Are you ready to pop the question, but want to do it in a place that's really special? Here are a few places in Albuquerque to consider for making that marriage proposal stand out. Whether you're outdoorsy or want to find a quiet, secluded place away from it all, there's a way to create a little romance. Good luck!
The ABQ Botanic Garden has many beautiful and private areas in which to propose. The Rose Garden with its roses is a romantic backdrop from late spring through summer. The Japanese Garden with its ponds and peaceful atmosphere makes for a romantic backdrop year round.
The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science's planetarium has daily star shows. Propose beneath the digital starfield at an Enchanted Skies show, and your sweetie will think you're out of this world.
Routes Bicycle Tours and Rentals creates bicycle tours along the river bosque, where the natural landscape and beauty of the river set a romantic tone. They also offer gourmet tours. Take their winery tour and visit some of Albuquerque's award winning wineries. They offer brew tours to some of the city's best microbreweries. Their chile tour takes you through the cottonwood forest and into some of the city's most scenic neighborhoods. It also has romance tours during Valentine season if you plan things so the proposal takes place then. Or create your own private tour and ride away with the one you love.
The beautiful setting of the Tamaya Resort works whether it's sunset or not. Tamaya was built for luxury and beauty and it has it in spades. It's one of the top picks for honeymoons and makes a great setting for popping the question as well. The nearby Sandia mountains and natural landscape make any outing special. Order a carriage ride at the resort and you'll have a private horse drawn adventure into the future.
The Elena Gallegos Open Space in the Sandia foothills provides a spectacular backdrop during fine weather. The park's trees, grass and wildlife surround the park's many trails. For those who enjoy hiking and being out in the natural world, taking a romantic stroll and stopping at the Elena Gallegos amphitheater to propose has a natural kind of magic to it, beneath the towering granite face of the Sandia mountains.
Old Town Gazebo
Albuquerque's Old Town has a lot of charm, and a lot of weddings take place in the plaza's central gazebo. It's also a great place to propose, under the canopy of trees, near or in the gazebo. Across from the historic San Felipe de Neri church, the area's rich history and special atmosphere make it a natural for romance. Old Town also has quaint alleyways and patios where popping the question is easy to do.
The Rio Grande's flowing ribbon of water is nestled beneath the Sandias and provides a beautiful setting. The Rio Grande Nature Center has acres of trails beneath the towering cottonwood branches that create a special natural canopy. Or visit the butterfly garden and pop the question on a park bench.
Take a tram ride to the top of the Sandia mountains to make for a memorable event. At sunset, the Sandia mountains turn pink, and shortly after as the night progresses, the city lights sparkle below.
Up in the Clouds
Take a romantic ride above the city in a hot air balloon basket and find the perfect moment to ask the question. Balloon companies such as Rainbow Ryders, World Balloons and Sky Span Adventures have exclusive flights where you'll have the basket to yourselves. Celebrate with a champagne toast once you've landed groundside.
With a Sip of Wine
Visit the tasting room at Casa Rondena Winery in Los Ranchos, and settle on the patio with some champagne or wine. Stroll the grounds year round, but summer is the best season for this option when the grapes are hanging on the vine.
Gruet Winery also features a tasting room and a patio where you can sit and relax and enjoy their award winning wines or champagne before popping the question.