Queer Albuquerque

Author: , October 26th, 2019

queer Albuquerque

We’re just back from the GRL (GayRomLit) con in Albuquerque – part of my “other” life as a queer writer.

We explored downtown and Old Town, and thought we’d share some of our favorite things about each. We stayed at the Hyatt Regency in the heart of the “new” downtown. Albuquerque is clean and quiet – at least in October. We were both surprised by the paucity of public art – there are very few murals or public statues and sculptures here.

But the city is pretty, and the mountains that surround it reminded me of my home town, Tucson, just a few hundred miles away to the southwest.

The restaurant scene is also a lot smaller than what we’re used to in our current home town, but we did find an awesome place to eat in the heart of Downtown – Brixens:

Brixens - queer Albuquerque

This is a cool, reasonably priced modern restaurant that combines a comfortable atmosphere with a mix of New Mexican and American cuisine, and some innovative touches as well. The menus are all touch screen tablets, which allows them to change the mix regularly. Each item has its own page, with an appetizing picture, price, details about the ingredients, and all kinds of options for picky diners. The swipe and click interface is easy to use, and I loved all the info at our fingertips.

Each table also includes an ice bin in the middle, covered by a board with a hole in it, to keep your beers cold.

We ate here three times over the five days we were in town – the burger was great, as was the flatbread – but the stand-out here was the desserts, especially the fry bread – it’s big enough to easily serve four, and I’m convinced that the one I had was responsible for half my six pound weight gain on this trip:

fry bread at Brixens - queer Albuquerque

Another restaurant just down the street intrigued us:

The Library - queer Albuquerque

We were in town for a book convention, after all – but it was a bit too much of a dark, hooters style bar for our tastes.

We spent most of our one non-conference day over in Old Town, the (touristy) heart of the city. I liked Old Town. Yes, there were about ten thousand shops selling the same things, most of it made overseas. But it has a certain charm, and we managed to find a few gems there.

Old Town surrounds a central square, and funny story – when we were there, a wedding was taking place in the gazebo in the heart of the square. We checked it out from afar, and saw that the bride and groom were in t-shirts – “Second Amendment Rights” t-shirts, to be exact. So yeah, there’s that. As I remarked to the hubby – “hey, at least they found each other. Once the wedding party was gone, Mark strode around the gazebo’s interior a few times to dispel the gun karma with a little fairy dust of his own:

gazebo - old town - queer Albuquerque

St. Felipe de Neri

On the north side of the square, a beautiful peach-colored church dominates the block. This is St. Felipe de Neri, named for an Italian saint Philipe di Neri. The church was built in another location, burned down, and when it was reconstructed in its current location, it was funded by Spain and King Felipe, named for the original saint. It’s a beautiful little church that has gone through three or four reconstructions, from Jesuit to Franciscan, once hosted a convent, and and which is still an active community church:

St. Felioe de Neri - queer Albuquerque

There’s also a lovely side courtyard/garden to wander through:

St. Felipe de Neri courtyard - queer albuquerque

And the inside is simple but beautiful:

St. Felipe de Neri interior - queer Albuquerque

Bonus, there’s a cute little gift shop attached to the church. We found a beautiful hand-made angel ornament there for a friend, and I bought a miniature replica of the church to take home as a memento of our time in queer Albuquerque.

La Choco

This is a cute store and candy shop on the eastern side of Old Town, perfect for a quick chocolate pick-me-up. But it also had some really cool merchandise, including balloon ornaments designed by the owner and made in Mexico. You can see some of them hanging from the ceiling in the second picture:

La Choco - Queer Albuquerque

La Choco - Queer Albuquerque

Genuine Southwest Arts and Gifts

This was our favorite shop in Old Town. The whole place is chock-full of art made by local artists, and while you could spend a whole lotta money here, you can also get some great things at reasonable prices (including the beautiful turquoise-colored earrings I found for my Mom – don’t tell her)! The shop is tucked away on the Eastern edge of Old Town, but it’s well worth the search. here are a few of the pics we took there of their beautiful gifts and art (including a few rainbow finds):

Genuine Southwest Art & Gifts - Queer Albuquerque

Genuine Southwest Art & Gifts - Queer Albuquerque

Genuine Southwest Art & Gifts - Queer Albuquerque

Genuine Southwest Art & Gifts - Queer Albuquerque

Church Street Cafe

When you wind down and want a nice place to eat, check out the Church Street Cafe. It’s about a block north of the square. The food was good, if not the best Mexican I’ve ever had, and the back courtyard was beautiful.

Church Street cafe - Queer New Mexico

The sopapillas after dinner were hot and delicious, especially with a little honey (though we wished they had honey bottles instead of packets).

I won’t mention the name of another restaurant – this one on the square – that was out of almost everything, and that served us a “salad” of green lettuce with no dressing that was basically cooked by a helping of poor quality dark meat chicken put on top too hot, and smothered with cheddar cheese.

All in all, we had a great time in Albuquerque, and hope you enjoy it too!

Here are a few ore pics of Old Town from our trip:

Queer Albuquerque

Queer Albuquerque

Queer Albuquerque

Queer Albuquerque

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LGBTQ Albuquerque – Travel Pulse

Author: , January 14th, 2019

LGBTQ Albuquerque - Travel Pulse

Albuquerque is a fascinating and dynamic city, sometimes overlooked by travelers. Similarly, the city is under the radar as a queer destination. But the city and region are very queer-friendly, and there are many reasons why LGBTQ travelers should consider New Mexico’s largest city for their next trip.

According to Mauro Walden-Montoya, President of the Albuquerque LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce, the city has been used to diversity since its founding, way back in 1706.

“With the Native, Spanish and other cultures mixing for so many years, LGBTQ folks have been naturally accepted. It is easy to be LGBTQ in Albuquerque and we are very welcoming to residents and visitors alike,” he said. “New Mexico was the 17th state to legalize same-sex marriage, and Albuquerque welcomed thousands of LGBTQ couples from other states like Texas, Arizona, Colorado and as far away as Virginia who came to get married here.”

Walden-Montoya noted that one hotel welcomed a same-sex male couple from Dallas, who flew in on a Sunday evening to get married. They planned to have the ceremony on Monday and then leave that evening.

“The hotel manager sent them out sightseeing before the minister arrived. When they came back for their wedding, she had gotten them a cake (from an LGBTQ-friendly bakery) and decorated the lobby for their wedding. She and a staff member were their witnesses,” he said.

By Paul Heney – Full Story at Travel Pulse

Albuquerque Gay Travel Resources

 

Mauger Estate B&B – Albuquerque Lesbian Bed & Breakfast

Author: , August 10th, 2018

Mauger Estate B&B - Albuquerque Lesbian Bed & Breakfast

Native to Albuquerque Leigh and Stephanie are the proud new owners of the Mauger Estate Bed and Breakfast. The Mauger (pronounced Major) is a wonderfully intimate, restored Queen Anne residence, where high ceilings and rich woodwork offer an old-fashioned, one of a kind experience.

The Mauger Estate B&B is Albuquerque’s most centrally located bed & breakfast. Located less that half a mile off historical Route 66, the Mauger Estate B&B is in the heart of thedowntown business district, blocks from the Convention Center, and one mile from Historic Old Town. Our homemade breakfasts, outstanding customer service, knowledgeable staff,and our extremely high standards of cleanliness makes for a memorable stay with us.

The beds are comfy with high quality linens and fluffy pillows. Feel at home in our home. This historic property features private bathrooms, daily breakfast, evening refreshments, free WiFi, mini fridge and coffee pot, and free parking. We love our K-9 family and we know you love yours, we have one room available on the property with a private fenced court yard and doggie door. Please confirm availability before booking.

See the Mauger Estate B&B Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Albuquerque Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Bella Roma Bed and Breakfast, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Author: , August 31st, 2014

Bella Roma - Albuquerque, New Mexico

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Beautifully Restored Historic Downtown Inn: Bella Roma guests experience the historic charm of this 1882 Italianate house in a comfortable European themed setting, complemented by modern amenities. We offer two very large suites, sleeping up to four each, and two spacious single rooms. Our gourmet breakfasts get your day off to a wonderful start.

See the Bella Roma Bed and Breakfast Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Albuquerque

Central New Mexico Pride in Albuquerque

Author: , May 5th, 2014

Albuquerque PrideAlbuquerque Pride is proud to introduce our headliners for 2014! We can’t wait for Beverly McClellan from The Voice! We are excited to present music sensation Colton Ford! And we gleefully bring you Alex Newell!

Since 1976, Albuquerque Pride has worked at presenting a positive image of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, and Queer (LGBTIQ) community. Albuquerque Pride provides a safe space to network, come out and explore what the New Mexico LGBTIQ community is all about. Since becoming a non-profit organization in 1997, we continue our outreach educating the general public on the issues and lives of our community.

Further, we build support among our allies and create a dynamic economic, political and vocal community for all issues of social justice and freedom. Albuquerque Pride is a member the International Pride Coordinator’s Association (InterPride). We are an all volunteer organization who works year round to create a community Pride event.

May 31st.

By Kelly Riker – Seasons of Pride | Albuquerque Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Visiting Spicy Albuquerque

Author: , February 20th, 2014

New mexico mapNew Mexico is the only state with an official state question: “Red or green?” The query, of course, refers to what kind of chile you’ll have with your meal. If you’re like the sound of a spicy travel experience, hit up Albuquerque for your next adventure. The city is a hipper, more budget-friendly alternative to sophisticated Santa Fe – and it’s heating up with new hotels, restaurants, and other attractions.

1. Eat: Sadie’s of New Mexico: Nothing beats this hotspot for traditional New Mexican fare made with fresh ingredients and made according to family recipes. Sadie’s serves one of the hottest salsas in the state – don’t even bother asking for mild – and their chile-infused menu will have your lips tingling.

Try the house enchiladas made with spicy ground beef; slow-cooked beef brisket with chile; carne adovada marinated in red chile; tamales stuffed with red chile-marinated pork; and chile con queso accompanied by fresh toastados. Appetizers start at about $4 and mains start around $11.

Authored By Jessica Festa – See the Full Story at Sherman’s Travel

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Adobe Nido B&B, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Author: , January 12th, 2014

Adobe Nido B&B, Albuquerque, New MexicoPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Convenient to Everything in Albuquerque: Southwest styled. Centrally located very close to downtown and Old Town. A great base for day trips in Central New Mexico. Offering in-room jetted tubs for two, an outdoor Finnish sauna. Suite with full kitchen, laundry and fireplace, sleeps up to 6 people. Healthy full breakfast at 8:30am. Our atmosphere is comfortable, relaxing and laid back.

See the Adobe Nido B&B Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Central New Mexico

Visit Albuquerque For The Food

Author: , September 16th, 2013

El Patio de Albuquerque

Photo by Shane R., Courtesy of Yelp

The distinct regional tastes of New Mexico have become a huge draw for foodies, thanks to the cultural fusion of Anglo, Native, Mexican and Spanish cuisines.

In recent years, the state has seen a profusion of upscale locavore restaurants reflecting new interest in the old traditions. But that doesn’t mean you should write off the old-timers, especially those outside traditional Southwestern tourist enclaves.

El Patio de Albuquerque, a longtime, unpretentious eatery near Albuquerque’s University of New Mexico campus, is one of the city’s most popular dining spots. For nearly four decades, multi-generational families, tourists, professors, students – even celebrities – have lined up outside this former house for robust but simple fare enlivened with plenty of locally grown Hatch chiles, like carne adovada and green chile enchiladas.

Authored By Russell Contreras – See the Full Story at Edge Boston

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Quick Escapes for Business Travelers in Albuquerque

Author: , April 8th, 2013

New mexico mapThe southwest sun is probably reason enough to look forward to an escape to Albuquerque, but there’s plenty more to enjoy in New Mexico’s largest city than warmth. In an effort to get you outside the boardroom and into Burque (as the locals say), we’re offering up two restaurants, two attractions, and one bar that you can hit with just a few extra hours between meetings.

EAT: While it’s a short cab ride (or about a half-mile walk) from the convention center, The Artichoke Cafe is known as the go-to spot for fine dining in the area. It’s open for both lunch and dinner, and as the “cafe” in the name implies, lighter fare is their specialty. Those who prefer soups and salads will be right at home, though the pumpkin ravioli is a dish that you can’t find just anywhere. If you’re planning on staying a while, the wine and dessert menu is heralded as well.

Authored By Darren Murph – See the Full Story at Sherman’s Travel

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Sarabande B&B, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Author: , June 14th, 2012

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Sarabande B&B, AlbuquerqueSarabande, a unique and relaxing bed and breakfast, beckons you. Walking paths, quiet scenic drives, farmland, open spaces, and horseback riding await you in the pastoral village of Los Ranchos.

Old Town, Balloon Fiesta Park, Sandia Peak Tramway, the zoo, biopark, river, and many museums are close by. Sarabande has ample parking, great common areas, and courtyards. The lap pool is typically open May to October.

All rooms have private baths, TVs and refrigerators. Most have fireplaces or gas stoves. Some can be configured from king beds to twin beds. Hair dryers and irons are available. All room rates include full breakfasts.

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Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals