New Mexico August 24, 2016
This One Town In New Mexico Is Perfect For An Unforgettable Long Weekend
Deciding where to go for a long weekend can be tricky. Pick somewhere too small and you’ll be hunting for things to do. Choose a larger city and your time there may feel too short. However, some towns were made for long weekends. Whether you’re planning a romantic escape or a girlfriends getaway, Truth or Consequences in New Mexico is one such place.
There's plenty to do in and around this area.
Truth or Consequences used to be called Hot Springs – and for good reason. The thermal waters here contain 38 minerals and the town boasts ten commercial bathhouses where you can unwind - for a very reasonable price.
Nature lovers should check out the communal and private pools at Riverbend Hot Springs (100 Austin Street), to enjoy views like this.
Walk-ins are welcome at the Blackstone Hot Springs (410 Austin Street).
For a soak accompanied by a full spa experience, head to Sierra Grande Lodge and Spa, which offers private baths and all the body treatments and massage services you could want (501 McAdoo Street).
There are so many great soaking options here, that you could try a different one each day!
Elephant Butte State Park lies just north of Truth or Consequences (300-310 Hawthorne Boulevard,
The 40,000-acre reservoir is large enough to allow you to find peace and quiet in the many coves.
This is also one of the few places in New Mexico where you can sink your toes into a sandy beach. Stretch out on the sand or take advantage of the water and rent a kayak or paddleboard. Hikers will appreciate the 15 miles of trails inside the park.
Another option is to drive roughly 15 miles south of Truth or Consequences to the smaller, less busy Caballo Lake State Park. Nearby, you'll find Shattuck Vineyard, which offers tastings in the afternoons (43 Bridle Road).
Back in Truth or Consequences, pay a visit to the Geronimo Springs Museum (211 Main Street) when you’re ready to take a break from water activities. There you can view Mimbres pottery, learn about the Apache Wars, and gain insight into the life of a cowboy!
While you’re downtown, amble along the Healing Waters Trail which circles past the various hot springs resorts and through the commercial area.
Admire the murals and browse stores like Black Cats Books and Coffee (128 Broadway Street), which sells used books and a basic cup of joe.
Truth or Consequences is a good jumping off point if you’re interested in driving along the Geronimo Trail Scenic Byway, exploring New Mexico’s Fiber Arts Trail, or checking out the Spaceport America Visitor Center.
Depending on where you stay, breakfast may be complimentary at your hotel. If not, go directly to Passion Pie Café (406 Main Street) and order the Fat Elvis waffles for breakfast (topped with bananas, peanut butter sauce, and whipped cream)! It’s worth stopping by this bakery at some point on your visit for a little pie. Delicious breakfasts are also available at Grapevine Bistro (413 N. Broadway Street).
Before you set off for one of the parks, stop by BellaLuca Café Italiano (303 Jones Street) to pick up sandwiches for a picnic lunch. If you’re staying in town, dine in at Latitude 33 (304 S. Pershing Street), which offers creative Asian-inspired dishes like blueberry teriyaki pork.
Come dinnertime, splurge at The Restaurant at Sierra Grande, a newer addition to Truth or Consequences that serves New Mexico-inspired fine dining. Alternatively, go retro with green chile cheeseburgers at the A & B Drive In (211 N Broadway Street).
Many people wonder about the history of the town's name. This plaque provides some background information.
You have a wealth of options in terms of accommodations. If you’re planning on spending much of your weekend soaking, then check into a hot springs hotel – many offer free daily soaks or discounted rates to overnight guests. More concerned about the budget? Rooms at the Rocket Inn, an updated motor lodge, are extremely reasonable. And camping fans can pitch a tent at nearby Caballo Lake State Park or Elephant Butte Lake State Park.
Have you been to Truth or Consequences? Where in New Mexico do you like to spend a long weekend?
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