Friday, September 7, 2007

Friday Night at Luna Mansion

We ventured out this evening, deciding to have drinks at the bar of this New Mexico institution (Val came here for prom her senior year in high school--a very popular thing to do in the 80s and 90s if you went to high school in Albuquerque, but apparently the place has dropped their dress code so not such a prom/homecoming venue anymore--which is probably good for us at this point!).

So, we had Manhattans on our first real Friday night living in New Mexico (we were pretty out of it last Friday night--our second night here). The Luna Mansion was established in the 1880s by a wealthy European Spanish family that came to New Mexico in the 1600s (the Lunas, who married into the Otero family, also from Spain). Rumor has it that the mansion was built to the Lunas' specifications by the Santa Fe Railroad, who decided to plop down tracks right in the middle of the Lunas' homestead in the Rio Grande Valley in the mid-1800s. The mansion is Southern Colonial style, but built with adobe (thick mud brick typical of Native American contruction in these parts--very well insulated), so the mansion is very unique.

The interior is uber-Victorian. Walking in was like traveling in a time machine, but the drinks and appetizers were fantastic. Visitors--prepare for a treat when you come to visit!

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