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6 Great Reasons to Visit Corrales

By NMSL 09/29/2014

Albuquerque News

Corrales, Albuquerque's tiny neighbor to the north, may have more horses than people, but this community of farms next to million-dollar adobes has plenty to offer day trippers. Check here for fun family events throughout the year. Here are six other great reasons to check out this far-more-than-one-horse town:

The Food

Lobster Ravioli, Indigo Crow (NMSL)

From traditional New Mexico lunch dishes served by the Perea family at the Tijuana Bar (4950 Corrales Road, 898-2442) to wine diners at the Indigo Crow, Corrales has you covered no matter what you're hankering for. Hannah and Nates, Village Pizza and the new Spot Cafe all give you plenty of options, whether you're looking for a quiet romantic meal or a place to feed the family.

The Drink


The Sandía Bar has long been a local favorite, and you've already seen it if you're a Breaking Bad fan (it doubled and the Mexican cantina where Tortuga lost his head in Season 3, Episode 3, "IFT.") The aforementioned Tijuana Bar serves a great margarita and local brews during the day Monday through Saturday (the only night it's open is Monday, so do your drinking early), as does the Corrales Bistro Brewery. Take a wine tour and visit Corrales Winery, Acequia Vineyards and Winery, and Milagro Vineyards. (Make sure you have a designated driver and avoid meeting a Corrales police officer on the clock.)

The Art

Hanselmann Pottery, NMSL

Corrales' beautiful setting has long inspired New Mexico artists, and several galleries showcase local talent. Corrales Bosque Gallery, Morgan Gallery and Hanselmann Pottery and Claywork are just a few of the art outlets worth exploring. Corrales being Corrales, at Hanselmann Pottery you pay on the honor system. Discover more than 65 artist studios through the Corrales Art Studio Tour held every May.

The Bosque


More than six miles of hiking and cycling trails wind through the Corrales bosque, and fall is a magical time to experience the turning of the cottonwoods as Sand Hill Cranes and geese begin to fly south down the Rio Grande corridor toward Bosque del Apache.

The Biking


In addition to being horse and coyote friendly, the Village of Corrales is also bicycle friendly. Mountain bikers and cyclo-cross riders love the bosque trails, and road cyclists enjoy the two-lane, slow going N.M. 448 that is Corrales' Main Street, or Loma Larga road that parallels Main Street to the west. Stevie's Happy Bikes in the Mercado de Maya Shopping Plaza can help you out, whether you need a new bike or a patch kit because of evil, evil goat heads.

The History


Because of its rich soil next to the Rio Grande, Corrales has been farmed since pre-Spanish times. At the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History-owned Casa San Ysidro, tour a reconstructed Spanish rancho filled with Native American, Spanish Colonial and Territorial furnishings and artifacts. San Ysidro is Corrales' patron saint of farming.

The Chile!


Speaking of farming, for generations Wagner's Farms has been the go-to place in Corrales for chile, pinto beans, apples, pumpkins, corn and other locally grown produce. Have your bag of chile roasted, and grab a caramel apple and pick out your Jack-o-Lantren pumpkin. From Sept. 14 through Oct. 31, the Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch here will get everyone in the family in the Halloween mood.