Planning early for Balloonfest 2013. We are three couples in our early 50s who like history, nature, shopping, eating, exploring, relaxing, and the unique. Scenic driving would be fine, but we are looking to avoid a "road trip" trip type vacation.
We will be staying 6 to 9 nights in the area depending if we drive or fly in.
How many nights should we stay in Alburqueque vs. Sante Fe? If we have 9 nights, should we incorporate another City into our trip? If so, which one?
For Alburqueque and Santa Fe, is it worth the extra expense of staying in the downtown area. While we are not big hikers, we do like to walk to/through historic areas