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Albuquerque, NM

Over the long Memorial Day weekend, my sister and I took a trip to Albuquerque, NM for some R&R. Below is a review of where we stayed, what we ate, and what we did.

Where to Stay: We stayed at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa which was about a 30 min drive from the Albuquerque Airport and the downtown area. We chose the resort because it had trails around the property for walking, running, or bikes (available for free at the resort), multiple pools, restaurants, and beautiful mountain views. On site we utilized the trails all around the resort, even walking on the mile long path, with zero shade, to the Horse Stables to check out the animals. One path follows along the Rio Grande River too! Of course we utilized two of the three pools, somehow avoiding the quiet adult only pool. One evening, prior to dinner, we sat outside sharing a bottle of wine, just looking out over the mountains. The hotel property really was beautiful. Overall we enjoyed our stay at the resort and would recommend it. The only real negatives were the lack of dining options (see more below), the quality of the pool furniture made the resort feel a bit cheap.

What to Do: While on vacation, we obviously wanted to take advantage of the recently reopened spa at the resort. With limited treatment options, we each received a 50 min massage. Satisfied with the treatments, it still stinks that you pay the same price when next to none of the spa amenities are available. Aside from hiking on site, we also drove a bit to hike at the Three Sister Volcano trail a short drive from the hotel. We did the extended loop for just over 3 miles. There is no shade, so even at 8am it was a hot hike.

What to Eat: I did a ton of research prior to the trip and came prepared with a few recommendations and reservations. Friday night we ate at Farm & Table and we absolutely loved it! It was probably one of the best meals that I have ever had. The food was fresh (from the farm we were sitting at), clean, and so good. The venue itself was great and we witnessed a beautiful sunset over the farm. Tay and I ordered a salad and brussels to share, then the trout and steak as our mains. Everything was truly wonderful. 5 Stars!

After an off site hike one morning, we ordered curbside to go (the line was too long to get seated at the restaurant) from The Grove Cafe, which was wonderful. I had the Fancy Breakfast Sandwich and my sister ordered the Burrito. Both were great! After we placed our order we drove down the block to Humble Coffee for our morning pick me up. Super cute store, good coffee, but there was only one person working and it took the full 20 mins while we waited for our breakfast order to be ready to order and receive our coffee.

One place that we went to that we would not recommend was El Pinto. It has amazing online reviews, which is why we chose it. However, after visiting we just can't recommend it as the food was average at best. We ate outside on the patio, which was cute and shady, and the service was wonderful. But you go to a restaurant for the food and this just didn't deliver. Skip this if in town. The beef on my taco tasted like I was eating a hamburger on a taco shell. There was zero seasoning.

Food at Tamaya: The evening we arrived, only one restaurant (Rio Grande Lounge) was open for dinner. A second was opening the following day (Santa Ana Cafe, which was buffet style only), a third was completely closed, and a fourth was the snack shack by the swimming pool (Plaza Grill). We obviously had dinner at the Rio Grande Lounge our first night and the food was good but nothing special. They did have a very limited menu. Friday morning we tried the Santa Ana Cafe for their breakfast buffet and it was great, inexpensive too. Snacks and drinks during the day at the Plaza Grill was as expected and did the trick. Sebastian and Raina were our waiters and were also a nice addition to the pool area. We had diner at the Santa Anna Cafe one evening, and for being a buffet, it was not bad. The meal was satisfying and we left full.

Overall it was a perfect little warm-weather getaway for my sister and I. Let me know if you have any questions about our trip.



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