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'Glamping' village offers Balloon Fiesta guests unique stay

Danielle Todesco
October 10, 2018 10:59 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - There is a whole new way to experience the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta this year.  The best part... it lets you skip all the traffic!

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The "Glamping" village of tents are set up just south of the Anderson-Abruzzo Balloon Museum.  They have almost all the amenities of a hotel room.

"With the tent we have the heater so they can stay warm while they're sleeping at night.  I hear it might get into the 40's so they'll at least be comfortable," Kristi Johnson with Canvas Town Events said.  "And then they do have a fridge so if they bring any food or anything, they can keep that cool.  We have electricity so they have a light over here and then we also give them a battery operated lantern."

That is why Johnson calls it "glamping."

"Then little things like a mirror and some hooks and organizers.  Kind of those tiny things, but the guests really appreciate some of those details," Johnson said.

The tents fit up to four people, depending on the bed set-up.

"The beds too are actually memory foam mattresses because sometimes when glamping, you might be on an air mattress still... but we want our guests to be very comfortable while sleeping," she said.

When you leave the tent, you will be right there for the balloons, skipping the nightmare of traffic.  Included in the tent booking is free admission to all the Fiesta events.  They also have grills, a fire pit, and games.

"Plus, they have really nice shower trailers and bathroom trailers."

The cost is over $1,600 dollars for a 3-night stay, which is mandatory.  But at this point, they're nearly sold out and no longer taking reservations.

"It's really like an adult playground if you will, you see all the yard games, the barbecue, and I just saw somebody walk over with a bag of smores stuff and I'm thinking oh my gosh this is going to be just the best experience," Amanda Molina with Balloon Fiesta Media Relations said.

This is just a test run for the glamping this year but if it's successful, organizers say they want to expand it next year. 

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