Historic Old Town Albuquerque, New Mexico established in 1709
I’m not sure what I was expecting at Historic Old Town in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but I’m sure glad I went. It’s a short drive from the Nativo Lodge, but there are also shuttles that will take you there if you don’t want to drive. When I think of old town, I think I was thinking more of the old west. Old Town is just a stone throw away from the Nativo Lodge and most other hotels.
There are more than 150 shops, filled with unique gifts, located at Historic Old Town, along with sidewalk vendors. The old historic San Felipe de Neri Church is usually open to visitors, but we did not know that at the time. It looked amazing on the outside and would have loved to go inside. Just walking around Old Town gave you that old town feeling.
What I didn’t know was that there were also bed and breakfasts in Historic Old Town that we could have stayed in. The restaurants were also plentiful with Indian and Spanish recipes, along with different kinds of museums. Even though we were headed out to our next destination, we did have plenty of time to visit the Rattlesnake Museum.
If you are looking for quiet time, there are many quiet hidden patios, winding garden paths and balconies waiting to be discovered. I would love to have been able to stay longer and take the ghost tour in Historic Old Town.
Centered around the plaza, Albuquerque’s Old Town encompasses about ten blocks of historic adobe buildings. The hours of the business’s vary, since they are all independently owned. We got there fairly early, around 9 am and parking was plentiful on the street. However, it quickly began to fill up once 10:00 rolled around.
They also have history tours, cab tours or you can rent a bike and tour it yourself. For more information, visit ItsATrip.org.
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