Last Updated on April 16, 2023
The minute my husband and I turned off Rio Grande Boulevard onto the narrow lane lined with giant cottonwood trees, we knew we had found a unique retreat. Los Poblanos in Albuquerque, an historic inn and organic farm, rests amid 25 acres of lavender fields, lush formal gardens and organic farmland in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque community five miles north of downtown.
Designed by John Gaw Meem, the “Father of Santa Fe Style,” Los Poblanos in Albuquerque features 45 charming guest rooms, an active family-run organic farm, and one of the most authentic farm-to-fork menus in the country surrounded by nature, history, comfort, and privacy.
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We loaded our luggage into a wagon and headed to our Farmhouse Room with architectural details inspired by the 1930s dairy buildings, pitched tin roofs, and white stucco. The modern interior featured a luxurious king bed, a wood-burning fireplace, a private seating area, a small kitchenette, and original artwork.
We loved the magnificent views of the gardens, the lotus pond, plus the Sandia Mountains in the distance. Having all the comforts of home and then some, including organic lavender bath amenities made onsite, we noted thoughtful details like the lavender sprig tucked into the toilet tissue fold.
Other options include the cozy Meem Rooms and Suites in the historic renovated hacienda, enhanced with hand-carved beams, ironwork, hardwood floors, original artwork, hand-plastered walls, and fireplaces.
The Field Suites overlook rows of lavender, farmland and distant mountains. Here, guests immerse themselves in the farming experience. You’ll enjoy modern interiors, high-pitched ceilings, and wood floors – lounge under the shared porches in the farm courts or on individual patios year-round. The Field Family Suites feature a large terrace, king bed, full kitchen, dining area, and a separate bunk room for the kids.
Luxury amenities like the organic lavender bath soap and lotion made on the farm, complimentary s’mores kits, high-end linens, and organic robes enhanced our stay. We enjoyed complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, cable TV, a private guest room safe, and a healthy room free of chemicals and pesticides.
Guests at Los Poblanos in Albuquerque can enjoy complimentary classes in the Wellness Yurt, the fitness center, the seasonal outdoor saltwater pool at the Barn Commons, and exclusive access to the Library Bar. Enjoy in-room dining for brunch, dinner, and bar service in the serenity of your room or at the Campo restaurant.
Complimentary airport shuttle service is also provided by reservation only.
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Explore The Farm
Near the lotus pond, we paid homage to the life-size wooden statue of the patron saint of farming, San Ysidro, which guests will see repeatedly across the property, including the Los Poblanos logo.
Tour the farm and learn about sustainable beekeeping, organic herb and vegetable gardening, and products made from the lavender growing in the fields.
We attended a lecture about plant-based medicines and remedies, biodynamic gardening, and botanical perfumes. Guests are welcome to take part in the spring floral workshop, and tour the historic Greely Gardens, combining native plants and botanicals.
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We celebrated Afternoon Tea with a dynamic tea set serving Tao’s small batch ‘tea.o.graphy teas’ and a sweet and savory menu created by Campo’s award-winning kitchen team.
Following tea, we joined an art tour featuring the historic La Quinta building and the artists connected to it.
Shop the Farm Store for therapeutic aroma sets like lavender peppermint body wash, lotion, bath scrub, and lip balm.
I loved their artisan products, including lavender salve, hand soap, lotion, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, skin care oil, and bath salts.
We browsed the heirloom grains bread, wheat flour, and scones and selected a cheesy cornbread. Farm accessories include herbal collections, spices, salts, and hot sauce. I took home the green chile jam, balsamic vinegar, and the bourbon cocktail cherries.
The farm store’s botanical candle collection makes excellent gifts.
Enjoy a welcome botanical cocktail on the Campo Patio while watching peacocks and guineas strut around the porch. I sipped a Lavender ’99 with Los Poblanos Lavender Gin, crème de Violette, LP lavender syrup, lemon, and sparkling wine, a nod to the first year (1999), that the owner planted lavender on the farm. My husband selected a local draft Bow & Arrow Denim Tux Pilsner.
Pro tip: For additional selections, ask for the 27-page wine list and a five-page spirits list, including Los Poblanos Lavender Gin and Los Poblanos Western Dry Gin, available for tasting.
Campo Restaurant Los Poblanos
Ranked a “Top 10 Hotel for Food Lovers of America” by Bon Appetit, Campo features fine casual dining with a Southwestern crafted field-to-fork menu. The restaurant, led by Head Chef Christopher Bethoney, Sous Chef Kennedi Martinez, and the experienced kitchen team, utilizes organic ingredients harvested from the farm and other local farmers and ranchers.
We started with the incredible breadboard, house made from the bakery and served with red chile Manteca, leafy green spring salad with goat cheese, focaccia croutons, mint, and a homemade pickle jar.
The menu suggests a wine or beer pairing with each selection, so I indulged in the bay scallop ceviche paired with the smooth Bow & Arrow “Denim Tux” American Pilsner.
My husband savored the Tamale Adovada, beef with wood-fired mushrooms, roasted radish, potato, Oaxacan cheese, and beans that paired exquisitely with a Bordeaux from Napa Valley.
Others raved about the Seared Duck Breast with mole blanco and a glass of German Darting Pinot Meunier Trocken.
Finish with a gin tasting of each of LP’s gins. We noted the list of 15 local farmers at the bottom of the menu that contributes fresh farm ingredients to the restaurant.
The following morning, we started with coffee and brunch at Campo while watching the peacocks. I loved the Chilaquiles, a Mexican scrambled egg dish with tortillas, red chile, jack and cheddar, and onion served with crispy potatoes, sourdough toast, and ham. So yummy!
My husband ordered the blue corn, white wheat pancakes with organic maple syrup, bourbon fig compote (buy a jar at the Farm Store), and bacon.
Other lunch-style dishes include a smoked brisket empanada, and LP hominy grits served with house-made grilled sausage, wood-fired mushrooms, grilled seasonal vegetables, and sunny quail eggs.
Los Poblanos Hacienda Spa
Los Poblanos in Albuquerque Hacienda Spa treatments include botanicals and lavender products harvested from the farm, yielding a balanced feeling of happiness and health.
My classic facial was customized to fit my specific skin resulting in a rejuvenating and refreshing feel.
The warm Himalayan salt stone massage was deeply relaxing, pairing salt stones and medium to deep massage pressure that released the tension and toxins with gentle exfoliation.
Los Poblanos Tasting Room Downtown ABQ
Visit Town & Ranch Lounge to taste signature Los Poblanos gin cocktails and a menu of small bites. Look for the LP (Los Poblanos) Warehouse in the original 1940s Heaston Town and Ranch Tractor Supplies building for lavender products, gifts for the home, and artisan market foods.
Los Poblanos In Santa Fe
The New Farm Shop Norte offers a customized Los Poblanos tasting and shopping adventure in downtown Santa Fe, an hour’s drive north of Albuquerque. Look for a redesigned 1935 Sinclair Oil gas station and store in Santa Fe’s historic district just north of the Plaza.
I found signature lavender products, gifts for the home, Los Poblanos botanical gin, and original New Mexico wine and spirits. Bar Norte offers specialty cocktails made from botanical essences and light bites.
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