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Santa Fe Wine Festival

Happy Independence Day!

local wineries and nice big shade trees

It’s a tough job but somebody has to try out all of these local wine festivals to let you know which ones are the best.  On Saturday we had the pleasure of visiting the Santa Fe Wine Festival at Las Golondrinas.  If you’re hesitant to try a wine festival because you’ve heard about the long lines and hot weather that sometimes overwhelms other wine festivals, calendar the Santa Fe Wine Festival at Las Golondrinas for next year.  You’ll enjoy a slower pace, smaller crowds, and lower temperatures than Bernalillo Wine Festival or the Albuquerque Wine Festival at Balloon Fiesta Park.  This wine fest features plenty of vendors selling local honey, goat cheese, jewelry, and art.  There is also live music and plenty of yummy culinary delights to satisfy your hunger.

local cheese, foods, and pottery

If you’re looking to indulge for the weekend book a room at the Sunrise Springs Inn and Retreat which is just a short walk from Las Golondrinas.  (We’ll give you a look inside this eco spa soon!)

El Rancho de Las Golondrinas is a living history museum

Enjoy the day friends!

There are beautifully landscaped grounds perfect for strolling and sipping wine.


Urban Escape

Next time you need to relax, but you don’t have the time to drive to a hot spring and you don’t have the cash for a full spa day, I suggest Albuquerque Baths.  The concept is inspired by the long history of communal bathing:  Japanese bathhouses, Russian banyas, and Scandinavian saunas.  Longing for some quiet and relaxing time to spend with my dear mom, we visited Albuquerque Baths one afternoon this week.

We arrived at around 2:30pm and stayed until about, gulp, 6:30pm.  In the ladies’ locker room we changed into our swimsuits, rinsed off and headed outside to the quiet and cozy courtyard.  There, we alternated from deck chairs to the hot tub to the plunge pool (neither of us could bear the sauna that hot afternoon); often just dangling our legs and feet into the water.  During the time we were there, only 5 others arrived and left in the pool area.  The courtyard walls sheltered us from the surrounding sounds of the city and a peaceful waterfall contributed to the tranquility of the afternoon.  I highly recommend this as a great way to spend the afternoon by yourself, with your spouse, family, or friends.  (I know, I’m very thankful to have taken the time off for such mellow afternoon.)

In addition to the sauna, hot tub, and plunge pool, Albuquerque Baths offers massage, body scrubs, and salt glows.  For access to the pools and sauna it’s $15 per person, or $10 from 10am to 3pm.  Spa services are extra.  Their pools are filled with bromine; only residential pools may use salt water.  Click here for some info about bromine.  (Basically, it’s less irritating than chlorine and definitely does not smell as strong.)

Next time you need a quick escape, consider your local bath house :)

1218 Broadway NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Telephone: (505) 243-3721
(By the way, there is a ladies’ only session where swimsuits are optional.)