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.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing With the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
Taking full advantage of the rugged and beautiful surroundings of northern New Mexico, the guides and staff of Santa Fe Mountain Adventures curate outdoor experiences that are perfect for escaping the everyday. By working with a collection of local businesses, they provide services ranging from fully-appointed trail rides on horseback to fly-fishing trips on private ranches to rafting excursions down the Rio Grande. Custom designed vacation experiences let adventurers choose from a wide variety of activities, and always incorporate culturally and intellectually enriching elements that they'll remember long after they travel home or decide to live among the iguanas.
Cooked up by local foodie Nick Pe?a, the idea for Food Tour New Mexico was inspired by the hidden gems and cultural richness of Santa Fe and Albuquerque. Tours aim to marry culture and food, with strolls down colorful streets interspersed with samples of tacos, desserts, and drinks.
Other foodie-favorite offerings include a culinary cocktail class that teaches students how to create such creative libations as a margarita with a salt-foam rim, as well as a tequila class. During this session, clients can sample smooth sipping tequilas that instructors promise are very different from anything they might have tossed back in college or after a tough loss by the U.S. curling team.
Bottling the spirit of the Southwest is no easy task, but Colin Keegan took it upon himself to do so back in 2010, when he started Santa Fe Spirits. Since then, he's reaped the rewards of his passion and dedication to awesome artisinal spirits, raking in awards for not just one, or two, but all of the spirits he and his team have produced. These tipples include the mellow yet spicy Apple Brandy, the clean and smooth Expedition vodka, and the mesquite-smoked and rich single-malt Colkegan whiskey. Two tasting rooms give curious tipplers the opportunity to try the lineup of spirits, as well as a continually growing cocktail list inspired by riffs on classic and contemporary drinks.