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Hi Rochelle!


You planned a trip for my husband and I to go to Montana this past January. Well, we returned and it was AMAZING! When I returned my mom said she wanted me to organize her 60th Birthday! I knew you would be my go to planner:) She said she would like to go to New Mexico. Here are the kickers. She lives in Austin, Texas. My husband and I live in Pensacola, Florida, and my older brother lives in Upstate, New York. We are trying to find the most adventurous spots, price ranges, and still have rest days in addition to the right month to plan! My brother is not fully on board, so I am considering taking her to New Mexico as just a girls trip Labor day weekend. E


Right now, we are looking at the week before 2018 Christmas for the whole famiy to go for about 4-5 days....or, just Labor day weekend (Friday-Tuesday) just me and my mom.


If we are looking to travel as a family to either destination there will be 3 different families (my husband and myself, my mother, father and younger brother, and my older brother, his wife, and their son) I'm not even going to task you with looking at cheap flights for everyone, because it's just too much of a headache and I know for a fact not everyone is willing to buy flights yet. Each family is looking at spending no more than $1,000.


None of us have any dietary restritions but we are very open to trying authentic New Mexico specialities! 


Some of us may be driving up from Austin, so would only be looking at one additional rental car. Last time, you organized all of the things we wanted to do within reasonable driving distance, and that was much appreciated! 


I have found a few of her favorite things below and thought these may be a good starting point. I have put a * next to her biggest intersts. The rest are just a plus! 


*Cumbres and Toltec Railroad 


*The Rio Grand and Gorge Bridge


*Hot Springs 


White Sands National Monument- sand sledding


*Hot air balloon rides


chili festivals


El Malpais National Monument in Valley of Fires (walk across lava flows)


*Carlsbad Caverns 


 


Lastly, she is very interseted in staying in unique Airbnb's. 


Thanks, Rochelle! Excited to see what you come up with :)

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Day 1 - Thursday, August 30:

Arrive to Albuquerque Airport and check into Airbnb or hotel close to airport


Options:



  1. Airbnb near airport $160 click here to book

  2. Hyatt Place Albuquerque Airport $84  http://www.booking.com/Share-d0noAfp

  3. Sleep Inn Airport Albuquerque $68  http://www.booking.com/Share-jTDnAT

  4. Extended Stay America - Albuquerque - Airport $72.50 http://www.booking.com/Share-EkZXoE


 

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Day 2 - Friday, August 31:

  • Check out of Airbnb/Hotel

  • Drive 18 minutes to Rainbow Ryders at 5601 Eagle Rock Avenue, for a sunrise hot air balloon ride. ($169 per person/50% deposit due at booking) book here or call 800-725-2477. 

    The early morning adventure begins as you meet Rainbow Ryders at our corporate office at 6:15 a.m. Will be here 3 - 3.5 hours but only in the air 1 hour. After check-in, you’ll step into our chase vehicles and be driven to one of our various launch sites. From there the pilots will begin the inflation process, giving you the opportunity to become an involved, “hands on” crew member as the gentle giants come to life. You may also choose to observe inflation and take pictures as the sun rises over the Sandia Mountain Range.


    Make sure you bring your camera! At lift off you’ll embark upon a journey of uniqueness. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Rio Grande Valley and majestic Sandia Mountains while floating across the sky. Send your greetings to the earthbound folks below!


    After landing, enjoy a celebratory toast and post-flight refreshments to end your safe and memorable adventure. You will be presented with a flight certificate to commemorate your aeronautical experience.




  • After the ballon ride, enjoy breakfast or refreshments at a nearby restaurant 



  • 10:00 a.m. - 5 minutes from Balloon Ride: Visit the Gruet Winery (open between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.)

  • Could possibly visit the Lavendar Farm here but this would mean you have to leave the winery between 11 and 11:30 a.m. since it is 1 hour and 45 minutes away. The farm is right near the air bnb you will check into.

  • Take a 1 hour and 45 minute drive to your new airbnb near Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs

  • After Check-in, enjoy the rest of the day relaxing at Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs $32/$38 (all day pass/sunset to 10 p.m. pass) 35 minute drive



      • ENTRY FEE INCLUDES ACCESS TO THE PUBLIC MINERAL POOLS, MUD POOL, STEAM ROOM AND SAUNA, 8 AM - 10 PM EVERY DAY unless you purchase the sunset pass.




  • Dinner


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Day 3 - Saturday, September 1:

  • Start your day at early at 6 a.m. (or later depending on the schedule for the 2 hour train) 

  • Drive 1 hour to the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

    • Parking is free

    • Spend 1 hour here



  • Continue your drive for 1 hour and 30 minutes to the Cumbres & Toltec Railroad Tour

    • Book Here ($99.75 per person = tax)


    • Trip #6 10:00am –  Chama to Antonito by train / return to Chama by motorcoach – 6:00pm


      Enjoy an authentic western breakfast in Chama, New Mexico and then board the train at 10:00am. Gather in the open car to enjoy a complete narration by one of our docents. The Fireman of the engine will be working hard to shovel coal into the firebox to produce the steam that carries the train to the top of Cumbres Pass. Wear your hat and sunglasses as you see the powerful engine produce steam and smoke as it carries you to the top of the mountain. A delicious lunch is served at Osier, and then you’ll proceed into deep canyons, amazing rock formations and beautiful prairie en route to the old western town of Antonito, Colorado. A luxury motorcoach will then whisk you back to the starting point in Chama.




    • Dinner



    • Take a 1 hour and 11 minute drive back to your Airbnb and possibly enjoy more time at the hot springs.




Morning Drive



Evening Drive


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Day 4 - Sunday, September 2:

  • Check out of your Airbnb and enjoy breakfast

  • By 7:00 a.m., checkout of your airbnb and begin your 3 hour and 45 minute journey to Whitewater Weekends in Truth or Consequences, NM. (Park at the Rotary Parking Lot near 450 W. Riverside Drive) A bus will pick you up.

  • Arrive at the Whitewater Weekends. Book over the phone 575-740-3784 closer to Memorial Day. Prices: $15 per person for tubes/$30 for a 2-person kayak/Raft for 2-3 people $40 

  • Lunch at Point Blanc Winery & Tap Room

  • After lunch drive 22 minutes to Shattuck Vineyard for a wine tasting (Closes at 6 p.m.)



After visiting the winery check into your new hotel or airbnb.

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Day 5 - Monday, September 3:

  • Breakfast

  • Take a x minute drive to the ABQ Airport to return your car rental and depart back to your home


 

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Change of plans By shannon Carter
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shannon Carter wrote:  

Hey Rochelle!

 

I spoke with the family more today and have oficially decided to do the trip just my mom and I over Labor day weekend. We are looking at August 31st- September 3rd or maybe 4th. My dad is helping cover my moms half, but for my half, I am hoping to not be spending more than $900. With that, I was hoping you could help me locate a flight and or other means of transporation: bus, train, driving, but maybe ground transporation only being one way, as that will take up the majority of our trip. 

Thanks for being patient with me! 

Also, my mom enjoys wine, so maybe a winery one day!

Looking forwad to hearing from you!

Rochelle B. wrote:  

Hi Shannon! Yes I remember you.  Sorry for just getting back to you. I will get started right away. I will send you a draft for you and your mother's trip by Monday evening, then we can go from there. 

Good hearing from you again. Talk to you soon!

shannon Carter wrote:  

Hi Rochelle,

did you get a chance to work on things yesterday?

thanks!

Rochelle B. wrote:  

Hi Shannon,

I apologize for the delay. It was challenging fitting everything into the days you plan to visit New Mexico because of all of the driving this trip will require. All of the places are pretty far apart. I did manage to fit everything that you indicated as a must do. Unfortunately, due to the timing you have, hours of operation of most places, and the driving involved, it would be very difficult to add in any of the other places on your list. Please review the itinerary tab and tell me what you think of this initial travel plan. Once we have the itinerary set in stone then I will go back to add maps and airbnbs close to the sites you are visiting, as well as rates for a car rental.

Also, I was unable to find any information on the 2018 Chili Festival. The location of the festival seems close to one of the sites you are visiting. I will do some more research to see if I can find out if there is a 2018 festival. All I found so far with google was info about the 2017 event.

Lastly, I researched a few flights and they are averaging close to $200 each way from Pensacola, but don't worry, I will keep looking and let you know what I find! I will also check flights for you rmom from Austin. Since you only have a few days I don't recommend driving to New Mexico.

Talk to you soon!

Rochelle

shannon Carter wrote:  

Thanks Rochelle!

This looks really good! Upon looking at flights I was relieved to see that I wont be flying for an entire day, but about 6 hours max. I would have thought the distance would have entailed a long day and many layovers! I think the trickiest part will be my mom and I arriving at the same time from two different cities. $200 each way isn't so bad, depending on the rental car cost... 

No worries about the chili festival. If you see anything regarding the lava flows in the areas we are traveling to, I am more interested in seeing that. If nothing is along the way and noted as a "quick stop" to see it, then we will easily do without. I know its hard to fit everything into a short time frame and you're doing the best with what you have. 

Also, I contacted Cumbres and Toltec about their train rides and they said they ahve a 2 hour train ride that would still entail lunch but they haven't released the dates yet, but hope to do so soon. That ride is only $35. So depending on timing, that may save some money in the budget. 

Thanks for working hard on this. Can't wait to see what's next! 

 

 

shannon Carter wrote:  

I also didnt find an el paso international airport in New Mexico. Wanted to make sure that was a correct destination?

Thanks!

shannon Carter wrote:  

I don't think my previous message sent. Sorry for so many replies. My sister in law in Binghampton NY is looking to join us but not set in stone. Nothing to plan for on your end with this other than our stays having at least 2 beds.

Also, if it would be cheaper to fly out thursday and get back Monday, we can make that work. If my mom and I could catch the same second flight on a layover in Dallas, that would be the easiest way to ensure we got there on the same time. That may be too difficutl to coordinate, just a thought. 

Thanks again!

Rochelle B. wrote:  

Hi Shannon,

El Paso airport is in Texas, but it is the closest airport to the Carlsbad Caverns park. The airport you arrive in is over a 5 hour drive, so I thought this one may save you some time on your trip. 

Okay I will see how to fit the lava flows in and adjust the itinerary for the 2 hour train ride. And I will look for Airbnbs for 3 adults and flights leaving on Thursday. I'll try to find flights with layovers in Dallas. 

I will work on this and get back to you tonight. 

Thanks!

Rochelle B. wrote:  

No problem about the messages. If you think of anything else or have any questions let me know :)

shannon Carter wrote:  

Thanks Rochelle!

 

no need to change the whole itinerary around if the lava flows don’t fit! I really like the organization of this so far. Also, I’m not sure it’s safe to accommodate for the 2 hr train ride unless we get confirmation that they are doing that over the weekend we are there. Also, if flights aren’t cheaper leaving Thursday, Friday is perfectly fine, if not better! 

 

Thanks!


Draft 2 By Rochelle B.
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Rochelle B. wrote:  

Hi Shannon,

Would you be willing to leave on Thursday night and return Tuesday night? Since the lava flows at El Malpais Park are about 3 hours out from all of the other attractions this schedule would make it easier to add this to the current itinerary. I added it just in case you said yes! :-) Check out the new itinerary and let me know what you think. If this doesn't work I can change it back.

Also, I found flights a little under $200 for you and your mom if you leave Thursday night and you and her would meet up in Dallas with the same connecting flight to Santa Fe.

Coming back the times are about two hours apart for you and your mom. Your mom's return flight is around $137 but yours is in the mid 200s. I added the options under the "Transport" tab along with rental car info.

Once we have the dates final and you let me know how this new itinerary works, I will do more research on the Airbnbs for the three of you.

Thanks!

Rochelle

shannon Carter wrote:  

Hi Rochelle,

We are open to leaving Thursday night but would need to come back Monday. If that means we have to omit the lava route, that is fine. I didn't realize it would entail off roading to get there. Not sure if I trust our driving for that. 

The connecting flight on the way there looks great though! Love that I will catch the second flight with my mom:) 

Rochelle B. wrote:  

Hi,

Okay. I was hoping it would work out because it sounds so exciting! But no worries, I will update everything and look for return flights that Monday. On a brighter note I will probably be able to find a lower rate for the rental car and it will be one less night for accommodations which will bring down costs as well.

I will give you an update on return flights and the car rental tomorrow. By Friday evening I will send a list of Airbnb options. 

Have a great night!

Rochelle B. wrote:  

Hi Shannon,

I updated the itinerary to remove the lava flows and change the return date to Monday, Sept. 3. Also check out the Transport tab again to see updated return flight and rental car information. The rental car rate is about $70 less and it is a better car and your return flight is cheaper than leaving on Tuesday.

I am working on finding Airbnb's now. Can you give me until Saturday evening? I want to make sure I have enough time to find the best ones that are unique like your mother prefers and that are within close proximity of your travel route.

Thank you!

Rochelle

shannon Carter wrote:  

Absolutely! Glad that worked out to be even cheaper! Thanks for all the hard work! Looking forward to the next set of plans!


Added Accommodations (Stay Tab) By Rochelle B.
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Rochelle B. wrote:  

Good morning Shannon,

I added a combination of airbnbs and hotels because in some instances the hotels were cheaper and closer to your travel route. It was very easy to find places to stay for the first night that are close to where you plan to visit. The other nights involve a little more driving. For example on nights 2 and three, the accomodations are about an hour from the hot springs. On the last night, the closest places to stay are either an hour in the opposite direction of El Paso Airport or closer to the El Paso airport. Staying closer to the airport means on 9/2 you would drive 6.5 hours to the caverns (5.5 if you decide to stay at the Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort) then 2 hours after visiting the caverns to your final hotel. But this would mean you will already be in El Paso on 9/3.

The other option is:

On 9/2 drive 6.5 hours to the caverns (5.5 if you decide to stay at the Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort) then 1 hour after visiting the caverns to your final hotel. But this would mean you have a 3 hour commute on 9/3 to El Paso.  

Let me know which option you would like to do. If you decide to stay closer to El Paso, there are several hotel options and probably more airbnb options as well.

Thanks!

shannon Carter wrote:  

Hi Rochelle,

you were definitely right, the first day is much cheaper. The remaining days of the trip are a bit pricy. My mom did mention wanting to stay in a unique Airbnb such as a TP. We’re there any others that weren’t as pricy? Also, is the “bungalow” considered the TP? I Don’t mind staying in a hotel 2 nights but was hoping the cost of Airbnb’s weren’t so expensive! Have you ever used VRBO? It’s very similar to Airbnb and prices may be cheaper? I’m sure the struggle is finding accommodations for three people, I may be flexible with sleeping on a couch depending on the size, of that helps our cost! Lol!

We will unfortunately not be able to stay at the spa so I think you said that puts us at a 6 hr drive on the last second to last day?

Also, the representative at cumbres express got back to me and let me know they don’t have 2 hr train rides in September. So that cost will remain the same for that 6 hr ride.

thanks for your work!

Rochelle B. wrote:  

Hi Shannon,

I searched for other tipis in that area and that was the only one I could find. The tipi only has 1 queen bed but the family bungalow which is not a tipi can accomodate 3 people. I did email to see if they were able to add a cot for a 3rd person in the tipi but was told that is not possible. 

I have never used VRBO before but I did search for accomodations near the Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs using this site. I messaged the owners of two places I found that I think are close to the mineral springs but have not received confirmation from the owners yet on the distance. However, the ones I found that I think are the same distance away as the tipi are the same price  or nore for two nights. 

I did receive a message back for the airbnb Dome I listed that thought was near the Carlsbad caverns. Unfortunately it is 3.5 hours from the caverns. This means that the options for the last night are either the hotel I listed (1 hour drive from caverns but 3 hours to El Paso) or a hotel near the airport which means a 2 hour drive after visiting the caverns but you would already be by the airport the next day. 

I apologize that this seems to be more expensive than planned. Let me know what your preference is for the last night. I can look up accomodations near El Paso if that is what you decide.

Thanks!

Rochelle

shannon Carter wrote:  

Hi Rochelle,

The first night I think we will stay at the Extended Stay.

The second and third night, I'm looking at this place https://www.vrbo.com/96356  (25 minutes from the springs and 5.5 hrs to El paso)

I would really like to be in El Paso for our final night, that way we can take it easy before having to board in the afternoon. Since we're potentially staying at a night vrbo the previous two nights, I am ok with staying in a hotel the final night (under $90 would be awesome). 

shannon Carter wrote:  

I actually just booked that vrbo. The host said he books quickly, as many people book in advance. It was too perfect of a place to pass! That is the only thing I've booked so far.

Rochelle B. wrote:  

Hi Shannon,

The place you booked looks really nice! I found some hotels near the El Paso Airport between $60 - $80. Please check them out on the stay tab!

Let me know which one you decide on. I will begin working on adding the maps to your itinerary for you. 

Thanks!

 

shannon Carter wrote:  

Hi Rochelle,

When you’re mapping out the trip, if you see a way to eliminate less back and forth routes from the Albiquiu vrbo, I’m open to suggestions! 

Also, the $68 extended stay looks great! Breakfast included is always a plus;) do you know how many minutes from the airport that is?

thanks!

Rochelle B. wrote:  

Yes, I will definitely look for ways to minimize driving!

The extended stay is 5 minutes from the airport's car rental return.

shannon Carter wrote:  

Thanks Rochelle,

i apprecite you helping plan this trip! 

Is the rental car picked up and dropped off at the airports or will we need to catch a ride to the airports?

Rochelle B. wrote:  

No problem!!

The rental car is picked up and dropped off at the airport.

Rochelle B. wrote:  

Sorry for the delay. I will have everything updated for you by tomorrow evening. (2/28)

Thanks!

shannon Carter wrote:  

that's ok! Also, i just went to look at flights and the cost jumped $200!!!!

shannon Carter wrote:  

I found flights on southwest that are reasonable, but we would have to fly into albuquerque instead of santa fe (only an hour apart) 

shannon Carter wrote:  

Looks like the only thing that would change would be using a different hot air balloon company (Rainbow Rhyders) and a different cheaper hotel near the Albuquerque airport. 

Rochelle B. wrote:  

Hi Shannon,

I updated your itinerary with the new airport, hotels/airbnb near the Albuquerque Airport (Stay tab), and added the maps. I also added a winery 5 minutes away from the hot air balloon ride. Now since you will pickup the car at a different airport I will search for rental cars and update this information also. After you take a look at the changes let me know if you have any questions or if there are any other things you would like to add!

Rochelle :-)

Rochelle B. wrote:  

Hello again,

I added rental cars. Although the flights are more to fly into Albuquerque the rental car is almost $100 less ($312-$388). I added options in the Transport tab. I hope the flights do not increase before you have a chance to book. Good luck!!

shannon Carter wrote:  

Flights were more expensive to fly into albuquerque? I only chose flying into albuquerque opposed to Santa fe because the flights jumped way up. What prices were you showing for each city? 

Also, the rental car drop off has to be before 11AM. That may be tricky if our flights dont leave until 3pm. 

Rochelle B. wrote:  

Hi Shannon,

Sorry for the confusion. I meant although the Albuquerque flights you found are more expensive than the initial flights I sent you to Santa Fe (since the flight prices went up), the rental costs less.

With the new flights, what time do you arrive into Albuquerque?


Flights to Albuquerque By Rochelle B.
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Rochelle B. wrote:  

Good morning,

I found these flights on skyscanner.com into ABQ on 8/30. Are these the flights you found?

PNS - ABQ  AUS - ABQ
 $220 American Airlines AA5877

6:59 p.m. PNS - 9:05 p.m. DFW (Dallas)

(1 hour layover)

10:05 p.m. DFW - 10:58 p.m. ABQ (AA2629)

 $101 Allegiant Air G4181

2:53 p.m. AUS - 3:40 p.m. ABQ

 $176 American Airlines AA2335

5:20 p.m. PNS - 7:28 p.m. DFW

(2 hours and 37 minutes layover)

10:05 p.m. DFW - 10:58 p.m. ABQ (AA2629)

 $186 American Airlines AA460

8:00 p.m. AUS - 9:00 p.m. DFW

(1 hour 5 minute layover)

10:05 p.m. DFW - 10:58 p.m. ABQ (AA2629)

 $220 American Airlines AA2770

7:30 a.m. PNS - 9:36 a.m. DFW

(1 hour 29 minutes layover)

11:05 a.m. DFW - 11:53 a.m. ABQ (AA6001)

 

 

 

shannon Carter wrote:  

Hi Rochelle, 

Thanks for looking up those flights. I believe we would be looking at the second option where we could meet on the layover in Dallas. However that does put us at getting in at 11. Are there any rental car companies open that late? What time does the hot air balloon ride start the following morning? 

 

Rochelle B. wrote:  

No problem! Yes, Dollar and Thrifty's rental counters are open until 11:30 p.m. Avis is open until 1 a.m. which will give you more time in case your flight or luggage is delayed. If you book in advance directly through Avis.com the prices are:

Economy - $316

Intermediate SUV - $320

Compact - $342

Intermediate - $356

Standard - $378

For the hot air balloon ride you have to arrive at 6:15 a.m. The office where you meet the pilot is located 16 minutes form your hotel at 5601 Eagle Rock Avenue.

I can add all of this information to the itinerary and the Transport tab so that you have it all in one place.

shannon Carter wrote:  

Hey Rochelle,

ok so don’t kill me but I’m thinking of making an edit to the trip. You’re putting so much research into this, I wish I could pay you more than the $10 charge! 

After looking further into the caverns I’m starting to think that my mom might not enjoy that as much as floating down the rio grande lazy river with white water weekends. White water weekends is in truth or consequences NM. It’s only 2.5 hrs from Albuquerque. This may make things easier on car rental, gas, etc. I’m thinking on the second to last day changing it to touring the lavender farm in Albiqui and then heading out to white water weekend tubing and then drive back into Albuquerque for the night to catch our flight. 

Unfortunately I just stumbled upon this after booking both of our Albuquerque one way flights. It looks like the One ways are about the same price as the round trips anyway though. Can you help me make these edits as well as look for a rental car to be picked up and dropped off at Albuquerque? Our flight gets in on the 30th at 11pm.

cant thank you enough! 

shannon Carter wrote:  

That won’t work, just realized the lavender farm is only open Tuesday-Saturday and the cute lavender cafe is only open 10-2:30. 

Now that I’m looking to fly in and out of Albuquerque are our route still as efficient or are we doing a lot of double back driving? We will probably just stay at the same hotel in Albuquerque as we are the first night in. 

Sorry again for the last minute change in plans and run around :X

Rochelle B. wrote:  

No worries, that's why you have me to help! As far as the double back driving, it depends on your plans for September 2. Are you still planning to go to Carlsbad Caverns or do you plan to do something else that day? If you still choose to visit the caverns you would do a lot of driving that day. 5.5 hours to the caverns and 5 hours back to the Albuquerque area all in one day. 

Another option is on that day you could take a 3 hour drive to the El Malpais National Monument to see the lava flows you mentioned. From the monument, it is a 1 hour 15 minute drive to ABQ airport.

Let me know what you think!

shannon Carter wrote:  

I was wanting to add the white water weekends in place of the caverns. That is in truth or consequences NM. From there we would drive back to Albuquerque to stay at a hotel near the airport and catch a flight back around 11-1pm. This should also help with a rental being picked up/dropped off at the same location.

i don’t know when/where I would be able to add in the lavender farm. Do you see any days that could work between 10-2:30? 

Let me know now what you think! Are the lava flows near the tubing at white water weekends? 

Thanks!

Rochelle B. wrote:  

Hi Shannon,

It may be possible to visit the lavendar farm after the winery on Day 2 and before checking into your airbnb. However, it will mean you have less time at the winery since the lavender farm is a little over an hour and a half drive (near your airbnb). This is the only day that going to the farm is feasible. On Day 3 you will need to leave early to head to the train ride and the bridge and on day 4 you will need to leave early to drive to the whitewater weekends. The whitewater weekends is a 4 hour drive from your airbnb. From whitewater weekends to the ABQ airport it is a 2 hour drive.

Rochelle B. wrote:  

Another option is on Day 2 do the hot air ballon ride, skip the winery and go to the lavendar farm, then check into airbnb and go to the mineral springs.

On day 4 after whitewater weekends visit two nearby wineries, Point Blanc Winery and Shattuck Vineyard. After the wineries check into new airbnb or hotel closeby or close to the ABQ airport which is a little over 2 hour drive form the wineries.

shannon Carter wrote:  

That sounds like a good plan to me! Lavender farm after hot air balloon and winery if we have time. If not, on the second to last day in Albuquerque would be a good time as well. 

Mid we go to our air bnb before the mineral springs aren’t we doubling back out or do we arrive at our Airbnb before the springs? 

Rochelle B. wrote:  

Okay, I will add this information to your itinerary!

The airbnb is kind of along the way. I say kind of because you pass the highway that takes you there on your way to the mineral springs but it is not directly off of the highway. But the lavender farm is only 9 minutes from the air bnb so you would have to go that way anyway before going to the mineral springs.

Rochelle B. wrote:  

Also on your last night if you plan to stay near ABQ, I suggest the Extended Stay for $72.

If you would like to stay near the Whitewater weekends and travel back to ABQ the next day, I suggest the Comfort Inn & Suites for $89. 

The air bnbs in the truth or consequences area range from $50 to $200. Here is a link to the cheapest airbnb. But I think you will enjoy the hotel option more.

shannon Carter wrote:  

Thanks Rochelle! Those are all great ideas and options. Can you tell me if our rental car options will be cheaper?

Rochelle B. wrote:  

From Avis they are the following:

 Standard SUV $356

Economy/Compact/Intermediate $345

Intermediate SUV $320

Standard $342

Convertible $352

Full size/mini van $356

Rochelle B. wrote:  

Hertz and Budget also have an economy size for $291 on hotwire.com


All done! By Rochelle B.
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Rochelle B. wrote:  

Hi Shannon,

Your itinerary is up to date and the transport and stay tab. I wanted to see if you have any other questions or need help with anything else? You have 10 more days of consulting left.

Rochelle

shannon Carter wrote:  

It looks great! Another awesome job and exciting trip to look forward to! Thanks Rochelle, until next time!

Rochelle B. wrote:  

Okay great. And thank you!! I hope you and your mom have an amazing time! :)


Flights to ABQ Thurs. 8/30:



















PNS - ABQ  AUS - ABQ
 $220 American Airlines AA5877

6:59 p.m. PNS - 9:05 p.m. DFW (Dallas)


(1 hour layover)


10:05 p.m. DFW - 10:58 p.m. ABQ (AA2629)



 $101 Allegiant Air G4181


2:53 p.m. AUS - 3:40 p.m. ABQ


 $176 American Airlines AA2335

5:20 p.m. PNS - 7:28 p.m. DFW


(2 hours and 37 minutes layover)


10:05 p.m. DFW - 10:58 p.m. ABQ (AA2629)



 $186 American Airlines AA460


8:00 p.m. AUS - 9:00 p.m. DFW


(1 hour 5 minute layover)


10:05 p.m. DFW - 10:58 p.m. ABQ (AA2629)


 $220 American Airlines AA2770

7:30 a.m. PNS - 9:36 a.m. DFW


(1 hour 29 minutes layover)


11:05 a.m. DFW - 11:53 a.m. ABQ (AA6001)


 
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Car Rentals:

Pickup at Albuquerque Airport (8/30 @ 11 p.m.) and return to ABQ Airport (9/3 anytime before 11 p.m.)


From Avis:


Standard SUV $356


Economy/Compact/Intermediate $345


Intermediate SUV $320


Standard $342


Convertible $352


Full size/mini van $356


Note: In case you did not already know, using your own full coverage insurance for the rental is possible versus purchasing additional insurance at the rental counter.


 

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8/30 - 8/31:

Near airport 8/30 - 8/31:



  1. Airbnb near airport $160 click here to book

  2. Hyatt Place Albuquerque Airport $84  http://www.booking.com/Share-d0noAfp

  3. Sleep Inn Airport Albuquerque $68  http://www.booking.com/Share-jTDnAT

  4. Extended Stay America - Albuquerque - Airport $72.50 http://www.booking.com/Share-EkZXoE

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8/31 - 9/2:
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9/2 - 9/3:

Near ABQ Airport




  1. Extended Stay for $72. Book with booking.com




  2. If you would like to stay near the Whitewater weekends and travel back to ABQ the next day, I suggest the Comfort Inn & Suites for $89. Book with booking.com




  3. The air bnbs in the truth or consequences area range from $50 to $200.




 


 

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