New Mexico May 07, 2017
The Small Town In New Mexico That’s One Of The Coolest In The U.S.
Picture a town where sandhill cranes stalk across farmland that spreads out against a backdrop of mountains, where the twisting branches of trees seem like something from a fairytale. The village of Corrales is surrounded by natural beauty but it’s also a historical gem that provides a glimpse into New Mexico’s past.
Located only fifteen miles from Albuquerque, visitors often overlook Corrales as they zip along the interstate between Duke City and Santa Fe. Despite its proximity to our largest city, this village is a tranquil place, where life moves slowly.
Corrales used to belong to the Alameda Land Grant and the area has been farmed since the start of the 18th century. You can still see the irrigation canals – called acequias – today. They’re more scenic than you might expect.
Soak in the views, whether you’re on foot, bike, or horseback.
Red Horse Riding Company in Corrales offers private horse rides.
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The village lies on the banks of the Rio Grande and is close to the Sandia Mountains, so there’s no shortage of beautiful views.
The inspiring setting attracts artists, so Corrales Road – the main drag - is lined with cute galleries, just waiting to be explored.
Corrales has a growers market that is held on Wednesdays from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. until noon (where Corrales Road meets Jones Road).
Here you’ll find produce from local producers like Wagner Farms, which has been operating since 1910!
It’s not only fruits and veggies that flourish in Corrales. Despite its diminutive size, the village has several wineries: Acequia Vineyards and Winery, Corrales Winery, and Milagro Vineyards and Winery. Kick back with a glass of red or white on the patio at one of these beautiful spots.
If you like meals crafted from locally produced ingredients, you’ll love the farm-to-table vibe at Corrales’ excellent restaurants. Hannah and Nate’s puts on a decadent spread at brunch.
For fancy fare head to Indigo Crow…
....Or, if you like hole in the wall Mexican joints that blow your expectations out of the water, try
Perea’s Tijuana Bar.
As you wander through Corrales, the age of the buildings is apparent. The historical society keeps up the San Ysidro Church, which was constructed in 1868 - you can help too by joining in the annual mudding!
To gain more of an appreciation for the local architecture and Corrales’ past, visit Casa San Ysidro (the Gutiérrez/ Minge House), a Spanish Colonial Hacienda that serves as a small living history museum.
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The hacienda is also the location of the village’s popular harvest festival. For a small town, there’s a surprisingly busy schedule of annual events, from garden tours to concert series, and even a scarecrow festival!
The Fourth of July parade certainly looks like fun!
Even when the calendar's blank, you can always relax under the shade of these glorious trees...
...Or watch a captivating sunset.
What do you like best about Corrales?
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