I know it is a little early in the week to be thinking about the weekend… BUT with this fantastic fall weather, I can’t help but start planning! As an agritourist in Northern/Central New Mexico, there is never a dull weekend (in fact the leaves are changing into these vibrant yellow and reds; its far from dull around here). Here are 5 New Mexico agritourism must visit fall locations:
1) Purple Adobe Lavender Farm: Elizabeth and Roger Inman’s farm is located in beautiful Abiquiu in Northern New Mexico. Once you’re there you can take a tour of the farm, watch steam distillation demonstrations, and check out their super cute lavender gift store. (www.purpleadobelavenderfarm.com)
2) Estrella Del Norte Winery and Vineyard is one of Northern New Mexico’s hidden gems. Eileen and Richard Reinders opened their doors in 2008 among the cottonwood trees in Chimayo, New Mexico. You can stop by for a wine tasting or attend one of their many events; like chocolate and wine pairing. (www.estrelladelnortevineyard.com)
3) Marigold and Harvest Festival is happening THIS weekend in Albuquerque, Saturday, October 20th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Morning yoga, cooking demos, farm food, and live music- count me in and I hope you see you there!
4) Martinez Apple Orchard is the ruby of the Dixon Valley. Take a scenic drive to Dixon (on your way to Taos) to purchase fresh from the field apples and peaches.
5) McCall’s Pumpkin Patch: Take a hayride to the pumpkin patch, pick your own pumpkin from the field, try to find your way through the 16-acre corn maze, feed the farm animals, race a pedal kart, slide, launch a pumpkin, mine for gemstones, shop, eat…& much, much more! (www.mccallpumpkinpatch.com)
and one for the road- Santa Fe Walkabouts is rated #1 by Tripadvisor for tours in Santa Fe. Sue and Georges Mally can customize your New Mexican agritourism adventure for you.