May 10-11

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You’ll be a happy camper with this free camping night deal! During Care Camps weekend 2013 you pay for one night at a KOA campground and get the second night free.  The offer is valid at New Mexico camp sites including Albuquerque Santa Fe, Carlsbad, and Las Vegas, plus many out-of-state sites for a weekend trip away…

If you missed our post on this camping deal in March, here’s a reminder that KOA’s special free night camping weekend is coming up! If you pay to camp on Friday May 10, 2013 at participating camp grounds, you camp free at the same site on Saturday May 11.  This usually includes tent camping, RVs, cabins, and lodges, but check at individual sites for their terms.

New Mexico campsites participating in the KOA free night offer are:

  • Albuquerque Central KOA
  • Albuquerque North / Bernalillo KOA
  • Carlsbad KOA
  • Clayton KOA
  • Grants / Cibola Sands KOA
  • Las Vegas, New Mexico KOA
  • Santa Fe KOA
  • Lordsburg KOA
  • Raton KOA
  • Tucumcari KOA

Obviously you shouldn’t wait much longer to book, as this is a very popular offer. As well as camp grounds in Albuquerque and New Mexico,  there are participating  sites in our neighboring states of Arizona, Utah, Colorado, and Texas, and across the country. See all the locations offering two nights camping for the price of one in the Care Camps weekend by selecting the state you’re interested in.

Spaces are limited so you need to make a reservation in advance, and the ‘pay for one night get the second night free’ deal is ONLY valid on Friday and Saturday May 10 and 11, 2013.

It’s all in a good cause – participating camp sites will hold charity events, fundraising activities, and collect donations in aid of KOA Care Camps for children with cancer.

–Tania

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