December 26, 2011

Los Poblanos Ranch

Los Poblanos Ranch | Albuquerque, New Mexico

Welcome back, friends! I hope your Christmas weekend was filled with lots of love and joy. Kev and I had the wonderful opportunity to spend the weekend before Christmas in breathtaking Albuquerque, New Mexico. While we were there, we stayed at the Los Poblanos Ranch Bed and Breakfast. Guys, I am so excited to tell you about this incredible little inn! It was seriously one of the cutest places I have ever stayed. You’ve got to come check it out with me.

Los Poblanos Ranch | Albuquerque, New Mexico

The cozy ranch offers 20 secluded guest rooms nestled within a working organic farm. This gorgeous, expansive lavender field greets you as soon as you drive up the dreamy tree-lined driveway.

Los Poblanos Ranch | Albuquerque, New Mexico

How beautiful is the view of the Sandia Mountains from the ranch? Los Poblanos is famous for their community supported agriculture (CSA) program, which offers over 75 varieties of fruits and vegetables to the Albuquerque community via weekly delivery, all cultivated right on the ranch.

Los Poblanos Ranch | Albuquerque, New Mexico

And what would a bed and breakfast be without breakfast?? A full gourmet breakfast for two is included when you stay at the ranch. The menu changes daily and always features fresh ingredients right off the farm. Here’s just a peek at what we sampled during our visit. House made granola, delicious blueberry scones, chile rellenos with quinoa, turkey sausage, and scrambled eggs, and I got a huge kick out of the french toast with a caramelized kiwi compote made to resemble New Mexico’s famous green chile.

Los Poblanos Ranch | Albuquerque, New Mexico

Isn’t this a charming breakfast room?

Los Poblanos Ranch | Albuquerque, New Mexico

Ingredients for the inn’s breakfasts are often harvested that very day, and include farm fresh eggs, honey from their own bees, and fruits and vegetables straight from the fields.

Los Poblanos Ranch | Albuquerque, New Mexico

The ranch had so many fun animals just hanging out. We kept seeing this little bunny hopping around!

Los Poblanos Ranch | Albuquerque, New Mexico

My favorite were the peacocks! They were just strutting around the ranch like they owned the place. Although I couldn’t get them to show their feathers for me. They must’ve not been feeling too flirty. There was also a gorgeous all white peacock! I’d never seen one before, it was stunning. This one was camera shy though, it never came around when I had my camera out.

Los Poblanos Ranch | Albuquerque, New Mexico

But I did manage to catch this cute little duck, ice skating on a tiny frozen stream!

Los Poblanos Ranch | Albuquerque, New Mexico

Kev enjoyed checking out the vintage farm equipment.

Los Poblanos Ranch | Albuquerque, New Mexico

I think I could have spent all weekend just taking in all 25 acres of this gorgeous property.

Los Poblanos Ranch | Albuquerque, New Mexico

I think my favorite thing about the inn was the farm shop right on the ranch!

Los Poblanos Ranch | Albuquerque, New Mexico

This was the cutest little shop for gifts, gourmet food, kitchen tools, apparel, and more.

Los Poblanos Ranch | Albuquerque, New Mexico

And of course the entire line of their custom lavender spa products, made from the lavender grown in the fields. The ranch uses a steam distillation process right on the farm to extract the essential oil from the lavender, which then goes into their specialty line of spa products and amenities (shampoos, conditioners, and lotions) offered in each guest room to give their guests a relaxing experience directly connected to the land itself. How amazing is that?

Los Poblanos Ranch | Albuquerque, New Mexico

Gardening tools, cute t-shirts and tote bags here.

Los Poblanos Ranch | Albuquerque, New Mexico

All of the cute little gifts were made from local artists. I about died when I saw these AlbuqCOOKIES! :)

Los Poblanos Ranch | Albuquerque, New Mexico

Now back to the ranch. Kev and I both loved these hanging chile peppers, or ristras as we learned they were called. Such a perfectly festive touch to cozy the place right up for the holidays.

Los Poblanos Ranch | Albuquerque, New Mexico

Okay, let’s make our way to the room, so you can check out where we actually stayed!

Los Poblanos Ranch | Albuquerque, New Mexico

Through the gorgeous doors to the office…

Los Poblanos Ranch | Albuquerque, New Mexico

Past the private gate to the garden…

Los Poblanos Ranch | Albuquerque, New Mexico

Down the garden path…

Los Poblanos Ranch | Albuquerque, New Mexico

Here’s our room! But who do we have here?? Mr. Peacock was just hanging out, right in front of our door!

Los Poblanos Ranch | Albuquerque, New Mexico

I absolutely loved our room. When you first walk in the door, there was this wonderful seating area with a supremely inviting wood burning kiva fireplace.

Los Poblanos Ranch | Albuquerque, New Mexico

Just to the left was this little kitchenette with a bench, refrigerator, and plenty of hanging space for coats and robes.

Los Poblanos Ranch | Albuquerque, New Mexico

Here’s where we’d crash after a day of fun in Albuquerque.

Los Poblanos Ranch | Albuquerque, New Mexico

This fireplace. I loved it. When we came back to the room after spending all night outside at the River of Lights, Kev built a fire and I pulled the chair right up to the kiva, propped my feet up on the hearth, and read the second book of The Hunger Games until I was as nice and toasty as a marshmallow. Kevin had to drag me away kicking and screaming.

Los Poblanos Ranch | Albuquerque, New Mexico

I liked this old photograph of the ranch, hanging right by the fireplace. I wonder how long ago this was taken.

Los Poblanos Ranch | Albuquerque, New Mexico

And our room. Oh my gosh, this bed. So luxurious.

Los Poblanos Ranch | Albuquerque, New Mexico

Here’s a peek at the bathroom. I loved the funky tile in here! I would so put this in my bathroom at home. In addition to the huge soaking tub, there was also a standing shower behind the door.

Los Poblanos Ranch | Albuquerque, New Mexico

Our room had so many lovely, unique touches from the rustic punched tin sconces to the lavender-filled hemp tissue box covers. I thought these were the neatest things! Not only did they beautify the place up, but they also smelled heavenly. Heavenly. I was so excited to see them available in the farm shop. I brought several home with me for myself and to give as gifts. By the way, can someone tell me why I made sure the lavender shampoo and conditioner were facing the camera, but not the lotion? Doh.

Los Poblanos Ranch | Albuquerque, New Mexico

I loved every single minute in our room, it was hard to leave!

Los Poblanos Ranch | Albuquerque, New Mexico

We even had a back door leading to our own private patio with a sweet little table and chairs.

If you need a romantic weekend getaway, this is so it. I would come back here in a heartbeat. I even have the perfect place for you to eat. I was seriously blown away by the fabulous little spot. I’ll be back on Wednesday to tell you all about it! See you soon!



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1
Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga December 26, 2011 at 5:11 am

It’s all so beautiful!

I love the tile on the kitchen floor in your room and that little gift shop area with things to buy…I would have loved all those spa products.

Hope you and Kevin had a wonderful Christmas!

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Beth December 26, 2011 at 5:15 am

what a gorgeous trip. love it!! looks like a must see when in that area. thanks, for sharing. (:

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Kathryn December 26, 2011 at 5:22 am

Looks like heven on earth. Love the bed and the cute , cute shop. Thanks for sharing

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The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh December 26, 2011 at 9:00 am

What a gorgeous little place! I’d be in heaven with all of those animals wandering around. (Well except for the peacock if it screeched. That sound is not conducive to relaxation! HA!)

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Ellen December 26, 2011 at 9:23 am

What a lovely B &B sounds like you had a great time. Thanks for sharing!

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Lori @ RecipeGirl December 26, 2011 at 9:25 am

So cute! I love the duck and the store!

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Elizabeth December 26, 2011 at 9:56 am

Looks like fun! The views must have been gorgeous!!

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Laurie V December 26, 2011 at 10:56 am

What an awesome place!! I want to go-thanks for sharing.

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Michelle December 26, 2011 at 11:05 am

When I lived in Albuquerque, I had the privilege of living in a house that originally belonged to the first mayor of Albuquerque. It was situated on three acres of farmland. I miss it so much, and reading your post was an absolute delight. Is Los Poblanos in the Corrales area by any chance? It is simply lovely.

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katrina December 26, 2011 at 12:18 pm

What gorgeous pictures! Was that all natural lighting inside the room or did you use a flash? It’s so bright and cheerful! My interior pictures never look like that!

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Noel December 26, 2011 at 1:10 pm

I’m sold! Reading in front of that fireplace after a long day of exploring sounds delightful.

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Linda December 26, 2011 at 2:07 pm

WOW……what a place, I loved everything about it. Looks so relaxing with the fireplace and the huge comfortable looking bed. The peacocks where so pretty too! Would love to stay there.

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Liezl December 27, 2011 at 2:09 pm

I’m from South Africa, but one of the places at the top of my list to visit is Mexico. Its a beautiful place, but my favourite part is the tiles in the bathroom – stunning!

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Sendie December 27, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Hi Amanda, is that green onion in little vase that was on display in the farm shop ? That such a neat idea!

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Aimee Poe December 27, 2011 at 10:58 pm

This has been added to my bucket list!!!

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Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl December 27, 2011 at 11:59 pm

The room looks awesome and I LOVE that farm shop. Its set up so cute. Definitely going to put this place on my couple’s getaway list. Thanks for the show and tell!

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Chelle Chapman December 29, 2011 at 4:51 pm

So glad you had fun in our lovely ‘back yard’! We live in Rio Rancho, just N of Albuquerque. My BF’s & I get together & tour the lil wineries here in Albuquerque. One of our trips this past summer was to Los Poblanos. We did not get into the hotel BUT, we did sneak into the garden for pix til they told us we were NOT sposed to be in there!!! LOVED the peacocks!!!! I would love to send you some pix of the pond, w/ the HUGE water lilies!!! We had as much fun as you did, I am sure!! I sure love that bed in your room. It looks like a wonderful place to be w/ a snuggler, hot coffee, yummy snacks/munchies & movies to watch all day!!! Thanks so much for the pix of your stay in Albuquerque. We have so much to offer here ALL seasons!

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Katelyn January 4, 2012 at 9:36 am

I live in Albuquerque and would love to stay there! We’re members of their CSA and frequent the farm shop:)

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Robin January 24, 2012 at 10:37 pm

Wow…it looks sumptuous! Imagine if every hotel/motel/b&b had beds like that…they’d be booked permanently.

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