Albuquerque and New Mexico Fourth of July Free Events 2014

July 2, 2014 by  
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New Mexico Fourth of JulyTime to celebrate our freedom with these Independence Day events in and around Albuquerque. Plus some New Mexico Fourth of July events if you feel like going on a trip…

The big 2014 Freedom Fourth party at Balloon Fiesta Park is indeed FREE! (Although there is a parking fee – check out the details below).

Other New Mexico Fourth of July freebie celebrations are in Rio Rancho, Corrales, Madrid, and further afield around the state.  So let’s (erm) go forth: Bring on the fireworks, flags, and fun!

 

Freedom Fourth – Albuquerque – Friday July 4, 2014

  • Gates open at 3 pm with free admission for all! Freedom Fourth is held at Balloon Fiesta Park, and live entertainment includes five-time Grammy winner, country music star Wynonna Judd at 8 pm. Leading up to that headline act,  you can hear OnQ Chorus (4 pm), Sim Balkey & the Honky Tonk Crew (4:45 pm), Joanie and Combo Special (5:45 pm) and Rudy Boy Experiment (6:45 pm). At 7:45 pm, Manzano Day School will perform the national anthem.
  • Other Freedom Fourth fun includes a car show, kids’ activities, and a cultural stage with entertainment ranging from Irish music and Polynesian dancing to Flamenco.  A microbrew beer garden and food vendors will keep everyone refreshed. Of course, this all culminates in the fireworks display after dark.
  • Parking is $10…  You could save cash (and possibility your sanity) by taking the Park & Ride for $1 round trip; 35c for seniors aged 62+ and children. Kids aged 9 and under ride free.  Take exact change and bus passes aren’t accepted for Park & Ride. Westside pick up is St. Pius High School, eastside is  Coronado Center at the northwest corner on San Pedro, starting at 3 pm until 8 pm to go to the event.
  • There are quite a few “thou shalt nots” at Freedom Fourth – such as don’t take alcohol (although alcohol is available to purchase), so check the City of Albuquerque Freedom Fourth page for the event schedule and info on what you can and can’t take.

Rio Rancho Holiday Parade and Fireworks – Friday July 4

  • Bike Decorating Contest registration starts at 9 am – open to kids and adults with prizes for the kids contest only (natch!) for best decorated, most patriotic, and most original bikes! Register free at the Bank of America parking lot, 3101 Southern Blvd, then join the parade (children must wear a helmet).
  • The Rio Rancho Holiday Parade starts at 10 am, heading east from Country Club Drive down Southern Boulevard, and concluding on Pinetree Road near the Esther Bone Memorial Library and the Rio Rancho Veterans Monument Park.
  • A Declaration of Independence ceremony follows at the Veterans Monument Park, starting at around 11 am.
  • Free fireworks at the Rio Rancho High School football stadium start at around 9 pm – but the stadium opens at 6 pm.

Madrid Fourth of July Parade on the Turquoise Trail starts at noon on July 4, and if you want to watch a baseball game first, get to the Oscar Huber Memorial Ballpark for 10 am.

Corrales Fourth of July Parade and Fun Day starts with the parade at 10 am (from Target Road) and ends at La Entrada Park for the family fun day.

Other New Mexico Fourth of July Events:

If you’re planning to travel around the state, check out these other mostly free New Mexico Fourth of July celebrations.  See each link for more details. (Please bear in mind that depending on weather and fire conditions, firework events may be subject to change. Call ahead before setting off on a long road trip.)

  • Alomogordo The Made in America Fourth of July Parade starts at 10 am, with Freedom Faith fireworks in the evening.
  • Cloudcroft Parade at 2 pm on July 4, followed by various community events.
  • Clovis Smoke on the Water fireworks display follows music concerts in the afternoon
  • Farmington Freedom Days with various events and entertainment run from July 3 – 6. Highlights for July 4 are the Electric Light Parade at 9 pm, and day events including Party in the Park entertainment, a pizza-eating contest, water balloon fight, live music, and a skateboarding competition.
  • Las Cruces Electric Light Parade on July 3 at 9 pm. On July 4, entertainment includes music by Don McLean (American Pie!) and a Beatles tribute band, followed by fireworks.
  • Red River 4th of July Parade at 10 am, followed by live music in Brandenburg Park, with activities for kids and the annual Egg Toss & family games.
  • Santa Fe The Fourth of July fireworks return to Santa Fe High School this year. The event starts at 5 pm with musical entertainment, and they request a $5 parking donation.  The Santa Fe Pancakes on the Plaza fundraiser event ($8, or $7 for advance tickets) takes place as usual in the Plaza from 7 am to noon, with activities and entertainment and, yes, pancakes.
  • Silver City Parade on July 4, followed by an Ice Cream Social, free games for kids, a cakewalk, and live music concerts.
  • Socorro Free Fourth of July festival and entertainment including Al Hurricane & Al Hurricane Jr., El Gringo, and Clan Tynker, all followed by fireworks.
  • Arroyo Seco and Taos The Fourth of July Parade in Arroyo Seco starts at around noon but arrive in good time, you may have to park a little away from the village.  The evening fireworks in Taos start at around 9 pm.
  • Taos Ski Valley Fourth of July Parade starts at 2 pm, the annual Rubber Duck Race is at 3 pm, and the Taos Mountain Summer Music Series from 3 pm to 6 pm offers music from Brent Berry y Tambien, plus volleyball & kiddie play area.

Plenty of places to celebrate a very New Mexico Fourth of July…. completely free or on the cheap! Happy Independence Day!

–Tania


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Ski Free at Sipapu Resort on the Closing Weekends

April 4, 2014 by  
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Ski Free at Sipapu Resort New Mexico – snowboarders too!

Sipapu Ski Resort is giving free lift tickets to all skiers and snowboarders for the New Mexico ski resort’s two closing weekends.

OK, snow bunnies! The family-friendly Sipapu Ski Resort has announced that it’s free for everyone to ski at Sipapu on their closing weekends for this ski season:

—  Saturday and Sunday April 5 – 6, 2014

—  Saturday and Sunday April 12 – 13, 2014

They just had a nice dump of snow up at Sipapu and according to a press release, up to 12 runs will be open this weekend. That includes four beginner trails, seven intermediate trails and one advanced run. Sipapu’s largest terrain park, Don Diego, is also scheduled to be open.

Lift #1 will be running, which serves mountain terrain from top to bottom as well as Lift #2 for the practice slope. The resort’s full-service rental shop will be open if you don’t have your own gear.

Apparently this ski and snowboard season has been one of the most successful on record, so as a closing celebration they’re sharing the lurve with the ski freebie!

Lifts will be open from 9:30 am to 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday April 5-6 and April 12-13. Sipapu is only open for these two weekends for the rest of this season, not on weekdays.

To check the latest on weather and conditions, see Sipapu Ski Resort’s website at this link before heading off for their last ski and snowboarding weekend of the season – totally free.

Sipapu is about a 2.5 hour drive from Albuquerque via Santa Fe, 20 miles southeast of Taos.

–Tania

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Albuquerque and New Mexico Fourth of July Free Events 2013

July 1, 2013 by  
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New Mexico Fourth of JulyTime to celebrate our freedom with these Independence Day events in and around Albuquerque. Plus some New Mexico Fourth of July events if you feel like going on a trip…

The big 2013 Freedom Fourth party at Balloon Fiesta Park is indeed FREE! (Although there is a parking fee – check out the details below).

Other New Mexico Fourth of July freebie celebrations are in Rio Rancho, Corrales, Madrid, and further afield around the state.  So let’s (erm) go forth: Bring on the fireworks, flags, and fun!

 

Freedom Fourth – Albuquerque – Thursday July 4, 2013

  • Gates open at 3 pm with free admission for all! Freedom Fourth is held at Balloon Fiesta Park, and live entertainment includes the headline act country music star John Michael Montgomery at 8 pm. Leading up to that main stage event you can hear Summer XO (4 pm), Burnin’ Bridges Band (5:15 pm) and Bartender 4 Mayor (6:30 pm). At 7:50 pm, opera singer Ida Huber Mitchell will perform the national anthem.
  • Other Freedom Fourth fun includes a car show, kids’ activities, and a cultural stage with performers ranging from Japanese folk dancing, Irish dancers and Flamenco dance.  A microbrew beer garden and food vendors will keep everyone refreshed. Of course, this all culminates in the fireworks display after dark.
  • Parking is $10…  You could save cash (and possibility your sanity) by taking the Park & Ride for $1 round trip; 35c for seniors and children. Kids aged 9 and under ride free.  Take exact change and bus passes aren’t accepted for Park & Ride. Westside pick up is St. Pius High School, eastside is  Coronado Center at the northwest corner on San Pedro, starting at 3 pm until 8 pm to go to the event.
  • There are quite a few “thou shalt nots” at Freedom Fourth – such as don’t take alcohol (although alcohol is available to purchase), so check the City of Albuquerque Freedom Fourth page for the event schedule and info on what you can and can’t take.

Rio Rancho Holiday Parade and Fireworks – Thursday July 4

  • Bike Decorating Contest registration starts at 9 am – open to kids and adults with prizes for the kids contest only (natch!) for best decorated, most patriotic, and most original bikes! Register free at the Bank of America parking lot, 3101 Southern Blvd, then join the parade (children must wear a helmet).
  • The Rio Rancho Holiday Parade starts at 10 am, heading east from Country Club Drive down Southern Boulevard, and concluding on Pinetree Road near the Esther Bone Memorial Library and the Rio Rancho Veterans Monument Park.
  • A Declaration of Independence ceremony follows at the Veterans Monument Park, starting at around 11 am.
  • Free fireworks at the Rio Rancho High School football stadium start at around 9 pm – but the stadium opens at 6 pm and pre-firework entertainment includes a free outdoor movie.
  • See all the details on the Rio Rancho Fourth of July events.

Madrid Fourth of July Parade on the Turquoise Trail starts at noon on July 4, and if you want to watch a baseball game first, get to the Oscar Huber Memorial Ballpark for 10 am.

Corrales Fourth of July Parade and Fun Day starts with the parade at 10 am (from Target Road) and ends at La Entrada Park for the fun day till 2 pm. The water fight this year will be held at the Corrales Community Pool at the Rec Center. (It’s not happening during the parade – keep your water to yourself!) The water fight starts at noon at the pool with free admission, and continues till 3 pm. That’s some water fight!

Other New Mexico Fourth of July Events:

If you’re planning to travel around the state, check out these other mostly free New Mexico Fourth of July celebrations.  See each link for more details. (Please bear in mind that with the current awful fire season, all firework events may be subject to change. Call ahead before setting off on a long road trip.)

  • Alomogordo America the Beautiful Fourth of July Parade starts at 10 am, with Freedom Faith fireworks in the evening.
  • Cloudcroft Parade at 2 pm on July 4, and a street dance on July 6 at 7 pm.
  • Clovis Smoke on the Water fireworks display follows music concerts in the afternoon
  • Farmington Freedom Days run from July 2 – 7. Highlights for July 4 are the Electric Light Parade at 9 pm, and day events including Party in the Park entertainment, a pizza-eating contest, water balloon fight, ice cream social, and a skateboarding competition.
  • Las Cruces Electric Light Parade on July 3 at 9 pm, with a Street Fest and fireworks on July 4
  • Red River 4th of July Parade at 10 am, followed by live music in Brandenburg Park, with activities for kids and the annual Egg Toss & family games.
  • Santa Fe Fourth of July fireworks in Santa Fe will sparkle from a different venue this year: The Santa Fe Municipal Recreation Center (205 Caja Del Rio Road) instead of the usual Santa Fe High School. The event starts at 5 pm with musical entertainment, and they request a $5 parking donation.  The Santa Fe Pancakes on the Plaza fundraiser event ($7, or $6 for advance tickets) takes place as usual in the Plaza from 7 am to noon, with kids activities and, yes, pancakes.
  • Silver City Parade at 10 am on July 4, followed by an Ice Cream Social, free games for kids, a cakewalk, and live music concerts.
  • Socorro Free Fourth of July festival and entertainment including Al Hurricane & Al Hurricane Jr., El Gringo, and Clan Tynker, all followed by fireworks.
  • Arroyo Seco and Taos The Fourth of July Parade in Arroyo Seco starts at around noon but arrive in good time, you may have to park a little away from the village.  The evening fireworks in Taos may or may not take place in 2013; the Town of Taos will assess fire danger on the day itself and make the decision.
  • Taos Ski Valley Fourth of July Parade starts at 2 pm, the annual Rubber Duck Race is at 3 pm, and the Taos Mountain Summer Music Series from 3.30 pm to 6.30 pm offers music from Last to Know, the Revolving Door Circus, a bouncy castle for kids and free popcorn.

Plenty of places to celebrate a very New Mexico Fourth of July…. completely free or on the cheap! Happy Independence Day!

–Tania

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Ski Free at Sipapu Resort: April 13 – 14

April 12, 2013 by  
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Ski Free at Sipapu Resort New Mexico – snowboarders too!

Sipapu Ski Resort is giving free lift tickets to all skiers and snowboarders this weekend as part of the New Mexico ski resort’s closing weekend.

OK, snow bunnies! The family-friendly Sipapu Ski Resort has just announced that it’s free for everyone to ski at Sipapu this Saturday and Sunday April 13-14, 2013. They reckon they are the only New Mexico ski area open this weekend. Although I haven’t fact-checked that, I’m pretty sure all the other NM ski resorts I know have indeed closed for this season already. Apparently this has been Sipapu’s biggest season ever, with an estimated 10% more visitors than last year.  As a closing celebration they’re sharing the lurve with the ski freebie!

According to a press release, Lift #1 will be running, which serves mountain terrain from top to bottom. The resort anticipates that at least seven trails will be open, including two beginner routes, two intermediate trails and three advanced trails. The resort’s full-service rental shop will be open if you don’t have your own gear. Lifts will be open from 9:30 am to 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

This all depends of course on the weather playing nicely and general conditions. So check Sipapu Ski Resort’s website at this link before heading off for the last ski and snowboarding weekend of the season in New Mexico – totally free.

Sipapu is about a 2.5 hour drive from Albuquerque via Santa Fe, 20 miles southeast of Taos.

–Tania

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New Mexico Restaurant Week 2013

February 13, 2013 by  
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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

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Sipapu Ski Resort Free Lodging and Lift Ticket Deals

January 7, 2013 by  
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Sipapu Ski Resort offers a bunch of freebies and deals to lure skiers and snowboarders on to the slopes at the family-friendly resort during this January to April 2013 ski season.

For one, you can score free lodging at Sipapu, Taos, Santa Fe or Las Vegas in one of their most popular promotions. Buy two adult lift tickets at $44 each and get one night’s free lodging.  The options are at Sipapu’s own lodging just yards from the base of the lifts, or you can get a free room in Taos at the Sagebrush Inn, El Pueblo Lodge, Quality Inn, or Indian Hills Inn; in Santa Fe at the Santa Fe Sage Inn, or free lodging in Las Vegas, NM at the Super 8.  The offer runs throughout the season with some date restrictions depending on the free lodging location you choose, so check the offer details at the above link to find the best deal for your trip.

Other Sipapu special offers for skiers include:

Car Load Days Deal Everyone in one car skis for $50 on Wednesdays January 9, 16, 23, and 30, plus many (but not all) Wednesdays in February through April. You can pack up to 6 skiers in one vehicle and get this deal – that’s under 10 bucks per person. But you must mention the Car Load Days Deal when collecting your lift tickets.

Two for One Tuesdays  Buy a full price lift ticket and get one lift ticket free on Tuesdays.  This offer is scheduled for every Tuesday in January and February, and then selected dates in March, but check the dates at the above link in case they change.

On Parents Ski Free Week from January 21 – 27, 2013, one parent gets a free lift ticket with the purchase of a teen or child full price full day lift ticket. Mention the Parents Ski Free deal when picking up the lift ticket for your kid.

A host of other Sipapu ski-for-free deals through the season make me wonder if anyone will pay full price! These people get free lift tickets:

  • Kids ski free aged 6 and under every day with proof of age
  • Fourth Graders ski free every day with proof such as a current report card
  • 40 Year Olds ski free every day – gotta love that one. If you’re forty, you ski or ride free with proof of age
  • 60 Year Olds ski free every day and you must be exactly 60, with proof of age.
  • Free lift ticket for skiers aged 70+ every day with proof of age
  • Active Military ski free with military ID. There are some blackout dates – see this link

You need to mention the relevant offer when you turn up, ‘cos, like, they’re not mind-readers. Sipapu is about a 2.5 hour drive from Albuquerque via Santa Fe, 20 miles southeast of Taos.

–Tania

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Fourth of July Free Events 2012

July 2, 2012 by  
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Time to celebrate our freedom with these Independence Day events in and around Albuquerque…

The big 2012 Freedom 4th party at Balloon Fiesta Park is indeed FREE! (Although there is a parking fee – check out the details below).

There are plenty of freebie celebrations too in Rio Rancho, Corrales, Madrid, and further afield around the state.

So let’s (erm) go forth: Bring on the fireworks, flags, and fun!

Freedom Fourth – Albuquerque – Wednesday July 4, 2012 

  • Gates open at 3 pm with free admission for all! Freedom 4th is held at Balloon Fiesta Park, and live entertainment includes country music band Diamond Rio, Rolling Thunder, The Noms,  and performers on the Warehouse 508 Youth Stage. Plus a car show, a balloon glow, jumpers, a climbing wall, free face painting, Mayor Berry’s Very Important Kids Zone, and food vendors. All culminating of course in the fireworks display after dark.
  • Parking is $10…  You could save cash (and possibility your sanity) by taking the Park & Ride for $1 round trip; 35c for seniors, students, and kids under age 9.  Take exact change and bus passes aren’t accepted for Park & Ride. Westside pick up is St. Pius High School, eastside is  Coronado Center at the northwest corner, starting at 3 pm until 8 pm to go to the event.
  • There are quite a few “thou shalt nots” at Freedom Fourth – such as don’t take alcohol (although alcohol is available to purchase), so check the City of Albuquerque Freedom 4th page for the event schedule and info on what you can and can’t take.

Rio Rancho Holiday Parade and Fireworks – Wednesday July 4

  • Bike Decorating Contest registration starts at 9 am – open to kids and adults with prizes for the kids contest only (natch!) for best decorated and patriotic bikes! Register free at Joe’s Pasta House parking lot, 3201 Southern Blvd, then join the parade (children must wear a helmet).
  • Holiday parade starts at 10 am, heading east from Country Club Drive down Southern Boulevard.  and ending on Pinetree Road near the Esther Bone Memorial Library and the Rio Rancho Veterans Monument Park.
  • A ceremony follows at the Veterans Monument Park, starting at around 11 am.
  • Free fireworks at the Rio Rancho High School football stadium start at around 9 pm – but the stadium opens at 6 pm and pre-firework entertainment includes music and a free movie.
  • See all the details on the Rio Rancho Fourth of July events.

Madrid Fourth of July Parade starts at noon on July 4, and if you want to watch a baseball game first, get to the Oscar Huber Memorial Ballpark for 10 am.

Corrales Fourth of July Parade and Fun Day starts with the parade at 10 am (from Target Road) and ends at La Entrada Park for the fun day till 1:30 pm.

Other New Mexico Independence Day Weekend Events:

If you’re planning to travel around the state, check out these other mostly free (or cheap) 4th July celebrations over the weekend.  See each link for day, times, and details:

  • Cloudcroft Parade at 2 pm with prizes for ‘walking’ ‘wheels’ and ‘animals’, open to all participants.
  • Eagle Nest Parade at 2 pm and Fireworks
  • Farmington Freedom Days Electric Light Parade at 9 pm, and day events including Party in the Park entertainment, arts show, pizza-eating contest, and skateboarding competition
  • Las Cruces Electric Light Parade on July 3 at 9 pm, with a Street Fest and fireworks on July 4
  • Red River 4th of July Parade at 10 am, followed by games and entertainment
  • Silver City Parade at 10 am, followed by an Ice Cream Social, free games for kids, a cakewalk, and live music concerts.
  • Socorro Free Fourth of July entertainment including Dr. Buck’s Wild West Show, Squash Blossom Boys, and Al Hurricane & Al Hurricane Jr.concerts, and fireworks
  • Taos Parade in Arroyo Seco at around noon but arrive earlier, Fireworks in Taos
  • Taos Ski Valley Parade at 2 pm, Rubber Duck Race at 3 pm.

Plenty of places to celebrate…. on the CHEAP! Happy Independence Day!

–Tania

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New Mexico Restaurant Week

March 1, 2012 by  
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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

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Santa Fe and Taos Getaway Deals on Lodging

December 21, 2011 by  
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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!

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Sipapu Ski Resort Free Lodging and Lift Ticket Deals

December 19, 2011 by  
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Sipapu Ski Resort offers a bunch of freebies and deals to lure skiers and snowboarders on to the slopes at the family-friendly resort during the 2011-2012 season. Update: links have been removed as these offers are now finished. See the latest ski deals and freebies at Sipapu for January to April 2013.

For one, you can score FREE lodging as Sipapu brings back one of its most popular promotions. Buy a $44 lift ticket and get one night’s free lodging. You and up to three ski buddies can get a free room with two queen beds at Sipapu’s motel, located mere yards from the base of the lifts.  The other three people can be non-skiers too, as the free room only requires the purchase of one lift ticket. The offer is good on specific dates through the season, so see the Sipapu free motel dates for details.

Sipapu skiers can also get free lodging in Taos at the Sagebrush Inn, El Pueblo Lodge, Quality Inn, or Indian Hills Inn, or free lodging in Las Vegas, NM at the Super 8.  Both of these offers require  a minimum purchase of two $44 adult lift tickets.  They run throughout the season with some date restrictions, check the deal links for valid dates and details.

Car Load Days Deal Everyone in one car skis for $50 on January 4, 11, 18, and 25, plus later dates in February through April. You can pack up to 6 skiers in one vehicle and get this deal – that’s under 10 bucks per person. But you must mention the Car Load Days Deal when collecting your lift tickets.

Two for One Tuesdays  From January 3, 2012, buy a full price lift ticket and get one lift ticket free on Tuesdays.  As far as I can see, this offer runs every Tuesday from January 3 to February 28, and then for one day on March 20, but check the dates at the link in case they change!

On Parents Ski Free Week from January 7-13, 2012, a parent gets a free lift ticket with the purchase of a teen or child full price lift ticket.

A host of other Sipapu ski deals through the season make me wonder if anyone will pay full price!

  • Kids ski free aged 6 and under every day with proof of age
  • Fourth Graders ski free every day with proof such as a current report card
  • Active Military ski free every day with military ID. There are some blackout dates – see the link
  • 40 Year Olds ski free every day – gotta love that one. If you’re forty, you ski or ride free with proof of age
  • 60 Year Olds ski free every day this season, to celebrate Sipapu’s 60th anniversary. You must be exactly 60, with proof of age.
  • Free lift ticket for skiers aged 70+ every day with proof of age
  • Free ski or snowboard lesson for first timers aged 7+ with the purchase of a full price lift ticket.

You need to mention the relevant offer when you turn up, ‘cos, like, they’re not mind-readers.

You’ll want to know what the skiing is like before making plans, so check out the Sipapu snow report.

Sipapu is about a 2.5 hour drive from Albuquerque via Santa Fe, 20 miles southeast of Taos. Get directions to Sipapu Ski Resort.

–Tania

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