Friday, September 13, 2019 / Albuquerque, NM, USA

ALBUQUERQUE TRAVEL GUIDE | Exclusive recommendations from New Mexico Locals


I am so excited about this blog post! Connor and I went to the Albuquerque Balloon Festival two years ago and it was a sight unlike anything we've ever seen. Everyone should make a point to go at least once! Check out this post to see when we went. 


Let's get to planning your trip to the Albuquerque Balloon Festival. It's being held this year from October 3rd through the 13th. Click HERE for the full schedule and HERE to buy your tickets. They're only $10! Also, there is a concert during weekend two so you can find out more about that on this website

Now that we have the when, and what out of the way, let's add things to the blank spots in your itinerary. I made you one to download and write on (click here). 

I have invited four amazing women onto Being Braylea Blog to share their insight with you. All are either born and raised in Albuquerque or have significant knowledge about the area. 

Introducing the Ladies 
Emily, the face behind the food Instagram @emlagourmande is sharing her true favorites in Albuquerque. 
"My name is Emily Romero, I am a born-and-bred New Mexican. I currently live (and blog) primarily out of Houston, but that doesn’t stop me from keeping on top of the foodie scene in Albuquerque every time I return for a visit. Each year, these visits regularly include the Balloon Fiesta, Albuquerque’s golden moment. If you, too, are headed to “the 505” this October, here are some foodie recs to make your trip particularly memorable."


Next we have Veronica, the creator behind 'The little Fashion Insta Blog & Instagram. She's sharing a few "Instagram worthy" places. There are a few I have added to my list! 
"Hi everyone! My name is Veronica Gualeni and I’m a 22-year-old fashion blogger and graduate student from Albuquerque, New Mexico. I’ve been living in Albuquerque for most of my life, so I was super excited when Braylea reached out to me to help with her travel guide. Here is a list of my top three favorite places in Albuquerque in no particular order!"

Casey Messer @caseymesser talents go further than hosting behind the television screen. She's a wife, mother and is sharing a few gems as well, including where you can get a New Mexican breakfast taco, which I'm so here for!

Our fourth special guest is Tiffani @hello_luvs_. She writes on the blog HelloLuvs.com and shares so many great mommy post! She also has the CUTEST daughter trio!
"My name is Tiffani Clements, I am a born and raised Albuquerque native who enjoys all that our
wonderful city has to offer. Together my husband and I enjoy taking our three girls to local
places that offers whimsical fun to keep our littles entertained while mom and dad take in the
scenery. I am so excited to tell you all that this beautiful place has to offer."

Eat & Drink
Recommended by Emily @@emlagourmande
Twisters
Albuquerque could EASILY contend for the best breakfast city in the US and would certainly come in #1 for the variety of amazing breakfast burrito spots. My top pick for visitors has to go to Twisters. Burritos start as basic as egg and cheese and build from there, most including the signature New Mexican green chile. I would personally recommend the #6 Taos (ham, cheese, potatoes, egg, green chile)

Marble Brewery @marblebrewery
Marble has three locations spread around town – the Heights, Downtown and Rio Rancho – each of which has live music Saturdays, food trucks, and awesome restaurants nearby. I personally hit the Heights location most often and enjoy my Double White beer with a side of Duke City pizza (pepperoni and green chile) from Slice Parlor.

Greenjeans @greenjeansfarmery
 It’s a collective of shipping containers with food spots, drinking spots, healthy snacks, nitro ice cream, and even a little bit of local shopping. Pick up a New Mexico-inspired sticker while you chow down a delicious piece of pizza.

Recommended by Veronica @littlefashioninstablog
Total Betty Donuts @totalbettydonuts
Total Betty Donuts has quickly become one of my all-time favorite places here in Albuquerque. It is best known for its mini donuts, which are equally delicious and as they are adorable. And, their flavors are so unique! My absolute favorites are the Unicorn and the Ballin' Out on Every Level. The second one even has edible glitter, which you know I am ALL over. 


I’m also obsessed with their coffee, and my favorite is the Pearl latte with almond milk. Plus, you can get printed latte art on most of their hot or cold drinks! 

Level 5 at Hotel Chaco
The hotel is beautifully themed around New Mexican culture and landscapes, and Lvl 5 is just the cherry on top. The restaurant has both indoor and outdoor seating, but its endless wall of windows provides the perfect view from anywhere.


My favorite time to go is during their weekend brunch. You can get spicy New Mexican classics like Huevos Rancheros, or opt for something sweeter like their Blackberry Lavender French Toast. I love them both! 

El Pinto x2
I love their green chile chicken enchiladas and their sopapillas, and I’ve truly never had a bad meal there! Their food is extremely fresh, and a lot of their vegetables come from the on-site garden. Their eggs come from pasture-raised chickens at their “hen hotel”, which is located right next to the restaurant. 


Recommended by Casey @caseymesser
Satellite Coffee @satellitecoffee
 If you love frozen coffee this is your spot. They have several locations all around ABQ. I get the Granda Mocha Java Frio (no whip) because that would be too much. It's SO good definitely a little special treat I get just once in a while. And their New Mexican Grab Burrito with Salsa! YUM!

El Pinto 
To me, the food is just okay, but it's the awesome atmosphere. And they have the best Jalapeno Margaritas and QUESO! I could just eat it with a spoon. It's definitely a fab place to check out. Many celebrities and politicians have dined at El Pinto and their pics adorn the walls. :)

Recommended by Tiffani @hello_luvs_
El Pinto Restaurant
My number one place to eat is El Pinto Restaurant. Imagine this... you are sitting down in one of the most beautiful tree-lined gardens while enjoying a cold margarita, fresh chips & salsa, and you
hear Spanish guitar playing in the background. Got-cha with the Spanish guitar, didn't I?
That's just the atmosphere, the food is equally as amazing! My husband and I are total
creatures of habit, our favorite is the Fiesta Appetizer Platter. The red chile ribs, yummy chile
con queso and guacamole are (as my husband would say) outstanding. We sometimes eat that as our meal, lol. It's that good! 

Go & Do
Recommended by Tiffani @hello_luvs_

Old Town Albuquerque
Do I even need to bring up the fact that Old Town Albuquerque is the home of the "Breaking Bad" Tour? lol, most people travel to Old Town for the tour alone. You are probably thinking, that sounds great. But, what about the kids?? I have 3 words for you, The Candy Lady! This shop is an Old Town ABQ staple. Generations have visited here for the BEST homemade fudge, and yup "Breaking Bad" Blue Crush Candy.

The Sandia Tram @sandia_peak_tramway
Sunset is such a magical time in Albuquerque, to the West you will see gorgeous golden skies. To the East you will see the Sandia Mountains turn amazing shades of pink and purple.

Casa Rondena Winery @Casarondenawinery
@caseymesser
This winery is extra special--we took  our engagement and wedding photos here at this beautiful vineyard. It always feels like a little escape--Italy! It's open 7 days a week noon-7pm--I highly recommend a visit!


That concludes all of the recommendations to squeeze into your weekend plans. 

These ladies really went above and beyond for us! I'm so glad I could put together this travel guide and I hope it will help you. If I can answer any questions please feel free to reach out & I know my featured guest feel the same way. 

Wishing you a great weekend in Albuquerque!
Braylea
The credit goes to 
Albuquerque Bloggers
Tiffani @hello_luvs_

Where to eat
Sandiago’s Grill at the Tram @sandiagosgroll
Marble Brewery @marblebrewery
Total Betty Donuts @totalbettydonuts
Level 5 at Hotel Chaco @hotelchaco
Satellite Coffee @satellitecoffee

What to do
The Sandia Tram @sandia_peak_tramway
Old Town Albuquerque
Greenjeans @greenjeansfarmery
Casa Rondena Winery @Casarondenawinery
Old Town Albuquerque @abqoldtown

See my post when I went two years ago here.

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