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Visit New Mexico

New Mexico is called the Land of Enchantment for a reason. We are a state with vivid landscapes, a unique culinary heritage, and some of the most friendly people you will ever meet.

sunrise
Our sunrises and sunsets aren't bad either. I still can't believe this is the view from my kitchen window. 

When the world is ready to resume traveling, NM is a worthwhile destination. Here are my insider recommendations for where to go and where to eat while you are here.

Visit New Mexico

Best NM Hiking
  1. Jemez Springs
  2. El Morro National Monument
  3. Angel Fire
Visit New Mexico
Simply driving in our state presents an opportunity to enjoy stunning views.

Best NM Restaurants
  1. Slate Street Cafe (Albuquerque, NM): Our favorite happy hour
  2. The Hollar (Madrid, NM): Enjoy a green chile cheeseburger on the patio. It's served on a homemade biscuit and is so large you'll barely be able to fit it inside your mouth!
  3. Greenside Cafe (Cedar Crest, NM): Best chicken-fried steak in the world
Best NM Events 
  1. Taos Summer Wine Festival (Taos Ski Valley, NM)
  2. New Mexico Brew Fest (Albuquerque, NM): We've attended beer festivals all over the country. This one is the best, hands down.
  3. Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown (Santa Fe, NM)
  4. Souper Bowl (Santa Fe, NM)
  5. NM Fermentation Festival (Albuquerque, NM): If you're into kombucha and kimchi, you won't want to miss this.
  6. Wine & Wagyu Weekend (Angel Fire, NM)
  7. ArtSmart Art of Home Tour (Santa Fe, NM) and the Homes of Enchantment Parades (Albuquerque, NM): With vigas and kiva fireplaces, come see southwestern architecture up close. These are both free events that are perfect for lovers of interior design.
Taos wine festival
If you only make it to one event this year, make it the Taos Summer Wine Festival! With gourmet food and all-inclusive activities, like horseback riding, it's always an amazing time, even if you're not into wine.

Best Places to Take Out-Of-State Guests
  1. Corrales Wine Loop (Corrales, NM)
  2. Canyon Road (Santa Fe, NM)
  3. Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs (Ojo Caliente, NM)
  4. Albuquerque BioPark and/or Wildlife West (Edgewood, NM)
  5. Madrid, NM
  6. River of Lights (Albuquerque, NM)
  7. Museums in Old Town (Albuquerque, NM)
  8. St. James Tea Room (Albuquerque, NM)
  9. Tent Rocks
tent rocks
Visiting Tent Rocks many years ago with my aunt from Australia

Best NM Fishing
  1. Monte Verde Lake (Angel Fire, NM)
monte verde lake
In Angel Fire, you'll have a wonderful time enjoying the view, even if you don't catch anything.

Best NM Skiing
  1. Taos Ski Valley
  2. Angel Fire, NM
Best NM Golf Course
  1. Paako Ridge (Sandia Park, NM): We have one of the top-rated golf courses right here in our state. Just watch out for snakes in the trees!
wildflowers in Angel Fire, NM
Love wildflowers? You'll love Angel Fire, NM in August.

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