Get Re-Acquainted With Old Town Albuquerque
Old Town Albuquerque can fall off your radar. It’s truly an Albuquerque treasure and we invite you to brush up on Old Town with these 10 Terrific Tidbits:
10. Walking in Old Town means you walk in the steps of the Conquistadors. It’s a tiny area with a big impact. Shall we say Historic Old Town Albuquerque?
9. Hotel Albuquerque sits on the site of a “pueblo” formed by Native Americans gathered for Spanish protection. Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town can also boast Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame 2015, a unique accolade granted only to those businesses that have won the Certificate of Excellence for five years in a row.
8. Easily-accessed parking is readily available behind La Hacienda del Rio restaurant. Enter from the Plaza and park all day for $5.
7. New Mexico Bead and Fetish at 401 Romero NW is a great bead store, but I love their affordably priced Zuni and Navajo fetishes!
6. Church Street Cafe, on block-long — Church Street! (!) Huevos rancheros! Oh, baby!
5. “Hidden chapel (don’t know name) is a serene and lovely oasis of contemplation.
4. San Felipe de Neri Church on the Plaza is an active church filled with both history as well as beauty and sanctity, and well worth a visit.
3. The Historic Old Town Albuquerque Plaza itself is a pleasure, with benches, shade (in season, of course), frequent city-sponsored entertainment and a view of…
2. Yay! Yogurt. At 205 Romero NW, right on the Plaza, this shop offers coffee, soft drinks, water, and frozen yogurt in fantastic favors, as well as a smorgasbord of toppings. Enjoy them in the comfy lounge with free wi-fi so you can rest before coming upstairs to…
1. Amapola Gallery! This artists’ co-operative with 40 local members offers a vast and exciting array of both collectible and giftable art and fine crafts, in all price ranges. Y’all come up! Tell ’em Kris sent you!
After a lifetime batting words around like shuttlecocks in an endless game of badminton, it is a pleasure to use them to promote Old Town and my fellow artists at Amapola Gallery. –Kristin Parrott, carver, painter and acorn stuffer