Give thanks and celebrate the up and coming 2022 holiday season in a state rich in cultural diversity, eclectic food, and delightful people. From the best places to grab your poultry to the sweetest pie shops around, here are some ideas to make your Thanksgiving a memorable one.
This casual lounge is a little like being at home in your living room. Comfortable couches create intimate areas for quiet conversation, a light snack and an exotic cocktail…just what’s in order before the hubbub of Thanksgiving Day. Order an Anasazi Manhattan, made with Anasazi Colkegan Single Barrel Whiskey, Carpano Antica, Angostura Bitters and a plate of pork belly steamed buns served with black currant jam, cucumber, pickled carrot and cilantro as a precursor to your turkey day meal.
As the only town in the country with pie in its name, a stop here is a must before the big day. What a great conversation opener: “So, I got my pies in Pie Town. Where did yours come from?” The Pie-O-Neer is the place in town to pick up pies, literally the only place. There are, of course, the standard Thanksgiving favorites, pecan, cherry, pumpkin, but if you want to make a statement take a walk on the wild side and grab a New Mexico apple with green chile and pine nuts, apple cranberry crumb or chocolate chess with red chile. Sugar free and gluten free available, plus a few take-and-bake fruit pies.
The dishes are done, the leftovers stowed away in the refrigerator. What now? Shopping! Head on over to the mall for some amazing deals on merchandise. With more than 80 stores, it’s a good bet you’ll find something you can’t live without. Most stores will open in the wee hours of Friday and throughout the day. You won’t beat the crowds, but you will get a jump start on holiday shopping.
Get in touch with the state’s earliest inhabitants. Acoma Pueblo, atop a 350-foot mesa, is one of the few communities in the United States that has been continuously inhabited for the last 2,000 years. It’s a National Historic Landmark and a landmark in the state’s cultural heritage. The cultural center and the museum showcase the history, life and culture of these ancestral pueblo people. Open Saturday and Sunday, only, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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For many, Thanksgiving Day is all about food. But there are those in need who don’t have the option to celebrate the day in this way. That’s where the Pantry, which serves the people in Northwestern New Mexico, comes in. The mission is to acquire, store and distribute food to children, the elderly and families in need. Volunteers are an integral part of the success of the program. Opportunities range from helping in the warehouse to monthly food distributions to putting emergency food boxes together.
Whew! The big day is over. All the food has been eaten. Guests have gone home. Now is the time take a deep breath and schedule some self-care at the spa. Take a soak in the healing waters, get a therapeutic massage or a rejuvenating facial or take a yoga class. Whatever brings your mind, body and spirit back into alignment. Go for the day, spend a night or two, have a meal or relax in the bar. Then head home refreshed for the holiday season that’s just around the corner.