Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm
4803 Rio Grande Boulevard NW
Los Ranchos de Albuquerque
Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm is located in Albuquerque’s North Valley, just off the Rio Grande.
Albuquerque International Airport is 10 miles away, and offers flights to Chicago (www.united.com), Baltimore (www.southwest.com), Los Angeles (www.aa.com) and other major airports.
Amtrak’s Southwest Chief line, which cuts through the American West, makes a stop in Albuquerque, only five miles from the hotel. The line – which includes commentary from National Park service guides – travels from Los Angeles to Chicago, via Albuquerque and Kansas City.
Driving in New Mexico is fairly easy, and the best way to see the desert landscape. The airport has rental kiosks, and the hotel offers free parking.
Worth getting out of bed for
Things to do at the hotel change with the seasons; say, in spring you might take a garden tour followed by tea tasting, join a historic walk through John Gaw Meem's La Quinta building, learn about the Los Poblanos women who've had an impact in the community or take a farm safari. After you’ve played with the alpacas, dipped into the pool, explored the gardens, sniffed the lavender products in the Farm Shop and snapped photos of the resident peacocks, prepare to spend some time exploring Albuquerque’s great outdoors. Across from the hotel is the Los Poblanos Open Space, which has over 130 acres of gardens and trails. For an all-American afternoon, see the Albuquerque Isotopes, the Triple-A team for the LA Dodgers at Isotopes Baseball Park on Avenida Cesar Chavez Southeast. One night, ride up the mountain via the 2.7 mile Tramway (the longest aerial tramway in the world, donchaknow), and dine on top of the Sandia Mountains at Ten 3, more than 10,000 feet above sea level, with views over 11,000 square miles. New Mexico is famous for its turquoise, and the Sandia Indian Market Center is one of the best places to buy some. Bien Mur sells handmade Native American arts and crafts, Navajo rugs, sand paintings and jewellery. In October, bring binoculars to catch glimpses of the 6,000 colourful hot-air balloons that take to the sky each year for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, said to be the most photographed event on the planet. The hotel also has a fleet of cruiser bikes and tennis rackets you can borrow, and bocce ball, petanque and cornhole, plus scavenger hunts for smalls to entertain you onsite.
A short walk from the hotel on Mountain Road Northwest, Seasons uses local ingredients to prepare sweet-corn griddlecakes, rotisserie chicken and the best margaritas in town. Take a seat outside for the best mountain views. Farm & Table on Fourth Street Northwest grows its own produce, and sources the rest, including beer and wine, from nearby producers for its seasonal Southwestern dishes. On the edge of Downtown, a 15-minute drive from the hotel, Artichoke Café consistently earns rave reviews from locals and visitors for its modern American dishes, including steamed artichokes and an excellent tea-smoked duck breast.
Ride bikes or, better, horses to Flying Star Café, a casual all-day restaurant a quick walk from the hotel. Try the NM Burger, a state specialty topped with local chillis and a slick of cheese. If you choose to pony up, there’s a hitching post right in front, and outdoor seating with a stone fireplace.
Travel three miles south of the hotel along Rio Grande Boulevard to visit the tasting room for prestigious New Mexico winery St. Clair (1325 De Baca Road). The restaurant pours the best local wines, and hosts live music most nights.