Now in October, the leaves on the cotton woods turn gold. The Sandhill cranes, who winter over in the area, start to show up in the Bosque along the Rio Grande, and snow geese arrive, as well. Later, the cotton woods turn a mellow champagne color. The holidays are approaching, and there is still time to reserve a spot to stay as you visit family and friends, or explore Albuquerque and the nearby area. Or be thinking ahead to a winter break after the holidays in a place a bit milder.
Come enjoy the glamor and Southwestern charm of this old, territorial style house. The Old Town House in the museum district is an authentic adobe, built c. 1902. Directly cross the street from Tiguex Park, and about a block and a half from historic Old Town Plaza, the location is unmatched. With original wood floors, beamed ceilings, and foot thick walls, this house evokes the romance of the Old West, and is a fantastic base for your Albuquerque adventures.
Three bedrooms and two baths accommodate 6 (2 queen beds and 1 full bed, as well as a sleeper sofa in the living room, which adds flexibility in sleeping arrangements). The en suite master bath features a claw foot tub, the second bedroom has a gas kiva fireplace, and soft lighting is achieved in all three bedrooms with chandeliers. An open floor plan connects the living room and kitchen. All kitchen appliances are stainless. An adjoining sitting room (with its own gas kiva fireplace) allows views of the park through a side lit French door. The dining room seats 6 comfortably. There is off street parking for two vehicles parked in tandem (for example, a large pickup and regular sized sedan will both fit).
The back yard patio area is equipped with three bistro tables and six chairs, as well as a charcoal Weber grill.
Things to Do in Albuquerque: Check out the web site for Old Town Albuquerque. Also, the Duke City Fix web site for a daily dose of Albuquerque pictures (as well as local commentary). Photos are posted on the Albuquerque Photo Gallery near the top of the DCF home page. People post new ones daily, and there are often spectacular shots of the Albuquerque scenery.
Here are a few of local restaurants of note (there are many other fabulous ones in Old Town, and throughout Albuquerque, but these are some of my favorites):
The St. Claire Winery and Bistro - great food, often live music, and local New Mexico wines. About a five minute drive (with traffic).
Seasons - within walking distance - upscale, great food, good service.
Golden Crown Panederia - Bakery which gets rave reviews in my guest book.
Flying Star - About a 10 minute drive north on Rio Grande. In the summer, the shaded patio is particularly lovely.
There is a Starbucks (with a fireplace) about 4 minutes away by car, or about a 15 minute walk. For local coffee houses, try Velvet Coffeehouse in the Patio Market just off the plaza. Or walk 10 minutes east on Mountain Rd and visit Boiler Monkey.