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Freeper trip to Albuquerque, NM....need suggestions from NM freepers please.
21 MAY 08 | dcbryan1

Posted on 05/21/2008 2:30:23 PM PDT by DCBryan1

MSUNuke and ArkPig620, and I are heading to NM for Memorial Day Weekend. We will spend 2 nights with friends in Las Cruces, NM, and 2 in Albuquerque, NM.

We are wondering what attractions are in the Albuquerque, NM area and a safe area/hotel to stay? Of course we are in our 30s and want the drinking/shopping district;) All three (3) of us are military and have CHL, but would like to avoid any local criminals and overzealous law enforcement in our celebrations;)

Thanks for the Albuquerque, NM area info!


TOPICS: Free Republic; US: Arkansas; US: New Mexico; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: albq; albuquerque; memorialday; nm; roadtrip
If any NM Freepers want to get together for dinner SAT PM, let me know, maybe we can meet somewhere!
1 posted on 05/21/2008 2:30:26 PM PDT by DCBryan1
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To: DCBryan1

Stay out of Tijeras, some real nutjobs live there.


2 posted on 05/21/2008 2:32:54 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (Play that Funky Music Typical White Boy!)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Don’t tell me....Christian, Traditionalist, Gun owners?


3 posted on 05/21/2008 2:37:16 PM PDT by DCBryan1 (Arm Pilots&Teachers. Build the Wall. Export Illegals. Profile Muslims. Execute child molesters RFN!)
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To: DCBryan1

Stay in the hotels in the north of town at San Mateo, etc.

We got a ‘deal’ for a hotel near the airport, and it wasn’t to my wife’s liking.

To do: (1) take the cable car - tram to the top of Sandia Crest (10K feet).

(2) drive up to Santa Fe and see if Bill Richardson will offer you a job!!! :-)


4 posted on 05/21/2008 2:38:59 PM PDT by fishtank (Fenced BORDERS, English LANGUAGE, Patriotic CULTURE: A good plan.)
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To: DCBryan1

In all seriousness, just don’t stay in any Hotel on Central Ave. The Mariott in uptown is nice, and near some shopping and eating areas. Others are clustered along 25 and near the Airport (area sucks though, I know I work near there).

Places to avoid, the South Valley, the Southeast Heights.

As far as local attractions, the Tram up to Sandia Crest is pretty cool, plus you can hike around on top.


5 posted on 05/21/2008 2:41:52 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (Play that Funky Music Typical White Boy!)
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To: DCBryan1
drive up to Santa Fe

If you have to do that, take the back way on N-14 through Madrid and Cerrios. Much more senic than 25. Another great drive is through the Jemez, past battleship rock, the soda dam, and the Valles Caldera.

6 posted on 05/21/2008 2:43:49 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (Play that Funky Music Typical White Boy!)
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To: Quix

Ping.


7 posted on 05/21/2008 2:44:24 PM PDT by Joya (Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior, have mercy on me, a sinner!)
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To: DCBryan1
There is the Holiday Inn Express at 10330 Hotel AV NE telephone number 275-8900.

Stay off of Centeral which is old HWY66

Have at least one meal at Los Cuates there is one on Manual which isn’t to far from the Holiday Inn Express and is pretty good NM Mexican food.

8 posted on 05/21/2008 2:44:57 PM PDT by Rogle
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Restaurant suggestions:

Sadies

Casa Benivides

and as Rogle said Los Cuates


9 posted on 05/21/2008 2:46:52 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (Play that Funky Music Typical White Boy!)
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To: DCBryan1

Also there is a Wine Festival in Las Cruces, NM at the fairgrounds and one in Albuquerque on the balloon grounds over the Memorial weekend.


10 posted on 05/21/2008 2:53:18 PM PDT by Rogle
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To: DCBryan1

In LC, we stayed in the old Hilton up on the hill, not bad but not as fancy as it might look from the outside (older). Guerduno’s (sp) was a good mexican restaurant across the way toward the big mall. Lots of decent area toward the north. Not much east of town (over the beautiful mountains) but that off-limits AFB (White Sands?).

And if you like the odd (artsy-fartsy) areas, go down to the little village on the south border of Las Cruces and walk the streets. It’s where Billy the Kid was tried and found guilty of (?). Nice scenic drive along west side of Rio Grande river, through trees and chili fields.

Then drive up to Hatch on your way to Albequerque. Get a bundle of chilis that will lift your hat off. Or they will fire roast them right there. Quite an interesting little town and the namesake of the real “Hatch” chilis. That’s all I know.


11 posted on 05/21/2008 2:55:03 PM PDT by Dutchboy88
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To: DCBryan1
Wine festival in Bernnalillo.Sat, Sun, Mon. One of the best.

If you want a great restaurant with great views, excellent service,excellent food, I suggest the Whisque at Coors and Montano.

Kinda pricey, but it is excellent evening dining.

12 posted on 05/21/2008 2:56:45 PM PDT by Pistolshot (When you let what you are define who you are, you create racial divisiveness.)
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To: DCBryan1

Rudy’s BBQ. NW corner Carlisle Blvd and I-40.


13 posted on 05/21/2008 3:02:19 PM PDT by Royal Wulff
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To: DCBryan1
Definitely take the Tram to the top of the Sandia Mountains.

As for lodging, there are a couple places in Midtown near the tow malls that are close to I-40 (Amerisuites and Homewood Suites) that I always stay at when I'm lucky enough to get sent back on business (I'm from NM, but live elsewhere now, sure do miss it). They are decent, and conveniently located.

As for food, Sadies on 4th St. is great, and so is the El Pinto (when you are returning from your Tram trip since it's just down the road from Tramway Blvd. and I-25), and if you like BBQ, try Rudy's (Candelaria and I-40), or JR’s (right off-base from Kirtland,w/great militaria on the walls).

But as others may have suggested, stay away from the South Valley.

14 posted on 05/21/2008 3:07:27 PM PDT by conservativeharleyguy
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To: DCBryan1
You definitely want to stay away from the south-side of Albuquerque, so probably anything north of I-40 should be ok. I like to use Trip Advisor.com to find decent places to stay when I'm traveling. If you are a gambler, the hotel at Sandia Casino is really nice, but pricey, imho.

If you are driving up I-25, there's no Starbucks until Los Lunas, but there are a couple of good food joints in Socorro. The El Camino serves good food at good prices, and Socorro Springs has good food at slightly higher prices.

15 posted on 05/21/2008 3:10:13 PM PDT by Left2Right ("Democracy isn't perfect, but other governments are so much worse (especially Iran's)")
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To: DCBryan1
If you are going to be in Albuquerque on Saturday stop by JBs Restaurant near the Holiday Inn Express I told you about. I will be running a Republican Ward Officer and Activist meeting from 9-10AM.
16 posted on 05/21/2008 3:13:13 PM PDT by Rogle
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To: Paridel

Now that you’re back in Albuquerque can you help these folks out?


17 posted on 05/21/2008 3:13:37 PM PDT by Proud Legions
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To: DCBryan1
Not a resident of NM, but had family who lived in Rio Rancho,a suburb of Albuquerque.

Very nice place....a couple of good casinos not too far away..and nice restaurants/nightclubs, etc.

18 posted on 05/21/2008 3:23:42 PM PDT by moondoggie
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To: DCBryan1

I don’t live there so can’t help you- do have a funny story about motels in ALBQ. My hubby was in the hospital up there a year ago- and my daughter told her better half to go get them a motel room. They are both country bumpkins- anyway he asked her where and what kind of room- she said she didn’t care as long as it was not a no-name & close to the hospital. The next morning she was so mad- seems he got them a room next door to a strip club and according to her if they didn’t rent by the hour there they should. She couldn’t even yell at him because she told him any motel would do.

Later we were walking by the ER waiting room and a man with his kids asked us where to get a room, his wife was being admitted- we told him where not to.


19 posted on 05/21/2008 3:34:46 PM PDT by Tammy8 (Please Support and pray for our Troops, as they serve us every day.)
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To: DCBryan1


Taco Sal was great food when I lived there but I don't know about now.
20 posted on 05/21/2008 3:46:56 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life)
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To: DCBryan1; Tijeras_Slim

Nothing there but a traffic light, Molly’s bar and road up to Slim’s compound.


21 posted on 05/21/2008 3:58:55 PM PDT by CedarDave (Obama: We can't drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees ...)
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To: DCBryan1

My favorite eateries in Albuquerque are La Placita and Little Anita’s.


22 posted on 05/21/2008 4:20:19 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: Rogle

In 1995, I stayed in one of those 1940’s-era motels on Central Avenue down near the Rio Grande and found it to be clean, quiet, and fairly decent.


23 posted on 05/21/2008 4:26:02 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: CedarDave

Trail Rider pizza (in a single wide next to Molly’s) got 3 stars in the Journal restaurant reviews.

I miss the Chuck Wagon Cafe, it had a room with nothing but John Wayne posters. Burned down when the thrift store next door went up.


24 posted on 05/21/2008 4:40:39 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (Play that Funky Music Typical White Boy!)
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To: Fiji Hill

I would not stay there now, unless of course you like meth and hookers


25 posted on 05/21/2008 5:53:00 PM PDT by Rogle
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To: Rogle
I would not stay there now, unless of course you like meth and hookers

No thanks. When I stay in a motel, I want the three B's--bed, bath, and Bible.

26 posted on 05/21/2008 6:42:42 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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