By Janine Sjostrom
If you’re like me, you have a bucket list - amazing places you want to go, incredible things you want to see, and crazy things you want to experience - like skydiving, climbing all 704 steps of the Eiffel Tower, walking on top of the Great Wall of China, or cooking classes in Tuscany.
Giving thought to my own bucket list recently, it dawned on me that Jubilee Los Lunas, New Mexico’s Premier Active Adult Community, is a “bonanza” when it comes to a Boomer’s bucket list!
Located in Central New Mexico just 20 minutes from downtown Albuquerque, Jubilee is more than a beautiful, fun-filled, active adult community. It’s the perfect hub from which to check off some of the items on your current (and possibly soon-to-be-revised) bucket list! Some of the world’s most noted destinations and activities are just a short drive from Jubilee, so let’s take a closer look.
NORTH FROM JUBILEE
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
The world’s largest hot air balloon event takes place just 30 minutes north of Albuquerque! A MUST on your bucket list, Balloon Fiesta is a colorful, picture-perfect, eight-day event, with hundreds of balloons filling our big blue skies each morning. Evenings are equally exciting with balloon glows and fireworks, and you’ll stay busy all day with onsite shopping, food and entertainment. http://www.balloonfiesta.com
Designated as both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark, Taos Pueblo has been inhabited for more than a thousand years, making it a must-visit addition to your bucket list. Plus, you’ll want to include a picturesque walk across the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge and a taste of the Taos art scene. The three-hour trip from Jubilee is picturesque, with Santa Fe, casinos and wineries along the way! http://taospueblo.com/home
Just over three hours north of Jubilee, Chaco Canyon is home to the largest number of ancient, remarkably well-preserved ruins in North America! Guided or self-tours, hiking and biking trails, evening campfire talks, and night sky programs are all offered as part of the Chaco experience, making it a captivating and memorable destination on your bucket list. https://www.nps.gov/chcu/index.htm
SOUTH FROM JUBILEE
Your bucket list won’t be complete without visiting Spaceport America! You’ll get a firsthand look at the future of space travel. Bus tours leave from Truth or Consequences, less than two hours south of Jubilee. http://spaceportamerica.com
Eerie yet captivating, the Very Large Array is an other-worldly addition to your bucket list, and it’s less than two hours from Jubilee! Featured in movies such as Independence Day, Terminator Salvation and Contact, the 27 massive antennae collectively gather information from space. You’ll be taking lots of pictures! https://public.nrao.edu/tours/visitvla
This expansive sea of white, melting into distant mountains, is beautiful, inspiring and magical… and a bucket list MUST! You’ll find the gypsum dunes invite you to lose yourself in their whiteness. And remember, you’re never too old to make a “snow angel” or sled down the dunes. Just over three hours from Jubilee, White Sands will be etched into your memory forever. https://www.nps.gov/whsa/index.htm
These are just six of many more memorable destinations in New Mexico… all worthy of inclusion on your bucket list! Living at Jubilee puts you at the heart of amazing things to do here in the “Land of Enchantment,” whether you head east, north, south or west.