Albuquerque Makes Fodor’s List of Top 25 Places to Go

Fodor’s Travel has named Albuquerque among the Top 25 Places to Go in 2013. Fodor’s editors chose the city as a recommended travel destination because of its high value for visitors. The editors say the city is an affordable getaway for nature lovers and families. Fodor’s spotlights the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the ABQ BioPark and two local lodging properties—Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm, and the Hotel Andaluz. Fodor’s also mentions the Luminaria Tour at the holidays as a special time to visit. Albuquerque’s visibility on the AMC show “Breaking Bad” has also helped elevate the city’s travel profile.

 

In selecting the cities, Fodor’s senior editorial team began with an initial list of 75 global travel spots, and after heated internal debate, narrowed them down to the final 25 locales on the Go List. To read Fodor’s story, visit http://www.fodors.com/go-list/2013/

 

Albuquerque is Pet-Friendly for Travelers

The travel booking site Priceline.com has named Albuquerque as America’s best city for visitors traveling with pets. The top-10 list is based on the number of pet-friendly hotels, off-leash dog parks per 100,000 residents and the city’s walkability. Portland, Ore. was ranked No. 2, followed by Tucson, Ariz., Tampa, Fla., Indianapolis, Salt Lake City and Austin, Texas.

 

Southwest Odyssey Trails

A Santa Fe-based regional geo-tourism company—Southwest Odyssey Trails—was launched last year. The company’s director, Peter Hughes, and his staff offer in-depth introductions to the region. The company conducts day excursions and multi-day expeditions on designated routes year-round in four-wheel drive vehicles, each escorted by a professional guide. The outings focus on the history, arts, culture and landscapes. The company also hosts travel photography workshops and other customized trips between Santa Fe and Las Vegas, Nev. A typical day might include a visit to a local pueblo and lunch in the home of an accomplished potter, jeweler or other artist; a visit to an agricultural site; cruising back roads; or stops at historic sites.

Southwest Odyssey Trails has a number of tourism industry partners and providers. For more information, call 855.297.5673 or visit www.southwestodyssey.coms

 

Chama River Adventure: Writing Down the River

Ghost Ranch is presenting a weeklong workshop, June 17-23, which offers a chance to explore the Chama River on many different levels. Expert river outfitter, guide and naturalist Steve Harris will assist participants in discovering the Chama through being on the river and by thinking about what the river means to the region. The course will include journaling, sketching and/or photographic explorations.

 

Harris has devoted himself to both the history and natural history of the rivers of the Southwest. He has served as a river- and flood-rescue instructor for various local, state and federal agencies, and works with Far Flung Adventures (www.farflung.com), a NM raft- and kayak outfitter.

 

For over 55 years, Ghost Ranch has offered educational programs on diverse topics such as the arts, sustainability, spiritual growth and culture. It began in 1955 when Arthur and Phoebe Pack gifted Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, NM to the Presbyterian Church. Ever since, Ghost Ranch’s mission has been grounded in providing educational programs, reverence to nature and hospitality to people of all faiths.

 

For more information, call 505.685.4333, ext. 4105, email lindas@ghostranch.org or visit www.ghostranch.org

 

 

Seven Directions Tours – The Land, its People and its History

Seven Directions Cultural and Sustainable Tours has launched “Adventures with an Expert and Back Roads Discoveries,” one-half to three-day eco- and cultural adventures that offer opportunities to visit unique, pristine and culturally rich locations of New Mexico and the Southwest.

 

The tours are led by native New Mexicans or long-time residents who are highly knowledgeable of the land, archaeology, wildlife and the natural process that have shaped the Southwest.

 

Locations include the recently designated El Río Grande del Norte National Monument, wilderness areas of the state, cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde, Chaco Canyon and the historic El Morro, as well as a variety of agri-tourism sites.

 

For information call 877.992.6128, email info@sevendirections.net or visit http://www.sevendirections.net/english/adventures-expert.html

 

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