The Hottest Ticket in New Mexico is The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, and it's happening this October 7-15th 2023! It's a magical week when the skies become a dreamy canvas for every color imaginable. A visual spectacle unlike any other - and you’re invited.

Magic in the sky during Mass Ascension

You can avoid the crowds and embrace two unique experiences in one vacation when you book your accommodation in Santa Fe. Enjoy an epic balloon fiesta experience in Albuquerque, followed by a rejuvenating stay in one of the country’s most historical, artistic, and renowned destinations. Embrace the best of both worlds when you stay in one of A Vacation Different Santa Fe vacation rentals - where your comfort and enjoyment are our top priorities!

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A Colorful History

It all started in 1972 when the balloon party kicked off with just 13 hot-air balloons in a parking lot in Albuquerque. Fast forward to 2023, and it's the planet’s largest ballooning event! Every fall, thrill-seekers, adventurers, world-renowned photographers, artists, and free spirits from around the world flock to Albuquerque to be part of this sky-high celebration, making it a must-see event on every traveler's bucket list.

We invite you to witness hundreds of hot-air balloons ascending in unison on these gorgeous, crisp Autumn days. It's called the "Mass Ascension," and it's like a technicolor dream come to life. Balloons of all shapes and sizes fill the sky, creating breathtaking visuals. Believe us when we say this will be a memory you will cherish and reflect on for years to come. No wonder people make the trek from across the globe for this experience!

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Up, up, and away!

The "Balloon Glow" takes over when the sun goes down, with massive balloons lighting up the night sky like giant lanterns. It's a nighttime show that'll leave you in awe as you watch these floating works of art come to life in the dark. The glow of these balloons against the New Mexican night sky is a sight to behold.

Retreat to Santa Fe

Santa Fe is a leisurely one-hour drive from Albuquerque and your perfect escape from the Balloon Fiesta madness. With so much excitement, it also means there will be massive crowds. Staying in Santa Fe promises an exhale in serene surroundings. Our Santa Fe vacation rentals are like a home away from home, offering you comfort and tranquility amidst the natural beauty of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

Views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains at sunset
Peaceful sunsets from Villa Del Primrose

A convenient shuttle service is available from various Downtown Santa Fe locations to the Balloon Fiesta and back, and we recommend taking advantage of it! It’s a stress-free way to enjoy the festivities to the fullest without worrying about your transportation. This is your chance to kick back, take in the views, and settle into the relaxed Santa Fe lifestyle. You can learn all about the shuttle service here.

At A Vacation Different, we have a diverse range of accommodations catering to all tastes and needs, ensuring that your stay is nothing short of exceptional. Our team is available for you throughout your entire stay - allow us to recommend restaurants and family-friendly activities or even help you hire a private chef or masseuse for your stay! Whether you're a solo business traveler craving solitude, a family needing a reunion HQ, or a couple seeking a romantic hideout, A Vacation Different has you covered.

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Tano Road wows with expansive views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains

A Vacation Different: Where Comfort Meets Wow

Our vacation rentals are handpicked to ensure you have a top-notch experience. Families can cozy in spacious homes with fully-equipped kitchens and inviting kiva fireplaces. Solo travelers can score chic downtown studios with everything you need to unwind. Lovebirds can find intimate casitas with hot tubs that are perfect for stargazing. No matter what kind of traveler you are, A Vacation Different has something for you, and we’re passionate about wowing guests with exceptional service and pristine accommodations. Our reviews speak for themselves - and we invite you to experience Santa Fe in the best way!

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Enjoy downtown convenience & charm in our cozy Rosario condo

Your Ultimate Balloon Fiesta Itinerary 

Why not start your day exploring Santa Fe's thriving coffee scene, grabbing some yummy breakfast enchiladas in our famous red and green chili, wandering through turquoise shops, and soaking in the culture? Then, jump on the shuttle and hop over to Albuquerque for the Balloon Fiesta's daytime action. When the sun sets, Santa Fe welcomes you back with open arms.

You'll unwind and relive the day's unforgettable balloon adventures from the comfort of your Santa Fe home away from home. The ultimate getaway plan guarantees you the trip of a lifetime during the Balloon Fiesta.

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Lounge in luxury & sunshine in the Adobe-style Camino Caruso

The City Different

After the high-flying excitement of the Balloon Fiesta, treat yourself to the city's haven of spas, art galleries, museums, and fine dining. Unwind with a spa day, get lost in world-class art, dive into the city's rich history at its museums, and indulge your taste buds with some of the finest cuisine around. Santa Fe isn't just a destination; it's an immersive experience you won't want to miss for all your senses. We are so excited to have you!

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