Weekend escape to Quarai, New Mexico
The church at Quarai was built in 1628 when Franciscan missionaries came to the Salinas Valley to convert the Native Americans. The 40-foot-high red sandstone walls, once protected by adobe plaster, are all that remain.(Paul Boorstin)
Casa Manzano is a 20-minute drive from the Quarai ruins, nestled among piñon and juniper trees. The B&B is a comfortable place to stay overnight near the ruins, but pick up take-out in Albuquerque for dinner. There are few good nearby restaurants.(Paul Boorstin)
The design of the circular lobby at the new Hotel Chaco was inspired by the architecture at Chaco Canyon, the ruins of the ancestral Puebloan culture that thrived in northwest New Mexico from 800 to 1200 AD.(Paul Boorstin)
A bronze sculpture by Native American artist Joe Cajero anchors the circular lobby in Hotel Chaco. The new hotel pays homage in its architecture and art to Chaco Canyon.
Located in Albuquerque’s historic Andaluz Hotel, Mas Tapas y Vino serves fresh takes on traditional Spanish dishes, such as crispy Brussels sprouts with romesco and sherry.(Paul Boorstin)
A lone visitor contemplates the ruins of the church at Quarai, which was built by Native Americans under Spanish rule.
A guest contemplates “The Guardian,” a clay sculpture by Native American artist Roxanne Swentzell that looks down from the soaring circular wall of the lobby in the new Hotel Chaco.(Paul Boorstin)
Located in Albuquerque’s historic Andaluz Hotel, Mas Tapas y Vino serves fresh takes on traditional Spanish dishes, such as rum-cured yellowfin tuna with fingerlime “caviar” and tomato jam.(Paul Boorstin)