Pop quiz: In what city can you enjoy year-round sunshine, eat some of the best food in the world, ski on the weekends, sample amazing local beers, hike among petroglyphs — all without breaking the bank?
This magical New Mexico city earned a place on our Top 100 Best Places to Live list for all the reasons above, but it scored particularly well in the amenities category, thanks to a long list of parks, museums, restaurants and fun things to do that keep residents entertained.
Local Obsession: Chile peppers are so iconic and central to cuisine here that the unofficial state question is, “Red or green?”
Climate Described in 6 Words Or Less: Golf and ski in one day.
Local Dream Job: Location scout for the many TV shows and movies that are filmed here.
Quintessential Meal: Huevos Christmas (huevos rancheros with red and green chile)
Favorite Weekend Activity: Enjoying the sunshine and amazing natural spaces surrounding the city — from hiking to snowshoeing to horseback riding, Albuquerque residents love taking advantage of the amazing weather and getting outside.
After-Work Meetup Spot: Hit up The Copper Lounge for great food, amazing cocktails and karaoke on Wednesdays.
Best Brewery: La Cumbre Brewing Co.
Beloved Bookstore: Page 1 Books
Free Way to Have Fun: Hiking in the Sandia foothills.
Hidden Gem: Golden Crown Panederia, an amazing bakery serving up super homey pizza, biscochitos, and seriously cute vibes.
- Winona Dimeo-Ediger