Have you heard? We just released our first travel series, “Go, Be You,” with Alaska Airlines! So we’re spending the next eight weeks highlighting every city we toured across the West Coast. This travel series is about more than the destination itself; we’re taking a look at why certain cities have the power to unlock the best versions of ourselves. As you get to planning your next trip, we hope you enjoy the suggestions that follow.

And don’t miss the Albuquerque episode at the end of this post!

Dreamers are those folks who have a certain freedom and mystery in their step, and they exude an energy that intrigues those around them to get a peek into the daily story they write. They believe that everything has a purpose and deeper meaning — that even though we are holistic beings tangibly rooted on this planet, we cannot forget that this world is infused with the spiritual.

Albuquerque is a city handcrafted for the dreamer. With deep roots dating back to the 1700s, Albuquerque boasts stunning landscape, expansive mountain ranges and endless blue skies. You’ll find it off the legendary Route 66 with an untamed beauty that still lingers and whispers softly through its vibrant culture and the heartbeat of its people who have remained. It’s a city that speaks of rich heritage and a legacy that once ran wild and free.

From stretches of colorful landscape that line the Rio Grande to the smell of mesquite and green chile that settles around you in the dry, arid temperature, this is a place for the senses. Let your eyes scan the peak of the Sandia Mountains and watch the dancing orange and purple sunsets that stretch on for miles. You’ll find your spirit awaken to imagination here, a place of dreaming where only the impossible seems possible.

There’s a mystery to Albuquerque that’s waiting to be uncovered; it speaks the same fierce and gentle language nestled deep within the heart of the dreamer, and if you find yourself in town, below will show you where to start.

Spur Line Supply Co.

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Image via Spur Line Supply Co.


Float between curated vignettes of notable New Mexico brands with this charming shopping experience. Shop distilled perfumes and skincare from desert botanicals, peruse racks of bohemian apparel, pick out records to spin later or surprise your favorite person with that perfect greeting card and bouquet of flowers. 800 20th Street NW Suite B,  Albuquerque, NM 87104

Farm and Table

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If you’re in need of fresh seasonal cuisine, then this female-owned and operated restaurant is the place for you. Stop in and learn about their locally grown food and sustainable farming community to taste the richness of ingredients for yourself. 8917 4th St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114

Sunrise Hot Air Ballon Ride

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Start your morning at sunrise and float high above the rugged Sandia Mountains enjoying breathtaking views. Coffee will become your second favorite morning pick me up after this experience. Or, if you’re more of a night owl, schedule a sunset flight and watch the city lights switch on from a birds’ eye view. 5601 Eagle Rock Avenue NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113

Tablao Flamenco Performance

Grab your friends for a festive night out enjoying traditional Spanish tapas while watching the passion and energy of Flamenco in an intimate setting. Featuring world class artists, you’ll be mesmerized by this dynamic art form, and proceeds support the promotion and advancement to flamenco through the National Institute of Flamenco. Hotel Albuquerque
800 Rio Grande Blvd. NW Albuquerque, NM 87104

Los Poblanos Organic Farm

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You have a variety of choices to pick from at this beautiful historic inn and organic farm. Stop by for breakfast or dinner at Campotheir newly-renovated restaurant. Book a night’s stay in their charming suites, or learn all about growing and harvesting lavender from their onsite lavender farm. Take a class on fresh lavender from their Lavender Labs or take home some of their handcrafted products to forever remember your stay. 4803 Rio Grande Blvd NW Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM 87107

San Felipe de Neri Parish

This gorgeous church is one of the oldest surviving buildings in the city. Standing tall within the center of Old Town, its walls reflect its stunning construction in 1792. Still an active parish, it holds weekly services and welcomes anyone who would like to attend through to learn more about its history and role within the community. 2005 North Plaza NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104

Casa de Benavidez

For authentic New Mexican cuisine, this family-run restaurant sets the gold standard. Its mix of traditional flavors and calming atmosphere creates a nice harmony of spice and tradition. Just make sure to brush up on your knowledge of red or green sauce, as this question is common practice when eating in a state known for its world-class chile. 8032 4th St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114

Desert Harbor Retreat

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Tucked away in the mountains just outside of Albuquerque, this retreat center is the place to go if you’re wanting a little more rest and relaxation. With serene views and the tranquility of the desert, you’ll find a list of services that cater to the whole body, from massages and life-coaching to late night hot tub soaks under the stars. You may find it hard to enter back into civilization after this getaway. 4761 Puertocito Road Sandia Park, NM 87047

This post was sponsored by Darling’s airline partner, Alaska Airlines. All thoughts and reviews remain Darling’s own.

Watch “Go, Be You” Episode 4 – Albuquerque

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  1. I love this so much! Albuquerque is one of my favorite travel spots here in the Southwest. I just love the Native American inspired decor, the hot air balloons, the history and the food. I mean c’mon, who doesn’t want green chile on everything?

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