You might be surprised to see an article about Old Town on a real estate website, but I have found one of the main reasons people love living here in New Mexico is our diverse culture, outdoor activities and awesome weather!  Big blue skies! In fact I visited here over 21years ago and decided we had to move to New Mexico, I was hooked.  So don't be surprised if you come for a visit and decide you want to stay and buy a home.

Jon and I have friends coming for a visit in a few months and we were considering different attractions to take them to when they are here in the Albuquerque/Santa Fe area.  One of the first locations that came to mind was Albuquerque’s Old Town. 

Our Old Town here in Albuquerque provides a great understanding of what life may have been like in the 1700’s.  Many of the shops today are historic homes that have been renovated; this vicinity has been a point of community life since 1706.  As you walk the narrow streets and winding brick paths you see the weathered adobe walls, faded doors and that beautiful unmistakable Southwestern architecture. 

Old Town has about 150 shops, boutiques, galleries and artist studios all located within walking distance of the main square.  Included are some great restaurants in the surrounding area that you won’t want to miss.  Here in New Mexico many of the dishes are a combination of Indian and Spanish recipes.  And of course you will be introduced to red or green chile which New Mexico is famous for.  In fact you can’t even go to a fast food restaurant here in Albuquerque without some item on the menu containing green chile.  Red or green chile is a staple here in New Mexico, and once you become accustomed to having it on almost everything you eat you wonder how you ever did without it!

If you are a photography buff as I am, then you must bring your camera!  Old Town offers fantastic opportunities to capture images you simply can’t capture anywhere else.  In fact this summer I will make my annual spring journey down to Old Town and spend the entire day taking pictures and I will share them on our blog once I have some images I am satisfied with.

The town square usually has some type of event going on each weekend, especially as the weather warms up.  You will stroll by one weekend and may witness a wedding, another afternoon you may see a Mariachi Band, or perhaps even Senorita’s dancing!

All around the main square you will discover we have many different local Indian Tribes represented by those who sell their wares outside of the shops.  They sell pottery, jewelry, carved pieces and occasionally small statue pieces.  It is fascinating to learn the difference between each Indian Tribe and the variations in the jewelry & pottery they create.  Soon you will be able to look at a piece of jewelry and recognize the characteristics that make it Zuni, Hopi or perhaps Navajo.

So if you are planning on a visit to Albuquerque, you most definitely should include Old Town on your list as a “must see!”