Explore the Area
New Mexico is widely celebrated for the richness of its diverse cultures and the breathtaking beauty of its mountains, deserts, and valleys. Tourists often head directly to Santa Fe and Taos, overlooking many opportunities offered by the Albuquerque area. With The Sage Guest House as a home base, it is possible to experience the best of New Mexico tourism.
New Mexico is known for stunning scenery and geography. Popular sights include the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in early October (great views from The Sage!); historic Route 66; Albuquerque's lively, historic Old Town; funky mining towns; Georgia O'Keeffe's Abiquiu; nuclear history at Los Alamos, White Sands, and the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History; 16 National Parks and Monuments, including Carlsbad Caverns, Chaco Canyon, and Bandelier; 19 Pueblo communities, some open to the public on Feast Days; and the Sandia Peak Tram, which takes passengers to the Peak for incomparable views of Albuquerque and the surrounding Middle Rio Grande Valley.
Central New Mexico is rich in culture: world class art, archaeological sites, performing arts, art galleries, Indian Pueblos, science and natural history museums, artists' studios, movie studios, and numerous festivals celebrating the diverse cultures, history and geography of the area. Corrales, too, celebrates its unique Native American, Hispanic, agricultural, and artistic histories: annual events include the Harvest Festival, Starlight Parade and Bonfire, Tractor Show, Trunk or Treat, Arts Alive, Starry Night, Arts in the Park, and the almost famous 4th of July Parade.
Albuquerque and Santa Fe boast superb fine dining, and the Village of Corrales holds its own in the culinary scene. The Indigo Crow, Hannah and Nate's, Las Ristras, Village Pizza, Perea's Tijuana Bar, and Corrales Bistro Brewery offer great food and drink, including genuine New Mexican cuisine with ubiquitous red and green chiles. Several restaurants offer local wines and craft beers. Sample menus from local restaurants, pubs and café are available in the Guest House.
The area offers excellent hiking and mountain biking, hot air ballooning, rock climbing, rafting, kayaking, fishing, paragliding, horseback riding, skiing, golf – the list goes on and on. National Forests and wilderness areas beckon off-road enthusiasts with 4-wheel drive trails, dry arroyos, and endless forest and desert roads.
The Middle Rio Grande Valley is a rich habitat for wildlife, and birds, in particular. Recently designated an “Audubon Important Bird Area,” the Corrales Bosque is home to more than 60 species of birds: bald eagles, hawks, tanagers, avocets, curlews, woodcocks, gulls, terns, owls, roadrunners, kingbirds, waxwings, buntings, and hummingbirds, among many others. The Bosque is a popular stopover for migrating birds such as Sandhill cranes, Canadian geese, and warblers.
New Mexico is known as the "Land of Enchantment" in part because of the allure of its clear, blue skies and atmospheric light. From a hot air balloon, one feels able to touch the limitless sky. New Mexico’s blue sky is something very special, and at night, designated dark sky regions offer unimpeded exploration of spectacular night skies. Southwest of Albuquerque are lightening fields that put on dramatic displays during summer monsoons.
Yoga and Meditation
The peace and tranquility of The Sage Guest House lend themselves to reflection and meditation. Corrales has several yoga and meditation centers, and some instructors will provide sessions at the guest house, by appointment. Massage therapists will also make house calls. Meditation cushions are provided in the Guest House.
Brewery and Winery Tastings
Several local breweries and wineries offer tours and tastings. Among them are Acequia, Corrales, Milagro, and Pasando Tiempo Wineries; and Boxing Bear, Casa Vieja, Ex Novo and Bosque Breweries. Albuquerque's exploding brewery scene is worth exploring, as well.
Casino gambling is legal on Native American reservations in New Mexico. Just a short drive from Corrales are two casinos: Sandia Casino and Santa Ana Star Casino (both with daunting buffets!). Also nearby is Albuquerque Downs Racetrack and Casino. Just west of Albuquerque is Route 66 Casino and to the south is Isleta Casino. All the casinos have popular entertainment venues.