At ABQ School of Massage Therapy and ABQ Massage Clinic, couples can hit the tables while the hands of licensed and experienced therapists soothe bodies and minds or hone their muscle-molding skills in massage courses. In one-hour massages, which take place in the clinic, professional and licensed therapists cater to duos with full-body massages that aim to foster better sleep and pudding impersonations. Patrons relax as hands wander across backs and give personalized attention to problem areas and cater to clients' preferred levels of pressure.
Back in the '80s, winemaking was just a hobby for artist and wine enthusiast Jim Fish. Today, some of his original hobby casks still serve as a reminder of how far he's come, as they stand surrounded by hundreds of gallons of newer wines. At Anasazi Fields Winery, Fish focuses on table wines made from locally-sourced fruits and berries such as plum, apricot, blackberry, and peach. And despite being fruit wines, they're dry and multi-faceted, a far cry from the sweet varietals some might imagine when they hear fruit wine.
The winery is open throughout the year, beckoning visitors inside for tastes and tours, events, or to buy a bottle, sold on the premises. Orchards and vineyards surround the property, all watered by a spring-fed irrigation system that dates back more 1000 years when Anasazi people farmed the valley.
Long bluegrass fairways give way to large seaside bent greens at Chamisa Hills Golf and Country Club. The semiprivate golf and country club in Rio Rancho originally consisted of an east and west nine, designed by Gene Sarazen and Desmond Muirhead in 1969. Dotted with an abundance of ponds, the classic-style 18-hole course thrived until 1988, when the original Sarazen-Muirhead layout underwent a modernizing expansion. Legendary golfer Lee Trevino came on the scene to design a third set of nine holes, along with an eco-friendly recharging station for turbine-powered caddies. Trevino's north nine compliments the east- and west-nine layouts, while also slightly favoring the kind of precise shot-making that's characteristic of the PGA legend's audacious playing style. Today's members and guests play 27 championship-level holes strewn with imposing deciduous trees known to make players readjust their strategies.
The newly remodeled clubhouse, backdropped by the same sweeping Sandia Mountain–views of the course, greets members with a host of amenities for before and after play and for special events. The facility houses expansive banquet rooms ideal for weddings along with a dance-ready ballroom and an adjoining outdoor covered patio. For summertime recreation, families and golfing buddies can perfect synchronized-swimming routines in the outdoor pool before toweling off to enjoy a poolside meal beneath the shade of a cabana.
The sagacious instructors at Dahn Yoga New Mexico facilitate the betterment of flexibility, strength, and the elusive mind-body connection during morning and evening classes. Dahn-style yoga melds the ancient wisdom of ki-energy training with modern breathing postures to unlock inner peace and sweep up brain clutter caused by the daily stress of always having to find Waldo. Warm-up maneuvers awaken muscles before 30–40 minutes of breathing, stretching, core practice, and meditation—including a signature brain-wave vibration technique that calibrates mental and physical energies. Cool-down exercises ease the body back into quotidian functionality, and a 10-minute teatime invites socialization among participants while bolstering pinkie endurance.
Flashes of neon light up the night during the Rock N Glow 5K, a glow-in-the-dark race by Hi5F, which donates a portion of the proceeds to Coconino Humane Association. As darkness descends on the host city, racers get into the glowing spirit by strapping on vibrant clothing, oversized sunglasses, wigs, and layers of glow-in-the-dark swag. Once everyone is geared up, the noncompetitive race begins, snaking through 3.1 miles of neon-soaked path soundtracked by energetic, heart-pumping music. And once everyone is across the finish line, racers and supporters cap off the night with a glowing after party complete with live DJs, dancing, food, and a cash bar.
The Albuquerque Wine Festival celebrates the lusty libations concocted at 27 wineries throughout New Mexico that generate nearly 700,000 gallons of wine between them every year. Upon arrival, attendees are gifted with a glass from which to sip and savor endless samples. After consuming enough cabernet to loosen the joints and mellow the mind, the crowd can set toes free to tap to the live sounds Felonious Groove, Nosotros, Ben Martinez, and other performers while taking pit stops to browse through goods crafted by regional artisans. Stomachs in search of solid sustenance can set their suitcases down at food vendors serving up French, German, Caribbean, and Cajun fare. The festival offers free parking and welcomes guests younger than 21 if they are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, and the spacious, serene Balloon Fiesta Park boasts ample space to relax or practice three-legged race sprints.