Getaway to Central New Mexico Sweepstakes

Here’s your chance to win a very special prize package that gives you a chance to experience a very special place in New Mexico.

Central New Mexico…The Heart of New Mexico.

There is a place in the heart of New Mexico…Where modernized pueblos thrive in the home-place of their ancient ancestors. Where modern attractions feed the soul.  And where the flavors of the TRUE southwest delight the palette.

Don’t miss a beat—explore the heart of it all.

Central New Mexico is New Mexico True.

This is Central New Mexico: The Heart of It All

Spanish Explorer Francisco Vázquez de Coronado once traveled to Central New Mexico in search of the highly elusive legend of the Golden Cities of Cíbola. What he found were vast beautiful landscapes, unspoiled countryside, and vibrant pueblos rich with heritage. The something more he found was the heart…and soul…of New Mexico—the beat that lures out the inner explorer to all those who come.

But today, the heart of Central New Mexico is something even more than Coronado’s awe-inspiring landscapes and venerable folklore. From world-renowned museums and art galleries, to endless outdoor recreational activities and scenic routes, this area of the “Land of Enchantment” is now brimming with an impressive list of attractions wrapped in a rich culture that taps into the hearts and souls of all who experience it.

Scenic routes are the paths that lead explorers to something more. Starting at the Coronado Monument in Bernalillo and encompassing the Jémez State Monument, Valles Caldera Preserve, and finishing at Bandelier National Monument, the scenic Jémez Mountain Trail is steeped in the courageous history of the Jemez people and surrounded by some of the most stunning scenery in the southwest. Here you can hike, fish, camp, cross-country ski, or bath in the waters of a natural hot spring. Or journey through historic mining towns along the Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway, which links Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

Outdoor exploration transpires in many of the region’s nature preserves and rural lands. The Valles Caldera National Preserve in the volcanic Jemez Mountain Range offers rugged outdoor adventure with beautiful vistas and desert wildlife. At 11,254 feet, Redondo Peak, located in the preserve, is situated inside a collapsed crater and studded with eruptive domes. Manzano Mountains State Park offers explorers hiking or cross-country skiing though picturesque Ponderosa Pines, while the farming communities of Los Lunas and Belén serve as refuges for migrating birds, whose annual seasonal flights add luster to the beautiful skies at both sunset and sunrise. Stretching from the northeast edge of Albuquerque to the crestline of the Sandia Mountains, the Sandía Park Tramway ascends near dramatic cliffs and pinnacles to an elevation of 10,378 feet, where the skiing is heart-pounding and the views are nothing short of breathtaking .

The “something” Coronado found still thrives in the region’s seven active pueblos, each offering visitors a taste of tradition combined with modern flare, with Las Vegas-style casinos and superb golf courses. But there’s something more in Albuquerque, where the antiquated also juxtaposes the contemporary. Explore Central New Mexico’s culture here: at Historic Old Town’s 150 shops, restaurants, art galleries, and the Spanish colonial style San Felipe de Neri Church, constructed circa 1786; at many unforgettable attractions including the: BioPark Zoo, Botanic Garden, Tingley Beach, and the Aquarium; at Nob Hill where upscale shopping meets fine dining; or at a myriad of museums, including the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, and the American International Rattlesnake Museum. Nearly everywhere you’ll turn there are reminders of legends past and present.

Today’s heart and soul can also be found: at Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, home to several wineries and vineyards and a popular farmer’s and crafts market; hiking over sand dunes in a canyon while following an escarpment at Petroglyph National Monument; or at the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, where Franciscan priests and Native American laborers constructed three missions of adobe, sandstone, and limestone, the oldest dating back to AD 1300.

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The Sweepstakes begins April 21 and ends at 11:45pm May  26, 2014

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The Prize Package for this Sweepstakes Includes

-2 night stay at the Chocolate Turtle Chocolate Turtle Bed & Breakfast

“SO NEAR, YET SO FAR” is a perfect description of the Chocolate Turtle B&B, located in the picturesque Village of Corrales.  Nestled in the Rio Grande Valley, the Chocolate Turtle B&B seems a world away from the nearby cities of Albuquerque and Rio Rancho.

An adobe style home on 1.5 acres, the Chocolate Turtle B&B has 4 rooms, one with a private walled patio. You are greeted each day with beautiful southwestern decor, artwork and an exceptional breakfast.

From our patio and gardens, enjoy a magnificent view of the Sandia Mountains.  The covered portal and patio are perfect for watching the backyard wildlife—rabbits, quail, roadrunners,  and hummingbirds. Relax with a glass of wine and a good book in your private corner of New Mexico.

-$175 to Elk Mountain Lodge in Jemez Springs New Mexico

A Peaceful Bed & Breakfast Retreat in

The Lush Jemez Mountains of Northern New Mexico
Visit the Elk Mountain Lodge Bed & Breakfast, nestled in the Jemez Mountains of Northern NM, and enjoy modern amenities in a lush, rustic setting. From our custom-built lodge, surrounded by rivers, trees, and abundant wildlife, you will delight in breathtaking panoramic views. Only minutes away from fun activities, this peaceful bed and breakfast in the Jemez Mountains offers five beautifully appointed rooms and a main lodge where guests enjoy a delicious, hearty breakfast and a well-appointed rustic great room.

-$400 VISA

Yours for that special trip to North Central New Mexico.  Use it for airfare, gas or shopping.

-$50 to The Range Café

You don’t have to be old to be legendary. Range Cafe, established in 1992, is no stale diner dotting the Mother Road, but a one-of-a-kind family dining experience. Our award-winning breakfasts, New Mexican classics, fresh-baked desserts and devotion to the local art community have made Range Cafe a local Albuquerque favorite for years.

-2 tickets to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

The official cultural interpretive center for New Mexico’s 19 Pueblo Indian tribes and presents the tribe’s rich and enduring history year round, through its permanent collections, changing exhibitions, cultural education programs and week-long signature events in October and April. For added experiences, our weekend Native American dance performances and award-winning Indian Tacos are especially a big hit with locals and out-of-towners. Rounding out your visit, our gift shop carries a wide variety of authentic Native American arts and crafts created by Native artists from New Mexico as well as books, cds, videos and souvenir items.

-ABQ BioPark

See polar bears swim, hear trumpeting elephants, descend into a coral reef, roam gardens designed to delight the senses and more at the ABQ BioPark Zoo, Aquarium and Botanic Garden - plus ride a train between the facilities.

-2 passes to the National Hispanic Cultural Center

A world-class center for Hispanic arts and culture featuring an art museum, a state-of-the art performing arts complex, a library and genealogy center, a restaurant and gift shop. Enjoy art exhibitions throughout the year and celebrate Hispanic traditions through various festivals and celebrations including Cinco de Mayo and Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead). The Center’s facilities are also available throughout the year for private and corporate events. The NHCC is part of the Department of Cultural Affairs.

-2 round trip tickets to Sandia Peak Tramway

A trip on North America’s longest aerial tramway transports you above deep canyons and breathtaking terrain a distance of 2.7 miles. See some of nature's more dramatic beauty unfold before you. At sunset the desert skies produce a spectacular array of color, and your vantage point from the observation deck atop 10,378 foot Sandia Peak in the Cibola National Forest affords an 11,000 square-mile panoramic view of the Rio Grande Valley.

-8 tickets to Tinkertown Museum

It took Ross Ward over 40 years to carve, collect, and lovingly construct what is now Tinkertown Museum. His miniature wood-carved figures were first part of a traveling exhibit, driven to county fairs and carnivals in the 1960s and ’70s. Today over 50,000 glass bottles form rambling walls that surround a 22-room museum. Wagon wheels, old fashioned store fronts, and wacky western memorabilia make Tinkertown’s exterior as much as a museum as the wonders within.  Inside, the magic of animation takes over. The inhabitants of a raucous little western town animate to hilarious life. Under the big top, diminutive circus performers challenge tigers and defy gravity while the Fat Lady fans herself and a polar bear teeters and totters.

-Tour and Tasting at Corrales Winery and free bottle of their wine

Visit Corrales Winery, in the heart of the historic Village of Corrales which is within the oldest wine growing area in the US, for a complimentary Tour and Tasting. Then select a bottle of Corrales Winery award winning wine to enjoy at the Chocolate Turtle B&B or at home.