Ah, love. Albuquerque offers some romantic experience gift ideas that will set you up for some sizzle and spark. Link up with your sweetheart and feel the love with these ideas that are perfect to celebrate Valentine's Day or anytime.
Visiting around Valentine's Day? Routes Rentals & Tours have a romantic "Velo-tine bike tour" specially designed for both couples and singles. Try chocolates, taste wine and see some of Albuquerque's top venues: New Mexico Pinon Coffee, Los Poblanos Inn and Farm, Casa Rondena Winery and Rude Boy cookies.
The Isotopes mascot Orbit will hand-deliver a Valentine's gift package to your sweetheart. The package includes a 1/2 pound box of chocolates from Buffett's Candies, a voucher for two seats to a non-restricted Isotopes home game (varying levels), a personalized Valentine's card, one red mini bat and a keepsake photo. The service is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Delivery must be within 25 miles of the Isotopes Stadium.
The Salsa Love Fest offers dance classes with visiting instructors, and Saturday night dancing. Have a romantic dinner and go to the historic El Rey Theatre downtown. Typical features include chocolate fountains, desserts, drink and a cash bar as well as an enormous dance floor.
Give your loved one the gift of music. The package includes two love songs sung to your loved one by a barbershop quartet, a long stemmed rose, a box of chocolates and a personalized valentine. Best of all, everything will be delivered.
Dazzle with Jewelry
The beautiful and unique jewelry by local artist Lilly Barrack will make it difficult to choose one item. Three locations make the choosing easy.
Or try finding something special at Gertrude Zachary. The Native American contemporary styles are collaboratively made by Gertrude and the Native American silversmiths who craft the pieces. Mati Jewelers also has been a local favorite for decades, and no wonder: They design and craft each piece right in Albuquerque.
Cook with Cupid
Take a sweetheart cooking class, where you'll learn to make a multi-course meal for your special someone. Themed classes at JanCan take place around the Valentine's Day holiday. The Dessert Divas will also help you cook up something sweet for your sweetie pie, though classes are available for couples or singles.
Did you know you can propose in a hot air balloon and then lift off, both in pre-wedded bliss and in the balloon? Check out World Balloon for their exclusive flight, which provides a unique aerial view of the Rio Grande Valley and the chance to have the balloon to yourself. At the end of your have, celebrate with a champagne toast, light continental breakfast and more.