It may not seem like an obvious choice, but Albuquerque is actually a wonderful place to visit in the winter. The weather is relatively mild, especially when compared with cold-weather destinations like New England, and there are a surprising number of things to do in Albuquerque – including in the outdoors. Whether you want to play in the snow or keep warm at museums and other top attractions, there are plenty of things to do in Albuquerque to keep you having fun all winter long!
As fun as Albuquerque is to visit, the heart of any great getaway is your accommodations. You’ll find the perfect blend of cozy, charming accommodations and warm New Mexico hospitality at our Bed and Breakfast. We’re located in the heart of historic Old Town Albuquerque, near many of the city’s top restaurants, museums, galleries, and shops. It’s as unique a place to stay as Albuquerque is to visit, and we’d love to share the very best of our wonderful city with you. Book a room at our Albuquerque Bed and Breakfast today!
The Best Things to do in Albuquerque This Winter
Albuquerque has earned its reputation of being a thriving outdoors destination – but it’s so much more than that, too. There’s an incredible range of things to do in Albuquerque, including embracing the diverse cultures and art that have made this city what it is today. With delectable New Mexican cuisine around every bend, stunning sunsets draping the landscapes in breathtaking color, and a rich cultural history to explore, there really is so much more to Albuquerque than meets the eye.
We say Albuquerque is a one-of-a-kind city, but we truly mean it. If you’re ready to explore, this winter is a great time to do it! Here are just a few of our favorite things to do in Albuquerque in the winter:
- Walk the streets of Old Town Albuquerque, the historic heart of the city. It’s arguably one of our favorite things to do in Albuquerque no matter the season, but it’s perhaps a bit more magical in winter. The crowds are fewer, and as the holidays near, festive displays transform the shops, galleries, and businesses in beautiful ways.
- Visit the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and experience the history of New Mexico in a way you never have before. This incredible facility honors the diverse cultures and contributions of New Mexico’s 19 Pueblos. While there, grab a bite to eat in the Indian Pueblo Kitchen, where you’ll encounter indigenous cuisine in contemporary dishes.
- Head to ABQ BioPark, which is home to an amazing zoo, aquarium, botanical garden, and beach nestled along the beautiful Rio Grande River. It’s not just one of the most popular things to do in Albuquerque, but in the entire state of New Mexico!
- When the weather outside is chilly, turn inside to enjoy a different side of Albuquerque. One of our favorite things to do in Albuquerque during the winter is to visit the city’s many museums. There are plenty to choose from, not least of which is the Albuquerque Museum, admired for its permanent collection that includes works from artists like Georgie O’Keeffe and Luis Jimenez, among others.
- Eat, eat, and eat again! New Mexican cuisine is divine, and no one does it better than Albuquerque restaurants. Chile’s are the star of the show all year long. In fact, it’s not a trip to Albuquerque without trying at least one green chile cheeseburger while you’re here.
- Visit Albuquerque’s breweries, many of which have won international awards for their craft brews. There are more than 30 craft breweries and taprooms around the city – but that’s not all! It’s also a great spot for wineries, distilleries, and bars.
- Did you know Albuquerque is the Flamenco capital of North America? This stunning tradition is still evident at Flamenco tablaos around the city, and we recommend attending a performance at Casa Flamenca, Tablao Flamenco Albuquerque, and the National Flamenco Institute.
- Another one of the more popular things to do in Albuquerque is to cruise down 17-miles of the historic Route 66 – better known here as Central Avenue. There are plenty of neon signs along the route to guide the way.
- If you want to play in the snow, all you have to do is head to Sandia Peak, home to the famous Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway. It’s a beautiful place to take in the views, or you can ski on their 25 miles of trails if you’re so inclined.
- Albuquerque is the hot air ballooning capital of the world, and, accordingly, ballooning is without a doubt one of the most popular things to do in Albuquerque – and you can do it year-round! Albuquerque plays host to the much loved annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta each fall. However, you don’t have to be here for the fiesta to appreciate the wonders of hot air ballooning. You can also visit the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum.
The Best Albuquerque Bed and Breakfast
As wonderful as all of these things to do in Albuquerque are, they’re nothing without restful accommodations to go along with them. That’s exactly what you’ll find at our Albuquerque Bed and Breakfast. The Bottger Mansion Bed and Breakfast is the perfect alternative to bigger, and less personal hotel chains. Here, you’ll find seven uniquely appointed guest rooms, each with its own historic charm and outfitted with comfortable beds and modern amenities.
As wonderful as the guest rooms are, people really choose to stay at our Albuquerque Bed and Breakfast for the welcoming hospitality and the delicious breakfast, that is served fresh to you each morning of your stay. Breakfast begins at 7:00 am with our locally-roasted specialty coffee and is followed by specialty juices and a generous dish of fresh fruits with a house-made sorbet. After that, a delicious main entreé and its accompaniments will be coming your way, ranging from simple delights like blueberry french toast, or something with a bit of flair like our green chile quiche.
From the moment you first arrive until you head back home, you’ll be treated like family – and that is the difference. There’s no other Albuquerque Bed and Breakfast quite like ours. Book your room at the Bottger Mansion today!