New Mexico offers a rich history of Native American and Spanish culture alongside more modern draws, like America's first spaceport. The Albuquerque Convention Center (pictured) is keeping current with a $22 million upgrade that includes a redesigned ballroom.Other Cities•
In Las Cruces, the 203-room Hotel Encanto
has been chosen by Virgin Galactic as the official hotel for nearby Spaceport America (see Paging the Jetsons). The hotel is transforming several rooms and areas into executive and VIP suites and rooms.
• On Interstate 40, just 20 miles from the Arizona border, the 105-room Hilton Garden Inn Gallup
opened last December with more than 3,000 square feet of function space.Old World Charm
In the heart of Santa Fe, the 179-room La Fonda on the Plaza
features eight banquet rooms, each adorned with original art, kiva fireplaces and hand-carved beams.