Turn a Family Visit into a Fabulous Staycation

The family is coming to town. You don’t see them often, and you’d love to spend as much time together as you can. But you know that Dad can’t sleep on your pull-out couch and Mom is allergic to your cat. Rather than let a stiff back and constant sniffle stifle their vacation fun, ask a neighbor to take care of the cat while you and the in-laws get away to your  favorite local hotel and turn their vacation into your own staycation!

Here’s how to do it.

Check out hotels in your area. Is there one with a pool, a great restaurant and views you know your parents will like? Some Albuquerque hotels, including Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town and Nativo Lodge, offer these and other great amenities. They also offer a special, discounted room rate  for New Mexico residents and a Local Treasures Card to help you save while you explore the best restaurants, attractions and shops the city has to offer!

The Sandia Peak Tramway

The Sandia Peak Tramway

So, you know where you’ll stay. But what will you do?

Family visits are the perfect time to explore your city like at tourist and do all the things you’ve wanted to do but haven’t been able to fit into your busy schedule.

Never taken the Sandia Peak Tramway up to the top of Sandia Peak? Now’s the time to do it! See if you can spot your neighborhood from 5,000 feet above the city!

Guided tours are a great way to see a city. Luckily Albuquerque is home to many professionals who share their passions for history, food, culture and Albuquerque through guided tours full of information even a life-long Burqueño would find interesting!

Routes Rentals & Tours

Routes Rentals & Tours

Like to bike? Routes Rentals & Tours offers a variety of city and Bosque tours for all activity levels as well as tours that spotlight local wineries and “Breaking Bad,” among other themes.

Know Mom’s a foodie? Food Tour New Mexico‘s Nibble Nob Hill and A Taste of Old Town walking tours showcase the city’s culinary diversity and historical fun facts.

Rather sit back and leave the transportation to someone else? The ABQ Trolley Co., called “The Best First Thing to Do In Albuquerque,” has delighted trolley riders for five years, and offers a must-do city tour and BaD Tour.

ABQ Trolley Co. tours and Food Tour New Mexico’s A Taste of Old Town tour leave right from Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town, and Routes Rentals & Tours is located just blocks away in Old Town but bike rentals can be delivered to you anywhere in the city.

Turquoise Trail, from aamarcus11 on Instagram

Turquoise Trail, from aamarcus11 on Instagram

Finally, step away from your routine. Instead of driving north on I-25 to Santa Fe like you do once a week for work, get a ticket for the Rail Runner so you can focus on the scenery and company rather than on other drivers. Or, take a different route, like NM-14, the Turquoise Trail Scenic Byway. Be sure to stop in stores in Golden and the old mining towns of Cerillos and Madrid for unique art, jewelry and more! Check out what your hotel recommends to its guests. You may discover a new restaurant or venue!

Enjoying a staycation with out-of-town guests will make you see your city with the fresh, exciting eyes of a traveler and help remind you why you love living here!

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