Albuquerque, NM – With news of the challenging economic times all around us, Albuquerque is an affordable getaway option for the year’s most romantic weekend. With Valentine’s Day falling on a Saturday this year, it’s a great excuse for a quick weekend getaway. Albuquerque has an abundance of reasons to visit.

Surrounded by beauty, and filled with opportunities for discovery, Albuquerque and the neighboring landscape offers the perfect setting for romance.

Local hotels are offering a variety of special romance packages including champagne, strawberries, roses, spa treatments and more. A complete list of offerings is available at

While in Albuquerque, there is a wide variety of activities to celebrate the special day with your sweetheart.

The National Hispanic Cultural Center is hosting a concert by Gabriel Alegría’s Afro-Peruvian Sextet at 8 pm. The restaurant, La Fonda del Bosque, will be open pre-show for a special Valentine’s Day dinner and the art museum will be open free of charge from 5 pm – 7:30 pm.

Get sweaty with your sweetie at the Sweetheart Run VI, which begins at 9am. The 5K and 10K run offers couple teams for those wishing to run together. Details are available at

Forget the traditional box of chocolates and deliver a tasty plate of cupcakes this year. Albuquerque’s Cake Fetish Bakery is featuring a variety of special Valentine’s flavors including Amore, Love me Tender, Pucker Up, Sprinkled with Love, Queen of Hearts and The Devil Make Me Do It among others.

The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is taking dinner reservations to enjoy a delicious menu including herb crusted tilapia fillet, New York strip steak, braised duck breast and more. Enjoy a romantic evening overlooking the Sandia Mountains from the newly renovated cultural center.

Los Poblanos Inn & Cultural Center is also offering an intimate Valentine’s Dinner Event with a five-course dinner prepared by Executive Chef Jonathan Perno. The meal will be paired with wines and feature ingredients from the Rio Grande Valley.

What could be more romantic than a hot air balloon ride? With more than 300 days of sunshine each year, Albuquerque’s weather provides ideal conditions for floating above the landscape. Learn more about the Hot Air Balloon Capital of the World at

For a one-of-a-kind experience, ride the world’s longest aerial tramway and enjoy a glass of wine or a romantic dinner overlooking the breathtaking views of the city of Albuquerque. Learn more about at

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