Welcome To Portales NM
Portales New Mexico; A Great Little Town!
Portales NM is on the Eastern side of the state in "the plains". It is a very agricultural environment. Peanut farms and dairy farms rule the landscape, and those peanut farms are part of the reason Portales goes by the nickname "P-ville".
Portales NM itself is quite small; 8,000 residents and 4,000 students (approximately). Clovis, NM and Cannon Air Force Base are about 15 minutes away, making for a larger combined area.
It is quaint, quiet and speaks to an era of "Main Streets" and unlocked doors. The roads are quiet and easy to navigate; no GPS needed! Many of the streets have letter names, so follow the alphabet to get where you're going.
Eastern New Mexico University!
I spent a year on campus at this university and my sister spent all four years here. I went home (To Albuquerque) to get married, but she stayed on and got her Bachelor's in Fine Arts, emphasis in Performance.
This is important, because ENMU is known for its fine arts and film programs along with its teaching programs. If you are interested in either of these, look into the university. If you're not sure a big town is where you'd be comfortable going to school, this is the university for you. The smaller campus, class sizes and ability to walk wherever you need to go appeals to many students, as it did my sister.
In 2010 I returned to ENMU via their online program to finish my MBA. Here's another thing; if you're a distance student, you will love the flexibility of their online program.
Portales NM is a bit different than other parts of the state. It gets more rain, it gets more wind and it gets the weirdest thing I ever saw… ice storms. We just don't have those in Albuquerque! I walked out to my car one morning and my door was frozen shut by a sheet of ice! Thank goodness I had a coffee maker; one pot of hot water later and I was good to go. Don't let this deter you, though.
It's so incredibly quiet out there. I remember one of my first nights in Portales New Mexico. It was the middle of August and the dusk was warm without being overbearing. I was sitting on the ENMU campus and the western horizon stayed lit long after the sun had set, turning from pink to orange to red to purple to navy blue and finally to black. The stars twinkled and the silence settled like a heavy blanket around me. All I could do was think what an amazing quiet it was. Everything seemed muffled, the laughing and chatting of passing coeds, the glow of the streetlights, the call of trains off to the west… It was such a change from Albuquerque and it was absolutely peaceful.
Cattle Baron, Something Different (try those baked potatoes, folks!), La Hacienda and Taco Box (seriously yum) were all favorite places to eat. And if there aren't enough choices in Portales, head
out to Clovis.
By the way, do you love milkshakes? Try Pat's Twin Cronnie. It's a little walk-up place, and usually has a long line, but the shakes are thick, creamy and to die for.
I was only in Portales NM a year, but there was something about the drive into town… I usually arrived early in the morning, around 6 am. Driving the state roads and seeing a farmer here and there out working their land, hearing roosters announce the morning and the town sleepy and quiet... When the sun broke over the horizon it really felt like I had the whole world to myself.
I'd like to convince my sister to write her story. She's got a completely different perspective as an undergrad enjoying campus life.
Eastern New Mexico University