Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm

4803 Rio Grande Blvd. N.W. Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, New Mexico

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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Luxurious organic farm inn makes great base for exploring Northern New Mexico

Los Poblanos Historic Inn is perfect for lovers of food and nature who want a quiet place to relax and serve as a base camp for exploring northern New Mexico. You could easily spend your days relaxing at the pool, strolling the grounds, visiting with the menagerie of goats, chickens, sheep, and cattle that call the farm home, and reading in one of the inn’s many comfortable outdoor seating areas. Santa Fe, Taos, and a host of parks and preserves (including the amazing Valles Caldera National Preserve) are all easy, scenic one to two hour drives from the inn. The lush grounds of the inn seem lifetimes away from Albuquerque, but the location offers easy access to the city. Rooms are impeccably furnished and either shabby chic or historic New Mexican style. The inn’s restaurant is open for dinner Wednesday through Saturday (advance reservations required) and sources its ingredients locally whenever possible. Often this means that your fruit or vegetables were picked from their farm just hours before. The cooking is on par with a Michelin star restaurant, and during our stay, we enjoyed stellar smoked duck and moroccan-inspired eggplant and quinoa entrees. The daily breakfast, while limited to a rotating menu of two main dishes, is absolutely delicious. I would not hesitate to stay here again.

House-made lavender lotions and soaps

The charming Farm Shop at Los Poblanos stocks a smart selection of classic, aromatic lavender spa products including soaps, oils and salves, all made locally, on site, along with an excellent array of artisan foods, vinegars, sauces, and gourmet goodies.

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