A Relaxing Day in Albuquerque
The sun rises on another day of your Albuquerque vacation, and you wonder what the hours ahead hold. You’ve already taken in the nightlife and seen all the area’s hottest tourist attractions. Now, you’re ready for a day of relaxation that will leave you feeling refreshed and in touch with the beauty of the desert. Here is one Albuquerque expert’s opinion on how to make that happen.
The Perfect Cup of Coffee
I’m a Seattle girl, so I’m used to seeing two coffee shops on every block, and I can’t start any day — even a relaxing day — without a kick of caffeine. While Albuquerque doesn’t exactly have the best coffee culture in the world, it does have some spots where the java is grand. If you’re staying downtown at Hotel Parq Central or another lodging, stop by the highly rated Java Joe’s, which is a little over a mile from the hotel.
If you’re staying in the Westgate area, check out ChocolateDude. The coffee is delicious, the chocolate is even better, and they don’t mind if you linger a while and soak up the friendly ambiance.
Head to Open Space
The character of Albuquerque is all about relaxing, and what better way to do it than getting away from the city and saying hello to nature? There is abundant open space in the area. If hiking is your idea of relaxing, the hike to Jemez Falls is easy and rewards you with a meetup with a gorgeous waterfall. The well-maintained trail at Petroglyph National Monument is another top choice.
On the other hand, if you just want to enjoy a sweet view for a while, I recommend taking your rental car out for a road trip. The Jemez Mountain Trail National Scenic Byway is full of breathtaking vistas. The byway starts in Bernalillo, which is about a 20-minute drive from Albuquerque.
Indulge at Betty’s
What better way to relax than letting the experts at a spa pamper you? Betty’s Bath and Day Spa in the North Valley neighborhood has outdoor hot tubs and offers massages and facials — all in a stress-free setting that is sure to make you melt in a good way. Check out their website for seasonal specials.
If you have the kids with you, you don’t have to worry about finding somewhere to drop them off while you’re at Betty’s. Children 10 and older can use the hot tubs here as long as you stick around to supervise them.
A Delicious Dinner at La Crepe Michel
La Crepe Michel is one of Albuquerque’s best French restaurants, and it has an atmosphere that will put the perfect touch on the end of your relaxing day in Albuquerque. This gem is in the city’s Old Town, where the very air speaks to a time when life moved at a slower pace. They have a reputation for making beyond-amazing sweet crepes, so stop in for desert if you aren’t hungry enough for a full meal.
Can you already see yourself crashing on a cozy bed in your Albuquerque hotel? The city’s desert charm is sure to help you ditch your stress.
Author bio: Joy Nelson is a professional freelance writer who loves to travel and make her vacations a nice balance between thrills and relaxation.