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Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm
John Gaw Meem is considered one of New Mexico’s most influential architects—and that fact alone makes this ranch, designed in 1932 by the so-called Father of Santa Fe style, worth a visit. But Meem isn’t the only big name associated with the property: Landscape architect Rose Greeley designed the gardens and artist Peter Hurd painted a mural on the property. The hotel is set on 25 acres of lavender fields, first planted in 1999 and now used for a line of in-house spa products. There are organic gardens, too, which provide the kitchen with Chimayo chilies, casaba melons, big cheese squash, and other seasonal produce. The look here tends toward clean lines, neutral hues, and quiet elegance over fussiness, though the historic rooms tend to have a bit more New Mexico flair—kiva fireplaces, exposed ceiling beams, local art—than the newer farm rooms. The latter are located in 1930s-style dairy buildings, carefully constructed to feel both of the era and of the place.
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Set in the North Valley, in the Village of Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, the property feels remote—but it’s just a quick five-minute drive to downtown. It’s difficult to imagine eating better than you will at the inn, but noteworthy spots in town include the Owl Café, known for its green chili cheeseburger, and the James Beard award–winning Mary & Tito’s. Coffee snobs will appreciate the Intelligentsia beans at the Grove Café & Market and, for your sugar fix, hit up Rebel Donuts . Don’t leave town without taking in the views from the top of the Sandia Mountains. Get there via a 15-minute ride on the Sandia Peak Tramway.
Need to Know
Rooms: 14 rooms and six suites. From $180. Check-in: 4 p.m.; check-out: 11 a.m. Dining options: Breakfast, which might be corned beef hash, steel cut oats, or blue corn polenta, depending on the day, is included in the rate. Don’t skip it. The farm restaurant, La Merienda, serves a locally inspired, seasonally driven menu for dinner Wednesday through Saturday. Everything (really) is great: Chef Jonathan Perno was nominated for Best Chef Southwest in 2013. Spa and gym details: There’s neither a spa nor a gym, though the inn has a supply of complimentary bikes for exploring the North Valley.
Who's it for: The inn appeals to travelers who don’t mind being a bit off the beaten path, as well as honeymooners, art and architecture lovers, and foodies. Meeting rooms also make Los Poblanos suitable for corporate retreats. Our favorite rooms: In the original ranch house, the Armijo room has R.C. Gorman lithographs, a Mexican Talavera tile shower, and direct access to the hacienda courtyard. Farm 2 is an airy two-room suite with a full kitchen and a private patio. Gift shop: The Farm Shop is a must for lavender spa products, ceramics, handmade blankets, and local herbs and spices.