|photo courtesy of the City of Albuquerque|
Old Town, in the heart of Albuquerque, NM, is the maze of streets, brick alleys, and hidden alcoves that lead to all the art galleries, clothing boutiques, and jewelry shops. Until you literally turn the corner, you don't know what interesting shop you'll find. I loved the adobe buildings, the colorful flags hanging overhead, the local artists with their jewelry laid out on tables along the sidewalk. While you shop near the town square, stop in at Hacienda del Rio for authentic Mexican food.
Speaking of food, if you visit in September, Old Town hosts the annual Salsa Fiesta. Sample salsa during the salsa competition (stock up on Tums!) while you listen to live salsa music. And don't forget to stop in at the independent Treasure House Books, situated right on the Square. They have many books signed by local authors!