Inspired by the seafood of the American Northwest, the culinary team at Desert Fish prepare exclusively wild-caught catches using fresh, contemporary seasonings. The cucumber-melon finish of their Shigoku oysters from Washington State’s Willapa Bay prime palates for kona coffee-crusted Hawaiian snapper or house-made gnocchi with littleneck clams and pan-roasted brussel sprouts in brown butter sauce. Behind the bar, bartenders compliment the dishes with wines and specialty cocktails mixed with fresh fruit juices and herbs, such as the Mint Mirage martini, whose basil Hayden Bourbon and fresh mint magically disappear before diners’ eyes over the course of about 20 minutes. The restaurant also serves weekend brunches, offering a diverse selection that spans from fried oysters with biscuits and gravy to crab cake Benedict.
Dragon’s House of Horror, whose edifice used to house Rio Rancho’s city hall, sends chills racing up and down visitors’ spines with two stories of frightening special effects. The spooky building opens its doors to thrill-seekers Mondays through Saturdays for the entirety of October, as well as the last two Sundays of the month. Dragon’s House of Horror ensures a safe, family friendly environment for young children with an on-location kid’s harvest and a low-scare level for the first hour after opening. By 7 p.m., the easily frightened should flee the scene before tortured spirits, ghoulish monsters, and persistent tax collectors materialize out of the darkness to raise hairs with the help of bone-chilling sound effects. or ####RR Winter Wonderland Occupying the same building that was once Rio Rancho's City Hall, RR Winter Wonderland rules in favor of the holiday spirit by immersing visitors into a seasonal dream world. Inside, guests young and old navigate through a lineup of interactive, Christmas-themed activities, including toy-making workshops and a lights maze. Between those stations, guests may stop to snap pictures with Santa and characters from the movie The Nightmare Before Christmas or to browse Christmas trees waiting for a new home.
With four museums and six monuments, the nonprofit Museum of New Mexico Foundation keeps the state's artistic and cultural heritage alive with enthralling permanent collections, exhibits, and events. Art aficionados can marvel at more than 20,000 works by artists with strong ties to the state in the New Mexico Museum of Art, check out more than 1,300 artifacts in the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, and attempt to tape their “lost cat” flyers to more than 100,000 items culled from 100 countries at the Museum of International Folk Art. Meanwhile, the New Mexico History Museum’s 30,000-square-foot exhibition space covers topics ranging from the Santa Fe Trail to World War II through art, maps, and photographs.
After each museum visit, guests can stop by the Coronado State Monument, which marks the spot where Coronado and his crew entered the Rio Grande Valley in search of the Seven Cities of Gold and their lost car keys. The foundation's sextet of monuments also includes the stone ruins of a 500-year-old Indian village at Jemez and exhibits on frontier and military life at Fort Selden.
ABQ Trolley Co.?s custom, open-air trolley exudes the Albuquerque aesthetic with wrought-iron rails, a stucco-like paint job, and mosaic tile art. Co-owners and Albuquerque natives Michael M. Silva Jr. and Jesse Herron founded the tour company and serve as its guides, sharing an assortment of unscripted facts and tidbits that change with every tour. All expeditions showcase the ins and outs of the city as the trolley coasts past landmarks such as Museum Row, the University of New Mexico?s campus, and the Rio Grande Zoo.
Parents and children enjoy an afternoon of all-ages activities and local eats during the family-friendly prelude to Red Wine & Blues: A Taste of Albuquerque. Youth can carefully whack balls across greens during games of mini golf or ask artists to paint their faces with sparkly unicorns and fake IDs. Local restaurants including Kelly's, JC's Pizza, and Tomato Cafe will have tasty treats and teach children about nutritious snacking. A silent auction will serve as a venue for mimes to auction off their unused voices. Funds from the Mini Taste of Albuquerque go to benefit the Junior League of Albuquerque’s hunger-prevention projects and food pantries.
High Desert Hang Gliding's well-practiced instructors teach beginning aviators how to soar through the sky with a hang glider. All students begin on a 25-foot training hill, where they learn the basics of launching and landing before being cleared to take off into the wild blue yonder to rendezvous with handsome pterodactyls. With a course of 10 lessons, ambitious gliders can attain a solid understanding of ground-school theory, acquire the ability to fly without direct instructor supervision, and procure enough knowledge to pass the USHPA Novice Hang Gliding written exam.