Aromatic lavender fields, farm to fork organic cuisine and authentic New Mexico architecture by John Gaw Meem… I am so excited to share this special & truly one of a kind property located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I first discovered Los Poblanos Inn and Organic Farm 7 years ago when looking for places to stay in ABQ while visiting my husband’s family. During my internet search, I came across this charming Inn located in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque. With the Rio Grande River to the West and the Sandia Mountains to the East, Los Poblanos is surrounded by rich vegetation & beautiful views. When entering the Los Poblanos property, you drive down a road lined with giant, majestic cottonwood trees. I remember feeling enchantment and wonder… It was during my first visit to LP, that I started to dream into creating my travel blog. I thought, “unique places like this Inn have a story yearning to be experienced and shared”. Los Poblanos evokes a tranquil stillness and deep connection with the land. Once on the property, you can feel the heartbeat and soul connective thread of the owners & curators of Los Poblanos, The Rembe Family.
I am honored to share this travel journey, which was inspired by the original seed planted for OnWord Journeys. With plans to head back to ABQ this year, I eagerly reached out to Los Poblanos to book our stay and asked if they would like to collaborate. This post is 100% my experience written thru word and image…let the Los Poblanos Journey begin.
Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm: LP Inn is family owned, set on 25 acres of lavender fields, along with the La Quinta Cultural Center as the historical foundation on the property. Included in the historic grounding elements are the formal Spanish gardens designed by Rose Greely in 1932. Rose Greely, a pioneer female land architect, and designer; her vision & work at LP features vibrant flower beds irrigated with river water, Spanish tile fountains, rose cutting gardens & winding pathways. I loved meandering through the gardens, smelling the flowers & connecting with the simple pleasures of nature.
Designed in 1932 by the region’s foremost architect, John Gaw Meem, the “Father of Santa Fe Style”, Los Poblanos combines 50 guest rooms, a working organic farm and the ideal setting for meetings and special events. The natural beauty, comfort, and privacy of Los Poblanos offer our guests a truly relaxing environment. – www.lospoblanos.com
Our mission is to preserve the historic Los Poblanos Ranch by cultivating a dynamic business dedicated to sustainable agriculture, hospitality, historic preservation, and community.” – The Rembe Family
Los Poblanos accommodations: Offering 50 guest rooms & suites designed in classic New Mexican style with original artwork, carved ceiling beams, hardwood floors, and antique southwest furnishings. All bedrooms have luxurious bedding and feature their signature lavender spa amenities. An organic continental breakfast is included in the room rates. You can choose from the historic Meem rooms to the Farm suites or the newly expanded Field suites. I’ve stayed in the Meem and the Farm suites, each full of character and charm. The Rembe family has done a wonderful job keeping with the brand integrity of the original Inn. www.lospoblanos.com
Farm House Suite #2: We stayed in the Farm House suite #2, full of natural light, with a kitchen, wood burning fireplace (operational during the winter months) a separate bedroom with a 4-poster bed and luxurious linens. The bedroom opens onto a front porch with two Adirondack chairs. The Farmhouse bathroom has a big soaking tub, shower and lavender bath products harvested and handcrafted from the farm. I went home with the Los Poblanos lavender, soap, lotion, shampoo, and conditioner… they are AMAZING! I will be ordering more on their website to replenish my inventory for sure. There is a back patio just off the family room with a table and chairs and two more Adirondack chairs. Ben and I reclined back in the Adirondack chairs & enjoyed a couple glasses of local wine under the starry sky… we enjoyed a quiet and connective evening together that I will always remember.
Continental Breakfast included in your stay: We enjoyed our breakfast on the restaurant’s patio each morning with a beautiful view of the Sandia Mountains. The Continental breakfast includes a fresh pastry, granola, milk, juice, coffee and seasonal fruit. All very flavorful and satisfying. My husband opted for a heartier meal and ordered the Chilaquiles; corn tortillas, housemade red chile sauce, potatoes, eggs any style and choice of meat. It was super flavorful and a nice recommendation if you’d like a larger breakfast.
Featuring purely crafted field-to-fork menu. Our Rio Grande Valley Cuisine is rooted in seasonal organic ingredients from our own farm, as well as from longstanding relationships with local farmers and herdsman. – www.lospoblanos.com
The Barn Commons: An awesome place to soak up the New Mexico sun. This outdoor area offers a solar heated outdoor saltwater swimming pool with lounge chairs and a vine-draped pergola to cool off in the shade. There is a fitness room and two spotless and spacious bathrooms with showers with LP signature lavender bath products.
Los Poblanos Cruiser Bikes: This is a wonderful adventure amenity offered at LP, Electra Cruiser bikes! Bike along the Rio Grande River Trail, or take your cruiser to Casa Rondena Winery for a yummy wine tasting. We even rode the cruiser bikes over the beautiful Rio Grande River for a scrumptious Italian dinner at M’ Tucci’s.
We promote ecological consciousness in providing hospitality to our guests. We use all natural biodegradable cleaning products, feature organic ingredients in all of our menus, and prioritize water conservation programs throughout the property. Bicycles are available to guests to encourage a low emission vacation and local experience. – Los Poblanos website
Bike to Casa Rondena Winery: Just a 10 min bike ride from Los Poblanos and you will find yourself feeling as if you are in Italy! We loved this little afternoon excursion to Casa Rondena Winery. The Tasting Room and winery is open to the public daily from 12 noon until 7 PM. No reservations are necessary. www.casarondena.com
Casa Rondeña Winery was lovingly established in late 1995 as a family undertaking, with the first plantings in 1990 at the hands of vintner John Calvin and his two young sons, Ross and Clayton.- www.casarondena.com
Los Poblanos Farm Shop: I love this shop full of Los Poblanos handcrafted lavender products and other artisan goods. Here you can purchase freshly baked bread made on site in LP kitchen, along with cheeses and nuts for snacking. I stopped into this little shop every day and found something new every time… it’s fun to just browse & ignite your imagination.
Some of my Favorite lavender products: The Lavender Salve, shampoo, conditioner & body lotion are just a few of my favorite products from LP! You can shop directly online: www.lospoblanos.com
Lavender Salve: A Handmade Story… Time and care goes into each product. Our signature hand salve, using an original recipe from owner Penny Rembe, is hand poured from our 1934 Garland stoves once a week. As farmers and artisans, we care about our ingredients and pay attention to the details.- Los Poblanos website
Culture & Education
“La Quinta Cultural Center was designed and used for civil, social, and cultural purposes. The art gallery held frequent exhibitions, which were open to the public. The ballroom and catering kitchen was designed to host meetings, lectures, and concerts for up to 200 people. It was the original home to the June Music Festival and boasted the first swimming pool in Albuquerque, complete with men’s and women’s changing rooms painted by Paul Lantz”. – www.lospoblaonos.com
In the 1940s, John Gaw Meem and Ruth McCormick hired him to paint a massive wall mural under the portal of the Cultural Center. The mural depicts a scene of San Ysidro, the patron saint of agriculture. – www.lospoblanos.com
Day trip to Santa Fe:
Santa Fe is Just an hour drive from ABQ. Or you can jump on the Rail Runner Express Train. There is a train station located right in Los Ranchos, you literally could ride your bike cruiser from LP to the station, take your bike on the train and cruise around Santa Fe. We haven’t done this yet, but will be on our next list of adventures when we return. www.nmrailrunner.com
Los Poblanos Honey Bees:
“In support of a perfect ecosystem owner Armin Rembe (Farmin’ Armin) started keeping bees in 2005. At certain times of the year, you can taste a hint of lavender in our honey. Bee Fact: on average, a honey bee will visit 50 to 100 flowers on a collection trip.” – Los Poblanos
Albuquerque restaurants: When I met my husband 17 years ago he introduced me to the fiery Hatch New Mexico Green Chiles, I’ve been hooked ever since. Most all restaurants find a way to incorporate these roasted green chilies in their cuisine. Below are some recommendations for authentic Abq food!
- Blakes Lota Burger – the best fast food cheese burger (a must visit for me when in NM)
- Sadie’s authentic New Mexican Located just a few min away from LP
- El Pinto Authentic New Mexican
- M’ Tucci’s– Italian a short bike ride from Los Poblanos
Goodytwos Lavender Toffee: After my first visit to Los Poblanos 7 years ago, I brought back some culinary lavender from LP Farm Shop with a vision to create a lavender infused toffee… I brought the lavender into our toffee kitchen and gave it to my Mom, aka “Miss Chief” and said, “let’s experiment”! We did just that and came up with a unique and decadent new toffee flavor… Fleur-Two-Lis. We are excited to announce that we are handcrafting a limited edition in honor of this post. Available for a limited time… www.goodytwos.com
Goodytwos Toffee Company Joyfully blends the small batch recipes of Mother’s Tradition (Miss Chief) with the creative flair of her Daughter (Miss Chievious), believing unchartered journeys of the palate are waiting to be discovered. All the while expecting nothing less than pure, wholesome goodness in every small batch toffee they hand craft. – www.goodytwos.com
So grateful to return to Albuquerque, New Mexico to visit family & Los Poblanos Inn and Organic Farm. Deep gratitude to the Rembe family for opening their sacred land to the public, so we all can be embraced by the Los Poblanos essence. Thank you to my husbands family for always welcoming me back with open hearts… Looking forward to more ABQ journeys to come!
With love and light,