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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Sipapu Free Music on the Rocks Concert

August 20, 2013 by  
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The Music on the Rocks festival twangs up its guitar strings on Saturday August 24, 2013. It’s free for all and family-friendly.

Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort hosts the free Music on the Rocks festival, featuring live music from a host of performers including headline acts Ryan McGarvey and the Sean Healen Band.  Lots of dancing!  And it’s cooooool in them there mountains, in every sense of the word. They also reckon they’ll have some kind of art happening in the meadow, although I went to Music on the Rocks in 2012 and I don’t remember the art so much. Then again, I might not have been looking in the right direction. I’m usually not.

Even though it was rainy last year, the music was fab and we all had a good time dancing. I had mud up to my knees and I loved every minute of it! Mr Cheap and I filled up on some pretty good food too. It was casual fare, but very tasty and reasonably priced. 

Music on the Rocks 2013 runs on Saturday August 24 from 10 am  – 10  pm, and the headline acts at the free concerts are Ryan McGarvey and the Sean Healen Band. Other performers at the event are Main Street Garage Band, Pawn Drive, Jeromino Keith, Eric George, Prudy Dimas, Steady Rollers, and Jenne McIntosh.

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

If you want to stay over, Sipapu *may* still have some lodging available. Lodging is a mere few steps away from the festival stage, so it’s very convenient to run back to if you get overwhelmed by too much partying.

You might also be able to take advantage of the Sipapu lodging deal  to stay two nights and get the third night free with the promo code: ULTIMATE FREE FAMILY VACATION. That 3rd night free deal is available on hotel rooms, cabins, suites, and lodge rooms until October 17, 2013, with some blackout dates. Call 800-587-2240 for lodging info.

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

March 19, 2013 by  
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Get a free camping night during Care Camps weekend 2013 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 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

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 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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Sipapu Free Music on the Rocks Concert

July 27, 2012 by  
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The Music on the Rocks festival twangs up its guitar strings on Saturday August 4, 2012. It’s free for all and family-friendly.

Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort hosts the free Music on the Rocks festival, featuring live music, dancing, artists booths, a beer garden and wine tastings. (And it’s cooooool in them there mountains, in every sense of the word.)

Music on the Rocks 2012 runs on Saturday August 4 from 1 – 9 pm, and here’s the free concert line-up at time of writing:

1 pm – Jenne McIntosh who’s opened for artists including Yanni and Olivia Newton John (interesting mix!)

2:15 pm – Cali Shaw Band from Albuquerque. Cali Shaw is the co-founder of southwest funk contingent Felonious Groove Foundation.

3:30 pm – Monkey Feeders voted Best Band in Taos in 2012, and covering popular songs by artists from Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder to The Cure, Pink Floyd, and Cindy Lauper.

5:15 pm – Main Street Garage Band, a six-person pop band from Boulder.

7 pm – Taos band Last to Know funks it up as the headline act. They are officially described as “discofunkgrass” which proves to me that I am far too old. I thought that was an illegal substance.

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

If you want to stay over, Sipapu *may* still have some lodging available (they still had a few rooms and campsites last I heard, but no doubt they’re filling fast). Lodging is a mere few steps away from the festival stage, so it’s very convenient to run back to if you get overwhelmed by the discofunkgrass.

You might also be able to take advantage of Sipapu lodging deals  including stay two nights and get the third night free with the promo code: ULTIMATE FREE FAMILY VACATION.

Call 800-587-2240 for lodging info.

–Tania

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15% Off Promo Code for 6 New Mexico Hotels

June 16, 2012 by  
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Use the promo code to get 15% off room rates at all six Heritage Hotels & Resorts properties in New Mexico.

The discount deal at Heritage Hotels & Resorts saves you 15% off the best rates for their six New Mexico hotels when you use the promo code:  ADVENTURE

The hotels are:

  • Hotel Albuquerque near Albuquerque Old Town. I’ve stayed here for conferences and also research purposes when writing travel articles, and the decor and hotel is very attractive and comfy, with super-helpful staff.  
  • Nativo Lodge in Albuquerque 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  😉
  • The Lodge at Santa Fe featuring handcrafted furnishings and original artwork, free wi-fi, a bar and lounge, and an outdoor pool and hot tub. It’s a five minute drive to Santa Fe Plaza.
  • Hotel St. Francis in Santa Fe is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, just a short block from the Plaza. (And right opposite one of my fave Santa Fe restaurants, Cafe Pasqual’s.) I’ve nosed around since they gave the hotel its elegant make-over and think they’ve done a lovely job. I haven’t stayed there, but I’ve often enjoyed the atmosphere in the bar.   
  • Hotel Chimayo de Santa Fe which used to be the Hotel Plaza Real. I haven’t stayed in the new incarnation of the hotel, but I did stay when it was the Hotel Plaza Real, and you can’t beat the location, just off Santa Fe Plaza. I also like the bar and patio – a very good spot for people-watching.
  • Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces in (as you would guess) Las Cruces. Anyone been there? Let us know in the comment box below. It’s on my list of places to try out!

Links to all the New Mexico Heritage Hotels & Resorts are at their website, where you can plug in the promo code ADVENTURE to see room rates after the 15% discount is applied.

Info on the promo arrived via email, and I don’t know how long the promo code is valid for, or how far ahead you can book and still get the discount. However, I did a test run for various dates through November, including during Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in October, and the discount appeared just fine! Some blackout dates may apply.

If you go, also check out the hotel coupons for dining discounts and freebies at each of these New Mexico properties.  

–Tania

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2 Nights Camping for the Price of One: May 11-12

April 24, 2012 by  
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Get a free camping night during Kamp & Care weekend 2012 when you pay for one night at a KOA campground.  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…

If you missed our heads-up on this camping deal in March, here’s a reminder that during KOA’s special
Come Camp & Care With Us Weekend, if you pay to camp on Friday May 11, 2012, you camp free at the same site on Saturday May 12.  This includes tent camping, RVs, cabins, and lodges.

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

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 Kamp & Care With Us 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 11 and 12, 2012.

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

–Tania

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2 Nights Camping for the Price of One: May 11-12

March 31, 2012 by  
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Get a free camping night during Kamp & Care weekend 2012 when you pay for one night at a KOA campground.  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…

As part of KOA’s special Come Camp & Care With Us Weekend, if you pay to camp on Friday May 11, 2012, you camp free at the same site on Saturday May 12.  This includes tent camping, RVs, cabins, and lodges.

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

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 Kamp & Care With Us 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 11 and 12, 2012.

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

–Tania

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New Mexico Lodging Deals & Southwest Breaks

October 23, 2011 by  
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Lodging deals in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Taos, Ojo Caliente, and more, including 50% off, and free nights. Plus lodging deals in Las Vegas, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Colorado if you fancy a break away. Some offers are time-limited to purchase, or have limited quantities available.

This offer is now sold out. Mauger Estate Bed & Breakfast $85 deal Get 49% off a one night stay for two people at the popular Albuquerque B&B (usually $168). The deal includes breakfast, evening refreshments, and cheese, fruit, and chocolates on arrival, plus some granola to take home. (Funny perk!) The time-limited offer (or until they sell out) is via Living Social Escapes for stays through January 31, 2012, excluding Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve (check deal details.)

Other Living Social Escapes include:

  • Angel Fire Ski Resort (near Taos) Two nights for up to 6 people in a two bedroom condo for $399, including four all-day ski rentals and a $50 dining voucher at The Roasted Clove. Stay by March 31, 2012.
  • Vail Colorado two night stay at The Lodge for two people from $229 including a bottle of wine for stays through December 12, 2011
  • 50% off Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, Arizona, at $299 for two people in a luxury room in the AAA Four Diamond resort, including a bottle of sparkling wine and 50% off massages, for stays through January 26, 2012. Check both deal details for any blackout dates.

50% off Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino Mescalero, near Ruidoso, NM. $119 for a one night stay for two including $40 room service credit, in various rooms from deluxe to grand or royal suite, on Sunday–Thursday through December 15, 2011. Blackout dates: November 17, 18, 22, 24, 25. You can buy up to three per visit (so stay for up to three nights at a time) at this rate via Groupon Getaways, in a time-limited deal through Monday. The casino resort is on a lake (and it’s pretty stunning) about 180 miles south of Albuquerque, near the Ski Apache ski area.

Other Getwaways in Santa Fe and the Southwest (check deal details for any blackout dates) include:

  • Santa Fe Garrett’s Desert Inn 50% Off $59 for one night, $109 for two nights. Quantities are limited, for a stay by April 30, 2012
  • Santa Fe The Lodge 50+ % Off $112 for two adults and two kids in an Anasazi mini suite, including two museum passes, a bottle of wine, and 25% restaurant discount.  Stay by March 31, 2012, and you can combine two deals for a two-night stay.
  • Las Vegas Treasure Island Hotel & Casino $188 for two nights for two in a deluxe room, including $50 dining credit, and $25 per person spa/salon credits, for stays on Sunday – Wednesday. Or $268 Thursday – Sunday. Stay by February 28, 2012.
  • Update: Sold out Las Vegas Palms Place Hotel $199 for two nights, for two adults and up to two kids, in a studio suite on Sunday to Thursday, including access to spa, and a nightlife club, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Stay by December 31, 2011, and you can combine several deals for longer stays. (For a Friday/Saturday stay, the deal is $299 for two nights, but that includes a $50 dining credit.)
  • Greer Lodge Resort & Cabins, Arizona, $199 for two nights for up to eight people in a cabin (usually $558), staying on Sunday to Thursday to April 30, 2012. You can combine two deals, which makes a 4-night stay.
  • Tanglewood Resort on Lake Texoma, Texas $199 for two nights for up to four people with golf for two and $50 dining credit through March 31, 2012, worth $440. The fine print also shows a free bottle of wine per couple. The resort is an hour north of Dallas. There’s also an option for 10 people to stay one night in five lakeview rooms, with breakfast, a boat cruise, and spa credits, in a $999 package for ten people.

ClubHouse Inn and Suites 2nd Night Half Price Stay one weekend night at $89, and the second night’s stay will cost $44.50. The 50% off the second night offer at Albuquerque’s ClubHouse Inn and Suites Hotel is valid on weekends only, for advance reservations and with some blackout dates.

Clarion Hotel Albuquerque 20% off rooms in the winter special, plus a free shuttle to Sandia Casino, through March 31, 2012

Hyatt Regency Tamaya Third Night free The three for free package at Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa includes every third night free, free breakfast for two people each day, and a room upgrade. The resort is on Santa Ana Pueblo, by Bernalillo.

La Posada de Santa Fe 25% off a stay of four nights or more, plus a free lunch for two people, to a $50 value. For stays of 1 – 3 nights, La Posada de Santa Fe Resort and Spa offers 15% off. Both deals are for travel through December 29, 2011.

Fort Marcy Hotel Suites in Santa Fe Get 30% off a one or two night stay, 40% off three nights, or 45% off four or more nights. The winter special runs from November 22, 2011 to April 30, 2012, but excludes Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Eldorado Hotel & Spa Third Night Free in Santa Fe. The offer is valid till March 31, 2012, with rates from $169 a night. Also, Eldorado Hotel offers a New Mexico residents special with proof of residency, starting from $159 a night. So if you’re just staying for one night and you’re a New Mexican, ask for that rate. For longer stays the third night free deal is still the better option.

Ojo Caliente Third Night Free This offer varies, depending on season. For stays through October 31, 2011, your first night’s stay must be on Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday to get the third night free.  From November 1 to February 29, 2012, the first night can be between Saturday and Wednesday.  Holiday dates are excluded, and the offer requires double occupancy, so bring a friend for a getaway to get the third night free. Lodging includes admission to soak in Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs.

American Artists Gallery House 50% off second night at the Taos bed and breakfast inn, or stay three nights for the price of two, through December 22, 2011, excluding Thanksgiving.

Taos Touchstone Inn Ski and Spa Package includes 25% off a stay at the Taos B&B inn, and 15% off a 60-minute massage. Minimum 2 night stay during the 2011-2012 ski season, excluding Thanksgiving and Christmas. Or get 10% off at the inn during November and December, with a 2 night minimum stay. (3 nights for Thanksgiving/Christmas).

We’ve mentioned this deal before, but don’t forget that active and retired military personnel can get a free night’s stay via the B&B For Vets program on Thursday November 10, 2011, for themselves and a guest in a Bed and Breakfast or Inn. Rooms are filling fast, so check out the B&B for Vets New Mexico inns or search for availability in other states.

Silver City KOA Third night half price on any camping (lodge, studio, tent, RV) with Hot Deal Code: CB to December 31, 2011, excluding holiday weekends.

Please read the fine print at the links for details and any blackout dates, to be sure they’re a good deal for you.  And happy traveling!

–Tania

FYI: I’ve given you my Groupon Getaways and Living Social Escapes affiliate links to plug you directly to those deals. If you feel like sending a little love this way to support the ABQ on the Cheap site, (it doesn’t cost you any extra) please use the links.

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Sipapu Free Music on the Rocks Concert

July 27, 2011 by  
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The Music on the Rocks festival twangs up its guitar strings on Saturday July 30, 2011. It’s free for all and family-friendly.

Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort hosts the free Music on the Rocks festival, featuring live music, dancing, artists booths, and free wine tastings by La Chiripada Winery of Dixon.

Music on the Rocks 2011 runs on Saturday July 30 from 10 am till 7:30 pm, and here’s the free concert line-up at time of writing:

  • 10 am – Taos singer/songwriter Carl Struck.
  • 11 am – The Steady Rollers
  • 12 noon – Albuquerque’s own Prudy Dimas and Leah Black
  • 1 pm – Gravestoned
  • 2 pm – Jenne McIntosh who’s opened for artists including Yanni and Olivia Newton John (interesting mix!)
  • 3 pm – Rocking country dance tunes from Chris Morel and Charlie Whaler
  • 4:30 pmMain Street Garage Band, a six-person pop band from Boulder
  • 6 pm – Taos band Last to Know funks it up as the headline act

Free wine tastings from La Chiripada Winery & Vineyard start at noon.

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

If you want to stay over, they *may* still have some of their Sipapu lodging deals  available (they still had a few rooms last we heard, but no doubt they’re filling fast.) Offers include stay one night and get the second night free in the motel through August 31, and stay two nights and get the third night free in various lodging options, to August 7.  As far as I can see, there are no blackout dates ove the music festival weekend. Call them on 800-587-2240 for lodging info.

–Tania

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