Local Company Offers Taxi Service to Curb Holiday Drinking & Driving

NMWT News:

In time for the holidays, Los Alamos based New Mexico Wine and Scenic Tours, is now offering after hours (after 7 p.m.) taxi service from the Los Alamos/White Rock area to a number of locations, to help prevent drinking and driving.

New Mexico Wine and Scenic Tours’ taxi service is also available for pick up and delivery to the Albuquerque Sunport and Santa Fe Municipal Airport, Buffalo Thunder Resort in Santa Fe and other Taos, Albuquerque, and surrounding area destinations.

“There is currently no easily accessible shuttle service in Los Alamos that offers transportation to and from Los Alamos after 7 p.m. for folks who want to enjoy a drink with friends after hours,” said New Mexico Wine and Scenic Tours owner Cindy Capelli. “The fact that 28 people in the U.S. lose their lives every day in drunk driving crashes drives home the need for a transportation service that doesn’t require you to wait an hour for a ride. Whether visitors need to get picked up from the Albuquerque Sunport and shuttled to Los Alamos; or residents want to enjoy a night on the town in Taos or Santa Fe but return home that evening – this new taxi service makes accessibility easy and affordable.”

New Mexico Wine and Scenic Tours, which began its taxi service Nov. 19., now offers the service until 1 a.m. Thursday and Friday nights from Los Alamos and White Rock to surrounding areas and until 1 a.m. Saturdays to Santa Fe, Buffalo Thunder Resort, Albuquerque and surrounding areas.

Reservations are required for all rides; call ahead for taxi pickup. Cost per person is $20 round trip for service within the Los Alamos/White Rock area. Call for pricing outside the Los Alamos/White Rock area and for group rates for more than four passengers.

Airport transportation also is available to/from Los Alamos to the Albuquerque Sunport for $150 round trip for one to two passengers; or $40 per person round trip with four or more passengers.

Transportation to/from Los Alamos to both the Santa Fe Municipal Airport and Taos Airport is $85 round trip for one to two passengers; or $30 round trip for four or more passengers. Reservations are required. Maximum capacity is 11 passengers.

New Mexico Wine and Scenic Tours has been Los Alamos’ only wine tour company since May 2011, offering guided wine tours to both Central and Northern New Mexico wineries and microbreweries seven days a week.

Visitors and residents alike can taste a number of unique wines and microbrews on the tour, and learn about the area’s history including the fact that New Mexico is the oldest wine producing region in the U.S.

Prices for wine tours are $75 for adults, $70 for seniors and $45 for youth ages 18 years and under. Water and snacks are included. Gratuities for servers and driver not included.

Now through Jan. 31, 2013, New Mexico Wine and Scenic Tours is offering a holiday special where a group of six to 10 people can enjoy a Northern New Mexico wine tour for $450.

Wine Tours:

On Dec. 17, enjoy wine samples from several Northern New Mexico wineries and two microbreweries including: Vivac, Don Quixote Distillery and Winery, Black Mesa, La Chiripada and Blue Heron Brewery during a wine tour.

Wine tour includes wine and beer tastings, gourmet lunch at a winery and transportation. Tour departs from Santa Fe at 11 a.m.; and from Buffalo Thunder at 11:15 a.m. Visit newmexicowinetour.com for details.

New Mexico Wine and Scenic Tours will offer service on all holidays including Christmas Eve/Day and New Year’s Eve/Day.

In 2013, New Mexico Wine and Scenic Tours plans to expand its tours to include fishing tours and photography tours in the Jemez Mountains, and other tours throughout New Mexico.

Reservations are required for all wine tours and taxi services and can be made online at newmexicowinetour.com or by calling 505-250-8943 or 877-264-9463.

Incidentally, Los Alamos Atomic City Transit offers free transit service throughout Los Alamos and White Rock 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Relax and enjoy holiday festivities in Los Alamos during WinterFest 2012 Dec. 7 through Dec. 9.

A list of events during WinterFest include:

  • Dec. 7 (2-8 p.m.) and Dec. 8 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) – The 19th annual Los Alamos Crèche Show featuring a variety of nativity scenes. Free. Located at 1967 18th St.;
  • Dec. 7-9 (7 p.m.) – Hansel and Gretel featuring full length ballet. Visit danceartlosalamos.org or call 505-672-9462. Located at Duane Smith Auditorium;
  • Dec. 8 (10 a.m.-3 p.m.) – Fuller Lodge Holiday Open House featuring live dancing, free treats, Christmas items for sale. Free. Contact Marlane at 505-663-0477 for details;
  • Dec. 8 (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) and Dec. 9 (10 a.m.-4 p.m) – Earth Treasure Show featuring silent auction; gems/minerals; stone jewelry for sale; crafts. Email ppbradpp@aol.com;
  • Dec. 8 (11 a.m.-4 p.m.) – Kids Talk with Santa located at CB Fox. Free;
  • Dec. 8 (noon- 2 p.m.) – Holiday Crafts for Kids at Mesa Public Library. Call 505-662-8240;
  • Dec. 8 (6 p.m.) – WinterFest Light Parade featuring lighted floats decorated around “Fairytales and Fantasies” theme. Free. Contact Suzette Fox at 505-661-4844;
  • Dec. 8 (7 p.m.) – Holiday Prism Concert with Morrie Pongratz, who will narrate the musical, “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Free. Visit lacw.org.
  • Dec. 8 (5-9 p.m.) – Christkindlemarket featuring arts and crafts, German food, and vendor booths. Free. Call 720-496-2321 for details. Located in downtown Los Alamos; and
  • Dec. 9 (5-7 p.m.) – North Pole Workshop and Luminaria Walk featuring photographs with Santa, warm drinks, and a complimentary holiday craft. Free. Located at 650 North Mesa;

Other events and activities beyond WinterFest can be found online at fyila.com.

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