The historic Nob Hill area along Central Avenue (Route 66) in Albuquerque's university area is home to a recently revitalized community of local boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, and bars. Some local favorites include Papers!, a stationary and art supply store, Beeps, a novelty gift store, and the Flying Saucer, one of the city's best coffee shop cafes. Visitors to the area will also find plenty of antique shopping, bookstores, and specialty shops selling everything from yarn to groceries. Many of the local restaurants and bars host live music events, and each year in December, the district puts on a Shop & Stroll holiday entertainment event.
The North Valley is home to many impressive structures and Casa Rondena Winery is one of the most unique. This Moorish castle encloses a huge wine making operation that produces respected cabernet and sauvignon wines. The winery's Serenade is a fruity, slightly dry dessert wine. The owner and wine maker spent 20 years in southern Spain, where he learned his art and found himself enthralled by the Moorish architecture. Mountains and streams meander across the grounds that are surrounded by the giant cottonwoods of the Rio Grande Bosque.
Watch as NMSL&RHS volunteers restore the impressive Baldwin 4-8-4 Steam Locomotive, AT&SF 2926. Originally built in 1944, this colossal locomotive is on the National Register of Historic Places. Visit during open hours and learn about the rebuilding process as well as take a short tour. Who knows, you might just sign up to volunteer yourself.
Located in Sandia Park, Tinkertown is a quirky museum that is home to a slew of oddball and exciting sights and activities. A creation of carver and painter, Ross Ward, Tinkertown Museum houses a fortune teller, circus performers, caricatures and a huge vintage sailboat, among other delightful sights. The design of the museum is also unique, with its structures being made out of a series of bottles. Housing an eclectic mix of weird and whimsical objects and sights, a day at Tinkertown is sure to be exceedingly fun-filled.
Located near the North Valley, the Elena Gallegos Picnic Area sets out fine example of outdoor activities and sports which are been volunteered by the community. This area is highly popular among locals especially youngsters for the adventure sports options it offers.
Explore three floors of exhibits to learn more about the telephone then you ever thought was possible at the Telephone Museum of New Mexico. Walk through the exhibits and see items from Alexander Graham Bell's workshop, photographs, switchboards, hundreds of different types of telephones, and more. Find out about unsung heroes like Susan Parks, a switchboard operator was able to inform the U.S.A. army about the attack by Pancho Villa during the actual attack. Her switchboard is on display, and you can even see bullet holes. Children will love the Learning Center with its hands-on displays and make sure you stop by the gift shop before you leave.
Once the home of celebrated Pulitzer Prize winner Ernie Pyle, the Ernie Pyle Library of Albuquerque honors the war correspondent and displays memorabilia from his life along with the books and media collections in the library . Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, 'the little white house and picket fence' that Pyle referred to in his column, is today a National Historic Landmark. .
Left Turn Distilling, established in 2012, is first craft distillery in Albuquerque. Their goal is to provide spirits using local ingredients that captures multicultural hue of New Mexico. They primarily produce vodka, gin, whiskey and rum. They opened the doors of the distillery to public in 2013, where one can try cocktails or sample spirit of their choice before purchasing. They also host private events and music festivals.
The Jamspot is well hidden amongst residences and commercial buildings but those in the know throng here for their live shows. This hardcore metal spot welcomes fans of all ages and is equipped with a good sound system. Some of their previous listings are Crystal Decadence, Abigail Williams, Erimha and Halcyon.